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Join our host, Joshua Flores, as he takes you through Florida’s best-kept secret…and we’d like it to stay that way. The beauty of our uncrowded destination is that we’re tucked away, off the beaten path. An authentic hidden gem, full of one-of-a-kind charm, unspoiled nature, and plenty of room to spread out and relax. So, unless you really love stunning sunrises, unique adventures fit for the whole family, and more than 60 miles of expansive beaches that feel like your own private paradise – this definitely isn’t the place for you.
Your Perfect Adventure Itinerary.
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
BREAKFAST AT MULLIGANS IN SEBASTIAN
Start your day at this airy, low-key chain outlet with live music and ocean views. Mulligans offers breakfast & American-style seafood. VISIT SITE
PELICAN ISLAND WILDLIFE REFUGE
Take a drive down the Historic Jungle Trail and stop at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge—a United States National Wildlife Refuge, located just off the western coast of Orchid Island in the Indian River Lagoon. VISIT SITE
LUNCH AT CAPT HIRAM’S
Grab a seat on the riverfront deck of Capt Hiram’s, Sebastian’s favorite spot for island-style favorites like conch fritters, crab cakes, fish tacos, local saltwater peel n’ eat shrimp, and their signature dish, Dirty Oysters. This local fixture is a can’t miss, with some of the best riverfront dining in the area. VISIT SITE
AIRBOAT RIDE AT BLUE CYPRESS
Take a high-speed airboat tour in Fellsmere and experience a thrilling escape as you spot osprey, gators, and other wildlife that inhabit Blue Cypress Lake.
DINNER AT MARSH LANDINGS
This established restaurant offers traditional Southern fare & American classics in a warm setting. VISIT SITE
ST. LUCIE COUNTY
BREAKFAST AT BERRY FRESH CAFÉ
Begin day two at this eatery in St. Lucie West in Port St. Lucie. It’s known for its amazing breakfasts using fresh local ingredients. VISIT SITE
GUIDED FISHING CHARTER OUT OF FORT PIERCE INLET
Fort Pierce remains one of the best destinations in Florida for recreational fishing. There are a variety of places to fish and opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. Friendly local guides will be happy to take you to their favorite fishing spots inshore, on the Indian River Lagoon or offshore, in the deep blue Atlantic. VISIT SITE
LUNCH AT ARCHIE’S SEABREEZE
In 1947, Archie’s was established as a military shack that served beer to soldiers on South Beach. In 1990, Patty McGee leased Archie’s kitchen for $125.00 a week. Thirty years later, the kitchen that once had only one refrigerator and no fryers, has now become the magical, whimsical, feel good place it is today. VISIT SITE
AIRBOAT TOUR BY SOUTHERN STYLE AIRBOAT TOURS
Launching out of beautiful White City Park, take a guided tour down the St. Lucie River, a brackish body of water that winds through the heart of Port St. Lucie. Spot alligators sunning themselves on tree stumps, turtles diving below the surface and the stunning birds that live in the area. VISIT SITE
DINNER AT ON THE EDGE BAR & GRILL
Dine “on the edge” of the water at this open air, tiki-style restaurant that offers great food, a full bar and the best spot to watch the sun setting over the water in Fort Pierce. VISIT SITE
BREAKFAST BUNKHOUSE COFFEE BAR
Fuel your life with clean, organic ingredients and some of the best organic coffee around at Breakfast Bunkhouse Coffee Bar. Choose from delicious and satisfying breakfast snacks, try their one-of-a-kind açai bowls and enjoy their amazing selection of freshly baked vegan and gluten-free treats, made with 100% organic ingredients and a touch of love and passion.
