Two Olympic Pools

Ocean Beachfront

Two Jacuzzis

Rec Hall & Clubhouse

Snack Bar

Tennis Courts

Bocce Court

Miniature Golf

Horseshoes, Basketball,



Sauna & Exercise Room

Secure, Gated Entrance

Cafe, Grocery, Laundry, Library

Marina (NI Marina Website)

Fresh/Saltwater Fishing

Boat Ramp

WiFi !

Full Hookups, 50 amp service


Text and Photos by M. Timothy O'Keefe
These philosophical critters offer considerable entertainment for anglers, divers and tourists. Just look, don't touch, and let the females get on with their egg laying.
Because sea turtles are endangered or threatened species, people taking part in organized turtle watches in the United States are subject to various federal and state laws. Anyone conducting a turtle walk in Florida must have a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (407) 575-5407.
All of the turtle walk programs are on Florida's East Coast since this is where the greatest concentration of nesting occurs. You are not allowed to use a flashlight or take flash photography. For pictures of the egg laying--which you generally are permitted to photograph but verify this ahead of time--you will need fast film and a tripod. At night, even fast film is unlikely to work.
Egg laying insures another generation of these gentle creatures.
While researching sea turtles, I discovered several turtle walks which I have described in detail in my book Sea Turtles. Following is a brief synopsis of a few of those turtle walks.

If you're on Nettle's Island and want to see the sea turtles, check this out!

Florida Power & Light Hutchinson Island

Walks are conducted Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at the FPL St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island. Walks begin at 9PM with an orientation and education program. A limited number of spaces are reserved for guests staying at the three hotels on South Hutchinson Island. Reservations are made by calling (in Florida only) 800-334-5483 after May 15.

The Nettle’s Island website lists island events. Adjacent Hutchison Island offers a variety of dining and nightlife options. A ten minute drive into nearby Jensen Beach provides even more choices, as does nearby Stuart, Ft. Pierce, and St. Lucie.

Things to do

Sure, you might just want to stay put and enjoy all the Nettle’s Island amenities, but don’t forget that while you’re staying on Nettle’s Island, you’re close to many of Florida’s key attractions. Day trips are simple—and no worries about the weather.

Really Close! (20-45 minutes from Nettle’s Island)

Florida Oceanographic Society    Hutchinson Island
Lady Stuart Deep Sea Charted Fishing   Jensen Beach/Fort Pierce
Manatee Observation & Education Center Fort Pierce, FL
Loxahatchee River Adventures at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Orlando Area (2 hour drive)

Walt Disney World
Epcot Center
Universal Studios
Sea World
Kennedy Space Center (2.5 hour drive)

Tampa Area (2.5 hour drive)

Busch Gardens
Florida Aquarium
Lowry Park Zoo

Ft. Lauderdale (1.5 hour drive)

Butterfly World
Flamingo Gardens
Museum of Discovery & Science

Palm Beach Area (1 hour drive)

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Worth Ave.

And if you keep driving south…

Florida Keys (Bit of a drive, but worth it!)

You might get to your Nettle's Island vacation location and decide there's no reason to leave until you have to go home...but just in case you want to go rub elbows in and around St. Lucie County, make sure to check out the Community Calendar
Jensen Beach
Eagle Marsh Golf Club

76 Golf World 
Champions Club at Summerfield 
Florida Club 
Martin County Golf & Country Club 
Pine Lakes Golf Club
Port St. Lucie
Ballantrae Golf & Yacht Club 
PGA Golf Club at the Reserve 
Savanna Club Golf Course
Palm City 
Golden Bear Golf Club at Hammock Creek 
Palm Cove Golf & Yacht Club
Fort Pierce
Fairwinds Golf Course 
Gator Trace Golf & Country Club 
Indian Hills Country Club 
Indian Pines Golf Club
Hobe Sound
Lost Lake Golf Club
Indiantown FL 
Indianwood Golf & Country Club 
Vero Beach
Links at Pointe West 
Sandridge Golf Club 
Vista Plantation Golf Course 
Vista Royale Golf & Country Club 
Whisper Lakes Golf Course 

Abacoa Golf Club 
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