The Thrill of Sailfish Fishing

Floridays is located in Martin County, the Sailfish Capital of the World! Avid anglers from all over the world — including presidents, commercial fishermen, and world class sport fishermen come to Martin County to fish the waters off our beautiful coast.

Image credit: TCPalm Fishing Report

The Elliott Museum in Stuart is currently showcasing sailfish fishing with The Lure of Florida Fishing exhibit now through May. You’ll learn about the rich history, evolution and art of this age-old sport and its impact on a local and statewide scale. 

Explore vintage as well as state-of-the-art equipment, mounts, sculpture, and hand-crafted lures for fresh and saltwater fishing. 

For those who fish, and for those that dream to fish the big catch, the Elliott’s fishing simulator offer the experience of reeling it in!

Visit the Museum Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 825 NE Ocean Boulevard in Stuart.

Our Hometown Gets a Makeover

Hobe Sound is a small, mostly residential town of locals who prefer the quiet, “old Florida” look and feel, and like to know the names of the local business owners. But “going downtown” in Hobe Sound has, in the past, been defined as parking in the huge Winn-Dixie parking lot and heading out on foot along old sidewalks in need of repair. But that’s all changing right now.

Downtown Hobe Sound is in the home stretch of an 18+ month dramatic redevelopment project along Bridge Road that connects US Highway 1 (where Floridays is located) to A1A, locally known as Old Dixie Highway. In fact, US Hwy 1 is Floridays’ front door, and Old Dixie Highway is our back door. 

For years, Hobe Sound has been trying to update their town’s usability without losing it’s small-town charm. It looks as though they are about to succeed! Improvements include brick pavers, new trees and planter areas, spacious sidewalks, better parking — all pedestrian-friendly from US Hwy 1 to A1A.

The local businesses are doing their share too! Excited for their future, many local Bridge Road businesses are making storefront improvements in a huge effort to attract new visitors and better support the locals.

If you’re staying with us right now or plan to, take a stroll down Bridge Road to see how a small town can come together to inspire local pride. Drop in on our local shopkeepers like Dawn at Village Bicycle where you can rent a bike or paddle-board, Joyce at Joyce Herb Flooring to talk flooring, curtains and blinds, Chrissy at Dusted Off Pretty for hand-crafted home accessories, Tammy at Clothes Mentor for high quality gently used women’s fashions, and George or Jan at Hobe Sound Beach Shop for custom tees, seashore-inspired clothing, souvenirs, and even flip-flops made from recycled tires. Alongside Winn-Dixie Plaza on the stroll back to Floridays, stop in at Courtney’s for ice cream or The Grove for real Italian pizza.

Reasons to Follow the RV Blogs

There are a few things most of us in the RV lifestyle can agree to:

  • Freedom is a daily occurrence
  • Every window can be a picture window
  • If you don’t like your neighbors, move on
  • Experiences are worth more than possessions
  • Learning that who is more valuable than what
  • Travel is the best way to experience life
  • Boredom is optional

RVers learn from one another, and there’s no better and quicker way to learn than following the blogs.

Of of the best is The Wandering RV, a camping and travel magazine that shares the fun of the RV lifestyle from reviews to guides. Their blogs cover a little bit of everything from product reviews, financing, insurance, and to how to fix almost anything.

Free As Wheel Ever Be keeps you up to date on their adventures as well as opportunities to learn from their experiences and live a more intentional life. 

Camp Addict comes from a couple of RVing friends, Marshall and Kelly, part-time, unmarried, young RVers who are big fans of boondocking. Their goal is to share “real, dependable” RV consumer information that is (and we quote) “not like some of the ‘misinformation’ you can get on the web”. They even take reader questions!

For laughs, if you haven’t yet met John and Mercedes, the RV Odd Couple, it’s not too late to laugh. Our favorites:

RVers: We All Do It

Mask Mandate on Federal Lands

Who can forget the optics on President Biden’s first day in office with a stock of executive order folders on his left and a pen in his right hand?

One of those EOs issued a federal mask mandate for certain areas of the United States under which the President has authority to issue policies — and one of them is federal lands, i.e. all lands operated by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other agencies. 

Since so much of this land is recreational and used often by RVers, it’s caused some confusion about when to use a mask while camping on federal land. Reading the actual text of the mandate is vague.

In a nutshell, while camping on Federal lands, follow CDC guidelines currently in place for social distancing when around people outside your family or RV-mates. The guidelines simply states: “Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with other people who live in your household.”

You certainly don’t need a mask while hiking, fishing, biking, or taking a stroll under the stars…or doing anything else outside away from others. If we all use our common sense, camping on Federal lands should be no different than the CDC guidelines for anywhere else, including right here at Floridays RV Park.

How Floridays Stacks Up

Camper Report recently published an article on the 10 Most Common Complaints Against RV Parks. We thought you might want to see how Floridays stacks up.

First, a little background. Floridays was never a “brand new” park for us. We purchased what was know as the Angle Inn Mobile Court in the autumn of 2010 — and it was an eyesore! But our location in one of the last remaining “old Florida” small towns along US Federal Hwy 1 made it an easy decision. Right away we got to work tearing out invasive plants species and replacing it with young oak trees and native vegetation to create year-round shade for the RV pads. In 2017, we added the washhouse with separate bathrooms and showers for ladies and men and a laundry facility with brand new washers, dryers and folding tables. Our 2017 videos of the Washhouse buildout have great aerial shots of the park.

We erected birdhouses to attract Purple Martin swallows, updated our Wi-Fi and electrical boxes, added a secure covered mailroom, and much more. We aren’t fancy, just honest.

So how does Floridays stack up to Camper Report’s top 10 complaints?

  1. Not enough space. We have 84 sites well spaced for privacy and all with pads.
  2. Bad attitudes from staff and owners. We never discriminate and have an on-site full-time park manager with tons of experience.
  3. Bad electric hookups. Our pedestals are correctly wired, have surge protectors, and are routinely checked.
  4. Gross water. Florida water quality in Martin County is considered reliable with high standards for excellence. Check it out here.
  5. Dirty bathhouses and common areas. Our bathhouses could be considered “fancy” because they are large and new. Common areas are well-maintained, but not “fancy.”
  6. Neighbor problems. We’re not a permanent residence park; maximum stay is six months. Most of our guests return year after year, know one another, and enjoy campfires, cookouts, and leisure time together.
  7. Un-level sites. Parking surfaces are designed to be flat. 
  8. Mud, sand, and dirt. The park has a moderate grade for good drainage, and seasonal Florida rains are quickly absorbed by our sandy soil. Most of our roadways are paved which helps maneuvering around the park and prevents erosion. Outdoor rugs are encouraged.
  9. Bug issues. We routinely spray for ants and Martin County sprays for mosquito control. 
  10. Feeling unsafe. Both the Hobe Sound community at large, and the Floridays community specifically, are close-knit and look out for one another.

Have you stayed with us? Be sure to let us know how we are doing by leaving a review on our Facebook page.