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Looking for a new outdoor adventure? We have the top hiking spots to enjoy our amazing Treasure Coast Florida landscape.

It’s hard to resist getting outside, especially here on the Treasure Coast. For some, local nature trails are a quick and convenient way to work in exercise while enjoying Florida’s great outdoors. For others, they’re a great way to escape the rush of work-life and experience the wild side of Florida. Below are five of our favorite nature trails in the area. Lace-up your walking shoes, grab a friend, and head outside!

Kiplinger Nature Preserve

Conveniently located south of Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, the Kiplinger Nature Preserve showcases the diversity of South Florida’s ecosystems in a one-mile loop. Walkers and runners of the trail may come across sandhill cranes, blue herons, tortoises, and other animals. The preserve’s proximity to the South Fork of the St. Lucie River means that people on the trail will also get up close to mangrove forests, wet prairies, and estuaries.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Whether hikers are there to see the diverse ecosystems that call this park home or to learn about the land’s role in Florida’s early history, they’ll find something to enjoy at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Four major trail systems wind their way throughout this socially significant state park, the shortest being the White Trail to Kitching Creek at .3 miles, and the longest being the ocean to lake trail at 9.4 miles. Each trail has plenty of breakaways, so guests can take time to climb Hobe Mountain for amazing panoramic views, search out the remains of Camp Murphy and learn about the land’s role in WWII, or even take time to kayak and paddleboard down the Loxahatchee River.

Savannas Preserve State Park

A variety of trails encompass the 6,800 acres that this park covers. Those who are looking for a gentle hike to enjoy the fresh air with younger kids would do to take one of the hikes that start at the Education Center. Whether taking the Gopher Tortoise Trail or the Glass Lizard Trail, eagle-eyed walkers are likely to see some of South Florida’s magnificent bird species along the way. Anyone looking for something more strenuous would do well to try one of the North End Nature Trails. Cutting through pine flatwoods and basin marsh, the four trails that make up this part of Savannas Preserve State Park’s trail system offer a total of nine miles of walking one way. Furthermore, perceptive hikers might spot the rare scrub jay or gopher tortoise along the way.

LCpl. Justin Wilson Memorial Park

Named after a local marine who died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, the LCpl. Justin Wilson Memorial Park has become a centerpiece of Palm City. Children gather on its playground, friends, and neighbors share good times on its tennis courts, and a short trail that supports the wetland environment that it runs by. Ospreys build their nests here, and rabbits have been sighted running through the scrubland. Visitors to the park have also reported sighting water lilies blooming come springtime.

The Trails at Harbour Ridge

One of the best trail systems in Palm City is located within Harbour Ridge, a private waterfront community. The unique location is near some of South Florida’s natural landmarks and includes the St. Lucie River, allowing for residents to experience the animals and plants that makeup Florida’s wildlife in their neighborhoods, and sometimes even in their own backyards. Furthermore, the trails that wind through Harbour Ridge make for a great way to work a run or a walk into a busy schedule. Whether you prefer to fly solo or want to enjoy walking with your friends, the trails at Harbour Ridge are the perfect way to do such.

The residents of South Florida are used to living right by nature. No one blinks an eye when egrets show up in the backyard, or a deer is sighted on an early morning run. In fact, these encounters are encouraged, and even coveted by those who enjoy the great outdoors and everything that it has to offer. That’s what makes Harbour Ridge Palm City the perfect fit for those who want to live as close to nature as they possibly can.

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Now that summer is here, the fun for tennis lovers is just beginning at Harbour Ridge.

The Summer Tennis Membership has been created for those who wish to play tennis here from May 1- September 30. Summer Tennis Members will be allowed access to the brand new, state-of-the-art Lakeside Tennis Facility and Lakeside Spa. The Summer Tennis Member is entitled to participate in all tennis events and activities.

Harbour Ridge’s tennis facilities are second to none and the tennis program is very active, with weekly socials, round-robin tournaments, and men’s and women’s tennis team competitions. Social events revolving around tennis are common, and the tennis center is a hub of activity at the Club. The well-appointed tennis complex includes shaded areas between the eight Har-Tru courts and one stadium exhibition, the highest grade of clay court available today.

