Getting to Hobe Sound

bridge roadWhen you come to Hobe Sound it just “feels different”. Everything slows down. Even motor traffic on Florida’s infamous U.S. Route 1 is less crowded. Big box stores are nowhere to be seen and folks shop local. Parking at the beach is free and main street is lined with small, independently-owned shops—many with murals painted by local artists and Jimmy Stovall, one of the original Highwaymen of Florida.

RVers coming up from the Florida Keys using U.S. Highway 1 (the scenic route) motor north through the congestion and craziness of Miami and the Palm Beaches before finding a certain quietness somewhere around Tequesta, just north of Jupiter’s historic lighthouse. Beyond County Line Road, it’s a pleasant 55 mph through the 11,000+ acre Jonathan Dickinson State Park on your left and snapshot views of the Intracoastal Waterway on your right. This is Martin County, with its beautiful beaches and more than 75 parks, and the most diverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern hemisphere. At the crossroads of Hwy 1 and Bridge Road, you enter Hobe Sound and step back in time to the days of Old Florida and a slower pace of living.

Just a few blocks north of Hobe Sound’s only waterfront restaurant (when it rains) Harry & The Natives, you’ll find Floridays RV Park.

If you discover Hobe Sound from the north through Brevard County, US 1 wanders through the lower section of the Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway and winds along the tree-lined streets of Sebastian before entering St. Lucie County, famous for it’s fabled 1715 Spanish treasure fleet that sank off its shores. Further south, Hwy 1 crosses over the St. Lucie River into Stuart, the largest town on the Treasure Coast and known as the Sailfish Capital of World. Arrive on a Sunday morning to check out Stuart’s quaint downtown and Sunday morning Green Market.

Coming from the west, RVer’s want to take Martin Highway (County Road 714) with it’s beautiful 12-mile Martin Grade Scenic Corridor shaded by a canopy of 100-year old oaks and surrounded by pastures, groves, swamps and woods that are the perfect prelude for the timeless nature of Hobe Sound. We’ll keep the lights on!

Learn more about Hobe Sound’s history and imagery at Florida Living Realty.

Hobe Sound Murals

Hobe Sound has a rich history. Once called Picture City, in 1925 it was the promised site of a motion picture colony where movies would be made and stars born — that is, until the Great Depression and the hurricane of 1928. A line of concrete light poles along Old Dixie Highway just north of Bridge Road are all that remain of the dream.

Hobe Sound muralToday, Hobe Sound clings to its history, has no high-rise condos marking its beaches, and is one of safest, most pleasant places to live, raise a family, and enjoy the casual Florida lifestyle, especially here at Floridays RV Park.

During your stay, you may discover that the artists in Hobe Sound have a unique way to keep alive the area’s history—in murals. Artist Nadia Utto of Landmark Arts is a local artist with a passion for “creating a beautiful outdoor gallery honoring Hobe Sound’s rich history, present vitality and bright tomorrow”.

Nadia and about 75 other artists have painted murals on the sides of buildings all over Hobe Sound. You can view the murals on Nadia’s website or, better yet, sign up for a Mural Tour offered by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce. On the tour, you’ll visit 16 (and growing) murals across the town by bus. Some murals have secrets hidden within the art, secrets that are revealed during the tour. A nice box lunch is served, and at the end of the tour everyone gets the chance to pick up a paintbrush and add their own touch to a mural underway. Learn more about the Mural Tour and book a spot.