Martin County Fun

Hobe Sound Xmas ParadeIt’s that time of year when our hearts and minds turn to the high holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and what we call around these parts, “High Season”! If your RV lifestyle is happening now at Floridays or anywhere in Martin County, or if your’e “on the road” planning to pass through Martin County, we thought you’d like to make a note of a few upcoming events in Hobe Sound and nearby.

November 22—Thanksgiving Eve Toga Party

Dance off a couple of pounds so you can put it all back on the next day with the Toga Party at Notes Music Room and Wine Bar, 872 Colorado Ave, Stuart, at 6:30 p.m. Toss on a colorful tablecloth or sheet and toga up to discounted wine and beer specials, Sake-tinis, and $2 iced coffees. Live music with all the popular songs. Learn more »

November 24—Downtown Stuart Tree Lighting Festival

Music, performances, and a host of family-friendly activ­i­ties like a “liv­ing manger” pet­ting zoo, and cook­ies and milk on the patio at Duffy’s Sports Grill. Begins at 4:00 PM. Then just after sun­set the lights go on on the offi­cial Down­town Stu­art Hol­i­day Tree. About Stuart »

Ongoing through December 31—Rock’n Riverwalk

A free open-air concert on the Riverwalk State every Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 PM with music, vendors, and just walking around taking in the sights and sounds of the waterfront. Schedule »

November 30 to Sunday, December 3—Singing Christmas Tree

Free event at Hobe Sound Bible College at 11925 Gomez Ave, Hobe Sound, features 75 singers in a beautiful Christmas tree of 50,000 colored lights, a 25-piece orchestra, children’s choir and a drama cast of 50. See flying angels, kind and shepherds, holy family, and a spectacular message of the season. Learn more »

December 2—Santa Paws Holiday Pooch Plunge

The Humane Society’s annual dog-friendly celebration at Sailfish Splash Waterpark at 931 SE Ruhnke Street, Stuart. A fun day whether you own a pooch or not. Admission information »

December 2—Annual Hobe Sound Christmas Parade

Grab your lawn chair and line the street on Old Dixie Highway or Bridge Road to watch over 80+ entries and thousand of adults and kids strut their stuff with cars, floats, trucks, marchers, bands and surprises. This genuine old-fashioned Christmas parade and Art and Crafts Stroll along Dixie is a great opportunity to get in the holiday mood and do a little early Christmas shopping.

Sea Turtle Walks

Hobe Sound has a special place where anyone can join a trip to the beach, after dark, to experience the wonder of life through the eyes of the female Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

loggerhead turtleThe Loggerhead Sea Turtle is the largest sea turtle in the world. Adults can weigh between 200 and 350 pounds and reach 3 feet in length. Ninety percent of Loggerheads nest in five counties on the eastern seaboard of Florida and their nesting activity is highly monitored.

Female Loggerheads return to land to lay their eggs at night between February and September each year. She lugs her heavy body onto the beach and makes her way to a spot to nest. First she digs a pit, using her powerful flippers to move the sand aside, then deposits up to 120 eggs. Once finished, sand flies as she covers the eggs before returning to the ocean.

From May through July 21st, the Hobe Sound Nature Center at 13640 SE Federal Highway offers specially permitted walks by the US Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission and US Fish and Wildlife Service so kids and adults can learn about these endangered reptiles and experience a female Loggerhead lay her eggs in the sand. The center is a mere 5 minute drive south of Floridays RV Park.

Walks begin with a short educational talk, then everyone drives themselves to a nearby designated public beach where spotters guide the group to an area with an active female Loggerhead. The Turtle Walks are immensely popular in the summer months, and they are always fully booked. But cancellations do happen and there’s a waitlist you can join by calling (772) 546-2067 or by making a reservation online. There’s a donation of $5 per person requested and highly appreciated.

If you go on one of the Turtle Walks, share your adventure with others by posting your photos on our Facebook page.

New Laundry/Shower Facilities

It’s been a labor of love, and we’re proud to announce that Floridays now sports brand spanking new laundry facilities, and men’s and women’s showers and bathrooms. If you’re in the Treasure Coast area, come help us celebrate!

GRAND OPENING – February 24, 2017
11:00 AM Grand Opening of Facilities with Giveaways and Raffles
1:00 PM Corn Hole Tournament—be a winner!
3:00 PM Customer Appreciation BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixins’. BYOB
6:00 PM Live Musical Entertainment with our all-time favorite “T”

Interested? See our Facebook Page

new Bathrooms and Laundry
Our spick-and-span new Laundry and Shower facilities

Fun Times at Floridays

memorial DayOne of the nice things about Floridays RV Park is our makeup—and I don’t mean lipstick and eye shadow! While all 84 sites are generally occupied during the South Florida season from November to May, our community makeup of full-timers, snowbirds, and drop-ins helps preserve that down-home Old Florida feeling. It also creates delightful opportunities for guests to mix and mingle.

Events Coordinator Diane calls out the Bingo numbers every other Tuesday night, and guests work up a sweat competing in Floridays-sanctioned ping-pong tournaments. There are potlucks, pizza, and Italian nights where everyone brings a side dish, and almost every community dinner is followed with a campfire, guitars, or open-mic night led by Floridays’ own Mr. “T” (just “T”), weather permitting of course—which is often because of our almost perfect location along the coast where the Gulf Stream keeps temperatures moderate a few miles inland year round.

If the guests at Floridays actually needed a reason to party, there’s general consensus that NASCAR Season from late October through November is the #1 reason, quickly followed by the buildup to Super Bowl Sunday in February. The rest of the year takes a bit more imagination, but Diane and her supporters always pull off something fun and relaxing.

RV Life Along Florida’s Gulf Stream

RV’ers who drive south for the winter often follow their GPS to Florida. Many find themselves along Florida’s Treasure Coast, and a few like it well enough to stay for awhile in Hobe Sound. Why? Florida, as a whole, has four basic climates ranging from humid subtropical to tropical savannah, interspersed with a rainy season, a dry season, and the possibility of tropic cyclones in the late summer and fall. And it all has to do with the Gulf Stream.

gulf stream mapBeginning in the Caribbean and ending in the North Atlantic, the Gulf Stream is one of the world’s most interesting weather phenomena. Powerful enough to be seen from space, its influence on Florida’s weather is profound. From its northwesterly trek across the Caribbean, the Gulf Stream takes a horseshoe curve through the Gulf of Mexico then runs eastward through the Florida Straits before turning sharply northward up the Atlantic coast as far as Cape Hatteras. It hugs the Florida coast from the Keys to the Treasure Coast, then gently veers to the east, further out into the ocean.

The Gulf Stream is why coastal regions remain moderate while Florida’s cotton and citrus groves on the interior of the state can experience relatively dramatic temperature shifts. Along the Treasure Coast, where Floridays RV Park is located, the mainland is shielded from the Atlantic Ocean by narrow sandbars and barrier islands that protect shallow lagoons, rivers, and bays; they provide perfect places to fish, kayak, and paddleboard.

The temperate climate is less volatile and warmer than Florida’s interior and produces an abundance of plant varieties and wildlife unusual for the area’s latitude. The dry season sets in around October and lasts until April. During this time, fronts sweep through the northern and central parts on a regular basis and freezes are rare but not impossible. Further south it’s dryer with those endless days of sunshine that give the state its motto as the Sunshine State.

The RV lifestyle in Florida is at its peak from December through May. But along Florida’s Treasure Coast, the climate is viewed by many to be reliably pleasant all year, making it a good home base for the RV lifestyle. We hope you follow your GPS to Hobe Sound and discover the advantages of Gulf Stream living.