Summer Tennis Membership includes:

• Unlimited tennis play, day or evening
• Use of Lakeside Spa, Cafe and Tennis Shop
• No extra charges for light usage
• Court booking available seven days in advance tennis reservation
• $15 guest fee with a maximum of 10 (ten) guest visits per person per year
• All guests must be registered
• Ability to book your courts online via www.harbourridge.com (only those who pay five months in full)
• Tennis clinics available weekly
• Tennis professionals on staff
• Tennis managed by world-renowned Peter Burwash International tennis professionals
• Participation in all tennis events organized by the club
• Limited access to the member website with tennis tips, tennis calendar and all the latest news on tennis
• Player matching services
• Complimentary ball machine service
• Stringing services available at the Club

Harbour Ridge is one of Florida’s premier private waterfront golf communities. Its waterfront location on the St. Lucie River makes it the perfect place to live, and members and residents alike enjoy the well-rounded Florida lifestyle that it offers.
Harbour Ridge is the best of the best. The two championship golf courses wind along the river with beautiful views throughout the entire courses. Residents can entertain themselves at the new Lakeside Fitness Center or explore the surrounding area with kayaks and boat rentals from the on-site Marina. An active calendar of events informs residents of the activities that will take place in the neighborhood, and consists of everything from sporting events to dinners and social gatherings.

To learn more about the unique Florida lifestyle offered at Harbour Ridge and the wide variety of residential real estate offerings available, CLICK HERE. We will email you a digital brochure that highlights the amenities and lifestyle of our waterfront community.

The Treasure Coast is home to many small businesses, and Downtown Stuart is full of places to grab a good cup of joe.

Whether you like it topped with foam and sugar, or prefer it pitch black, check out some of the best local coffee shops in Stuart.

Stuart Coffee Company

When you’re getting back from the farmer’s market, there’s no better place to grab a latte or an Americano than Stuart Coffee Company. Founders Kevin and Donna Barnes recognized coffee shops as gathering places for people, where they could meet and share ideas. It’s from these coffee shops that Stuart Coffee Company was built from. It’s why the walls here are lined with art that you can buy, why the shelves are filled with games and books from the lending library, and why the café is often filled with people. They also host live music nights and poetry events.

Parrot Coffee Company

From the start, this coffee shop was known for doing things differently. From its tropical décor to the its’ own blend of beans that it sells, this is where the fun-loving gather to connect and exchange ideas, or just hang out. Fun fact: this coffee shop is a branch of a local company that came from Fort Pierce. When you’re buying a cup here, no matter what it is, you’re supporting a local business! It’s no wonder why it made our list of best local coffee shops.

Gilbert’s Coffee Bar

This coffee shop off Sunset Bay Anchorage and Marina may seem unassuming, but they like to let their coffee do the talking here. Specialty offerings such as drip coffees and horchata cold brew blends, alongside their amazing waterfront view, makes this the perfect place to visit with a friend after an early morning run or walk. Gilbert’s Coffee Bar works to make themselves part of the local scene by hosting the area’s rising stars to play for them, and even serving as the meeting place for the local Surfrider Foundation Chapter to protect the cleanliness of the beaches here.

Osceola Street Café

Downtown Stuart’s trendiest café has an alternate identity as one of the best breakfast spots in town. Breakfast doesn’t end until 11:30, so you have plenty of time to enjoy scrambled eggs filled with ham and cheese, pancakes smothered in syrup, and freshly baked bagels topped with cream cheese, jam, lox, or whatever else you want. Its location in the heart of downtown and their wine menu makes this a great Sunday brunching spot.

Ground Floor Farm

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of best local coffee shops is Ground Floor Farm. If you wanted food that was fresher than what they serve at Ground Floor Farm, you would have to go and raise it yourself. Their business model is unique yet ensures that they’re always in stock with the freshest ingredients. What staff doesn’t grow on-site, they get from local businesses, ensuring that they give back to the community that supports them. It’s something to feel good about when you order one of their famous brunch plates,like the Shrimp and Grits made from purple rice grits and Key West shrimp, or slather homemade butter on the café’s famous sourdough bread. Grab a friend for a late breakfast, and then enjoy attending GFF’s many events, including their yoga classes and Open Mic Nights.

If there’s anything that Stuart knows how to do best, it’s adding to the area’s culture. Each of these coffee shops have brought their own way of doing things to Downtown Stuart, from Stuart Coffee Company’s frequent poetry nights to the performance opportunities that Gilbert’s Coffee Bar gives to local musicians. When you throw in the area’s history and beautiful nature, Stuart feels completely unique from every other city in Florida. There is a way to be a part of that culture. Harbour Ridge is one of Florida’s premier private waterfront golf communities. Its waterfront location on the St. Lucie River makes it the perfect place to live, and members and residents alike enjoy the well-rounded Florida lifestyle that it offers. Harbour Ridge is the best of the best. The two championship golf courses wind along the river with beautiful views throughout the entire courses. Residents can entertain themselves at the new Lakeside Fitness Center or explore the surrounding area with kayaks and boat rentals from the on-site Marina. An active calendar of events informs residents of the activities that will take place in the neighborhood and consists of everything from sporting events to dinners and social gatherings.

