Winter Warm-Up: Martin County, Florida

Does the cold weather have you feeling down? Warm up on the beach or by the fire with these winter destinations. Explore all of the food, lodging, and outdoor recreation these places have to offer. Don’t let the weather stop you from going outside and playing this winter. 

With an average temperature of 75 degrees, winter is the perfect time to explore Martin County, Florida. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the shores of Lake Okeechobee, enjoy 22 miles of uncrowded beaches and more than 100,000 acres of parks and protected land. Spend the day out at Indian Riverside Park, one of the many beaches along the Indian River Lagoon. This grouping of three lagoons stretches 156 miles along the eastern coast of Florida. As one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in the Northern Hemisphere, this protected area houses more than 4,300 species of plants and animals, including a number of endangered species.Hutchinson Island is the perfect place to plunge in the water, whether you’re surfing, sailing, or snorkeling. Dive below the ocean’s surface to see the wreckage of the Georges Saint Valentine. Cast a line in Port Salerno or connect with nature at Jonathan Dickinson State Park on Hobe Sound. Once the Pineapple Capital of the World, the pineapple influence is still evident at Jensen Beach. Swing through on a Thursday night for the free Jammin’ Jensen outdoor gathering. Explore the rich, agricultural legacy of Indiantown with its cattle ranches, rodeos, and thriving farms. Step back in time on Jupiter Island with a visit to the famous Blowing Rocks Preserve, named the number three beach in Florida by Conde Nast Traveler. Stuart, known as the Sailfish Capital of the World, is the first Florida town to be named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living Magazine. Catch a show at the landmark Lyric Theatre, built in 1926 as a silent movie house. Shop in eclectic, locally owned boutiques, or take a leisurely stroll along the beautiful River Walk. Every Sunday you can enjoy the thriving Stuart Green Market and a free outdoor concert. A four-story height restriction preserves the breathtaking views of Martin County, no matter where you stay. The Old Colorado Inn sits in the heart of historic downtown Stuart, offering a short walk to a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa gets you close to the sun and sand action as a new addition to the shore of Jensen Beach. Spend the night at one of the RV parks or campgrounds in the area for close proximity to all of the outdoor adventures available.With dozens of restaurants to choose from, you’re sure to find a place that everyone will enjoy. Experience a blend of fine dining and southern hospitality at The Gafford. Stop by Sailor’s Return for waterfront dining and a taste of their seafood, steaks, and spirits. Ground Floor Farm Café provides an authentic farm to table experience, serving food made with ingredients from their one-acre urban farm in downtown Stuart and other local farmers. The Drift Kitchen and Bar, located in the Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa, offers picturesque views the Atlantic Ocean while you enjoy their homemade dishes and house specialties.This easy-to-get-to-area is located just off A1A and is within a two-hour drive of four Florida airports, including Palm Beach International Airport and Orlando International Airport.Head to Martin County for the Stuart Boat Show January 11-13, 2019. Climb on board one of the hundreds of beautiful boats and check out the details in person. ArtsFest, a four-time Southeast Tourism Society award winner, runs Feb 9-10, 2019. This innovative, creative, and hands on event celebrates the culinary, visual, musical, and performance arts. From flip-flops to cowboy boots, Martin County truly has it all. This is the perfect place for escaping and making memories that last longer than tan lines

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