Just off the shoulder of St. Lucie County in Florida, is Hutchinson Island. It’s known for its beauty and love of wildlife and the surrounding beaches. Hutchinson Island is split into two barrier islands known as North Hutchinson Island and just Hutchinson Island. They’re separated by Fort Pierce who is a city of just 45,000 people. Such is the beauty and location of the island it’s mainly used for tourism. It’s approximately 12 miles away from Port St. Lucie which is the nearest large city of around 300,000 people. It takes only 12 or so minutes to reach it from Hutchinson Island, so you’re never far from any major brand stores or great restaurants. It’s called a barrier island because it blocks the incoming waves from washing over the mainland, but this gives it a unique advantage. The beaches are great for surfers and those who just want to go for a lukewarm swim. There’s more to do on the island if you’re looking for an educational adventure.Source Ebyabe
To serve the nation
Located close by the island is the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum with artefacts of the fighting force. It’s situated in St. Lucie County but sits just outside of Fort Pierce. The purpose of the museum is to educate the public on the operational history and capabilities of the Navy SEAL forces. They specialize in the underwater infiltration of enemy ports and ships. You can see the equipment that was used in the past and gain an educational understanding of how they went into battle. The United States Congress recognized the museum as a National Museum by an act of law signed in 2008; such is the importance of what’s on display to the public and the stories that are told of the men involved. The MV Maersk Alabama lifeboat exhibit showcases the emergency craft SEAL teams would use if an operation would go wrong. It’s exhibited just outside the museum and in great condition.Credit Don Ramey Logan
In the Courtyard
Located on Hutchinson Island is the Courtyard Hutchinson Island Oceanside hotel. It puts you right in the middle of the tropical paradise with crystal clear waters surrounding you and glorious soft yellow beaches. Visit the Cowabunga Surf Club where you can snorkel, go kayaking and ride the waves with surfing gear. The hotel faces outward toward the ocean so if you book one of the ocean-view rooms you can see the waves and tides forming day and night. You have soft plump bedding in each room and complimentary WiFi. There’s nothing better while you’re enjoying the sun and sand, to sit down and enjoy a hearty classic American dinner in the evening. Served in-house at the Bistro restaurant you can find all your fried chicken, fried shrimp, burgers and steak dishes you want. If you don’t want to go to bed early, then feel free to lounge by the outdoor pool while sipping on a drink made by the Latitudes Tiki Bar and Grille.
Hutchinson Island is in a strange but beautiful place. It’s not quite classic Florida as it’s a little more stoic thanks to the battering waves of the North Atlantic Ocean. The history on the island is something you must see in person if you have time in between your relaxing swim and sandcastle building on the beaches that is.