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It isn’t easy finding someplace that has it all, is it? Every client seems to want experience something different – from cool outdoor adventures, to the finest food and drink; from a dose of culture and history, to the best stretch of sand – and let’s not forget fishing fanatics. Martin County, Florida wants more Canadians to know that it might just be the place. But what clients, exactly, might the destination appeal to? Here’s the scoop:

 

Outdoor lovers

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Whatever you want to do in the sun, sand and surf, chances are you’ll find it in Martin County. Want to learn to shoot the curl? Ohana Surf Shop on Hutchinson Island serves up lessons, and suggest that while your clients are in the area, they dive or snorkel the Georges Saint Valentine, an underwater site on the National Register of historic places. If you’d like to keep it dry, book a trip aboard the Schooner Lily or hop atop a Stuart Scoot Segway, both in Stuart. There are also paddle boards, kayaks, bicycles, skateboards and more available to rent throughout the county.

 

Food and drink aficionados

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Sushi at Flash Beach Grille

Casual or lavish, seaside vistas or a quiet table in a quaint restaurant, dishes prepared with Floridian flare or International flavours – Martin County offers dining and drinking establishments to suit every taste. Hobe Sound mainstay Flash Beach Grille dishes out fresh seafood crafted with Floribbean-Asian zing, while some of the best beef on the Treasure Coast is down the road at Kodi’s Steakhouse. Meanwhile, Jensen Beach offers the famed smoked fish of Mrs. Peters Smokehouse. If wetting your whistle in a welcoming atmosphere sounds enticing, pull up a stool at Port Salerno’s Manatee Island Bar and Grill or Twisted Tuna.

 

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Culture & history devotees

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Elliott Museum

While Martin County provides plenty of gorgeous outdoor space in which to romp, culture and history don’t get short shift here. The area is graced with galleries galore, including the  Fish House Art Center, home to several working artists who you can watch create their own works of art, or sign-up to take one of the many classes on offer. Or, take a trip over to the Art Cottages of Jensen Beach, where you can choose from many unique handmade gifts made by local artists and artisans. The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center in Stuart gives visitors a chance to learn about environments like mangrove swamps, as well as touch creatures including sea stars. Before you leave Stuart, take a turn through the Elliott Museum, which showcases an impressive collection of antique cars, baseball memorabilia and rotating exhibits.

 

Beach bums

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Jensen Beach

Some of the best beaches on the planet can be found in Martin County, boasting natural sand dunes, crystal clear water and serene surroundings. Hutchinson Island in particular is lined with spectacular beaches, such as Chastain Beach, which offers seasonal lifeguards, showers and bathrooms, and the popular Bathtub Reef Beach, perfect for swimming. For more quiet sands, give the pristine Fletcher or Bob Graham beaches a try. Jensen Beach is a favourite of locals and visitors thanks to its wide, sandy strand, cafe, picnic pavilions, volleyball courts, showers and bathrooms.

 

Angling addicts

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A word of warning to fishermen: you’re not going to want to leave Martin County, also known as the Sailfish Capital of the World. Blessed with 800 species of fish and 100 artificial reef systems in the planet’s most biodiverse estuary, the area is specifically rich in snook and kingfish. Want to hook them? There are dozens and dozens of fishing charters located all over Martin County, such as Fighting Lady Sportfishing Charters and Mattanza Charters in Stuart, and Flatlined Charters in Jensen Beach. If you’re more of a landlubber, there’s great angling from Tiger Shores Beach on Hutchinson Island.

 

 

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