Insider's View: Stuart, Florida

Find everything you need to know about living in and visiting Stuart, Florida.

Waterfront dining at the Pelican Cafe

Photo: David Hillegas

Your View:

The waters surrounding Stuart are the St. Lucie River, Indian River, and Atlantic Ocean.

Your Weather: July is the warmest month, with an average high of 90 and a low of 75; January is the coolest, with an average low of 55.

Left: Waterfront dining at the Pelican Cafe


Dana Small, owner of Matilda’s CABANA

Photo: David Hillegas

Your Main Street:

Interior designer Dana Small’s shop, Matilda’s, is the spot for exquisite home accents. Her new clothing boutique, Matilda’s CABANA, stocks locally made jewelry and resort-chic clothing. Browse and purchase global art at the new Steinhausen Gallery Art & Design.

Left: Dana Small, owner of Matilda’s CABANA

A wooden pier on the Indian River

Photo: David Hillegas

Your Beach:

The aptly named Bathtub Reef Beach is a favorite for families; at Stuart Beach, parking is most always a sure thing. Try Rocks Beach for surfing and St. Lucia for fishing.

Left: A wooden pier on the Indian River

Pelican Café’s catch of the day

Photo: David Hillegas

Your Restaurants:

Get in line for breakfast (or lunch) at Osceola Street Café for specialty coffee, quiche of the day, and large salads. Quality carb-lovers flock to Gusto for handmade pastas. The romantic, candlelit Riverwalk Cafe and Oyster Bar has a killer raw bar and pours more than 120 wines. Or, drop by the Pelican Café for waterfront dining and their catch of the day.

Left: Pelican Café’s catch of the day

The 1925 Lyric Theatre on Flagler Street

Photo: David Hillegas

Your Free Time:

Stop in to the historic Lyric Theatre (built in 1925) to catch live performances. Deep-sea fish off your boat or on one of many charters around town; pet sting rays and enjoy nature walks at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center; play golf on the challenging Tom Fazio–designed Champions Golf Course.

Left: The 1925 Lyric Theatre on Flagler Street

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