Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hutchinson Island, Florida


Hutchinson Island is located on Florida's southeast coast, just 45 minutes north of West Palm Beach. Its also 2 hours drive north from Miami and south from Orlando. The perfect spot for a girlfriend trip. Pack, get in your car (or on a quick flight) and you're there in no time at all.

Remember, budget trips are my specialty so here are some of the best deals in the area:

The Vistana Beach Club is right on the beach and close to local attractions like the Elliot Museum and Savannas Preserve State Park.  The rooms feature kitchens with refrigerators and stove tops. Recreational opportunities include an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Additional features include concierge services and a picnic area.

About 3 miles north of Hutchinson Island, in Jensen Beach is the quaint Caribbean Shores Resort. This waterfront hotel features a 300-foot fishing pier and dock space for guests' boats. Hammocks slung between palm trees sway in the breeze, and the outdoor pool is heated. The accommodations feature furnished balconies and patios with riverfront views. Kitchens include stoves, microwaves and refrigerators, and cookware and dishes. Living rooms are furnished with queen sofa beds. 

Things to do:
Try a guided Kayak Tour or rent a boat and have lunch at one of the tiny islands off the intra-coastal. The Florida Oceanographic Center (a 57 acre marine life nature center) on Hutchinson Island is a great way to spend an afternoon and learn about marine life and conservation efforts. Of course, the best way to enjoy a beach vacation is the beach.  

You will want a cozy beach read like The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax.


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