Sights and Scenes: Downtown Stuart

A look at the core of a coastal Florida community known as the Sailfish Capital of the World: Downtown Stuart

About Downtown Stuart

Stuart is a city of 17,425 residents that was named in honor of Homer “Jack” Hine Stuart Jr. in 1895. Originally called Potsdam, the city was incorporated as a town in 1914 and chartered as a city and county seat in 1925. Anchoring Florida’s Treasure Coast and located on the St. Lucie River, Downtown Stuart is a historic, pedestrian scale setting featuring over 50 locally-owned shops, restaurants and galleries. Called the Sailfish Capital of the World, Stuart was named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” in 2016 by Coastal Living Magazine.

The Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) is a Class II regional railroad with 351-miles of mainline track between Jacksonville and Miami. It was constructed by Standard Oil tycoon Henry Flagler, through present day Stuart in 1894.

Walking along Southeast Ocean Boulevard.

Memorial Park is located adjacent to the Martin County Courthouse on Southeast Ocean Boulevard.

Walking north along South Colorado Avenue.

The intersection of South Colorado Avenue and Southwest Osceola Street.

The Post Office Arcade building on Southwest Osceola Avenue.

The Riverwalk Cafe & Oyster Bar on Southwest St. Lucie Avenue.

The Stuart Boathouse