Sailfish and simple afternoons by the water rule this small Intracoastal gem on the Treasure Coast.
A large brown pelican soars overhead. His plump shadow casts a roving shade on the small group of couples and families lounging on Bathtub Reef Beach. With a graceful turn toward the water, he darts into an emerald wave with the stealth-like accuracy of a bird half his size. Lunch. On shore, two little boys clap their hands with glee, their small feet stomping in the warm surf. This is reality TV in Stuart, Florida.
The small town of about 19,000 residents is in Martin County, where famous folks such as Greg Norman and Celine Dion live. But it’s the abundant shoreline and natural beauty that keeps generations of families—and new residents from various corners of the globe—calling Stuart home.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is paradise,” says Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce President Joe Catrambone. “Go ahead and get into the water—most places you can look down and see all the way to the bottom, or find snook and lobster. Our environment is pristine.” Bordered by the St. Lucie River, just west of the Indian River and the ocean, Stuart’s shoreside spaces are shared with sea turtles, and you won’t need a boat to see dolphins swimming just yards from the shore.
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