Welcome to Jensen Beach Florida
An introduction to Jensen Beach and the Treasure Coast. Sandy beaches, great fishing, a quaint downtown and cool ocean breezes make Jensen Beach a great place to live and visit.
You could spend your entire life in Florida and never notice Jensen Beach. It’s a quiet ocean front town with beautiful beaches, great fishing, a quaint downtown, and a small town pace. Jensen Beach sits on the Atlantic Ocean in Martin County, which is squeezed in between ritzy Palm Beach to the south and rapidly expanding Port St Lucie to the north.
Summers in Jensen Beach, florida are especially quiet because the area has a large population of snowbirds who vacate the area for the summer. The result is a good number of available condos, townhouses and houses available for rent – many of them right on the ocean.
Jensen Beach is in the heart of the Treasure Coast, which runs from Stuart up to Sebastian. Area towns include Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St Lucie, Stuart, Palm City, and Hobe Sound. As the name suggests, The Treasure Coast is famous for Spanish treasure ships that sunk off the coast in the 1700’s. In 1715 a fleet of 10 Spanish ships left Havana Cuba loaded with treasure for Spain. Three days into their voyage nine of the ships sunk off the coast of Florida – now called the Treasure Coast.
In years past Jensen Beach was one of the leading areas to grow pineapples and still has an annual pineapple festival. In years past Jensen Beach was a sister city with Eleuthera in the Bahamas where pineapples are grown. And Bahamian food, art, and clothing were part of the pineapple festival in Jensen Beach. The 2007 Festival is scheduled for Nov 2 to 4 and will include the Bahamian influence.
If you love to fish either inland or deep sea then the Treasure Coast is a perfect destination. Nearby Stuart is known as the Sail Fish Capitol of the World. The area is teaming with game fish such as Sailfish, Kingfish, Swordfish, Trout, Redfish, Dolphin and Grouper. There are a variety of charter fishing boats in the Jensen Beach and Stuart. Beach fishing is also popular and you can get all the gear your need from a local bait and tackle store. The St Lucie River runs north –south through the Jensen Beach area and is great for fishing, skiing, and tubing.
The main beach in Jensen Beach is Jensen Sea Turtle Beach and is on Hutchinson Island. The beach is wide and sandy and the ocean is a beautiful blue. Lifeguards are on duty most days and there are facilities including bathrooms, huts for picnicking, and a restaurant. About ten minutes south of Jensen Beach is Stuart Beach and about 10 minutes north in St Lucie County is Waveland Beach. All of these beaches are on Ocean Drive.
Each spring, the Sea Turtles return to their nesting spots on area beaches to lay their eggs. In late summer, the eggs begin to hatch. It’s always a fascinating experience to watch.
Golf and Tennis
Florida is famous for an abundance of golf courses and country clubs and the Treasure Coast has many. If you are a golfer you can chose from many golf courses including the Martin County Golf and Country Club, Eagle Marsh in Jensen Beach, the Evergreen Club in Palm City, the St. James Golf club in Port St. Lucie. That is a just a few of the golf courses in the area. There are many Private County clubs as well.
Restaurants in Jensen Beach
The heart of Jensen Beach is Jensen Beach Blvd, which dead ends right into the Indian River (Intracoastal Waterway) and that is the center of shopping and restaurants. For a great breakfast of pancakes, French toast, or a variety of omelets try Jan’s Place. For Dinner consider Cajun Specialties for gumbo, jambalaya, or shrimp creole or try Crawdaddy’s, or Harpers Pub. For drinks and live music Mulligans Beach House Bar and Grill is a good choice.
Jensen Beach Hotels
For a luxury hotel the Courtyard Hutchinson Island Oceanside sits right on the ocean and on Stuart Beach. All along Ocean Drive there are many condos available for nightly and weekly rentals. In Stuart Florida, just a few minutes from Jensen Beach there are a variety of hotels including Pirates Cove (a marina hotel), the Monterey Inn and Marina, and the Best Western Downtown Stuart.