Hobe Sound: A Special Place

Along the entire eastern seaboard of Florida, there’s no other town quite like Hobe Sound. The townspeople of Hobe Sound are immensely protective of this small piece of “paradise” and they are fiercely protective of its culture, land, and historical significance. 

It began in the late 1600s when Captain Jonathan Dickinson’s merchant ship “Reformation” sailing from Jamaica to Philadelphia broke apart and sunk in a storm north of the Jupiter Inlet, leaving 25 survivors to fend for themselves against the anger and hostility of an Indian tribe referred to as the Jobe (pronounced Ho-bey). They mistreated the survivors terribly, stripping them of their clothes and forcing them to sleep in sand-flea-invested sand pits for warmth. Against all odds, Dickinson and his group escaped and walked almost the entire way to St. Augustine where they were able to find help getting to Philadelphia. 

Hobe Sound, presumably named after an English-language interpretation of the Jobe tribe, connects to the Jupiter Inlet by an intracoastal waterway. In modern times, the waters of the intracoastal are referred to as Hobe Sound, and so is the town stretching along its length. The outlying land mass that lies between the Atlantic and Hobe Sound is Jupiter Island, home of more than a few of the rich and famous, including golfer Tiger Woods. 

Just a few miles south of Floridays RV Park, wild and beautiful Jonathan Dickinson State Park stands as a tribute to Dickinson, his family and crew, the first historical figures of this magical place near Hobe Sound. 

When you visit Floridays RV Park, we hope you will take a few hours to visit the Park, walk the trails, visit the education center, perhaps rent a canoe or kayak, or experience a ranger-guided tour up the river to see alligators, turtles, osprey, eagles, and even visit a very unusual pioneer homestead.

Best COVID Restaurants Near Floridays

You don’t want to cook, or you have something to celebrate, or you love food — especially when someone else does the cooking. Whatever your motivation for dining out, it’s become especially problematic in 2020. So we’ve done some scouting of the best places for foodies to hang out in Martin County, that feature outdoor seating and are less than a 20-minute drive from Floridays RV Park.

Twisted Tuna
This local favorite has bars inside and out and outdoor dining dockside with a view of Manatee Pocket. Watch the fishermen come and go as you munch on fresh tuna and other seafood with a twist. 4290 SE Salerno Road, Port Salerno. https://thetwistedtuna.com/

Taste Casual Dining
Just a short drive from Floridays in downtown Hobe Sound, Taste is where a little bit of New England meets South Florida. Traditional and contemporary cuisine in a friendly, neighborhood environment with outdoor dining on the patio. 11750 SE Dixie Highway, Hobe Sound http://www.tastehobesound.com/

Flash Beach Grill
This surf and turf restaurant really is like eating at the beach but without the wind and waves. Tap your toes in the sand right under your table while you listen to live music. Sip a tropical cocktail and choose from a menu with fresh fish, steak, burgers, salads and creative appetizers in this fun place with a local vibe. 9126 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound. Find them on Facebook.

Blue Pointe Bar and Grill
This outdoor restaurant located alongside the Intracoastal Waterway between Hobe Sound and Tequesta offers great food, live music every day, and true waterfront casual dining. There’s even a swimming pool for a quick dip after renting a paddleboard or kayak. The menu is pure Florida from oysters and calamari to soup and salad, to sandwiches and entrees. 18701 SE Federal Highway, Tequesta. https://www.bluepointebarandgrill.com/

Harry & the Natives
As Harry says, this is “Hobe Sound’s only waterfront restaurant…when it rains.” If you want to go where the locals go, you have to go to Harry’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s down-home cooking done right with a wait staff that is second to none. There’s a full bar, a covered cafe, a large tiki-covered dining area with live music, and even a gift shop. Walls are so covered with clever sayings that you may spend most of your first visit just reading them all. You can even bring your pet if you eat in the outdoor dining areas. Just down the street from Floridays at Federal Hwy & Bridge Road. You can’t miss it. https://harryandthenatives.com/

If you’ve eaten at any of these local places, help out your fellow RVers by leaving a review on our Facebook page. @FloridaysRVPark

The COVID Camper

If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you are doing so from an RV — perhaps right here at Floridays RV Park in Hobe Sound, Florida. But are you aware that, according to the the news, that ‘RV’ is now called a ‘COVID Camper?’