SURF LESSON WITH OHANA SURF SHOP
Looking for a laid-back surf lesson? Martin County offers the first consistent surf as you travel north along Florida’s coast. Learn about the ocean and beach safety while catching some waves during this memorable adventure. After you’re finished, enjoy miles of peaceful beaches, beautiful water, and natural sand dunes. VISIT SITE
LUNCH AT HARRY AND THE NATIVES
Harry and the Natives has the best in down-home cooking and the most unique and eclectic Old Florida atmosphere this side of the state line. Open every day but Monday, offering hot meals, indoor plumbing, occasional live music, catering, a full bar, a great time and a gift shop full of all things Harry. VISIT SITE
Zeke’s Surf, Skate & Paddle Sports offers a diverse range of experiences, ranging from SUP yoga expeditions to sunset paddle departures. A popular option is the Manatee Pocket Mangrove Exploration Paddle, which covers approximately three miles through the waters of Manatee Pocket in Stuart. VISIT SITE
DINNER DRIFT KITCHEN + BAR
Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa’s premier oceanfront restaurant offers fresh seafood and Italian specialties in a beautifully designed, contemporary space overlooking the beach and Atlantic Ocean just beyond. VISIT SITE
Your Perfect Couples Itinerary.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY
BREAKFAST AT CAPTAIN’S GALLEY
Looking for the best pancakes this side of the Mississippi? Or perhaps the most historic breakfast spot in town? Captain’s Galley, located by the bridge near downtown Fort Pierce, not only slings the best pancakes but also offers a full menu of all the traditional breakfast favorites. VISIT SITE
HORSEBACK RIDING ON THE BEACH
The beaches of Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce are one of the only places within the state of Florida that permits horseback riding on the beach. Embark on an unforgettable adventure on these secluded, rustic and picturesque beaches. VISIT SITE
LUNCH AT LITTLE JIM BAIT & TACKLE
Take a step back in time and enjoy the old Florida lifestyle at this hidden gem, tucked away on a little waterway, cut into the Indian River Lagoon. Enjoy live music, great food, and an amazing view of the boats on the water. VISIT SITE
WILDLIFE BOAT RIVER CRUISE
The Indian River area around the Fort Pierce inlet is home to a pod of wild Florida Dolphins that live here year-round. Capt. Chop knows the locations that this pod frequents and will take you to the areas where they love to play. Be sure to bring a camera with you because the dolphins will put on a show that you won’t want to forget. VISIT SITE
DINNER AT 12A BUOY
Consistently ranked #1 on TripAdvisor, this epic seafood spot is known for its casual ambiance and its mouth-watering food. Be sure to make a reservation so you don’t miss out on one of the most popular dining spots in St. Lucie. VISIT SITE
BREAKFAST AT GILBERT’S COFFEE BAR
Located in Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart, Gilbert’s Coffee Bar offers fresh and organic coffee, smoothies, tea, toast, and baked goods using local ingredients. Craft beer and wines are also available at the only waterfront coffee shop on the Treasure Coast. VISIT SITE
TOUR THE ELLIOTT MUSEUM
Named after the prolific inventor Sterling Elliott, the museum hosts a dynamic and interactive collection of antique automobiles, vintage boats, an impressive baseball collection and a deep trove of Treasure Coast history. VISIT SITE
LUNCH AT DOLPHIN BAR & SHRIMP HOUSE
The Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House location is intrinsically unique, as it sits over-hanging the river’s edge. This special touch came when it was built by the famous historic movie star, Frances Langford. With such an appropriate placement, it gives its customers the most spectacular panoramic views. These exceptional views span from the Stuart Causeway all the way up the river to the Jensen Beach Causeway Bridge. VISIT SITE
DATE NIGHT IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN STUART
This charming destination is the first and only town to be awarded Coastal Living’s “Happiest Seaside” designation brimming with locally-owned boutiques, waterfront restaurants and romantic experiences just waiting to be discovered. Start the evening by strolling through the cobblestone streets and peeking into the unique stores. Afterward, take a sunset stroll along the boardwalk before grabbing a table at one of the celebrated restaurants nestled downtown. VISIT SITE
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
BREAKFAST AT LEMON TREE
Enjoy breakfast at this cozy cafe across from the beach, with old-fashioned American meals in a simple, quaint space. VISIT SITE
TOUR MCKEE BOTANICAL GARDENS
Founded in 1929, The Mckee Botanical Garden features 10,000 native and tropical plants, as well as one of the area’s largest collections of waterlilies. VISIT SITE
LUNCH AT AMERICAN ICON BREWERY
American Icon Brewery is a large, industrial-style brewery with an airy taproom and a restaurant serving hearty pub grub. VISIT SITE
SUNSET SAIL ON SAIL MOONRAKER
Enjoy the sunset by sailing along the Indian River Lagoon on a 40-foot Luxury Manta sailing catamaran. VISIT SITE
DINNER AT THE TIDES
End your day by dining at The Tides, an intimate restaurant with a high-end menu, featuring local seafood, produce and a tasting menu. VISIT SITE
Your Perfect Family Itinerary.
