When it comes to tourism, Florida is easily the second most popular state in the US, just a little behind California. So it’s no surprise that many people flock to the state during the summer and holidays—particularly in our very own Martin County.
Located within the Treasure Coast region of Florida, Martin County is not to be overlooked for other Florida gems. In fact, Martin County is one of the go-to places for those looking to relax on its many Atlantic beaches, experience the area’s unique culture and history, and see some of the most exotic wildlife in the country.
Like any trip, you’ll have to prepare to make the most out of it. So before you go on your adventure, here are some of the things you don’t want to forget.
Whenever you visit Martin County, you’re guaranteed to spend most of your time outdoors. Whether it’s heading to a nature preserve like Delaplane or going on a Barley Barber Swamp Tour, you’ll definitely want to slather a thin layer of insect repellent on your skin. You might not need this in Orlando’s parks, but there’s a lot more nature on this part of the area.
Since Martin Country is a part of the Sunshine State, it’s only natural to want to protect yourself from the harsh rays of, well, the sun. While sunscreen is a given, your skin is not the only thing that needs protecting. According to reports by the World Health Organization shared by James Gonzales on DiP, the leading causes of global eyesight problems are uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts—the latter of which is caused by exposure to UV rays. Luckily, the right pair of sunglasses can protect your eyes from most sun-related dangers.
At Martin County, you’re never too far from a body of water. So it’s best to always bring a swimsuit with you. Or better yet, wear something that can double as casual wear and swimwear like a pair of loose shorts and a tee, or any other outfit you’re not afraid to toss into the ocean.
Martin County has some of the most consistent waves as you travel further North along Florida’s coast, so it’s worth bringing (or renting) a surfboard or two. Surf spots such as Jensen Beach and Stuart Rocks, for example, get especially intense during the high tide. Whether you’re eager to learn the sport or simply want to enjoy the waves, a surfboard is essential in this region.
Stuart is a well-known city in Martin County, primarily due to its close proximity to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon. It is also one of the top fishing spots in the county. In fact, travel blog Belle in the Burg claims that it’s even the Sailfish capital of the world. Even if you’re not into fishing, every first-time visitor needs to at least try and experience this local activity.
People mostly visit Florida for two things: theme parks and beaches. While you may not find Mickey Mouse at Martin County, its pristine waters and warm sands are just as worth traveling to.
Specially written for discovermartin.com
by Jacin Blisse