Stuart, South Florida and Florida’s Golden Coast
Though you may never want to leave this beautiful waterfront resort, there are plenty of interesting and entertaining outings nearby. Start off in the historic fishing village of Port Salerno, the Sailfish Capital of the World.
A short drive will take you into the heart of downtown Stuart, a wonderful pedestrian-friendly town with a variety of excellent restaurants, both casual and gourmet, perfect for lunch or for an exciting evening out. There are a host of boutiques, antique shops, galleries, coffee shops, cafes, ice cream stores, a theater and even a vintage guitar shop.
Stuart is known for its natural beauty and friendly charm, and the perfect place to experience both is the Riverwalk Park. It starts near the old railroad bridge, not far from the Lyric Theatre, and winds along the St. Lucie River. Make a stop at Pelican Place where you can grab a tasty sandwich and enjoy the river’s spectacular vistas, as well as the interesting architecture of the underside of the bridge. The shaded boardwalk under the bridge creates a popular place to fish or take a nice walk.
Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina is a favorite with those who love exciting fishing tournaments. Our full-service, deep-water marina provides easy access to some of the world’s best fishing waters via nearby St. Lucie Inlet, and can accommodate up to 100 vessels. In fact, Pirate’s Cove is home to the largest fishing fleet on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
As the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” Stuart, Florida boasts tournaments that lure top anglers from across the globe. Pirate Cove Resort and Marina is host to the Sailfish Classic, a tournament that has been going strong for a quarter of a century as one of the circuit’s top competitions. And it’s also one of the area’s most popular parties! The Sailfish Classic is the first of three tournaments in the prestigious Treasure Coast Sailfish Championship series.
In addition, Pirate’s Cove also hosts a full complement of other tournaments for all kinds of fishing enthusiasts. Within a 10-mile radius of the resort and marina, anglers can pursue 800 species of fish in the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean. And you don’t have to be on a boat to join in the fun! The closed-in Gulf Stream ensures you’ll enjoy the action while surf fishing, or casting your line from river bridges and docks.
For more places of interest, be sure to visit:
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
890 Northeast Ocean Boulevard
Located on Hutchinson Island, a short drive through Stuart, situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, the 57-acre property is home to the Florida Oceanographic Society’s headquarters. Visitors will enjoy acres of trails with structured play areas, coastal hardwood displays and mangrove forest communities. Family-friendly activities include stingray programs, supervised game fish feedings and guided tours. Enjoy the Children’s Activity Pavilion, Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion, Rays on the Reef Ray Pavilion, and the Frances Langford Visitor Center. It’s a fun, hands-on educational experience for the entire family.
1585 SE MacArthur Boulevard
A favorite local swimming spot, Bathtub Reef is also an excellent location for anyone with children (or without). Bathtub reef is not only beautiful, it’s also a safe, shallow lagoon where you can play in the clear warm water. With snorkel gear, you can get up close and personal with the many beautiful fish and seashells. There is a picnic shelter nearby, with restrooms a bit further down the beach.
Any of the beaches along Hutchinson Island offer a fabulous view of the Atlantic Ocean and plenty of gorgeous sandy beaches to relax and enjoy the scenery without any real crowds. Surfing, boogie boarding and kite surfing are fun to do, or to watch.
The Elliot Museum
Historical Society of Martin County
825 NE Ocean Boulevard
The Elliot Museum features a treasure trove of area history through photographs and displays, including a recreation of a typical turn-of-the-century General store, artifacts, toys and books, furniture and baseball memorabilia, and antique cars and motorcycles. You will also find on display a few of the many inventions of Sterling Elliot, including the famous Quadricycle, which were predecessors to parts used in today’s automobiles.
There are plenty of beautiful beaches in driving distance from Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina, including Jensen Beach, Sewall’s Point, West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie and Jupiter Island.
Charter Fishing, Diving, Sight-Seeing and Eco Tour Boats
Natural treasures abound in the Stuart area. To get a close up look at nature, take a trip by boat, go diving, snorkeling or rent a kayak.
Premier Boat Club Rentals: 772-220-1012
Sunshine Wildlife Tours: 772-219-0148
Riverfront Kayaks: 772-692-5505
Leisure Time Boating Club: 888-713-8093
Experience the special opportunity to see several different celebrated baseball teams play while visiting Stuart. Catch a spring training game:
Mets – Port St. Lucie, Florida
Ticket Info: 772-871-2115
St. Louis Cardinals – Jupiter, Florida
Ticket Info: 561-775-1818
Marlins – Jupiter, Florida
Ticket Info: 561-775-1818
From fishing holes to golf holes, it’s all here in Stuart. Gorgeous scenery and spectacular 18-hole golf courses will provide a challenging round for golfers of all levels.
Martin County Golf and Country Club
The Champions Club at Summerfield
The Treasure Coast is packed with natural and man-made parks to explore:
• The Savannas Recreation Area’s fresh water marshes are great for fishing.
• Barley Barber Swamp is open for tours of its protected hammock in western Martin County.
• Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers leisurely river cruises on the Loxahatchee River, or you can paddle around in your own canoe or kayak. Camping, hiking and fishing are allowed on the beautiful park’s 10,328 acres.
• Hobe Sound Nature Center and Wildlife Refuge guides visitors on walks to enjoy its spectacular flora and fauna.
• St. Lucie Inlet State Park is a peaceful peninsula beach a world away from the hustle and bustle of civilization.
• St. Lucie Canal and St. Lucie Locks, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is a great place to watch boats being lifted from one side of the locks to the other as they use the St. Lucie Canal for cross-state transportation to the Gulf of Mexico through Lake Okeechobee.
Great shopping malls with well-known department stores are nearby in Port Saint Lucie, Sewall’s Point and Jensen Beach.
If you crave the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Palm Beaches, it is only 20 miles away, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the glitz and glamor of world-renowned shops and galleries. Enjoy tea at The Breakers or visit the Norton Art Museum.