Hobe Sound

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Get to know Hobe Sound

Hobe Sound is quiet. It’s off the beaten path, surrounded on every side by stunning natural beauty. It is, simply, a jewel of small-town Florida, an accidental — though not literal — island, hemmed in by the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge (and the Atlantic) to the north, the gloriously wild Jonathan Dickinson State Park to the south, a bit of swampy farmland to the west, and the Indian River to the east. This is not to say there’s no luxury here, because on the other side of that river is the storied mass of mansions known as Jupiter Island, and many prefer the low-key life of Hobe to hobnobbing on Jupiter. In Hobe Sound, you’ll find grand houses with large boats in their slips along the riverfront, and you’re likely to find the owners of those houses dining in the mom-and-pop restaurants on the mainland side.

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Hobe Sound Commerce & Culture

Hobe Sound restaurants aren’t white-tablecloth establishments, but the fish is fresh and the owners are friendly. There are a few local businesses in town, mostly places to grab the basics, though any substantial shopping (as well as any other entertainment) will take place a few minutes away in Jupiter or Stewart. The Palm Beaches are only a bit farther south, and Miami is an easy drive if you’re aching for a metropolitan experience. Hobe Sound, though, is an anti-Miami. It has wild beaches studded with limestone monoliths, and fish-filled snorkeling just off shore. The Loxahatchee River is designated wild and scenic, and kayakers come from around the world to paddle through its prehistoric forests. People bike and walk along tree-shaded sidewalks, and end with their arms tired from waving at all the neighbors. There’s a lot that sparkles along the Treasure Coast, but Hobe Sound is the true hidden gem.