Hobe Sound Beach
By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com Staff July 16, 2017
Two of the hidden gems of Florida are the quaint town of Hobe Sound and Hobe Sound Beach. Although this area is a bit off the beaten path, it has a lot to offer visitors. There are not any amusement parks, and few people are on the beaches, so this location is ideal for a quiet vacation to get away from it all. Hobe Sound, Florida is located in Martin County. It is part of the Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Statistical Area. It extends from Port Salerno, Florida to the Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
Hobe Sound has some of the best beaches on the East Coast. All the beaches in the area are ideal for searching for shells, romantic walks, sunbathing, water sports, and eco-adventures.
Hobe Sound Beach is located on Beach Road and features a lifeguard, concessions, picnic area, restrooms, fishing, surfing, swimming, shelling, snorkeling, windsurfing, dune walkovers, and parking.
Outstanding beaches are also located at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Blowing Rocks Preserve.
Hobe Sound beaches are home to a large population of sea turtles. If you are lucky, you can catch a glimpse of them as they crawl to the shore to lay their eggs, or watch the hatchlings make their trek from the sand into the water.
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge totals 1,000 acres, with a portion of the refuge located to the west of the Intracoastal and a portion located east of the Intracoastal on Jupiter Island.
On Jupiter Island, the Hobe Sound NWR provides some of the most productive sea turtle nesting habitat in the United States. And besides having one of the top beaches in the U.S., the Hobe Sound NWR features dune walkovers, parking, fishing, surfing, swimming, shelling, diving, boating, nature tours, surf fishing, an interpretive museum, wildlife observing, and environmental education.
The Refuge’s beach is part of the national refuge system and has approximately five miles of wild, unadulterated shoreline. The area is also full of lush vegetation because there are no businesses to disrupt its natural beauty.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Hobe Sound is home to Jonathan Dickinson State Park, one of the best state parks in Florida.
You can spend the day enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, boating, and fishing. There is even an equestrian trail for those who love to ride horses. There are educational tours you can take that will teach you about the geography of the area. And, the park also features great locations for a fun picnic.
One of the highlights of this state park is the two-hour boat tour down the Loxahatchee River that includes a stop at the restored camp of a legendary trapper.
Blowing Rocks Preserve
Blowing Rocks Preserve is a large-scale barrier island sanctuary with a native coastal habitat.
This beautiful and exciting area is home to many endangered animal and plant species and is named for its unique limestone shoreline.
If you visit the preserve during high tide, or when there are strong winds, you will be treated to the phenomenal site of waves breaking against the rocks and shooting 50 feet into the air. But even if you don’t get to see the “blowing rocks” shoot water high into the air, it’s an awesome sight. You’ll also get to see native habitats, gumbo limbo trees, endangered manatees, as well as other flora and fauna species you can’t see many other places.
Lodging is limited in Hobe Sound, which is in line with its undeveloped vibe. There are a few vacation rentals if you want to stay in Hobe Sound. Or, you can drive just a few miles and stay in one of the nearby hotels such as the Wyndham, Jupiter Waterfront Inn, Pirate's Cove Resort and Marina, Comfort Suites, or Holiday Inn Express.
There is no shortage of fantastic food in Hobe Sound. You can find just about any type of restaurant in the area.
Like many towns in Florida, Hobe Sound has its share of seafood establishments featuring fresh seafood. But, Hobe Sound has more than just fish eateries. You can also enjoy excellent steaks, burgers, and diverse cultural dishes.