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Take a leisurely drive over one of the last draw bridges left in Florida to North Hutchinson Island as pelicans fly overhead while dolphins frolic in the Indian River. Still uncrowded, and still unspoiled, life is slow and pleasant on our barrier island beautifully nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River.
So tranquil and peaceful; it has wonderful views the entire day. Imagine waking up to a beautiful Atlantic sunrise and enjoying the lush nature preserve that borders the building. See the Manatees make themselves at home under your dock, and around the marina. You can sit on your private balcony and watch the boats navigating the islands along the Indian River the breathtaking sunsets and the beautifully lit marina in the evening.
Indian River is part of the intracoastal waterway and is considered to be one of the most ecologically diverse coastal bays in the eastern United States. From its predominantly undisturbed estuaries comes a variety of spawning fish and crustaceans which in turn contribute to the rich fishing grounds just off the coast.
North Hutchinson Island is located just south of Vero Beach and north of Fort Pierce on Florida's east central Treasure Coast. The home of the NAVY SEALS, the island showcases the UDT NAVY SEAL Museum, miles of pristine beaches, all located within hours of Orlando or West Palm Beach. This barrier island is easily accessed by free toll-bridge from US1 or by boat. Surf and river fishing, SCUBA and snorkeling, surfing, watersports of every kind dominate, hiking, biking the island on designated bicycle paths, bird-watching, deep sea fishing are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed while visiting this unspoiled, uncrowded area of paradise! Visit outlet malls, theaters, museums, planetarium, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, shop for antiques, craft and boat shows, art shops and galleries, or just soak up some sun on our beautiful golden sand beaches! Dining choices include Key West style waterfront casual to 5-star international acclaimed restaurants.
Hutchinson Island is a 22 mile long barrier island which forms the Atlantic shoreline of both St. Lucie and Martin Counties. Locals on the mainland in nearby Ft. Pierce typically refer to the island as either 'South Beach' or 'South Hutchinson Island'. These terms distinguish it from North Hutchinson Island which is situated immediately north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Of course these locals also frequent the night club called Archie's Seabreeze. The string of living coral reefs between Key West and Ft. Pierce lies less than a mile offshore.
Two towns are located on the island. To the south lies Jensen Beach, which occupies both barrier island and mainland sections. Present rates of development on Jensen Beach's mainland portion make it one of the fastest growing municipalities in South Florida. On the northern 2 miles of Hutchinson Island is Ft. Pierce Beach (South Beach). It has a quaint, small beach town feel with some interesting local restaurants and taverns. Immediately south of Ft. Pierce Beach the island remains in its undeveloped state extending for many miles. The majority of Hutchinson Island falls within the unincorporated jurisdictions of St. Lucie County (north) and Martin County (south).
Three bridges provide automobile access to Hutchinson Island. In the north the Seaway Drive Bridge connects downtown Ft. Pierce with Ft. Pierce Beach (South Beach). From there State Road A1A (South Ocean Drive) continues virtually the entire length of the island.
Two additional bridges connect in the southern part of Hutchinson Island. From Stuart and Sewells Point, a bridge crosses both the St. Lucie River and the intracoastal waterway to what is known as Stuart Beach. Here visitors will find Martin County's historical museum, the historic House of Refuge for shipwrecked sailors of the nineteenth century, and beautiful Bath Tub Reef Beach County Park. The preserve features an ancient reef situated along a shallow, crescent-shaped sand bar within fifty feet of the beach.
Three miles north of Stuart Beach lies the Jensen Beach causeway. It connects the mainland and island sections of the incorporated municipality of Jensen Beach. Weekend traffic on both southern bridges has increased to such a level in the last ten years, that the state has decided to build another span over the Indian River Lagoon. It will connect to a spot 3 miles north of the Jensen Beach causeway, north of Nettles Island.
Approximately every mile or two, St. Lucie County has installed public access roads to the beach. Each allows for a limited number of parked vehicles. These are (from north to south): Blue Heron Beach, John Brocks Beach (Green Turtle Beach), Frederick Douglas Beach, Middle Cove Beach, Little Muddy Creek Beach, Blind Creek Beach, Walton Rocks Beach, and Hermans Bay Beach. As you drive down A1A, you will spot the wooden signs which mark the entrance to each of these access points.
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