Floridays in the Summer

Floridays RV Park enjoys tropical Caribbean-like weather year-round. This is because of our unique location on the Atlantic coast of Florida alongside the Gulf Stream. The current moderates the climate, making summers cooler and winters warmer. Gulf breezes are year-round, giving us plenty of sunny summer days with an overall average high temperature of 83 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 67 degrees. We see a few 90-degree days, but normally stay close to the comfort range. 

The Gulf Steam’s influence on nature is amazing. Its eddies and cross current flush out coastal areas giving us cleaner water. Marine life abounds, carried up from the Caribbean along Florida’s east coast. Corals colonize the reefs, and that brings the fish.

Humidity can be high in the summer, and afternoon rains are frequent. However, the rain clouds are usually “just passing over.” Locals refer to the summer rains as “Florida Car Washes” and they also keep RVs cleaner. Another advantage is our sandy soil that tolerates the extra water without the muddy conditions experienced elsewhere.

Sperling’s Best Places gives Martin County 5 Stars for Best Places. For fishermen, bird watchers, and outdoor adventurers, Hobe Sound is paradise.

The 60th Annual Martin County Fair

The Martin County Fair is the single largest event, drawing upwards of 70,000 people of all ages who come to be delighted with the food, entertainment, music, livestock, and history of this annual event. This year, the Fair celebrates it’s 60th year, so plan to be there!

The fair runs from Friday, February 8 to Saturday, February 16 at the Martin County Fairgrounds, 2616 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart. Here’s just a handful of events in store for young and old alike…

Friday. Opening day and Miss Martin County Fair Pageant
Saturday: Robot Battles and Poultry Show
Sunday: Mini Miss Pageant, Robot Battles, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, and Music Concert
Monday: Market Swine Show
Tuesday: $.25 Admission Day. Beef & Dairy Show, Music Concert, and 60th Anniversary Party.
Wednesday: 2 Music venues and Swine Showmanship.
Thursday: Lambs & Goats, Dairy, and free Concert
Friday: 3 Music venues and Beef Showmanship.
Saturday: 3 Music venues and Steer & Swine Auction.

Everyday, there are carnival rides galore, from bumper cars to a looping roller coaster. Complete Fair Calendar.

The 60th Martin County Fair is all about good, wholesome family fun, great entertainment, friendly competitions, community pride, and educational experiences for the whole family! Take photos and post them on Floridays’ Facebook page!

Have a great time at the Fair.

What To Do in November 2018

November offers a whirlwind of events in Martin County, Fla., home of Floridays RV Park. Let’s take a look at what our guests can look forward to in Hobe Sound and the Treasure Coast.

Hobe Sound Christmas Parade

Music Lovers

Now and through December 11th, enjoy live Blues, Rock, and R&B at the Notes Music Room & Wine Bar offers special deals on beer and wine on Tuesday with hot sandwiches, cheese plates and snacks from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.; 872 S. Colorado in Stuart. More information »

Happy Shoppers

On November 18, visit the Stuart Green Market where you’ll find fresh ideas for Christmas giving, and some tasty treats along the way. After the market, head over to the Rock’n Riverwalk free concert from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., then later in the evening, take a stroll through historic downtown Stuart and visit the great shops and restaurants that make up this quaint downtown. Spoiler Alert: Visit Kilwins for ice cream! Visit Stuart Main Street to learn more »

Foodies

Another 3rd Saturday Gourmet is November 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Hobe Sound. This fun, family, pet-friendly event features about 15 different vendors including unique food trucks from all over south Florida and local crafters. 3rd Saturdays continue in Hobe Sound monthly through May. Event is sponsored by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce.

Christmas Elves

If you like getting into the holiday mood early, Christmas on Main Street has music by the Celebration Singers, a performance by the Martin County Tigerettes, and tree lighting festivities in downtown Stuart on November 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall Annex and Riverwalk Stage, 300 SW St. Lucie Ave. Event information »

Parade Watchers

Mark your calendar (Saturday, December 1, 1:00 p.m.) for this must-see annual event—the Hobe Sound Christmas Parade! For 33 years, our hometown has paraded out floats, vintage cars, bands, marchers, trucks, and especially Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. The music and magic of our small town is on display as hundred of townies and visitors line the streets and local shops and restaurants will be open. Parade information »

If you’re a current guest of Floridays’ we wish you a safe, joyful and happy Thanksgiving and Christmas season. If you are thinking of a place to spend the winter in our little piece of Paradise, there’s no better place to spend a good old-fashioned holiday season than south Florida.

How to Tell It’s Spring in South Florida

Spring started on March 20, but few in south Florida noticed. No crocus buds popped up through snow, no cherry blossom scent filled the air. In Florida’s panhandle thousands of college students stream to the beaches, but here in Martin County, our 40-feet building height restriction means fewer large hotels, and in turn, no noticeable annual spring break madness.alligator

But nature provides plenty of clues that it’s springtime in Florida. Last month we wrote about the annual arrival of our gentle giant, the manatee, to our rivers and inlets. They are followed by the annual shark migration, a trek considered to be the largest migration in U.S. coastal waters. The usual count is around 15,000 blacktip sharks arriving from the north, but this year numbers are down, leading scientists to worry because blacktip sharks help keep coral reefs and sea grasses healthy by “cleaning out” weak fish species.

Above the beaches, birds are flying in formation heading northward. Sea turtles are nesting along beaches. Near swamps and bogs, Florida’s male alligators are bellowing and fighting over the females. Butterflies flitting about are more plentiful and the bald cypress trees are contemplating their summer foliage.

Spring in south Florida is all around us…if we look, listen and learn. Happy spring!

The Florida Manatee

During South Florida’s mild winter months a grayish brown lump with thick wrinkled algae-stained skin gets a ton of attention. The Florida manatees return from their summer homes along the rivers of the Carolinas, Louisiana, and sometimes even from as far north as Massachusetts. Some with calf in tow, others on their own, gather in shallow warm waters to graze on seagrass.

manateeIt’s estimated that about 6,000 manatees live in the shallow rivers, bays, estuaries and coastal waters in the U.S.—and they all come to Florida for the winter. They are gentle beasts, slow-moving, and often playful. When stressed or excited, they squeak at one another. But usually, they simply eat and rest.

Places to see manatees in and around Martin County include the Manatee Lagoon. Owned by Florida Power & Light, the wild manatees gather, sometimes by the hundreds, near the warm-water outflows of FPL’s Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center.

Manatees can be spotted along the Treasure Coast in most of Martin County’s inland waterways, near docs, waterside restaurants, bridges, and rivers during the winter. A short drive to north to Ft. Pierce is a great way to learn about these fascinating winter visitors. The Manatee Observation and Education Center in Fort Pierce is a waterfront environmental education and wildlife viewing center. Closer to Floridays, the Hobe Sound Nature Center leads walks along the intracoastal waterway to look for manatees gathering between the Center and Jupiter Island, and Jonathan Dickinson State Park (JDSP) [https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Jonathan-Dickinson ] offers canoes, kayaks, and guided tours in comfortable, dry pontoon boats—all great ways to spot manatees in their natural environment.manatee

Beyond the Treasure Coast, in central Florida, the manatees gather in shallow clear waters in Crystal River. Thousands visit Crystal River in January to celebrate the manatees’s return. By now, the crowds have thinned and vendors shuttered and gone…the perfect time to rent a kayak or go on a snorkel tour at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Whether you do it up fancy at the Plantation at Crystal River, or go local at JDSP, the manatees are waiting.