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.” The town’s relaxed, flip-flop approach to life is that special secret at the core of its celebrated happiness.
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.
Martin Memorial Health Systems ranks among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide, as scored by The Joint Commission, and boasts world-class cancer and cardiac programs.
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 the City Hall Annex lot 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—Riverside Stuart guarantees you can do it all.