2016 Happiest Seaside Town in America
Stuart, Florida named the No. 1 Happiest Seaside Town in America by Coastal Living Magazine!
America’s Happiest Seaside Town of 2016 is on Florida’s Treasure Coast, and that location could not be more appropriate. Often referred to as a hidden gem just 45 minutes north of Palm Beach, Stuart is an Old Florida–style treasure. Nestled between two rivers and situated on the Atlantic, the town shares its waters with sea turtles, dolphins, and, most famously, the sailfish—its abundant local presence has led to the town’s reputation as the “sailfish capital of the world.” Former Mayor Jeffrey Krauskopf, surveying his town of tidy, landscaped streets, vistas uninterrupted by high-rises, and waterfront in seemingly every direction, sums Stuart up in one appropriately old-fashioned adjective: “We’re quaint,” he says, adding that the town’s relaxed, flip-flop approach to life is that special secret at the core of its celebrated happiness.
Local hangout: The Riverwalk, Stuart’s waterfront boardwalk along the St. Lucie River, is not only a destination for strolling and picnics, but also the home of Rock’n Riverwalk, a year-round weekly outdoor (and free) concert.
Cool event: Dancin’ in the Street is an all-day street party and Stuart’s oldest and best-loved music festival. The event draws crowds in August to hear 20 local bands in the historic downtown and Riverwalk.
Best souvenir: Artist Geoffrey C. Smith’s statue of a leaping sailfish is a local landmark, and 12-, 24-, and even 60-inch replicas are available at his downtown gallery.
Stay a weekend: In the heart of downtown, a short walk from the waterfront, the Old Colorado Inn has brightly updated its 1914 digs. Rates start at $139; (772) 215-3437 or oldcoloradoinn.com.
Excerpt from Coastal Living Magazine
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Downtown Stuart boasts numerous restaurants and intimate sidewalk cafés, offering a wide range of culinary delights. Its charms have earned accolades such as “America’s Most Beautiful City” (pop. 5,000-25,000) by the America in Bloom competition, making it an attractive locale for investors from all over the country looking to buy Stuart, Florida property.
A large sailfish statue marks Stuart’s fame as the “Sailfish Capital of the World” and signifies the area’s excellent fishing waters that also teem with dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, tarpon, snook, redfish and sea trout.
Stuart is also home to charming boutiques, upscale shopping, excellent public education and top-quality healthcare.
Exceptional health care is available through Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, boasting world-class cancer and cardiac programs. Since 1988, Cleveland Clinic Florida has been committed to achieving excellent outcomes while providing the most advanced medical and surgical care. This is reflected in their expansion, as they welcomed Martin Health System and Indian River Medical Center as full members of the Cleveland Clinic Health System in January 2019. Click here for more information.
The Stuart library is housed in a new facility, the Blake Community Library. The Martin County School District is an “A” school district under Florida’s A+ plan, consistently ranking among the highest performing districts in the state-based Florida Comprehension Assessment Test.
Art shows and festivals such as the Stuart Air Show at Witham Field, the Stuart Boat Show, and the Annual Martin County Christmas Boat Parade are traditions that add to the area’s many charms. The historic Lyric Theatre, where top talent takes the stage some 300 days a year, fills the area’s cultural needs. The popular Green Market is held every Sunday in Memorial Park and features products ranging from local art and handmade goods to fresh seafood and rare, homegrown flowers.
Whether you enjoy snorkeling, fishing and the great outdoors or gravitate toward a busy city life with shops, restaurants and entertainment—buying Stuart, Florida property from Sailfish Point guarantees you can do it all.
For more information on how Sailfish Point can be your best option for buying Stuart, Florida property, please contact us today.
Stretching from Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic, Martin County, Florida originated along the temperate coastal waters. The county has been home to the finest Florida oceanfront property since its beginning. The Indian River, part of the Intracoastal Waterway, served as the “road” that took Florida citrus and pineapples to market in the early agrarian days. When the Florida East Coast Railway became the primary mode of shipping, Martin County turned to fishing and tourism for the development of the area.
Waterfront Golf, Private Beaches, Marinas and Fine Dining
Today, Martin County is a paradise for golfers, beach lovers, and fishers. Dozens of golf courses, some designed by legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Chi Chi Rodriguez, and Tom Fazio dot the landscape. In fact, Sailfish Point is home to a private Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. The miles of lakefront, riverfront, and oceanfront mean miles and miles of spectacular beaches, including Bathtub Beach, named one of the Top 10 Family Friendly Beaches by Trip Advisor. Adventurers will enjoy diving off the coast for buried treasure reportedly lying on the ocean bottom in these waters.
More Reasons to Love Florida Waterfront Living
From area marinas, anglers take to the waters from long before sunrise until well into the night for both freshwater and saltwater catch. And many area restaurants serve fresh local fish in just-off-the boat specialties. The St. Lucie Canal connects the Indian River to the area’s largest freshwater lake—Lake Okeechobee—making long stretches of waterways navigable for boaters and fishers and giving them access to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Shopping in Martin County offers a wide array of choices from small boutiques and galleries to trendy shops and upscale stores in local malls. Local zoning ordinances preserve the charm—and the views—of the area by prohibiting buildings over four stories high.
With all that the Florida coast area has to offer, it is no wonder that some of the most luxurious Florida waterfront property available in the country is right here in Martin County.
As Stuart celebrates 100 years, we count the reasons we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
Links to Surrounding Community
Sailfish Point is located ideally on a beautiful private island, but still just minutes away from the beautiful city of Stuart, Florida. Learn more about what you will find close by to our charming southeast Florida community.
Sailfish Point's local attractions and activities
Atlantic Classical Orchestra
Arts Council of Martin County
Artists for a Cause
Childrens Museum of the Treasure Coast
Elliott Museum/Historical Society of Martin County
Environmental Studies Council
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Oceanographic Society
Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Indian River State College
Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast
Martin County Government
Martin County Library System
Martin Health System
Martin Health Foundation
Sailfish Splash Water Park
Stuart City Government
Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce
The Pine School
Treasure Coast Community Singers
United Way of Martin County
US Sailing Center of Martin County
100 Things We Love About Stuart