BREAKFAST AT JAN’S PLACE
Jan’s Place in Jensen Beach, FL, is known for serving families the finest foods prepared with the freshest ingredients. And, as if that wasn’t good enough, this restaurant is dog-friendly, so your furry friend can join you too. VISIT SITE
EXPLORE INDIAN RIVERSIDE PARK
Indian RiverSide Park (IRSP) is the premier family destination park in Martin County. Located in Jensen Beach, IRSP sits beach side on the Indian River Lagoon, with a walking path, a fishing pier, a play fountain, a beach, and pavilions. IRSP is also home to the U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County, the Mansion at Tuckahoe, Captain Henry Sewall’s Home and the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. The Children’s Museum offers children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on, interactive activities. When you enter the Museum, it’s as if you’ve entered a child-sized Floridian town full of educational possibilities. VISIT SITE
SAILFISH SPLASH WATERPARK
Sailfish Splash Waterpark a great activity for the whole family! This state-of-the-art complex features two four-story water slides, a gentle and relaxing 1,000 foot lazy river, an interactive water playground, and an Olympic-class competitive swim venue. VISIT SITE
FLORIDA OCEANOGRAPHIC CENTER
Florida Oceanographic Center is a 57-acre nature center located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, FL. Situated between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. A leading state and nationally recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic Center offers educational programs to people of all ages. They conduct research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. Make sure to walk the trails and explore all the center has to offer. VISIT SITE
A NIGHT AT PORT SALERNO
Head down to Port Salerno with numerous waterfront restaurants. From Twisted Tuna, Shrimpers, Manatee Island, and Pirates Cove Resort and Marina, you can’t go wrong with any of these dining experiences, all featuring waterfront seating and activities for the kids. VISIT SITE
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
CHECK INTO DISNEY’S VERO BEACH RESORT
Relax on warm sand and play in the sparkling blue waters of Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. This elegant old-fashioned hideaway is located near the charming community of Vero Beach. Get away from it all in spacious lodgings that provide the comforts of home with an idyllic beach practically at your doorstep. VISIT SITE
ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER
Vero Beach’s Environmental Learning Center offers an array of hands-on activities for the entire family. From kayaking to pontoon boat tours, to touch tanks and so much more, an afternoon at the ELC is one you won’t forget. VISIT SITE
STRAWBERRY PICKING AT COUNTRYSIDE FAMILY FARMS
Take the family out for a day full of farm fun at Countryside Family Farms. Head out into the strawberry patch to hand pick some of the freshest strawberries around. End your visit in the coolest way possible with one of their famous soy-free, lactose-free slushies. For a refreshing delight, mix the icy orange slushy with creamy orange soft-serve and taste a bit of creamsicle heaven. VISIT SITE
DISNEY SING-ALONG CAMPFIRE
After a day of fun in the sun, meet up for dinner at Disney’s Wind and Waves Grill. Following your meal, join the Disney Sing-Along Campfire for a night of storytelling, sing-alongs, and good family fun. Enjoy s’mores and quality time with your family by the campfire.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY
BEACH DAY AT FORT PIERCE INLET STATE PARK
Pack the family a picnic lunch and enjoy a beach day at this park loaded with amenities. Picnic on the beach or enjoy the shade under a pavilion. Play in the waves on the east side of the park, snorkel to explore what’s underneath the surface or paddle the waterways on the west side of the park with on-site equipment rentals like kayaks, stand up paddleboards and more. VISIT SITE
