Stuart, FL Named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town”

February 20, 2023 | Read Time: 4 minutes

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Located along Florida’s Atlantic Coastline, the secret lifestyle of Martin County is gaining attention around the country. This county on the east coast of Florida is home to our visionary new community concept for Storie but is also home to an exceptional way of life. Located just north of The Palm Beaches and the epicenter of Martin County, the charming seaside town of Stuart was named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living Magazine. Contrary to its quaint size, Stuart has a huge reputation, for its coastal history, vibrant downtown, and a friendly community spirit. We’re proud to share a local’s look at what makes this area such a cherished destination for all Martin County residents.

gumbo limbo sign in downtown stuart

Boutique Shopping in Downtown Stuart

With so much to see and do, Historic Downtown Stuart is a highlight of the area. This walkable streetscape along the St. Lucie River is filled with over 50 locally owned shops for fashionistas to peruse. Head to Radiant Outfitters, GypSea Cottage, Matilda’s, Monkee’s, and more for the latest fashion and jewelry trends. Looking to re-decorate your home? Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic, April Daze, and Sandy Bar Cove provide endless selections of coastally inspired decorations.

kyle gs seaside dining

Waterfront Dining with a Florida Twist

From divine steakhouses to charismatic coastal cuisines, Stuart and Martin County are renowned for an endless array of award-winning restaurants that residents can enjoy at any time of day. Downtown Stuart is the hub for eclectic menus with a tropical flair, including Stuart Boathouse, Hudson’s on the River, the Riverwalk Oyster Bar and Spritz City Bistro. Café Martier is a modern European café with an eclectic speakeasy, while The Gafford is a sophisticated American bistro offering a mouthwatering menu of fresh and locally sourced specials. Kyle G, one of the area’s top chefs, is opening his second Oak and Ember steakhouse in Downtown Stuart this year. This new dining option will feature an extensive array of USDA Prime and Wagyu steak selections and crave-worthy sides.

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A Never-Ending Calendar of Events

There’s always something to do in Downtown Stuart, with events for every family member and interest. Every Sunday morning, Downtown Stuart is home to a local green market, the Market on Main. This fun outdoor event along the riverwalk features a variety of vendors selling freshly baked goods, local produce, colorful crafts, homemade sauces, and more. Afterward, head to the iconic sail shades for Rock’n Riverwalk, a year-long signature waterfront concert series highlighting local musicians. Other events throughout the year include Halloween’s Hobgoblins on Main, a Christmas parade, sidewalk sales, art festivals, and much more.

local seaside park for all ages

Local Parks for All Ages

Whether spending time with the family or enjoying a romantic evening, abundant local parks are natural hubs of activity. Riverwalk Park wraps around the banks of the St. Lucie River for an evening stroll or invigorating jog along the water’s edge. Kiwanis Park is a wheelchair-accessible playground where children can run wild and let their imaginations soar with specialized equipment. Memorial Park is home to thirteen war plaques dedicated to veterans who have served in various wars, while a gazebo, band shell, and wide green open space make it a perfect venue for community events.

stuart beach at sunset

Miles of Peaceful Beaches

Surrounded by the Intracoastal, St. Lucie River, and the Atlantic Ocean, Stuart is home to breathtaking waterways and pristine beaches. The long shorelines of glowing beaches on Hutchinson Island are undoubtedly one of the reasons beachgoers are attracted to Stuart. The barrier island also encompasses a wide variety of tropical wildlife, such as sea turtles, manatees, herons, and egrets. The St. Lucie Inlet is also home to several small islands and sandbars meant for gathering and exploration. Clear waters, sunny weather, and a beautiful year-round climate make every day in Stuart feel like a tropical vacation.

A New Chapter in Martin County’s Future

As Stuart continues to grow into a world-class destination, a new community concept has placed a high priority on creating spaces that all Martin County residents can enjoy rather than just future residents. Storie is a vision that has yet to be unveiled, but central to its visionary concept is creating a vibrant village center, parks, educational opportunities, and plentiful outdoor activities for all Martin County residents to enjoy. To receive a copy of the Storie Time magazine with more details on the vision for this new community, or to be among the first to see the vision video upon its release, register your interest at

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