Hobe Sound had its beginnings in recorded history in 1696 when a British ship in convoy from Jamaica to Philadelphia sank north of Jupiter Inlet close to the shore. Notable among the 25 passengers and crew was Jonathan Dickinson. The inhabitants who greeted the Dickinson entourage were Tekestas (from which Tequesta, a neighboring Village, got its name) and the Jove Indians, whose name the Spanish pronounced “Ho-bay” and who gave Hobe (rhymes with robe) Sound its name. In the 1920s Hobe Sound was renamed “Picture City” when the Olympia Improvement Corporation tried to create a town in Greek style where motion pictures would be produced. Today many streets still bear the names relating to the Greek theme, such as Olympus, Zeus, Saturn, Mercury, Mars and more. A few cement lamp posts from that era still stand along Dixie Highway. After the devastating hurricane in 1928 the project was abandoned and the original name was restored.
Today Hobe Sound welcomes new residents and visitors to its lovely small-town community. From top rated schools to world famous golf courses and pristine beaches, Hobe Sound provides the quality of life that is appealing to all age groups from all walks of life.
What makes Hobe Sound so unique is that it is surrounded by the natural beauty of Jonathan Dickinson State Park to the west, Blowing Rocks Preserve to the south, and the National Wildlife Refuge and Jupiter Island neighboring to the east. To the north is the remainder of Martin County and the magnificent Treasure Coast. Within a few miles of downtown one can jump onto I-95 and reach metropolitan cities such as West Palm Beach to the south, in just a matter of minutes.
With its canopies of ficus trees, one-of-a-kind antique shops, eclectic art galleries, and the Hobe Sound Mural project, a public art venture led by local artists, Hobe Sound is a destination noted for beauty, relaxation and unique shopping. Hobe Sound boasts amazing restaurants that appeal to all types of appetites from extraordinary fine dining to fun local hangouts.
With its small-town feel surrounded by the beauty of nature, carefully planned communities and convenient location as the gateway linking Palm Beach to the Treasure Coast, Hobe Sound remains to this day “the town that IS what Florida WAS.”