Looking for a nearby, relaxing couple’s getaway? Discover Jensen Beach, a small beach town inclusive of Hutchinson Island, a barrier island that continues into Fort Pierce. Jensen Beach and Stuart, its neighboring town to the south, offer two coastlines to explore: the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River.
Water…check! Sand…check! Fun activities…check! Here’s a getaway game plan:
Try to snag a room on the beach side of the bridge to catch ocean views.
The Courtyard by Marriott Hutchinson Island Oceanside is a standard chain hotel, but it comes with outstanding beach access. Much of Hutchinson Island is occupied by condos, but this property offers the best rates for its prime location.
Nestled between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina features a golf course, marina, pools, tennis courts, tiki huts and water-sport rentals.
Alternatively, settle in at Pirates Cove Resort where you’ll rest in tropical-themed rooms furnished with luxurious linens, a spacious balcony, and plantation shutters which open up to a view of the marina and waterfront.
Jensen Beach is a beach town, so plan for lazy, sunbathing days. You’ll have a blast at any of the area’s beaches, but Bathtub Reef Beach is a sandy haven and a gem for snorkeling.
Filled with bustling roundabout roads, Historic Downtown Stuart is a quaint shopping district that makes for an easy stroll through town. Window shop, snack on ice cream cones, and engage with local happenings.
For relaxation, indulge in a charming spa day at The Pink Cottage of Jensen. Try a salt body scrub, detoxifying body wrap, hot stone treatment or couple’s massage.
For nature lovers, the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a 57-acre marine life nature center. Spend the afternoon with stingrays, turtles, and fish, and wander the nature trail at this nationally recognized environmental organization. Indian RiverSide Park is a great place to go for a leisurely bike ride and picnic in the park.
WINE & DINE
Eat, drink and be merry at these fun spots…
Crawdaddy’s N’awlins Grill & Raw Bar: Head to Historic Jensen Beach, an adorable strip lined with art galleries, boutiques, and eateries. Pop into Crawdaddy’s for authentic New Orleans fare including, of course, yummy crustaceans. Sip up a huge Bloody Mary or Hurricane and tap along to the live music.
Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House: This place, with movie star roots, has two bar areas overlooking the marina and a stocked salad bar. Plus, it has TWO happy hours: 3-7pm and 9-11pm!
Pietro’s on the Ocean: Head here for brunch to feast on lobster potato hash or surf & turf eggs benedict, paired with your favorite brunch beverage.
Shuckers: The “best on the beach” is located in the Island Beach Resort, and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full bar. The menu is nothing fancy, but if you’re looking for a fresh catch sandwich, a cold beer, and a beachside table, this is the place for you.
Conchy Joe’s: This casual spot is praised for its Bahamian menu and live entertainment with trivia on Tuesday nights and hermit crab races on Wednesday nights.
On The Edge: It’s a short drive north to Fort Pierce, but worth it. Grab a table on the patio to watch boats coast by as you sip a big bucket cocktail, then stroll the fishing dock and dance in the sand by the band.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Jensen Beach is located less than a two and a half hour drive from Orlando. Depending on where you live, head south on either the Florida Turnpike or I-95S.
During the months of April through August, turtles nest along the beach. Do not disrupt these nests.
Snowbirds have also discovered Jensen Beach, so book accommodations early or visit during the off season for the perfect getaway.
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