St. Lucie County
St Lucie County is blessed. The area’s 21 miles of uncrowded, pristine beaches are lapped by clear waters, and almost half this coastline is protected from development, a rarity in these parts. In addition to its beautiful setting and array of activities on land and sea, St. Lucie County offers a clutch of historic and cultural sites in revitalized Lincoln Park, Fort Pierce and St. Lucie Village.
With the Indian River Lagoon’s abundance of biodiversity and pristine beaches and dunes, St Lucie is a land of wild and scenic beauty. St. Lucie is famed among equestrians as one of the few places in Florida where riders can experience Florida’s wild beaches on horseback. On Hutchinson Island, Bathtub Beach draws families to its shallow reef, which provides rewarding snorkeling just 100 yards from the beach. On South Hutchinson Island, white sand Waveland Beach has all the requisite beach amenities for a fun and convenient daytrip. It’s the starting point for the 13.2-mile bike path that funnels north to Fort Pierce.
All Creatures Great and Small
The Fort Pierce City Marina is the launching pad for myriad on-the-water tours and activities. Wildlife watching tours on the Indian River Lagoon provide close encounters with over 4,000 native plants and animals, including manatees, sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins. This teeming 156-mile estuary is a magnet for anglers with prize-winning catches of tarpon, snook, red drum and huge sea trout. Novice surfers can take lessons through a local surf shop at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, St. Lucie’s most consistent break.
Fishing for History
One of the oldest towns in eastern Florida, steeped in centuries-old fishing traditions, Fort Pierce remains a haven for seasoned anglers. With healthy waters populated with tuna, sailfish, barracuda, amberjack, cobia, snapper and grouper, records are constantly challenged and broken in these parts, including a colossal 17-pound, 7-ounce sea trout plucked from these waters in 1995.
Baseball fans know that Florida becomes a hot spot for both fans and scouts during the spring months when major league teams head south for spring training. The New York Mets have called Port St. Lucie their springtime home for years, and there’s nothing quite like seeing the team play in the casual preseason atmosphere. You can also spend time exploring the historic downtown.
The nearby PGA Village Golf Resort offers the chance to try your luck on the greens with a state-of-the-art training facility, multiple courses and a performance center where experts can help you improve your game. Learn about the rich heritage of golf or take your choice of three challenging 18-hole courses.
The area is also home to the world’s only museum dedicated to the fearless spirit of the naval warriors who trained in the area’s coastal waters. The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum boasts displays on the exploits of the legendary fighters.
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St. Lucie County
Florida Department of Tourism