Thursday, January 08, 2015

About Florida's Treasure Coast Cities

St. Lucie

Noted for its fishing, St. Lucie is regarded as "Sailfish Capital of the World." December through March are the peak months, then June and July. Annually from October to January there are over a dozen tournaments held. There are several professional guided and deep-sea charter services available besides the marinas.


The small town of Stuart features an unbelievable stretch of shoreline, together with a charming historic downtown that is very walker friendly. By far the most visible landmark inside the town is really a silent movie house called Lyric Theatre. The neoclassical style building anchors the centre of the restored downtown. It hosts an eclectic combination of pop and classical performances, which range from Ricci Martin, son of one of several Rat Pack members, to Vero Beach's own Jake Owen, who seems to be a country singer.

The previous courthouse, which can be currently referred to as Court House Cultural Center, houses scheduled art exhibits. Every March it sponsors an event called ArtsFest. The old George W. Parks General Store is already the Stuart Heritage Museum. It memorializes the town's early 20th century architecture and history.

Stuart is actually the city's second name. During the early 1890s, as soon as the town was first settled, it had been referred to as Potsdam. German settlers chose the name. Right after the Florida East Coast Railway arrived in 1895, the area took its new name from Homer Hine Stuart, the local landowner.

Hobe Sound

Hobe Sound is found approximately 10 miles to the south of Stuart. The village features an eclectic mixture of galleries, boutiques and shops. Folks are drawn in from your whole Treasure Coast to go the cultural events hosted there. At the begining of February, there may be Hobe Sound's Festival of Arts. The Art Walk and Stroll occurs in the third Saturday, starting in November and ending in April. Then in early December you have the town's Annual Christmas Parade. The name in the town was inspired through the Jobe Indians (pronounced "HO-bay" by the Spanish setters). The Jobe were a Native American group living in the community prior to European settlement.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, one of the finest nature preserves in Florida, is located in Hobe Sound. There is an abundance of subtropical and tropical wildlife within this 11,500 acre park offering saltwater and freshwater fishing, picnicking, bicycling, hiking, canoeing and camping. The 40-foot river boat Loxahatchee Queen II conducts two hour excursions on the Loxahatchee River's upper reach, that may just be accessed by boat. It contains a ranger-led tour of Trapper Nelson's ("Wildman from the Loxahatchee) restored camp.

Jensen Beach

Jensen Beach was dubbed the "Pineapple Capital on the planet" until a mixture of fires, blights and deadly freezes destroyed the local industry at the outset of the twentieth century. Jensen Beach is a prototypical Old Florida beach town, with a roundabout and several unpretentious but good restaurants, including 100 Maple Street that serves gourmet from from a well used Florida House, and Conchy Joe's on the water.

This town is located around the Intracoastal Waterway about the land side and boasts many great local restaurants. The Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House is considered the most famous eatery in Jensen Beach. The seafood house carries a stunning look at the river. It was actually referred to as Outrigger Resort for several years while it was belonging to Frances Langford, a movie star from your 1940s and 1950s, who has been best known as the sidekick of Bob Hope.

Langford was very conservation-minded and lived in Jensen Beach in excess of fifty years before she died in 2005. Any local resident will tell you how generous Langford was and definately will direct you to definitely Frances Langford Park located nearby, which features fitness trails, a playground and baseball diamonds. The restaurant features photos from Langford's career in Hollywood, and patrons can view vintage fishing reels of hers while they are waiting around for a table.

To go to the beautiful oceanside of Jensen Beach, go ahead and take causeway towards Hutchinson Island. Sea Turtle Beach can be a favorite of beach lovers. The broad, sandy beach was named after the green and loggerhead turtles who lay their eggs around the beach during late spring. Bathtub Beach is found on the southern part of Hutchinson Island. Families love this beach ever since the coral reef helps to keep the waves down and protects the shore.

The area remembers and leverages its past. By 1920 its pineapple industry had completely collapsed. However, the pineapple remains an integral part of Jensen Beach's identity. The Pineapple Festival occurs each year in November. It provides crowning the latest Miss Pineapple and is still the defining community event for Jensen Beach.

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