Welcome to Martin County, where every visit promises an adventure waiting to unfold! As we step into 2024, the allure of sun-kissed shores, vibrant communities, and natural wonders beckon travelers from around the globe. Nestled along Florida’s captivating Treasure Coast, Martin County has long been a hidden gem cherished by those seeking a perfect blend of relaxation, exploration, and unforgettable experiences. From new openings and exciting events to time-honored favorites, here are the top 10 reasons to visit this little slice of paradise in the New Year!
Enjoy New Lodging Options and Upgraded Accommodations
There’s no shortage of fabulous places to stay in Martin County, from oceanfront resorts and quaint inns to cozy campsites and charming chains. There’s something for every style and budget. In 2024, we will see the new-and-improved Marriott Hutchinson Island Beach Resort, Golf & Marina – including reimagined guestrooms and reinvigorated indoor and outdoor dining venues. The Breezy Inn, tucked away in the heart of Downtown Jensen Beach, is under new ownership and will unveil two new suites. And the outdoorsy set can now experience Martin County’s first glamping getaway at Timberline Glamping in Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
Embark on an Aquatic Adventures
Embrace a world of exciting watersports along Martin County’s pristine coastlines. We have a host of outfitters and tour operators offering everything from soft adventures to thrilling excursions. Visitors can paddle through mangroves, rent kayaks, snorkel and dive in cerulean waters, take a surfing lesson, join a sailing excursion, learn to waterski, rent jet-skis, try hydro-foiling or parasailing, and so much more. Don’t miss newcomers like Onward & Upward Cruises and Lost River Outdoor Center in Stuart.
Join Free, Guided Ecotourism Experiences
Our award-winning ecotourism program, Explore Natural Martin, continues to offer free guided tours through Martin County’s beaches, parks, and preserves. The program is focused on promoting sustainable tourism and responsible outdoor recreation and these eco-adventures are open to both visitors and residents. Examples include educational nature walks, birding excursions, moon observation nights, guided paddle tours, and more. Take a look at upcoming eco-tours here and don’t forget to reserve your spot early!
Plan a Golfing Getaway
Calling all golf enthusiasts! Martin County boasts a remarkable array of championship courses set against stunning coastal and scenic landscapes. Tee off at courses like the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the Hammock Creek Golf Club or the high-tech hitting bays at newly reimagined Sailfish Sands Golf Course. Speaking of Sailfish Sands, don’t miss their new show The Grid to watch two teams made up of eight World Long Drive competitors battle it out in the most over-the-top golf reality show you’ve ever seen!
Explore Awesome Family-Friendly Attractions
Martin County offers an array of attractions that promise an extraordinary experience for every visitor, young and old alike! From mesmerizing museums and curated art galleries to revered nature centers, there’s always something new to discover. Beloved community staples include attractions the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, the Hobe Sound Nature Center, and the recently restored House of Refuge. The Elliott Museum on Hutchinson Island is kicking off the New Year with a brand-new exhibit, “In Celebration of King Tut,” which will remain on display from January through May. Meanwhile the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is currently planning a new planetarium addition and the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center will be expanding and adding a new gift shop and event space.
Experience Exciting Nightlife and Live Entertainment
Martin County might be known for its relaxing atmosphere and laid-back charm, but don’t sleep on the vibrant local nightlife scene. Dance the night away in Historic Downtown Stuart or savor drinks at waterfront bars with live music and stunning views. From upscale establishments (like Sailor’s Return in Stuart and The Grove in Hobe Sound) to tropical tiki bars (like Stuart’s Sneaki Tiki and Tako Tiki in Downtown Jensen Beach), Martin County’s nightlife scene caters to every mood. We’re looking forward to checking out new openings in 2024, such as Chris’s Martini Bar and Restaurant in Jensen Beach, and recently opened hot spots like Palm City Social and Fin & Flame Grill and Oyster Bar – both in Palm City.
Shop til You Drop
From mom-and-pop-owned boutiques nestled in enchanting downtown districts to major brands and renowned designers, the shopping scene in Martin County caters to all tastes and styles. Whether you’re looking for locally made goods or world-famous fashions, you’re bound to find something unique. For example, the newest Lilly Pulitzer store in America just opened in Hobe Sound! After all, a little retail therapy is always a good idea.
Embrace the Arts
Explore Martin County’s eclectic arts scene and find inspiration in the New Year. There’s an impressive range of galleries, studios, and public art that showcase the vibrant creativity thriving here in South Florida. Don’t miss the award-winning ArtsFest celebration, taking place in Memorial Park on February 10 and 11, 2024. And if you’re looking to roll up your sleeves and paint a masterpiece or take a seat at the potter’s wheel, there are plenty of creative classes and lessons to choose from.
Soak Up the Sun on Uncrowded Beaches
Embrace the sun and surf at our pristine beaches – in fact, there are more than 22 miles of beaches to explore in Martin County! From lifeguard-protected beaches with all the amenities to hidden stretches off the beaten path, there’s a spot in the sand for everyone. Plus, our county-wide, four-story building height restriction prevents towering structures from overcrowding our shores while preserving our “Old Florida” charm. Dive into cerulean waters, lounge on soft sands, and witness stunning sunsets that paint the horizon in gorgeous hues of orange and pink.
Live it Up at Epic Events
There’s always something exciting happening in Martin County, no matter what time of year you visit. From classic car shows and concert series to art festivals, parades, and farmers’ markets, there are family-friendly events to experience all year long. Visit our events page on DiscoverMartin.com before your visit to see what’s on the horizon!