Hutchinson Island Snorkeling
Beachside fun off the coast of Florida.
Located off the coast of Florida’s Martin and St. Lucie counties, Hutchinson Island is a respite from the lively mainland. The beaches of 20-mile-long spit are among the state’s most beautiful—and surprisingly undervisited. It’s the kind of place where you can park it on the hot sand in the morning and only rouse yourself when it’s time to chomp into the day’s catch. To get there, travel along State Road AIA over the Ernest Lyons Bridge. Once you’ve arrived, the best way to take it all in is on foot or by bike.
1 Bathtub Reef Park
Bring flippers and a mask; The exposed reefs poke up at low tide, forming a tublike enclosure tailor-made for snorkeling.
2 Riverwalk Cafe & Oyster Bar
This no-nonsense waterfront joint dishes up fresh seafood.
3 Flagler Grill
Hit the raw bar at this buttoned-up beach restaurant.
4 Four Fish Inn
With its white rooms and tropical floral accents, this inn is a great island base; the kitchenettes are a plus, too, as is its proximity to Jensen Beach.
5 Jensen and Stuart Beaches
On Floridaâ€™s Hutchinson Island, bask on Jensen and Stuart beachesâ€”the two best local sand strips.