Part of the Treasure Coast, Hutchinson Island is a narrow barrier island that runs 23 miles from north to south and offers a taste of Old Florida with its beautiful beachfront hotels and waterfront dining. The beaches are unspoiled and unshaded by high-rise condos, with horseback riding permitted and public access preserved on most of the island. The oldest building on the island is the Refuge House, which was built to shelter survivors of shipwrecks. It is also one of the world’s most important nesting areas for loggerhead turtles! The “Sailfish Capital of the World,” a title it shares with the next-door town of Stuart, Hutchinson Island has great opportunities for the deep-sea fishing aficionado. The Indian River divides the island from mainland Florida, so the island has properties with waterfront views of both the ocean and the river. Part of the island is in Martin County and part of it is in St. Lucie County. The island is a great place to live, whether raising a family or buying a second home for the winter.