Top Five Hidden Beaches

By: Baylee Beninda

Jensen Beach, Stuart Beach, and Hobe Sound beach are the three main beaches of the Treasure Coast. They are beautiful and offer several amenities, but there are many, smaller private beaches that are less traveled.  If you desire privacy and completely unaltered landscapes, then you will appreciate these secluded, local destinations. Spending the day at any one of these hidden hangouts is bound to be a new and exciting experience that will put a smile on your face. So come on out and explore these hidden treasures of the Treasure Coast!


  1. Santa Lucea– (Unguarded) This undisturbed beach is within walking distance of the Marriott Hotel, if you plan on staying there. To get onto the beach take the scenic nature trail, which stretches beautifully for 5 acreCrystal Beach-Santa Lucea-Jan 2008 003s. Your other option is to take the boardwalk, which is ADA accessible. A coquina reef runs along the shoreline, making this a popular destination for fisherman and snorkelers. This is also a favorite of surfers, due to the less commotion.


  1. “The Rocks”/ The House of Refuge Beach Access– (Unguarded) A small, but modest local favorite. Come and view the stunning rock formations. This beach is one of the most photographed beaches on the Treasure Coast, so don’t forget your camera! If time allows, be sure to take a tour of the historic Houthe rocksse of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar & Lighthouse! Or swim just 100 yards offshore, past the rocks to a premier dive and snorkeling location, the shipwreck of the George Valentine.

 Photo Credit: House of Refuge website


  1. Chastain Beach- (Guarded seasonally) Located on A1A between the House of Refuge and Bathtub Reef Beach. Amenities include bathrooms and showers. This natural beach has a few rocks on the northern end, but is relatively flat. It features the best of both worlds, with both ocean and intercostal (river) access. Looking for something calmer than the ocean? Stroll over to the riverHutchinson2
    access, and dip your feet in the water or simply relax in the sand. Also a popular destination for paddle boarding.  This location is perfect for young children or if you want to experience something fresh and new.


  1. Blowing Rocks Preserve– (Unguarded) Located on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound. Come at high tide and experience the wonderful spectacle as water splashesblowing rocks
    through the rocks lining the shore. Come at low tide and you can explore underneath the rocks and there is more of a “beach” available for laying out.  If you are a photographer or would like a family portrait, this is a photo op you will not want to miss.  At the welcome center there are restrooms and a water fountain. Interested in hiking the dunes? This sanctuary offers three different trails with interpretive signs. This is a one of a kind beach, with much to do!


  1. Tiger Shores- (Unguarded) Located 2 miles south of Jensen Beach. This is a small, quaint fisherman’s beach. It is also a great spot for photographers to capture the surf and sunset, due to the completelTigerShoresy unaltered landscape.With zero amenities, you will forget that you are so close to the rest of society! Be sure to come early because parking is limited and only a select few will get to enjoy the beauty of such a simple, but charming beach.

October Newsletter

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Fall is the perfect time to take a getaway to Martin County. Here in sunny South Florida, the high for October is 85 degrees and the low is 71 degrees.  Our beautiful unaltered beaches are still warm enough to explore and there are also many fall events to remind you of the changing seasons.

About Us

Located on the Treasure Coast, just 45 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport, an hour from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, 90 minutes from Miami International Airport, and two hours from Orlando International Airport.  Our county is blessed with stunning unraked beaches and laid back welcoming towns.


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Did You Know?

Martin County includes The St. Lucie River, which is the most biologically diverse estuary in North America. It is the habitat for more than 4,300 species of plants and animals, including 30 threatened and endangered species. The Rivers Coalition of Martin County is working hard to protect and keep the river clean from discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Here in Martin County the environment is a priority.

Heritage Flight


26th Stuart Airshow: October 30th- November 1st 

The largest airshow in Southern Florida is held at the Martin County Airport, 2400 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, FL 34996. Headlining this year will be three military acts, the U.S. Navy F-18, U.S. Air Force F-16, and the U.S. Army Golden Nights. This annual event is sure to blow you away with incredible aviation performances, firework displays, carnival rides, and live music. If you wish to leave the ground, helicopter rides and flights on the Warbird Texan aircraft are available at an additional fee.  Make sure you stay for nighttime aerobatics show, it truly is beautiful to see the aircrafts light up the sky.

Get Outdoors!

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The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing, and animals are actively preparing for the winter, now is a perfect time to visit a park. With more than 70+ parks to chose from, there is bound to be one that fits your needs.  Indian River Side Park is the perfect family park with many amenities including a fishing pier, a play fountain, river access, outdoor pavilions, and much more.

If you are looking for more of an environmental park to explore then Jonathan Dickinson State Park is for you. Located just south of Stuart on US1 this park encompasses several different ecosystems, such as sand and scrub pine, flatwoods, mangroves, and river swamps. Paved and off road biking, equestrian riding, hiking, and kayaking are only some of the activities available. This park also offers two full-facility campgrounds and a primitive campground if you wish to extend your stay.

