In 1715, a hurricane struck off the coast of Florida, sinking 11 Spanish ships carrying treasure back to Europe. The Treasure Coast in FL, an unspoiled beachside region that spans Indian River County, St. Lucie County, Martin County, and all of Hutchinson Island, derives its name from this ill-fated treasure fleet. Until today, most of the wrecks and their treasure remain underwater with locals finding pieces of gold, silver, emeralds, and other relics on dives or washing up on shore.
The Treasure Coast is also, in itself, a buried treasure for many travelers. Combining a rich history and miles of untouched natural beauty with chic modern art galleries, shopping centers, and luxurious resorts, Treasure Coast has something for everyone.
Discover the adventures that await you in this idyllic destination.
Miles of Uninterrupted White Sand Beaches
The Treasure Coast is perfect for vacationers who want to soak in the sun and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can also hunt for treasures along the coast with metal detectors. At Fort Pierce’s Frederick Douglass Memorial Park, take rustic horseback rides along the shoreline.
Sporty Fun In and Out of the Water
Find the best spots to engage in your favorite water sports, whether it’s speeding across the water on a jet ski, scuba diving in the deep blue waters, or sailing on the wide, open ocean. In Port St. Lucie, the Digital Domain Park, the spring-training home for the New York Mets, is a must-see for any baseball fan. The Treasure Coast also features the best of Florida golfing. Tee off at the PGA Village in Port St. Lucie which also houses the PGA Museum of Golf.
Swim, Fish, or Surf
Go for a swim in the Atlantic’s pristine waters or take a boat and go fishing on the Indian River which cuts between the Treasure Coast and the ocean. Thanks to coquina reefs abundant in Florida’s ecosystem, surfers will also find quality waves in the waters of the Treasure Coast, particularly, Fort Pierce, Sebastian Inlet, and Vero Beach.
History and Culture
With a long, storied past, the Treasure Coast also has attractions for history buffs. You can visit the McLarty Treasure Museum or the Mel Fishers’ Treasure Museum to know more about where the Treasure Coast got its name. Witness the lives of pivotal cultural figures in American history by visiting the home of avant-garde poet Laura Riding Jackson in Vero Beach. Walk a heritage trail to follow the footsteps of the Harlem Renaissance writer and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, in Fort Pierce.
A World of Natural Wonders
Doubloons and jewels aren’t the only treasures of the region; the Treasure Coast boasts natural wonders in their untouched state, thanks to a plethora of wildlife preserves. Look for nature trails you can trek. Visit the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center for an up-close look at stingrays. Admire the bounty of nature through kayak and boats rides down an Indian River Lagoon in the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Shop for Great Finds
Shoppers can enjoy oceanfront views while buying designer apparel at the Vero Beach Fashion outlet. Conversely, shoppers after a good bargain can head over to Stuart where you’ll find the B&A Flea Market, the oldest and largest in the Treasure Coast with over 600 vendors.
If you’ve fallen in love with the Treasure Coast, why not consider living here? Call Francine Kidder today at 772-925-9587 or email her at Francine(at)FrancineKidder(dotted)com today. Learn about the real estate opportunities along the Treasure Coast and turn that dream vacation into a daily lifestyle.