Learn more about the unique Florida lifestyle offered at Harbour Ridge and the wide variety of residential real estate offerings available here. We will email you a digital brochure that highlights the amenities and lifestyle of our waterfront community.

The news is out! Harbour Ridge was recently named The Golf Course Home® Network’s “2017 Golf Course Home Community Of The Year!”

The waterfront community earned the top honors after fulfilling a rigorous list of qualifying terms. Located on Florida’s Treasure Coast, Harbour Ridge offers a lifestyle like no other.

Among other qualifiers, The Golf Course Home® Network noted Harbour Ridge for its ability to adapt to what residents are looking for most in communities. Recently, our ideas on community amenities have shifted and Harbour Ridge has adjusted flawlessly to the market forces. Their brand new, state of the art lifestyle center hosts a full-service salon and barber shop, signature spa services, a large spacious cardio, free weight and stretch area, TRX classes, spin room, physical therapy, private or group Pilates, along with a juice and smoothie bar. It also features eight Har-Tru tennis courts and a stadium exhibition court along with lap swimming and water aerobics. Not to mention their marinas on the St. Lucie River. Harbour Ridge also fills their club schedule with events for friends and neighbors to meet and reconnect. Residents can pick any day of the week to enjoy trade shows, themed dinners, and other exciting activities.

Harbour Ridge was also noted for its award winning golf course. Designed by experts in their field, Harbour Ridge’s courses have won awards for not just their layouts, but also for their ecological impact. The Audubon Society has recognized Harbour Ridge for its commitment to making their golf courses environmentally sustainable.

Harbour Ridge’s location was most noted by The Golf Course Home® Network. Located on the Treasure Coast, Stuart is known for beautiful weather year round and tons of options for fun in the sun. With plenty of outdoor activities such as boating, beaches and golf, you’re sure to enjoy a healthy lifestyle here.

Harbour Ridge is Florida’s premier private waterfront golf community. Its waterfront location on the St. Lucie River makes it the perfect place to live, and it’s treasured by members and residents alike.

Harbour Ridge offers the best of the Florida lifestyle. The two championship golf courses wind along the river with beautiful views throughout the entire courses. Residents can entertain themselves at the new Lakeside Fitness Center or explore the surrounding area with kayaks and boat rentals from the on-site Marina. An active calendar of events informs residents of the activities that will take place in the neighborhood, and consists of everything from sporting events to dinners and social gatherings.

To learn more about the unique Florida lifestyle offered at Harbour Ridge and the wide variety of residential real estate offerings available, CLICK HERE. We will email you a digital brochure that highlights the amenities and lifestyle of our waterfront community.

The Treasure Coast is known for its local waterways. The Indian River Lagoon is one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in North America and there is nothing better than a local boat tour to see all of this area’s beauty. Residents at Harbour Ridge are lucky enough to enjoy this waterfront beauty everyday and love to get out on the water. Whether you enjoy sailing, sea life, or airboats, there is something for everyone to check out. Here are some of the top boat tours on the Treasure Coast.

Schooner Lily

Departing right out of Downtown Stuart’s Riverwalk Pier, this wooden sailboat adventure is one you don’t want to miss out on. Whether you want to sail the calm waters of the morning or have a romantic sunset cruise in the evening, this large vessel can accommodate up to 35 passengers. Experiencing the wind blowing its white sails is something you won’t forget.

Island Princess Cruises

Docked at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina, Island Princess Cruises is a large motor vessel for all occasions. Watch for wildlife such as manatees, dolphins and a variety of birds from the top floor of its two-story hull. The Island Princess serves food and has open bar options. Whether it’s for a special occasion with a large group, or a simple cruise with your significant other, you won’t want to leave the Island Princess.

Florida Cracker Airboat Tours

Looking for a thrill? The Florida Cracker Airboat tour is perfect for you to check out. See the wildlife on the St. Johns River in Vero Beach. YES you will see alligators right in their natural habitat! But don’t worry; these guys have life long airboat experience. It’s an experience you truly won’t forget.

