While we were staying at the Plantation Beach Club in Stuart, Florida, I wanted to immerse myself in the local area so I reached out to Martin County Office of Tourism to get information on the area. They really made sure our visit hit every area of Martin County, so I now give you The Ultimate Guide to Martin County!
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Plantation Beach Club is located on Hutchinson Island, and in the heart of Stuart, Florida as part of the larger resort of Indian River Plantation. Stuart is the county seat of Martin County. After reaching out to the Martin County Office of Tourism, I realized there was so much to do in this area and our trip to Plantation Beach Club was going to be amazing. I just had to write a guide for Martin County.
Many of the activities were within minutes of the Plantation Beach Club resort since it is centrally located. We were very happy about this because we loved being at Plantation Beach Club and every afternoon we were itching to get back to our spot on their magnificent beaches of Hutchinson Island.
Martin County is made up of Stuart, the county seat and several other small towns and villages. We were able to visit in addition to Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Port Salerno and Hutchinson Island. Let’s get started!
Stuart was recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the “Top 10 Beach Towns” making Plantation Beach Club a great choice as they are located on some of the best beaches in Martin County.
Day One – Stuart
Named the #1 Happiest Seaside Town designation by Coastal Living Magazine, I can tell you the people are very friendly here! You will find a free tram/trolley that will get you around downtown Stuart and also give you the history of the area if you ask. Our driver was well versed in everything about downtown Stuart!
With Stuart being the county seat there is plenty to do as it is the largest municipality in Martin County.
We started downtown with the Stuart Green Market. The food is amazing! There were artisan French cheeses, every kind of homemade baked good and fresh fruits and veggies!
Sunday is also a great day for the Rockin’ RiverWalk Music Series! Every week you can listen to jazz bands while overlooking the St. Lucie River.
Learn all about the history of Stuart at the local Stuart Heritage Museum! This area has a rich history and you will love to learn all about it! It is located in the oldest commercial building in Stuart and Martin County.
Day Two – Hobe Sound
Hobe Sound is considered an environmentally sensitive area and after doing the Riding the Waves tour I can see why! On this tour, you will see Osprey Nests, all types of Florida birds, and maybe even Bottlenose Dolphins as you are guided by a certified Florida Naturalist.
We saw a whole family of Dolphins on this trip! You are in control as you maneuver through the mangroves in your own personal power catamarans looking at the wildlife!
There was a lot of glare on my phone so be patient and watch to the end. You will see how close we get to the Dolphins!
On our way to Hobe Sound we found these awesome Banyan Trees! Banyan Trees are all over the place in Martin County. This was the largest group we found on our travels.
Day Three – Indiantown
This would not be The Ultimate Guide to Martin County if we did not include Indiantown. We headed west to the small village. It is located about 15 miles west of Stuart and on the way you can take a drive through old Florida. We took County Road 714 also known as the Martin Grade Scenic Highway to discover the true Old Florida.
We visited DuPuis Nature Center which is a 21,000 Acre site owned by the South Florida Water Management District. There is so much to do here from camping, fishing and hiking to bird watching and equestrian trails and camping. We were able to drive 7.5 miles to a lake to do some bird watching!
Day Four – Port Salerno
Port Salerno is an eclectic historic fishing village with fantastic art galleries and waterfront dining featuring locally caught seafood! Stop by Manatee Park in the Village in the winter months to see the Manatees staying warm in the cove!
Paddle-boarding! Something I always want to do and never get around to it. We meet with Rochelle and Zeke’s Surf and Paddle at the Sansprit Park to experience the waterways and mangroves of Port Salerno and Martin County!
Rochelle was amazing as she first taught us how to stay up, and second, guided us through the waterways and mangroves in this truly special excursion! Don’t worry! She takes the pics and brings the water!
After you cruise by the Twisted Tuna on your paddle-board, make sure you drive over to get lunch because you will be hungry after 3 hours on the water! We went twice on our trip and it was excellent every time!
Day Five and Six – Hutchinson Island
The next two days we stay on Hutchinson Island. Within a few minutes, you can be in some of the coolest museums and attractions in Martin County! These next three spots are just outside of Indian River Plantation and just a few minutes away from our oasis and Plantation Beach Club!
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a 57 Acre nature center located on the Indian River. There are educational programs are for all ages. We made it just in time to see the feeding of the Stingrays! You will experience nature trails, turtles, sharks and touch tanks that everyone can enjoy!
The Elliot Museum is located right across the street! This museum’s mission is to inspire innovation and creativity through technology, history and art. My description and photos will never do this 46,000 square foot museum any justice. You must see it for yourself!
There is an impressive collection of antique modes of transportation like boats, bicycles and automobiles. On the second floor, there is also a room dedicated just to baseball and another to Frances Langford!
House of RefugeMuseum is Martin County’s oldest building. Located directly on the ocean, the Indian River is just a few steps behind it. This house was used to help people who made it to shore to survive in the wilderness of this barrier island. It is a must see if you are going to be visiting Martin County!
Do As Little or As Much As You Want!
The resort is conveniently located to most of these excursions and with proper timing will have you back on the beautiful beaches you crave on your Martin County and Plantation Beach Club vacation!
I hope you loved our guide to Martin County and I know you will love Plantation Beach Club! Let us know in the comments if you have experienced any of this while you were in Martin County!
Call and get this special offer on your stay at the Plantation Beach Club! Use the code SocialMD to get 10% off when you rent a condo at Plantation Beach Club. Please call 1-800-448-2736.
Written by Tricia S., author of Born To Be Boomers