NATIONAL NAVY UDT-SEAL MUSEUM
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the elite Navy SEALs and their predecessors. Located at the birthplace of the Navy Frogman on North Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, the Museum promotes public education by providing an opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs in an atmosphere of respect and honor. It’s a must-see for all ages that visit St. Lucie. VISIT SITE
FAMILY CAMP OUT AT MCCARTY RANCH PRESERVE
McCarty Ranch Preserve in Port St. Lucie is known for its excellent hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing opportunities. The whole family can camp under the stars in the primitive and rustic setting that offers 13 campsites and 6 RV trailer sites. VISIT SITE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS
FAMILY NIGHT AT CLUB MED SANDPIPER BAY
This all-inclusive resort, tucked in a residential neighborhood in Port St. Lucie, is the only one of its kind in the United States. Visitors don’t have to be resort guests to enjoy all the great amenities. Purchase day passes for the family and enjoy the Kid’s Club, the pools, nightly entertainment and the fantastic food that Club Med is renowned for. Make sure to try the white chocolate bread – their signature item.
WHERE THE TREASURE BEGAN.
The story of the Treasure Coast began over 300 years ago when a fleet of 11 Spanish ships wrecked offshore between the St. Lucie River and Cape Canaveral. These ships were sent to collect new wealth from the American possessions of the Spanish Empire and bring it to Spain. On their way back, this treasure-carrying fleet was sunk by the winds of a hurricane, scattering gold, silver and jewels over the seafloor. To this day, these treasures can sometimes still be found washed up on the shores by lucky beachgoers, giving the region its well-deserved name.
TRAVELING WITH THE KIDS?
Try one, try all. The Treasure Coast Kids Quest is the best way to experience some of the most family-friendly activities on the Treasure Coast! We hope you and your child have fun visiting and exploring each location on the way. But be on the lookout! Each spot has a highlight activity to achieve. Once you complete one quest, make sure to claim your treasure and start another.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
Take a look at our most frequently asked questions, answered by locals, to learn all you need to know about the Treasure Coast.
WHAT IS THE BEST AIRPORT TO FLY INTO?
West Palm Beach
– Martin resident
West Palm Beach – Palm Beach International
– Port St. Lucie resident
Vero Beach if possible. Melbourne would be second. Orlando third and Palm Beach fourth.
– Harry, Vero Beach
BEST SCENIC DRIVE?
Martin Grade Scenic Hwy
– Suzanne, Indiantown
– Bob, Port St. Lucie
The Jungle Trail
– Steph, Vero Beach
Berry Fresh in Port St. Lucie.
-Sarah, Ft. Pierce
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FAMILY-FRIENDLY BEACH?
– US Sailing Center
– Kathleen Euler Jensen Beach
– David, Vero Beach
BEST TREASURE HUNTING SPOT?
– Jensen Beach Local
All of the beaches
– WT, Port St. Lucie
– Harry, Vero Beach
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HIDDEN SPOT?
I love driving down Powerline Grade Road at DuPuis State Park. It is 14 miles from the entrance of the park to the end of the road. There are always lots of alligators to view there and often come across pigs, deer, bobcats, coyotes, and if you’re really lucky a panther.
IF YOU JUST HAD ONE DAY TO SPEND ON THE TREASURE COAST, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Play golf at Sandridge, go to the Tiki Hut in Sebastian by the River, enjoy a glass of wine at Captain Butchers, and end with listening to music at Captain Hiram’s
HOW TO GET TO US.
If you’re coming from out of state, the best way to get to the Treasure Coast is by flying into Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). Visitors can also fly into Vero Beach Regional Airport (VBR).