Harbour Ridge Marina

Have boating experience but don’t own a boat? The Harbour Ridge Marina offers pontoon boats for members to rent and cruise around the St. Lucie River. The Marina’s friendly staff can give you the local knowledge of the area and its wildlife. For more information on how to live the Harbour Ridge lifestyle contact membership@hrycc.org.

While you’re here on the Treasure Coast, stop by to visit Harbour Ridge, one of Florida’s premier private waterfront golf communities. Its waterfront location on the St. Lucie River makes it the perfect place to live, and it’s treasured by members and residents alike.

Harbour Ridge offers the best of the Florida lifestyle. The two championship golf courses wind along the river with beautiful views throughout the entire courses. Residents can entertain themselves at the new Lakeside Fitness Center or explore the surrounding area with kayaks and boat rentals from the on-site Marina. An active calendar of events informs residents of the activities that will take place in the neighborhood, and consists of everything from sporting events to dinners and social gatherings.

To learn more about the unique Florida lifestyle offered at Harbour Ridge and the wide variety of residential real estate offerings available, CLICK HERE. We will email you a digital brochure that highlights the amenities and lifestyle of our waterfront community.

Golfers at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club have more incentive than most to “keep it in the fairways.”

Some of the holes at the course in St. Lucie County north of Palm City are bordered by wetlands, and folks at Harbour Ridge take protecting their wetlands very seriously.

“You stay out of the wetlands, even if your ball goes in there,” said Tim Cann, director of greens and ground maintenance at the club. “You take a drop instead. And the worst thing a golfer wants is another stroke on his scorecard.”

As one of eight Treasure Coast golf courses certified by Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program, Harbour Ridge cares about more than wetlands.

To be certified, a course has to meet strict standards in wildlife and habitat management, pest control, water conservation and water quality.

Despite news in early February that construction of a golf club partially owned by basketball legend Michael Jordan near Hobe Sound was polluting the South Fork of the St. Lucie River, courses generally are good environmental stewards, said Edie Widder, lead scientist and founder of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association in Fort Pierce.

ORCA developed a map showing “hot spots” of nutrients flowing into the Indian River Lagoon around Vero Beach. The areas around two Audubon-certified courses — Vero Beach Country Club and The Moorings Yacht & Country Club — are surprisingly “cool.”

“Yeah, we were pretty surprised, given that we assumed golf courses use a lot of fertilizer,” Widder said.

Harbour Ridge

As part of the guidelines to be certified in Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program, all property and golf courses sit at least 75 feet away from the St. Lucie River. Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in St. Lucie County has been certified with Audubon’s program since 2000, at the time just the 31st golf course to gain that certification in Florida. (Photo: LEAH VOSS/TCPALM)

Spoon feeding’

Turns out over-fertilizing isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s bad for golf courses, said Craig Weyandt, course superintendent at The Moorings.

“The role of a golf course superintendent is to maintain the turf and to keep it healthy, not to grow grass,” he said. “Feed turfgrass too much nitrogen, for example, and it depletes the carbohydrate reserves in the plant. It would be like a doctor making a patient sick.”

Over-fertilizing also forces a plant to grow, which to a golf course looking to stay both green and in the black means more mowing, more work and wasting more fuel.

Cann refers to it as “spoon feeding” nutrients.

“Before we use any fertilizer we test our soil to see what it needs,” he said. “Most homeowners don’t do that. They run out to Home Depot or Lowe’s and buy fertilizer that their soil may not need. By testing our soil, it’s very uncommon for us to put any phosphorus out. We just don’t need it.”

Pesticides at Audubon-certified golf courses are “spoon fed,” as well.

“Yes, golf courses use pesticides, the same way you take medicine when you get a cold or flu,” Weyandt said. “The difference is that today’s pesticides are host specific, meaning that there is not one pill to cure all ailments.”

Problems are treated on a spot-by-spot basis, he added, “not acre-by-acre.”

The first line of defense against pests at Harbour Ridge is “biological,” Cann said: good critters that eat bad critters.

When pesticides are used, they’re spot-treated using battery-operated tanks instead of broadcast sprayers. And they’re never used within 25 feet of lakes or wetlands.

Water hazards

When fairways and greens are lush in the middle of South Florida’s dry season, you know they’re using a lot of water.

But not as much as you might think, Cann said.

“Our water use has been diminished significantly over the past few years by technology,” he said.

The course has a computer-run irrigation system to prevent over-watering and switches that automatically shut down sprinklers when it rains.

“The automatic shutoff when it rains may be the biggest water saver,” Cann said. “The worst thing for me to see is the water running when it’s raining.”

