Stuart, Florida’s Hidden Treasure

On April 24, 2012 by Kevin Forde

Roosevelt Bridge Stuart Florida

With an average amount of sunshine in or around 240 days a year, July temperatures of around 90.2 F and plenty of cultural sites to set your eyes on, Stuart should be one of Florida’s most popular destinations. Then again, it does have quite a bit of competition. With theme parks, beaches and the plethora of party-related goodness that Miami has to offer it is perhaps no surprise that Stuart gets overlooked. Plus,¬† it’s called Stuart.

Anyway, if you’re looking for something a little different or have just seen everything else that Florida has to offer, consider Stuart, it’s more¬† than just the name of a small mouse.

Downtown Stuart

Downtown Stuart has all you could ask from a practically perfect piece of American paradise. There’s plenty of restaurants, charming shops selling local jewellery and gifts and the historic Lyric Theatre and Heritage Museum. The museum features all sorts of ancient artifacts, from contemporary memorabilia to authentic clothing and tools of the Seminole Indians.

Fishing

Stuart has something of a fish-related reputation. In fact, it’s known as the “Sailfishing Capital of the World” and happens to have one of the highest concentrations of pacific sailfish anywhere on the planet. Not that it’s exclusive about its fish species either: you can also find black marlin, mahi mahi and tuna among many other varieties in the Stuart seas.

Beaches

If you go on a holiday to Florida, you’re going to expect to see some beaches. Stuart has more than just sand though, it also has the possibility of stumbling on some lost Spanish treasure. A few Spanish ships lost their battle with Mother Nature along the coast some 700 years ago and sporadically, as they continue to disintegrate, their treasure occasionally washes up onshore. You can also enjoy watersports from Sea Turtle Beach, picnic on Stuart Beach or take in the excellent surfing on offer in Bathtub Beach.