Stretching from Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic, Martin County was settled along the water and has been the home to the finest Florida oceanfront property since its beginning. But apart from the lifestyle, Martin County has played an important role in shaping the history of the state of Florida.
The Indian River, here part of the Intracoastal Waterway, was first a “road” to bring the citrus and pineapples to market in the early agrarian days. When the railroad usurped that role, fishing and then tourism led to the development of the area.
Martin County today is a veritable paradise for fishermen, golfers and beach lovers. Dozens of golf courses, some designed by legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Tom Fazio dot the landscape. Miles of lakefront, riverfront and oceanfront mean miles and miles of spectacular beaches, including Bathtub Beach, named one of the Top 10 Family Friendly Beaches. Of course, there is some of the most luxurious Florida oceanfront property available in the country right here in Martin County. Adventurers often dive for the many treasures reportedly lying on the ocean bottom in these waters.
The St. Lucie Canal connects the Indian River to the area’s largest freshwater lake—Lake Okeechobee—making long stretches of waterways navigable for boaters and fishermen and giving them access to the Gulf waters. From the area marinas, fishermen take to the waters from long before sunrise until well into the night for both freshwater and saltwater catch. And, of course, the restaurants of the county serve up many of those local fish in just-off-the boat specialties.
Shopping here offers a wide array of choices from small boutiques and galleries to trendy shops and upscale stores in the local malls. Local zoning ordinances preserve the charm—and the views—of the area by prohibiting residential buildings of over four stories high.