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.

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

St. Patrick’s Day on the Treasure Coast

St. Patrick’s Day in America is a remembrance of the most famous Irish legend, who died on March 17 sometime around the year 492. It’s largely a celebration of the Irish-American culture in the United States. Americans love to wear the green, revel in all things Irish. and of course quaff green beer!

What you may not know is that all this Irish merry-making started in Boston, Massachusetts and repeats itself largely in the United States alone. In Ireland, it’s a traditional day of solemnity with Catholics attending church in the morning and gathering for modest feasts in the afternoon. No parades, no green-tinted foods and no “wearing of the green.” In Ireland, blue is the traditional color associated with Ireland’s patron saint.

Parades, concerts, and events that likely have ole St. Patrick rolling in his grave keep his memory alive not just in Ireland but especially in America, and even along the Treasure Coast. 

St. Patrick’s Day events along the Treasure Coast range from parades to pub crawls and festivals for the kids. Here are a few nearby:

Saturday, March 14, 2:00 – 11:00 PM
Downtown Fort Pierce Pubs and Play
A Block Party in downtown Fort Pierce will shut down 2nd Street to celebrate the luck of the Irish. Live music on stage, street pubs, and kid’s area for the wee ones.

Sunday, March 15, 2:00  – 4:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
The parade route begins at Church Street and Indian River Drive and moves southbound along Indian River Drive to Jensen Beach Blvd. then continues west through downtown Jensen Beach to Pineapple Avenue. Presented by Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill and organized by the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce. www.jbstpatricksparade.com

Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day with the Prestage Brothers
Real Swamp Music with a Twist of the Irish!

Lastly, for all of us who are, or pretending to be, Irish this month, a list of Irish Bars Near Us.

South Florida Loves Art Festivals!

The highlight of the year for our small town of Hobe Sound along Florida’s Treasure Coast is the annual Festival of the Arts. On the first weekend in February, amazing artwork, crafts, and culinary delights line Old Dixie Highway for a 2-day affair that rivals similar festivals all over Florida during high season.

Hobe Sound’s Festival of the Arts

If you missed Hobe Sound’s Art Festival, you can still find one within a day’s drive:

Sarasota, 8-9 February
Coconut Point, 15-16 February
Stuart, 22-23 February
Ft. Lauderdale, 7-8 March
Palm Beach Gardens, 14-15 March
Coral Springs, 21-22 March

See all Florida Art Fest Events.

Most shows have a nice balance of fine art and crafts, but if you prefer “craft fairs only” Howard Alan Events, the event planner for Hobe Sound’s annual festival, will delight your senses and help you find that special trinket, live plant, or home made health and beauty product. 

See Dates for All Florida Craft Festivals

And for Art enthusiasts in our own backyard who still can’t get too much eye-candy for one month, check out ArtsFest (sponsored by the Arts Foundation of Martin County) this coming Saturday and Sunday in Stuart.

Boat Parades Near Floridays

There’s nothing like a beautiful boat parade to put south Floridians into the Christmas spirit. It just so happens that Hobe Sound is fairly equal distance to boat parade in Martin County to the north, and Palm Beach County to the south.

Christmas fun waterside

North Boat Parade – Martin County

The Annual Martin County Boat Parade is Saturday, December 8, beginning at the Jensen Beach Causeway at 6:00 PM. The Parade route will  proceed by Sandsprit Park, into the Manatee Pocket, and ending at the Twisted Tuna Restaurant around 8:00 PM where the winners will be announced.

South Boat Parade – Palm Beach County

The 25th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade is December 7, led by a Zambelli traveling fireworks display that navigates up the Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Sit and see the parade from Juno Park, Burt Reynolds Park, Waterway Park, Sawfish Bay Park, Jupiter Riverwalk, Harbourside Place and Lighthouse Park.