More to Explore!

Discover Martin County, and take a journey through the Florida you didn’t know existed! #discovermartin

Martin County, FLA Art in Public Spaces

In 1997, Martin County established Art in Public Places. This unique collection includes sculptures, mobiles, stained glass windows, murals, mosaics, benches, photographs, and quilts. These beautiful works of art are in our libraries, fire stations, community centers, administration buildings, parks, and other county-owned properties.

One of the primary goals of commissioning art in publicly owned space is to enhance the esthetic experience of the public realm. Artwork is developed to add meaning to a place, to connects to (or with) people or actively serves a creating a community identity. The mission of Art in Public Places is to enhance the quality of the visual environment, both natural and constructed, in the Martin County community

Art in Public Places provokes a new awareness of public space, for instance, a new sense of its history, culture, and design.

Currently, public art can be found throughout Martin County in such a manner that it is visible and accessible to the greatest number of people. We invite you to check back with us as more of these beautiful works of art are commissioned and made available. Below please find a list of the completed projects:

  • Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound Shell Games – Sculpture by Charlotte Lees


  • Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart Avian Muse – Mobile by Harry McDaniel


  • Martin County Jail, 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart Oasis – Tile bench by Glenn Schwaiger


  • Port Salerno Fire Station, 4725 SE Dixie Highway, Port Salerno Antique Hose – Sculpture by Terry Thommes


  • Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach The Poet – Sculpture by Dam de Nogales


  • Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown Stained Glass by Chris Dutch


  • Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart Photographic Exhibition by Amy Knootz Knippel


  • House of Refuge, 301 SE MacArthur Boulevard, Stuart Artistic Gate created by George Goddard


  • Stuart Beach, 889 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart Save Our Coral Reefs S.E.A. Project-Mosaic Mural by students Taylor Komarra, Heather Ackers, artist Brenda Leigh, community artists, and Jensen Beach High School art students


  • Hobe Sound Beach, 1 Beach Road, Hobe Sound Loggerhead Nesting 2011 S.E.A. Project partnership with AIPP, Jupiter Island Art Committee, Education Foundation, sculpture artist Mia Lindberg with Jensen Beach High School art students  Native landscape design with landscape architect Meg Whitmer and South Fork High School landscape design students


  • Dixie Highway and Salerno Road Manatee Pocket Gateway – Artist Sue Lampert AIPP and NAC Partnership


  • Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke Street, Stuart Marine Life Murals – Artists Team: Carey Chen, Julie Beaumont, Nadia Utto, Shannon Wiley


A Fresh Perspective of the Treasure Coast

By: Baylee Beninda

Martin County offers a wide range of things for the younger generation to partake in. Most of the activities here are centered on water, but also featured are the parks and downtown area of the Treasure Coast.

The main strip is Downtown Stuart, which is a trendy downtown area.   It consists primarily of two streets, Osceola and East Ocean, which are lined with mostly non-corporate restaurants and boutiques. Many county festivals are held here and at the nearby Memorial Park. A local favorite is the green market, held Sunday mornings during season followed by a musical performance on the River Walk stage.

An eclectic coffee shop is located in Downtown Stuart, called Coffee Bar Blue Door. It features a beautifully lit outdoor terrace, where events are held. Some of the events held here are “Movies on the Patio,” trivia, thrift store bingo, and musicians. There is always something going on and if you are of drinking age, then alcohol is available here.

The final hot-spot on the outskirts of the downtown area is Terra Fermatta, a premier live music venue. Terra Fermattta is a laid back tiki bar, with hammocks and tables in the sand, slightly reminiscent of the Florida Keys. Live music can be heard every night and you can participate in a drum circle every Monday. After the drum circle is Open Mic, which is open to anyone. Many local and travelling musicians perform; Comedians and poets can also speak at this weekly event.

Located within just a few miles from historical Downtown Stuart are the beaches. There are scenic, private beaches and also more inhabited beaches, such as Stuart Beach which features a boardwalk, a snack shack, basketball and volleyball courts, a park, and pavilions.

At one of the more primitive beaches, you can view the House of Refuge. Walk through the beach access point and you will see many people snorkeling. This beach area known by locals as “the rocks” and is listed on the National Register of historic places. Here you can swim out and view the ship wreck of the George Valentine.

Inland, both amenity parks and ecological parks can be found. Indian River State Park is great for families, and Jonathan Dickinson State Park is suitable for someone trying to reconnect with nature and experience its beauty. At Jonathan Dickinson State Park hiking, camping, and kayaking are only a few of excursions available. Ranger- guided tours of Trapper Nelson’s pioneer homestead are also available here.

Whether it be in the water at one of our pristine beaches, reconnecting with nature at a park, or strolling the downtown strip, there is always something for the younger crowd to do here in Martin County.