Hobe Sound is a small town along the Atlantic coast and is located between Stuart and Jupiter coastal cities. Hobe Sound is well-known for its natural landscapes and boasts several beaches, golf courses, and parks. You can visit many places during your journey to the city. Here are our recommendations.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
The Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers a tremendous variety of outdoor activities for people who enjoy a day out. The Loxahatchee River, the first river in the state to be designated as a Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park. Visitors who enjoy water activities can go kayaking, boating, and canoeing along the river. They also have the opportunity to fish from a boat or a riverbank.
The area has off-road and paved trails for hiking, cycling or horseback riding. There are also three campgrounds so that you can enjoy a long night out with your loved ones. The park hosts many events and guided tours like Guided Nature Walk, Guided Canoe/Kayak River Tour, Scrub-jay Walk, and other activities for the entire family.
Address: 16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Cloud Nine Kiteboarding
Cloud Nine Kiteboarding offers lessons for people who want to learn the ins and outs of kiteboarding, which combines elements of surfing, paragliding, and windsurfing. The “kiteboard” the athlete rides on looks like a small surfboard, and it sometimes has bindings or foot straps.
The athlete hooks to a power kite that pulls him across the water. There are several different styles of kiteboarding, and skilled practitioners can perform a variety of tricks. Since the sport depends on the wind, Cloud Nine Kiteboarding is closed during the summer. It reopens in the fall, and you will be able to enjoy their outdoor activities.
Address: 10501 Southeast Croft Court
Blowing Rocks Preserve
Blowing Rocks Preserve is a barrier island sanctuary, located about 25 miles north of West Palm Beach. It was established in 1969 when residents of Jupiter Island donated 73 acres of their land to the Nature Conservancy. It is bound by the Indian River Lagoon on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east.
In the 1980s, the preserve was restored to show how barrier islands in southern Florida looked 100 years ago. It includes a variety of habitats like mangrove swamps, beach dunes, and coastal strands. At least three species of sea turtle nest within the preserve.
There are three hiking trails with signs, and guided nature walks every Sunday. Visitors can also go snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming. The Hawley Education Center has exhibits devoted to local plants and animals and the Nature Conservancy’s work in protecting them. The Center also hosts lectures during the winter.
Address: 574 S Beach Rd
Ice Cream & More
Ice Cream & More has over 30 flavors of homemade ice cream—including some that can be served to pets. The shop gets their ice cream from a local business called Working Cow Homemade Ice Cream that has been producing premium homemade ice cream since 1993.
Working Cow uses all-natural ingredients, many of which are local. The cream and milk, for example, come from Florida dairies. The ice cream can be sold as cones, sundaes or in particular dishes. Favorite flavors include Creamsicle, Salted Caramel, and Captains Butterscotch. Dogs and cats can enjoy vanilla or peanut butter ice cream.
Address: 8171 SE Federal Highway
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1969, the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge boasts over 1000 acres. The Indian River Lagoon cuts it into two, and the larger half, the Jupiter Island tract is famous for its nesting sea turtles. The other half is sand pine scrub, which is a habitat found only in Florida and southern Alabama. Visitors can hike and fish in the area.
The Hobe Sound Nature Center, which opened in 1973, runs a variety of programs. One of their most favorite activity is the sea turtle walk that is hosted at night from the end of May to the middle of July. The Center also runs a summer camp for children between 6 and 12, and your child might enjoy learning some new things about nature and the wildlife.
Address: 13640 SE Federal Highway
Heritage Ridge Golf Club
Renovated in 2013, the Heritage Ridge Golf Club is an 18-hole Championship golf course that has five sets of tees for all levels of play.
The Club is open to all skill levels and offers lessons for beginners who are attracted to the sport. The place has a driving range, restaurant, and bar for you to be able to relax and enjoy a drink. The Club is open to the public and offers yearly and three-month memberships.
Address: 6510 SE Heritage Blvd.
Harry and the Natives
Harry and the Natives is a restaurant that started off as “The Cypress Cabins and Restaurant” in 1941, and it was quite popular with soldiers and sailors during World War II. During the 1950s, it became known as “The Farm,” and belonged to Jack and Pauline MacArthur.
After they had retired, their son Harry took over in 1989, and renamed the restaurant “Harry and the Natives.” The place serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and provides a catering service for companies and other off-site events.
Address: 11910 SE Federal Highway
Loxahatchee Queen III Day Trip
The Loxahatchee River is a popular destination for water tours, and many companies offer guided full moon boat trips, guided kayak and canoe tours and chartered fishing trips.
The Loxahatchee Queen III is a 49-passenger covered boat that has been certified by the Coast Guard. The Captain will describe the natural history of the river and point out the local wildlife. Visitors may see manatees, alligators, ospreys, egrets and bald eagles. The tours are at least two hours long, and they will begin and end at the dock from the Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
Address: 16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound has a lot to offer both to locals and to visitors. People who enjoy wildlife, water activities, outdoor sports, and natural beauty will especially enjoy visiting it.