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 to walk off that sandwich.
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.
Known as the Sailfish Capital of the World, Stuart offers world class fishing. Pirate's Cove hosts its own annual Sailfish tournament each year in January. There are many fishing tournaments in Stuart, and the rest of the Treasure Coast. Visit www.inthebite.com for up-to-date information.
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.
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
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 glamour of world-renowned shops and galleries. Enjoy tea at The Breakers or visit the Norton Art Museum.
At Pirates Cove Resort and Marina, you are away from it all, yet close enough to have it all.