The primary source for irrigation at Harbour Ridge is treated wastewater generated throughout the property. As a secondary source, Harbour Ridge has an agreement with the South Florida Water Management District to draw water out of the nearby C-23 Canal.

It’s a mutually beneficial relationship: The canal drains farmland in western Martin and St. Lucie counties, so it’s laden with nutrients and pollutants that, if not diverted to Harbour Ridge, would end up in the St. Lucie River.

Besides being used for irrigation, the canal water diverted to Harbour Ridge is sent to lakes and wetlands. Filtered by turf and nutrient-hungry aquatic plants, any water that leaves the property is cleaned before it enters the river.

Going natural

A lake tucked away from the Harbour Ridge golf course is home to a rookery for several species of birds, including cormorants, anhingas and egrets. Clumps of algae can be seen in the lake shallows, but Cann doesn’t rush to grab a bunch of chemicals to get rid of the green goo.

“Here, the algae is a part of the natural system,” he said.

If the algae was to get out of hand and threaten to take over the lake, Cann and his staff might install “bubblers” to aerate the water and cut back the algae naturally.

Most water hazards on the course and lakes throughout the community are lined with native plants such as pickerel weed to help suck up any nutrients that might run off the ground and keep the water clean.

“Good golf courses don’t poison their ponds,” Widder said. “They keep them clean naturally.”

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Robert Coleman, an operator at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club, helps clear out invasive plants, including Brazilian pepper and grapevine, on Tuesday at the community north of Palm City in St. Lucie County. The removal of exotic invasive plant species is one of several projects Harbour Ridge maintains in order to keep their status with Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf courses. (Photo: LEAH VOSS/TCPALM)

Member buy-in

Most golf courses, even if they’re not Audubon-certified, are good stewards of the environment, said Ed Skvarch, St. Lucie County Extension Service director and commercial horticulture agent who teaches best management classes to golf course superintendents and other workers.

“In class we talk about how you don’t just throw pesticide at a bug problem and how you keep fertilizer out of the water,” Skvarch said. “I think most people take what they learn in the class and use it. Of course, some take the class just to get certified.”

Club members have to be educated about environment-friendly golf courses, too, Widder said, and not freak out at a patch of brown grass on a fairway.

“Let the people trained to maintain your golf course do their job the way they were trained,” Widder said. “You’ll get a better golf course, and we’ll all get a better lagoon.”

Audubon-approved

Eight Treasure Coast golf courses are certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, which helps to enhance wildlife habitats and protect natural resources:

Published By: TCPalm.com Tyler Treadway

The Treasure Coast offers so much variety when it comes to local beer and wine that it can be hard to decide where to try first.

The folks at the Treasure Coast Wine and Ale Trail break it down by providing a map listing some of the best local breweries and vineyards in the area. Residents at Harbour Ridge, one of the area’s best golf and country club communities, are lucky enough to be close to all the action. Here are a few of our favorites on the list, make sure to check them out!

Hop Life

Started by two firefighters in 2011, it’s a great place to score a classic brew, or try something different. One of their unique specialties, pineapple mango, is a crowd favorite. A busy food truck schedule and a great happy hour establish this brewery as a local hangout!

Sailfish Brewing Company

Sailfish Brewing Company established itself as the first brewery in the Treasure Coast in 2013, and has been setting the local standard ever since. Whether they’re hosting the Bonita Brew Fest or having tasted, this place is always finding a new way to improve upon the traditional formula.

Summer Crush Winery

The first winery and vineyard on Florida’s Central East and Southeast Coasts, Summer Crush Winery represents the spirit of Florida with each glass. Tours of the vineyard and winery are available, and they’re well known for hosting many music events and festivals.

Many businesses and breweries line the Treasure Coast; all within convenient distance to Harbour Ridge, one of Florida’s premier private waterfront golf communities. Its waterfront location on the St. Lucie River makes it the perfect place to live, and it’s truly treasured by members and residents alike.

Harbour Ridge offers the best of the Florida lifestyle. The two championship golf courses wind along the river with beautiful views throughout the entire courses. Residents can entertain themselves at the new Lakeside Fitness Center or exploring the surrounding area with kayak and boat rentals from the on-site Marina. An active calendar of events informs residents of the activities that will take place in the neighborhood, and consists of everything from sporting events to dinners and social gatherings. To learn more about the unique Florida lifestyle offered at Harbour Ridge and the wide variety of residential real estate offerings available, CLICK HERE. We will email you a digital brochure that highlights the amenities and lifestyle of our waterfront community.

