term visitors often head for hotels and resorts located along the Atlantic Ocean
or the Indian River. The Indian River Plantation Marriott Resort in Martin
County is one of the most exceptional of these luxury hotels, where even locals
have been known to spend a getaway weekend. Condominium residents at the resort
have access to the resort amenities and the marina.
time activities are plentiful. Among
the sightseeing cruises on the St.
Lucie and Indian Rivers aboard the Island
which departs from the Indian River Plantation Marina.
the resort and past Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge Museum are single-family
residences with magnificent waterway views of
Indian River to the west and the Atlantic to the east.
The road winds its way to wonderful beaches, including the popular Bathtub
Beach, and on to the exclusive Sailfish Point.
changing exhibits and a remarkable antique car collection at the island's
Elliott Museum bring people back
again and again,
as do the displays at the Florida
Oceanographic Society Coastal Science Center
located just across Route A1A, the island's only main artery.
known as N.E. Ocean Blvd., becomes S.
Ocean Drive as it reaches the St. Lucie County line, passing by hotels, high-rise
condominiums and homes. On the causeway at the
island's northern end, the St. Lucie County Historical Museum offers a
glimpse of the county's past history.
Across the inlet on North Hutchinson Island are the magnificent beaches and outstanding beach parks of St. Lucie County. Especially notable are the Fort Pierce Inlet State Recreation Area and nearby Jack Island. Just beyond the inlet is the UDT SEAL Museum with exhibits of equipment and demolition gear of Navy Frogmen and SEALS who trained on North Hutchinson Island during World War II.
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