ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • fall 2015
ideal towns >>> port st. lucie, fl
This superb Sunshine State location in St. Lucie County isn’t as well-known as its southern neighbor, Palm Beach County, but hat’s just how the Port St. Lucie’s populace likes it. They want
to keep this uncrowded and unspoiled Treasure Coast a true treasure.
And why not, with 21 miles of pristine bleached white beaches
left largely undiscovered? Natural habitats are peacefully preserved
as manatees leisurely lounge in the Indian River Lagoon. And
abundant Atlantic Ocean life features everything from vibrant barrier reefs to famous underwater, centuries-old shipwrecks to angling
Yes, nature’s been very good to the people of Port St. Lucie and
their St. Lucie County surroundings, which are conveniently situated
about 30 minutes north of the famous Palm Beaches.
For golfing delight, this slice of golf heaven features a 35-acre PGA
Learning Center, a six-hole short course and a 8,300-square-foot PGA
Historical Center used by thousands of PGA Professionals each year.
Lucie A Treasure
by Scott Kauffman
• Fernando’s Dockside Grille is a
offering an excellent seafood
stew served in a garlic and
saffron-based broth over a bed of
• Pizza House PSL is a family-run Italian pizza joint that’s small
in size but big in satisfaction. The
meatball pizza is a must.
• Lily’s Café features a breakfast
that can’t be beat,
from the French toast to biscuits
and gravy and omelets.
• Sushi Goma is run by a
25-year native Japanese chef
and serves the highest grade
fish and quality seafood.
TOP THINGS TO DO
• A.E. “Bean” Backus Gallery
Visit the home of the Treasure Coast Art
Association and renowned landscape designer Beanie Backus’ masterpieces.
• Fort Pierce’s South Beach
Go fishing for snook, sea trout, snapper
or grouper at the longest jetty in Florida.
• Harbor Branch Oceanographic
Explore submersibles, aquariums of sea
life, exhibits of marine technology and
whimsical bronze sculptures at this
• Tradition Field
Go to a New York Mets spring training
game or watch a Minor League ball game
during the summer.
• Hutchinson Island
Visit one of Florida’s most beautiful
• North Beach Causeway
and Fort Pierce Inlet
Go underwater treasure hunting at
more than a dozen established dive sites.
• St. Lucie River
Rent a canoe or enjoy a two-hour narrated
tour on this picturesque river. While
you’re there, stroll down the beautiful river
boardwalk along the water’s edge while
a variety of wildlife serve as a peaceful
backdrop to a perfect picnic.
• Underwater Team Museum
Pay tribute where the first Navy frogmen
trained at this unique museum honoring naval
combat and underwater demolition units.