The “COVID Camper”

As reported, thousands of Americans are desperate for the open road after being cooped up for months of lockdown, so they are purchasing RVs. There are even some buyers that consider an RV to be insurance against a second wave of the coronavirus or if COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing become a way of life.

RV sales are booming! Combine the virus with historically low gasoline prices, and it’s a perfecta for a summer vacation with the kids. An RV is a safe space, will take you almost anywhere you want to go, and is far more exciting for families than staying home watching Netflix.

RV dealers are enjoying the financial benefits from an unprecedented increase in sales and rentals, and the people who service, repair and outfit RVs are benefitting as well. RV parks are faced with guests who either don’t want to leave at the end of their stay, or can’t leave because there’s no other place to go. Parks are at capacity, and even though campgrounds previously closed down during the pandemic are slowly reopening, they are flooded with reservation requests.

So with businesses contracting overall across the U.S., sales of all things RV are on the rise. If you’re an RVer now, it’s a good time to be one. If you’re thinking about becoming an RVer this summer, be prepared to pay a premium, but the price of independence is always affordable. Stay safe everyone!

Hobe Sound Flood of 2020

June 5, 2020, will live in the hearts and minds of many Hobe Sound locals and the guests of Floridays RV Park. Throughout the first week of June, Hobe Sound received heavy rains that filled the creeks, streams, and drainage ditches of low lying areas. To say that it rained “cats and dogs” was an understatement. The ground was saturated and banks of lakes and ponds began to overflow.

Average June rainfall in Hobe Sound is usually a robust 6.5 inches. But this year, in about 3 weeks we accumulated over 20 inches (average yearly rainfall is 38 inches) so the ground was already soaked. Then, on June 5th we received 12 inches of rain in one day. A nearby neighborhood was under waist-deep water and roads throughout our small coastal town were un-passable. 

But Hobe Sound, like many small towns across America, is a special place. The townspeople pulled together and within days areas were cleaned up and back to normal. Volunteers poured into the one neighborhood that suffered the most, and local officials are already working on a long-term fix.

Floridays made it through the floods in fine shape! Not one problem. All RVs stood “high and dry” and the newer park improvements, like the bathhouses, laundry, and post office facilities had no issues whatsoever. We are grateful and our hearts go out our neighbors who did not fare as well.

Photos: TCPalm

RV Travel & Soap During COVID-19

The rules and advice for traveling the U.S.A. in your RV this spring are about as varied as a kitchen sink. Depending on where you are or where you want to be, the rules are ever-changing and it can be complicated.

Most RVers have found a safe place to hitch up and wait it out. If you are on the road traveling from state to state, the rules of “shelter in place” change depending on the State in which you are camping; and State park campgrounds (with their washrooms, toilets, and dump stations) are closed in many States.

We are finding that most RVers are simply “staying put” and if lucky, have done so in a State that is now opening up. Here’s the list of States as of May 4, 2020.

The CDC publishes a website with the latest information about Coronavirus and Travel in the United States. Because RV travelers have to make frequent stops for food, bathrooms, or overnight campsites that we become diligent about hand washing. They advise that everyone use soap and water and wash vigorously for at least 20 minutes after being in a public place.

Alternatively,  use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. But do you know why we use soap for washing? 

Germs are microbes, and they are everywhere. In the air, soil, water and every surface, including our own body. Most of these microbes are harmless, and some are even good for us. We have microbes in our stomach and intestines, and it’s these “good” microbes that break down the food that we eat and keep us healthy.

Soap is a simple concoction of fat, water, and salt. Recorded history of soap goes back to 2800 B.C. when people used animal fats, food ash and water to wash natural wool and cotton before weaving it into cloth. We think that the early Egyptians were first to use soap for treating disease and personal washing, and the early Romans made it part of their cleaning rituals.

Soap is still soap — the ingredients are basically the same, just refined and more pure.

Soap doesn’t kill germs, it removes them. Fat and water don’t mix (as I’m sure you’ve observed in your kitchen sink). But soap binds fat and water together and when you rinse, the soap carries away the muck, paint, grease, dirt, mud, germs, and yes, the coronavirus microbe with the water. The more lather you work up, the better the soap carries stuff away. The harder you rub your hands together, the more lather you work up, and the friction it creates leaves hands clean. 

But you aren’t off the hook yet. After a good hand scrub, check your fingernails. Best to keep a fingernail cleaner near all RV sinks and use them to scrape any other dirt out from under them. Wish a wash and scrape, you can be certain you’ve had a successful cleansing.