The southern causeway or Seaway Drive takes you to Hutchinson Island which runs down to Jesen Beach. It extends for more than 30 miles south, with breathtaking beaches. Sunworshippers should head the Sea Turtle Beach and Jensen State Park. At the southern tip you will find the House of Refuge, Bathtub Reef Beach, the Elliott Museum and the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Centre.
Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge (301 Southeast MacArthur Boulevard) is Martin County’s oldest building and since 1974 has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a restored refuge for shipwrecked sailors, built in 1876, as part of a chain of 10 refuges. It is the only one still standing. In its time, it was run by the United States Lifesaving Service. This historic structure has weathered many storms and provided shelter for shipwreck survivors. Famously it was used by Georges Valentine, an Italian brigantine whose wreckage remains just 100 yards off the rocky shoreline, the dive site can be explored today. Today it offers a fascinating look at a bygone lifestyle along the coast. The museum has been restored and is a showcase of historical lifesaving equipment and the Keeper’s living quarters as they were in 1904. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm- 4 pm.
Elliott Museum (825 Northeast Ocean Boulevard) - this museum is to commemorate the inventor Sterling Elliott. The original museum which has existed for 50 years has been replaced by a new building opening in 2013. On display are some of his querky inventions and contraptions alonside antique cars and interactive exhibits. Open Monday - Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Bathtub Reef Beach (1585 SE MacArthur Boulevard) - a popular sunning and swimming beaches with the soft sands are ideal for early morning and evening walks. A great spot for scuba diving in the shallow waters around the reef. A natural pool forms around the sandstone reef and allows you to wade out safely without the risks of a rip currents or huge waves.