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Martin at a Glance

Coastal Cities
Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Jupiter Island, Stuart
Popular Spot Stuart
Sandy Beaches 21.4 miles
Public Accesses 18
Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail 11 sites
State Parks & Lands Acres
Atlantic Ridge Preserve State Park 4,892
Jonathan Dickinson State Park (Palm Beach) 11,458
Savannas Preserve State Park 922
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park 4,834
Indian River – Vero Beach to Fort Pierce Aquatic Preserve (Indian River, St. Lucie, Palm Beach) S4
Loxahatchee River - Lake Worth Creek Aquatic Preserve (Palm Beach) 9,000
Federal Lands Acres
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge 1,035
Bays & Inlets
St. Lucie Inlet, Indian River Lagoon, Hobe Sound, Jupiter Sound
Rivers & Paddling Trails
: St. Lucie River, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail segment (Hobe Sound/Fort Pierce), Martin County Blueways, Loxahatchee River State Canoe Trail

Martin County is the southernmost county of what's known as the Treasure Coast. This is a quiet county, with unique beaches and plenty of conserved and preserved land for outdoor adventuring. This county is the last stop heading south on the Florida East Coast for a quiet, small beach town destination. As seen in the picture, areas of Martin County (House of Refuge and Blowing Rocks Preserve) have Anastasia limestone outcropping. This limestone rock formation creates a unique and picturesque effect on the coastline. Stop by these areas and watch the waves as they shoot up over these rock features leaving little rainbows behind in their dispersal.

When the Florida East Coast was sparsely populated in the latter 1800s, 10 houses of refuge were built as havens to shipwrecked sailors. The only remaining house of refuge remains in Martin County at Gilbert's Bar. This historical structure has been turned into a museum to showcase historical life saving equipment and the importance of these refuges.

Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal location for hiking, fishing, and environmental education. The Nature Conservancy's Blowing Rocks Preserve, at the southern end of Martin County reflects what south Florida barrier islands looked like a century ago. Whether it's hiking at Hobe Sound, exploring Blowing Rocks Preserve, enjoying a long walk down the beach, or spending a day at one of many beach parks, Martin County is a tranquil place for any outdoor enthusiast. Fishing is a popular activity along the coastal regions and the interior Indian River Lagoon. The city of Stuart is well known as an excellent sailfish charter location. A variety of sea turtles, shore birds and invertebrates can be found along the coastal regions.

Every February, the Martin County Fair is held in Stuart. This fair is one of the biggest events in the county, and promotes the agricultural heritage of this area. Martin County's quaint streets are lined with cafes, boutiques, majestic strangler fig trees, and galleries. Golfing is also a popular activity in this area, with a variety of courses to choose from. Enjoy the old Florida laid back atmosphere in Martin County.

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Last updated: April 26, 2012


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