Why We Love Our Floridays Weather

People often confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather refers to the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time. Then there’s the powerful Gulf Stream that transports nearly 4 billion cubic feet of water per second, nearly 300 times faster than the flow of the Amazon River, and its effect on weather and climate. 

Welcome to Floridays RV Park located in subtropical Martin County, Florida, where we enjoy a great climate all year round — well, almost. Warm breezes that originate in the Gulf of Mexico make a northeasterly curve around the tip of Florida and up the eastern seaboard, skirting offshore at Martin County before making a dogleg flow out to sea. 

Named the Florida Current, these warm waters rarely fall below 75 degrees F, even during the winter months. When easterly winds move over this warm water the effect is that winter temperatures in Martin County are milder than anywhere else in the SE United States. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 56°F to 89°F and is rarely below 42°F or above 93°F.

On top of our mild winters and subtropical climate, Hobe Sound to the locals is simply “paradise.” This small, colorful community with clean air and ocean breezes has no pollution, no smog, and offers all who live or visit here stunning sunsets over uncrowded beaches and sunrises that rival the best in the world.

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.

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