Sometimes you just want to get away from the crowds and find a nice peaceful spot on the beach, and if you head to Hutchinson Island, where pelicans probably outnumber people by some margin, you will find that you can achieve that tranquility.
Here is what you need to know about this amazingly unspoiled part of the Florida Coastline and why it could easily become a family favorite that is far from the Miami crowd.
If you are going to pay a visit to Hutchinson Island follow the compass and head north of Miami for the best part of 100 miles and you will come to barrier beach that stretches for about 23 miles, covering the top of Martin County to St.Lucie County.
A popular place to stay would be the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort, giving you an ideal base to enjoy the stunning views and explore the area.
A range of beaches
One of the first things you will discover is that the place is not a one-beach wonder and there are actually somewhere in the region of 35 beaches, all of them offer a unique perspective and experience in their own way.
Some of the beaches are an oasis of calming white sand, others are far rockier. Some beaches have small inlets, while others are surrounded by heavily wooded areas.
Diving enthusiasts can pick their beach in order to get the chance to explore submerged wrecks, while anglers can compete with some of the pelicans for the catch of the day.
Nature lovers well catered for
Bird watching is popular in this area as many of the hundreds of species that are commonly found in Florida can be spotted in and around Hutchinson Island.
If you take a trip to the Indian River Lagoon you might be able to spot a manatee, affectionately known as Florida’s sea cow. The waters surrounding the island are a popular migrating spot for whales, so that is a sight that you might want to put on your agenda if you are here at the right time.
The Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Science Center is also a must-see for nature lovers, with over 40 acres of woodland to explore as well as taking in the information and displays at the center.
Different nighttime entertainment
Naturally, there are bars and eateries dotted around the island to enjoy but the nature show continues here when the sun goes down.
If you are visiting Hutchinson Island between March and November, you will be in the company of thousands of sea turtles.
This is one of the finest sea turtle nesting spots on the planet and if you join one of the organized turtle walks going on during that period, you are sure to witness a variety of turtles laying their eggs and enjoying the habitat.
Whatever your reason for wanting to come to Hutchinson Island, such as the quiet beaches or the amazing wildlife scenery, it will surely become a family favorite.