” title=”Find out more about Harbour Ridge’s location”There are many reasons we love living on the Treasure Coast.

A favorite among them is watching rocket launches from our own backyard.
Tuesday, several area beaches and bridges will be crowded with residents and tourists, excited to watch the inaugural SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch. The demonstration mission from pad 39A includes a 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. launch window.

According to TCPalm, here are the best local spots in Stuart to watch the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch.

 

House of Refuge and beaches

301 S.E. MacArthur Blvd., Stuart

 

Stuart Causeway

State Road A1A Causeway, Stuart

 

Wabasso Beach Park

1808 Wabasso Beach Road, Wabasso

 

Fort Pierce Inlet

905 Shorewinds Drive

 

Sebastian Inlet Park

9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach

 

Ambersands Beach Park

12566 N. S.R. A1A, Vero Beach

 

South Beach Park

1700 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach

 

Another great place to view the space launch is at the Harbour Ridge Marina. Situated on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, Harbour Ridge’s shoreline encompasses two miles of beautiful, pristine riverfront. Request a free digital brochure for more information on Harbour Ridge.

Interactive map shows holiday lights to see around the Treasure Coast

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Especially for homeowners and businesses alike to create impressive outdoor light displays. Where are the best places to get yourself, family, and friends into the holiday spirit.

Where are the best light displays on the Treasure Coast? For a scenic “light-seeing” drive to check out bright homes on the Treasure Coast check out this holiday lights map and be sure to add yours to the list if you want to show off your work and Christmas spirit. Click on the map symbols below to get more information on each location.

Happy Holiday!

 

The Sailfish is one of the most acrobatic fish in the ocean and when they get hooked up they put on a show you’ll never forget. The tail-walking, head thrashing and leaping into the air is an awesome sight to see as it’s ripping the line off your reel. For the sportsman who loves to cast a line, the open water offshore Stuart and the Treasure Coast is widely regarded as the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” by fishing enthusiasts and is praised as an angler’s paradise.

Stuart, Florida sits right in the middle of Sailfish Alley on the Treasure Coast which encompasses Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, and Jupiter, Florida. The Sailfish is the most sought-after sport-fish in the world and although prime time is the colder winter months, off the coast of Stuart, they are caught year-round. Sailfish stack up along the Treasure Coast and start moving again when the winter cold fronts start pushing through. The Sailfish migration begins during the fall but packs of Sailfish travel down the east coast of Florida feeding on mullet, sardines, and threadfin herring all year round.

Living on the Treasure Coast definitely has its perks and the world-class fishing adventures are just the beginning. Tarpon, snook, pompano, and redfish are plentiful in the Intracoastal Waterway and St. Lucie River. Offshore, mahi-mahi, grouper, snapper, and blackfin tuna are high on the list for a fresh catch for dinner.  Sport fishermen from around the world flock to the region to enjoy the enviable resort lifestyle which is enhanced by the carefree, waterfront lifestyle of prime waterfront communities.

Topping the list is Harbour Ridge. Situated on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, Harbour Ridge encompasses two miles of beautiful, pristine riverfront and is home to three private marinas for boats of every size. Once there, residents enjoy the best of both worlds with a secluded harbor for your vessel and easy ocean access just minutes away.

Harbour Ridge’s marinas offer a combined 98 slips, ranging in size from 24 to 60 feet. For the non-boaters n the community, the estuary shoreline is also a launching point for kayaking, paddleboarding and birdwatching. The area offers many intriguing destinations including the quaint and charming downtown Stuart, the mangroves of the north fork where Thunderball wall filmed, and the barrier islands of the St. Lucie River estuaries. Paddleboarding has become the latest fitness craze to combine a love of nature with a desire to stay healthy and fit.  The entire family will enjoy discovering playful porpoise, gentle manatee, starfish and other magnificent creatures native to the area.

An abundance of shoreline and natural beauty keeps generations of families from around the globe calling the Treasure Coast home. Miles and miles of waterways invite exploration and adventure. Catch a glimpse of a Florida lobster or large snook swimming the reefs at Bathtub Beach. Share the shoreline with sea turtles and hatchlings, and watch the tarpon swimming along the beach just yards away.

With the west end of the Bahamas just 55 miles offshore, and the Gulf of Mexico accessible via the Okeechobee Waterway, there’s no limit to your adventure. Take a cruise out to Lake Okeechobee or spend the day snorkeling and diving offshore, the pristine Florida waters are your playground.

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