If you’re looking for small, beach town vibes, we’ve got just the place for you.
Stuart, Florida has been voted “Best Small Town” numerous times. The “Sailfish Capital of the World” is home to beautiful views, delicious seafood, and hole-in-the-wall shops galore.
Without further ado, let’s jump right into this little place that we like to call “the Treasure Coast.”
1. Downtown Stuart
Downtown Stuart is a unique spot because there are so many little holes in the walls that you wouldn’t know are there unless you visited. Main Street offers free parking so you and your family can explore the local shops, restaurants, and other businesses.
The best part of Downtown leads me to my second destination that you want to make sure you hit. It’s literally right next door.
2. Stuart Riverwalk & Roosevelt Bridge
The Stuart Riverwalk is one of my favorite activities to do when I'm around Downtown with friends or family. The beauty of the Riverwalk is that it overlooks the beautiful St. Lucie River & Roosevelt Bridge. It’s a great spot for fishing, day or night. At night, lights make the bridge glow and it’s a spectacular view.
Pro tip: Hit Hoffman’s, right next door, for some ice cream before your stroll down the riverwalk.
The Riverwalk also hosts the 'Rock'n Riverwalk,' a free open-air concert on the Riverwalk Stage every Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m, from September to November.
3. Dining Options
There are plenty of dining options in Stuart, Florida. My family's go-to seafood restaurant is called 'Shrimpers'. As a child, many of my family's boat days ended in grabbing a bite at Shrimpers. It was, and still is, the perfect dine-in option for us because we could dock our boat right next to the restaurant. Not only is the food great but they have a loaded menu.
In the same block as Shrimpers, there are other boater friendly restaurants like, 'The Twisted Tuna' and 'Manatee Island Bar & Grill,' which are also known for being a dockside seafood eatery with live-music on most days/nights.
4. Bathtub Reef Beach
There are many beaches in Stuart and on Hutchinson Island to choose from, however, my top pick is Bathtub Reef Beach. Nothing beats the scenic drive you take to get to this beach. Bathtub Reef Beach is pet-friendly and has lifeguards on duty, so it's perfect for exploring the ocean life with snorkel gear and swimming. The coral reef protects an area of the ocean referred to as “bathtub,” which is where the beach got its name.
Any true-blue Floridian knows that beach days are the best days. Make sure to pick up your very own I'd Rather Be At The Beach t-shirt from our store and let the locals know you're a true Floridian!
5. Jonathan Dickinson State Park
I've visited Jonathan Dickinson State Park several times and the most memorable experience I had was renting out a Kayak with some friends and sailing down the Loxahatchee River. Often seen along this 7.5-mile long river are alligators and the West Indian Manatee. You’ll also see various types of bird and animal life such as Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great and Little Blue Herons, Egrets, raccoons, Florida Peninsula Cooter Turtles and a variety of other species.
I would definitely recommend this park to other nature enthusiasts. The entrance fees are extremely affordable at $6 per car.
Amenities are not included, refer to https://www.jdstatepark.com/ for rental fees.
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