Stretching 23 miles from St. Lucie to Martin County with the Atlantic Ocean bordering its east and the Indian River along the west, Hutchinson Island offers a carefree beach vibe. There are miles of beautiful, sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife. You can be as active as you want and enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including boating, golfing, sailing, swimming, fresh water or deep sea fishing, kayaking, shelling, horseback riding, bird watching, diving, snorkeling and surfing. The island has a carefree casual vibe that can be seen in its waterfront dining offering the freshest, local seafood straight off the boat! A majority of residences are high-rise condos that provide numerous amenities to its owners. There are also plenty of beach homes for those that want a little more space.
Communities on Hutchinson Island
Need help zeroing in on your perfect lifestyle? We invite you to explore these homes located on Hutchinson Island to get a feel of the different communities and their unique amenities that residents enjoy.
AVALON BEACH CLUB
Living on Hutchinson Island
Swimming, fishing, boating, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving are only a few of the recreational opportunities available to you around Hutchinson Island.
KAYAKING & PADDLE BOARDING – numerous beach shops offer rentals, guided and self-guided tours.
SURFING – a great spot to learn or perfect your surfing skills is the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. There are plenty of surf shops around town to get your gear or sign up for classes.
SCUBA DIVING – dive sites include coral and artificial reefs, the site of the 1715 wreck of the Urca de Lima and the 19th Century Paddle Wheeler Wreck. These are the most biodiverse areas on the Atlantic Coast where you’ll most likely encounter sea turtles, manatees, sharks, dolphin, stingrays and large deep ocean fish migrating in to use the lagoon as a nursery. You can even go diving for treasure! One of the local dive shops can provide you with equipment rentals, locations of great diving spots, many accessible right from the beach, as well as local guided dive tours.
BEACHES – there are plenty of easily accessible public beaches where you can find sun bathers, shell collectors & treasure hunters with metal detectors.
BOATING – water is the main attraction and there are plenty public boat ramps and marinas with boat rentals available. Ocean access is easy from the Fort Pierce Inlet, which is lined with restaurants that you can pull your boat right up to and enjoy a delicious meal.
BEACH TOURS ON HORSEBACK – explore the scenic beaches at Frederick Douglass Memorial Park just 4 miles north of the St. Lucie Power Plant on A1A or wooded trails such as Paleo Hammock, Bluefield and Pinelands Preserves by horseback.
FISHING – there are various fishing piers throughout the area. Deep sea charters are great for the sport fisherman looking to catch wahoo, marlin, Dolphin, tuna and kingfish. Numerous sportfishing tournaments are held throughout the year.
GOLF – Golf year around! Who wouldn’t love that? Enjoy the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon when you tee off at many of the island’s golf resorts and communities. The nearest course is a newly renovated, Executive Par 3-9 hole golf course located in Ocean Village.
Since the early part of the century, this area has attracted artists, writers and poets. There is an abundance of Arts and Cultural Venues from museums to galleries to festivals, to theaters and more. Most of the established cultural institutions were built by private donations and have become the fabric of this seaside community.
AE BACKUS MUSEUM AND GALLERY – this public visual arts facility is a repository for many of Albert Ernest Backus’ paintings and personal effects while serving as an educational and inspirational resource for artists. It features ever-changing exhibits by contemporary artists and also hosts a permanent collection of fine original Highwaymen paintings on exhibit.
HEATHCOATE BOTANICAL GARDENS – consists of an assortment of specialty gardens including a Japanese Garden, Reflection Garden, Herb Garden, Rainforest Display, Native Plants Garden and a Palm & Cycad Walk. These areas convey an atmosphere of individual garden rooms. Visitors will also discover the nation’s largest public display of tropical bonsai trees!
SUNRISE THEATER – intimate 1,200-seat theatre that presents national touring Broadway shows, musical and comedy acts, ballet and opera companies with full orchestras, country stars and classic rock icons. Also located within the theatre complex is the 220-seat Black Box Theatre, a state-of-the-art venue offering a variety of national, regional and local programming. It is home to the Ft. Pierce Jazz & Blues Society’s Jazz Jams & The Comedy Corner that plays host to top-touring comedians.
NATIONAL NAVY UDT-SEAL MUSEUM – dedicated to preserving the history of the US Navy SEALS and their predecessors. It resides on the training grounds of the original Naval Combat Demolition Units and Underwater Demolition Teams, the Frogmen. It was built to honor the men who served and promotes public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALS through interactive exhibits while honoring the fallen at the Seal Memorial and caring for those warrior’s families through the Trident House Charities Program.
The Hutchinson Island dining experience offers something for everyone. From fine dining on the ocean to kitschy seafood joints with live entertainment, to every flavor in between, Hutchinson Island has no shortage of restaurants.
Sample the Local Flavor:
12A BUOY – Cuisine: Seafood | Atmosphere: Casual, Outdoor Patio | 22 Fishermans Wharf
ARCHIE’S SEABREEZE RESTAURANT & BAR – Cuisine: American | Atmosphere: Old Florida Beach Bar, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Bikers Welcome | 401 S. Ocean Drive
CHUCK’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT – Cuisine: American, Seafood | Atmosphere: Casual Waterfront Dining | 822 Seaway Drive
HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS – Cuisine: Wings, Pub Menu, Full Bar | Atmosphere: Casual, Outdoor Seating | 2017 Seaway Drive
ON THE EDGE BAR & GRILL – Cuisine: Seafood, American, Raw Bar | Atmosphere: Casual, Waterfront, Live Music | 1136 Seaway Drive
MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL – Cuisine: Seafood, American | Atmosphere: Casual, Outside Bar, Live Music | 1640 Seaway Drive
THE SQUARE GROUPER – Cuisine: Seafood, American | Atmosphere: Casual, Outdoor Bar, Live Music | 1920 Seaway Drive
SHARKY’S – Cuisine: Seafood, American, Pizza, Sandwiches | Atmosphere: Casual, Takeout | 1012 Shorewinds
2ND STREET BISTRO – Cuisine: American Fare | Atmosphere: Casual, Outdoor Patio | 122 N 2nd Street
THE BRADFORD STEAKHOUSE – Cuisine: Farm to Table | Atmosphere: Fine Dining | 100 N 2nd Street