Updated January 28, 2021
Stuart is an attractive and bustling town of about 16,000 people located on what in recent years has been designated as the "Treasure Coast".
It is located on the east coast of Florida about halfway between north Palm Beach County and Vero Beach.
Hundreds of years ago many Spanish galleons were lost in storms off the coast of this area, and millions of dollars in gold and silver went down with the ships.
Treasure has been discovered off and on over the years, and people are still looking.
Modern treasure for Stuart and Martin County comes from the many new upscale waterfront and golf course developments, and from the town's wonderful location where Hobe Sound and Indian River Lagoon come together at St. Lucie Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean.
The town is surrounded by water: the St. Lucie River has a north fork and south fork; Manatee Pocket is a natural hurricane harbor located just south of St. Lucie Inlet with the small fishing village of Port Salerno.
Sewell's Point is an elegant older Stuart neighborhood with the Indian River Lagoon on its east and the St. Lucie River to its west.
As one drives around Stuart, it is hard not to be near beautiful water. This abundance of waterfront has made Stuart a marine service center.
There are several first class marinas and boatyards in the area, and a charter fishing fleet that specializes in taking sport fishing enthusiasts out to battle and catch sailfish in the ocean.
The beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Ocean are nearby at Jensen Beach and Hutchinson Island. Stuart is truly a magical place.
Manatee Pocket is well known by boaters as a natural "hurricane hole", as good a place to take shelter in a bad storm as any harbor along the east coast of Florida.
The shoreline of Manatee Pocket is busy with fishing related enterprises like charter boats, commercial fishing boats, marinas, boatyards, and seafood restaurants.
Manatee Pocket is the location of the working waterfront town of Port Salerno.