There’s Only One Remaining House of Refuge In All Of Florida And You Need To Visit

You might have never heard of it, but this little-known area in Martin County has a lot going for it. Hutchinson Island (near Stuart) is home to beautiful beaches with unique limestone outcropping that give them their rocky appearance. A lot of people don’t even realize that we have beaches like this in Florida. When the water slams against the rocks, it can go flying high into the air, which is quite a sight.

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In addition to the house of refuge, you can actually explore a wreck from this period (the Georges Valentine, an Italian brigantine wrecked in 1904), which is now a popular dive site about 100 yards offshore.

Have you ever visited the Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge? What’s your favorite Florida landmark?