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A Local’s Guide to Hutchinson Island on Florida’s Treasure Coast

Posted on: January 2, 2023 | Read Time: 5 minutes

Hutchinson Island is a quaint barrier island teeming with culture and wildlife on the east coast of Florida. The 23-mile pristine coastal setting exudes tropical Florida charm combined with a welcoming and friendly culture. Just 40 minutes north of the Palm Beaches, Hutchinson Island is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon/Intracoastal Waterway. It’s an idyllic place filled with history, natural beauty and unique wildlife that allows residents and visitors to enjoy a laidback coastal lifestyle. Take a closer look at what makes this multifaceted island so unique.

Explore Hutchinson Island’s Vibrant History

With the earliest recorded inhabitance in the 1700s, many groups of people have called Hutchinson Island home over the past several centuries. The indigenous Ais tribe, Spanish galleons, treasure-seeking pirates and pineapple farmers are few of many who have resided in this coveted area. Hutchinson Island has its own 16th-century shipwreck off its coast, rumored to hold Spanish gold and treasures. One of many shipwrecks in the area, people would often travel from all over to walk the beaches in search of washed-up gold and other treasures, gaining the region its “Treasure Coast” nickname. During the early 19th century, the Spanish government issued several land grants in the area, one of which went to settler James Hutchinson, the namesake of this treasured island.

large boat going deep sea fishing near hutchinson island

Flanked by the St. Lucie and Fort Pierce Inlets

Famous for its turquoise waters, Hutchinson Island is located in the heart of the Sailfish Capital of the World. Although the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River and Intracoastal waterways provide scenic views from every vantage point, the two inlets that border each end of the island are its shining focal points. The Saint Lucie and Fort Pierce Inlets are locally renowned for connecting the ocean to the river, providing boaters with optimal access to explore some of the finest waters in Florida. These inlets lead to a diverse array of fishing and a local culture emphasizing various water activities. Hutchinson Island is a coveted spot for sport and deep-sea fishing, with an abundance of sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo and swordfish in the area. Locals can be found boating, kayaking, jet-skiing and swimming more often than not. Additionally, with the West End of the Bahamas being only 55 nautical miles away, many people enjoy cruising down the coast for a weekend getaway. The waterfront lifestyle provides a relaxed ambiance that is highly sought-after by many.

sea turtle in the ocean

A Diverse Natural Sanctuary for Wildlife

Famous for its scenic beauty, Hutchinson Island is ideal for nature lovers and a hotspot for diverse wildlife. The island’s renowned beaches consist of crystal-clear waters, pristine coastline and tropical marine life. Birdwatchers cherish watching great herons, pelicans and egrets fly above, while beachgoers find it’s common to spot bottlenose dolphins skimming the coastline. The area is also a nesting site for thousands of sea turtles annually. Nighttime sea turtle walks are a popular activity to witness the baby turtles hatch between the summer and fall months. Mangroves, sea grape groves and palm trees also decorate the island, contributing to its picturesque terrain.

Elliot Museum on Hutchinson Island

Endless Attractions Beyond the Beach

Hutchinson Island locals are very passionate about the area, as there are several attractions that have been specifically designed to honor and celebrate this barrier island. Once serving as a rescue center for shipwreck survivors, the House of Refuge is now a museum and refuge for sea turtles. This house is the last of ten refuge houses built along the Atlantic coastline, making it the oldest structure on the Treasure Coast. The Elliott Museum inspires adults and children, showcasing the best of local history, vintage cars, art, athletics and more through thought-provoking exhibits. Located directly across from this museum is the recently expanded Florida Oceanographic Center. This 57-acre nature center prides itself on educating visitors, conducting innovative research and conservation and advocating for Florida’s natural wildlife. Whether people are looking to enjoy the natural paradise or learn something new, there is an abundance of venues to explore on Hutchinson Island.

Finest Dining in All of Martin County

Discover award-winning dining all over the island, no matter the occasion. Enjoy classic seafood, steaks and more while sitting seaside at Kyle G’s Prime Seafood and Steaks. This oceanfront restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate any special occasion due to its flavorful cuisine and elegant ambiance. The Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa is home to the cozy Drift Kitchen & Bar. This elevated restaurant prides itself on incorporating local ingredients in its “sea-to-table” dishes and incredible oceanfront views. For a more casual eatery, check out the Seaside CafĂ© right on Stuart Beach. This laid-back dive is the best place to grab a bite during a sunny beach outing. The nearby downtowns of Jensen Beach and Stuart are minutes away with vibrant dining and shopping. These quaint downtowns just may be the only reason to leave the island.

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Discover Hutchinson Island’s Premier Private Club Community

At the southernmost tip of Hutchinson Island, Sailfish Point is a residential sanctuary that can never be replicated. This exceptionally private Florida club community offers 520 distinctive homes and a one-of-a-kind oceanfront, marina and golf lifestyle. From spacious beachfront properties and oceanfront condos to link side villas and townhomes with private boat docks, the wide array of homes offers a range of choices and styles for residents.

Numerous world-class amenities, including a par-72 Nicklaus Signature Golf Course 8 HydroGrid®Oceanfront Club includes dining venues, a pool, and a spa. Sailfish Point’s Marina and Yacht Club is also in a league of its own. As one of the largest privately-owned marinas in Florida, this deep-water marina offers 84 slips that can accommodate vessels up to 125 feet in length with an additional 45 dry slips. Sailfish Point benefits from its own private helipad, along with Stuart’s Witham Field and the Palm Beach International Airport to the south for seamless transportation.

To learn more about Hutchinson Island and the luxurious lifestyle offered at Sailfish Point, request your copy of The Point lifestyle magazine online. You can also preview the wide variety of residential real estate available at SailfishPoint.com. To schedule a private appointment, the Sailfish Point Realty team can be reached at 772-225-6200.