Yachtsman's Paradise could well describe the waters
around the Treasure Coast. Point your bow in from
the ocean through the St. Lucie Inlet, and to
the north is the sparkling ribbon of intra coastal
waterway. You can go all the way to Norfolk at
mile marker #1.
To the south you will pass some of the most
spectacular scenery in Florida and follow the
magenta markers to as far as the Florida Keys.
Travel under the new Roosevelt Bridge and the
Palm City Bridge and you are on the "jungle
ride" to wonders of Lake Okeechobee and the
west coast of Florida. Across the Atlantic Ocean,
the Bahama Islands are just hours away by boat
from the St. Lucie Inlet.
Whether you are paddling a kayak, in a canoe,
or on a motor yacht or sailing vessel, you will
find a fine diversity of boating pleasures here.
You can picnic on a spoil island, tour the lovely
homes sprinkled along the shoreline or dock at
the St. Lucie Inlet Park to enjoy a nature walk
to the ocean.
You may see the elusive and charming manatee,
dolphins will roll up and over the surface of
the water alongside your boat and mullet will
leap and twirl. Martin County waterways are a
haven for bird watchers. Several varieties of
birds including great blue herons, hawks, ospreys,
spoonbills, brown pelicans, egrets and seagulls
are a common site.
You can stop to shop the restored and lovely
downtowns of Stuart and Jensen Beach. Fine restaurants
are everywhere and accessible by boat.
causeways are a popular spot for wind surfers
and jet skiers.
Narrated boating tours are offered for the naturalist
by both power and sailing vessels. Charter boats
are available for inshore and offshore fishing.
Boat rentals are also available. Fine marinas,
boat yards and marine supplies are all convenient
to the water. Even the hospital has an emergency
dock for patients that arrive by boat.
The bright blue skies, moderate temperatures,
and gentle breezes make boating in Martin County
a year-round pleasure.
Due to the popularity of boating in Martin County's
waterways and offshore, the area marine industries
contribute more than $200 million annually to
the local economy with boat sales and locally
manufactured marine products, plus sales from
bait and tackle, boating and fishing gear shops,
To show off the industry, the Marine Industries
Association of the Treasure Coast presents its
annual Stuart Boat Show each January on the
St. Lucie River.
More than 10,000 visitors turn out and approximately
150 business, representing boating and related
services, exhibit the most comprehensive display
of the latest in the boating industry. For more information regarding the boat show and Marine Industries Association visit www.miatc.com.
The US SAILING Center of Martin County (USSCMC) is the premier dinghy sailing destination on the east coast. USSCMC is one of four Community Sailing Centers in the United States sanctioned by the US SAILING Association - the national governing body of the sport of sailing. The Sailing Center offers high quality sailing education, training and recreation for youth and adults of all ages at affordable prices. From weekend learn-to-sail classes, youth summer camp programs to private instruction, there are programs for all skill levels and experience. The USSCMC is a non-profit community sailing center and is sustained by many generous donors and sponsors. For more information, go to http://www.usscmc.org/ or call (772) 334-8085.
School of Seamanship has been teaching power
boating and sailing skills since 1971. From weekend
courses to private instruction to professional
mariner training, the non-profit school is the
leader in boating education. The school has a
highly regarded boat donation program to acquire
vessels for use in its training fleet. For more
information, go to http://www.chapman.org or call (800) 225-2841.
The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 59
is headquartered at Sandsprit Park and offers
classes three times per year and courtesy marine
examinations year-round. Further information can
be obtained by calling 288-0509.
The St. Lucie Power Squadron offers a 13-week
course, each fall, for beginners in boating. The
squadron can be reached at 335-7309.
In addition, the Florida Oceanographic Society
offers a special telephone number for weather
information each day at 225-2300. The U. S. Coast
Guard from its base in Fort Pierce handles all
boating patrols and rescues. For further information
about boating in Martin County, call the Marine
Industries Association of the Treasure Coast (MIA)
Local business leaders and conservationists
are working together to maintain the beauty of
the St. Lucie River, a prime environmental and
economic resource in Martin County. This volunteer
effort enjoys a wide base of community support.
For more information, call 287-8158.
You can set sail to anywhere in the world from
here. Fine repair and refurbishing yards, provisions,
charts, electronics and anything needed for your
journey is available in Martin County. But once
you're here you may not want to leave at all.
For complete information on boating communities
in Florida visit http//www.floridabywater.com.