Today we are heading to the Sunshine State to get a peek at off the beaten path Martin County. Now you may not be familiar with Martin County but guaranteed you are going to want to check it out after you see all the fabulous opportunities that await you there.
I recently had the pleasure of welcoming Nerissa Okiye, Director of Tourism at Discover Martin County to one of my video chats to showcase her area for us, and she did not disappoint as she painted a picture of untouched natural beauty, distinctive communities, charming downtown districts and more.
So, sit back, fasten your virtual seatbelt and join me on this tour of Florida’s hidden gem!
So Where Exactly Is Martin County? Martin County is situated on the east coast of Florida right above West Palm Beach on what is referred to as Treasure Coast. This means it is about an hour and 50 minutes north of Miami and just two hours south of Orlando making it a very convenient area to designate as your home base while exploring it, as well as other east coast spots.
Tell Me About The Area. What makes the Martin County area unique is that they have a little bit of everything. Nerissa explained it as kind of an eclectic collection of communities - which is spot on! Featuring 22 miles beaches and a four-story height restriction – it’s not only uncrowded but there is not a lot of density in the area. There is lots of conservation of land making for wide open spaces and there's a real sentiment around keeping the environment the way it is naturally – making them unique from their South Florida counterparts.
Why Martin County? Well first and foremost the whole social distancing climate is one of the things that is great about this destination. The beaches aren't crowded because not everybody knows about this delightful area. There are limited hotels – and though there are options for everyone, they do have less than 2000 hotel rooms here so you’re not going to be in an overcrowded destination because that's outside of their footprint and Nerissa assures us that they are not going to expand. Meaning they have stuck with that four-story height restriction and it really is just ingrained in the culture and you feel it when you're in the area. Plus, it is super family friendly and really does lend for a perfect work-cation along with digital learning because once the work / school day is done you can go out and have a great time because your backyard is so cool. And let’s not forget that it’s a living classroom experience as well. There’s history and biology and geography and all kinds of lessons to be learned here as you will soon find out.
The Different Cities of Martin County
And What Can I Do While I Am There?
Where Can I Stay? You’ve got plenty of choices including those ever-popular branded hotels. There’s the beautiful Marriott Hutchison Island Beach Resort, Golf and Marina property for my golfers where you we can book you some tee times then you can head to the beach or one of two pools right after your game or enjoy the spa. Bonus - it’s an award-winning executive golf course. One of the newest properties you will find in the area is the Hutchison Shores Resort and Spa where they have really ingrained the wellness aspect. So, in the morning you can do sunrise yoga on the beach - which is a really fun experience and it's unique because the yoga instructors that they use tailor it to all levels, so you don’t have to be a pro. In terms of boutique properties, you've got the Old Coronado Inn which I absolutely love thanks to that chic smaller, boutique feel. What’s really unique about Old Coronado is that of course you have the inn which is about 15 rooms but then you also have homes on the property that you can rent out. The owner restores antique homes and he's actually barged them down to the property and restored them so if you and your family prefer to stay in a house by yourself you can do that. And per Nerissa the whole property is unique because you see the historic touches but with that elegance – like beautiful linens and such. And you're right in downtown Stuart so you can walk around downtown Stuart to shop and dine. And finally, there is Caribbean Shores Waterfront Resort which is a good option for those of you guys who want to be on a small property that is waterfront. This one is newly renovated and like the Old Coronado they have the hotel rooms and then they have the little cottages on property as well to stay in. Love this idea!
Updated COVID-19 Information: As of this writing the state of Florida has no travel restrictions in place.
For the CDC’s most up to date information on COVID-19 click here. And for the most up to date entry requirements in Martin County, Florida click here.
Really, I can sum it up like this - at the end of the day the thing that I love about the area is it is perfect for today’s climate – it’s a hidden gem with uncrowded beaches and plenty to see and do. And who’s not looking for some personal space when they go away?
For more details on things to see and do in Martin County, where to stay, it’s price points and more - contact your Travel Guru! Oh, and if you need a payment plan to fund your travel adventure – we got those too!
During the shutdown of Covid19, Loulu Lima began interviewing many tourism boards, destination management companies and suppliers whom BHGH works with in the curation of your itineraries.
Here you will find the videos as well as written summary of each. Summaries are transcribed by Carole A. Peck.
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