Protect Our Paradise

Preserving the Natural Environment of Martin County

With over 100,000 acres of parks and conservation land, and over 22 miles of beaches, environmental sustainability and stewardship are a top priority for Martin County.

Explore this page to learn more about what the county is doing, and how each of us can also take part in protecting our paradise.

Destination Distinction Awards - Presented by the Martin County Tourist Development Council

The inaugural Martin County Tourist Development Destination Distinction Awards aim to honor individuals, teams, businesses, and organizations that surpass expectations and serve as tourism ambassadors by exceeding their typical duties. Through their outstanding performance and actions, these individuals create experiences that leave visitors delighted and eager to return to Martin County. These nominees go above and beyond their typical duties to make our tourism-related businesses more efficient, friendly, and enjoyable, enhancing the overall experience for tourists visiting our area.

Online nominations for five award categories will open Monday, May 20 at the start of National Travel and Tourism Week and submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, June 18 (National Wanna Get Away Day).

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Stay Green!

The Florida Green Lodging Program (GLP) was established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to designate and recognize lodging facilities across the state that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. Currently, there are 323 designated Florida Green Lodging properties across the state.

Here in Martin County, our two beachside resorts have both been established as a Green Lodging Property, meaning that they uphold high standards of sustainability in various categories, such as waste reduction and recycling, water conservation, and energy efficiency. The Green Lodging Program has a four-tiered designation represented by “Palm” levels, with the highest score a GLP Property can get being 4 Palms.

Each year, the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing commits to measuring and improving the sustainability performance of our destination in the following ways:

  • Inform visitors on the destination’s natural environment, conservation, and responsible recreation practices on our 100,000+ acres of parks and conservation lands through hands-on educational programming, information on the destination’s website, and informational signage at sites
  • Encourage local tourism businesses to adopt sustainability standards and pursue certification programs
  • Promote sustainable certified businesses through our destination’s website and social media
  • Develop and maintain accessible tourism sites, facilities, services, and experiences throughout the destination
  • Manage tourism seasonality and mitigate variability by monitoring visitor arrivals and dedicating resources to promote year-round visitation
  • Maintain official partnership status with reputable environmental organizations such as Leave No Trace and the South Florida Reef Ambassador Initiative
  • Develop ongoing seasonal programming on Martin County’s public lands and offer free eco-tours for residents and visitors, ensuring the outdoors are accessible to everyone
  • Promote local sustainability efforts that the Martin County community is pursuing
  • Create original content highlighting ways Martin County visitors can practice sustainable tourism, such as through videos, blogs, and social media
  • Showcase ongoing voluntourism opportunities within Martin County
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Practice Leave No Trace

When exploring Martin County’s incredible natural environment, it is important to know how to minimize your impacts on those resources. That is why we have partnered with Leave No Trace.

Learn more about the 7 Leave No Trace Principles so that all can enjoy our nature for years to come.

Ecotourism in Martin County
  • Guided Nature Programs
  • Green Lodging Options
  • Voluntourism Opportunities
  • Environmental Partnerships
  • Sustainability Tips
  • Environmental Resources and Organizations
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Water Conditions
Click on the resources below to learn about the water conditions in Martin County
Reef Information
Click on the resources below to learn about the reefs in Martin County

Ready To Start Exploring?

Click below to learn about local preserves, outfitters, and guided activities to help you Explore Natural Martin.