Conscious vacationing is more important than ever these days, but getting your kids on board can feel like a chore. While they’re dreaming about cannonballs and room service, you’re worried about food waste and ocean pollution.
So how to choose the right destination? Allow us to recommend Martin County, Florida, the most bio-diverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern Hemisphere. Thanks to the St. Lucie Inlet, which serves as a conduit between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, Martin County is home to more than 4,300 species of plants and animals, including a handful of rare, endangered species.
At this one-stop eco-paradise you’ll find clear waters, white sand beaches and an array of environmental learning opportunities that are far from boring.
Located on 3.5 miles of undeveloped beach, the refuge is a sanctuary to almost 40 endangered species. It’s also the most productive sea turtle nesting area in the Southeastern U.S. Start at the Visitor Center where you can check out live animals and grab a map. The refuge has tons of trails through sand pine scrub forest, where you can observe animals in their natural habitat, as well as access to fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Make sure to stop at Peck Lake Beach, where you’ll have a good chance of seeing a manatee, dolphins, blue herons, and sea turtles.