Commerce & Culture
Stuart is very much a beach town, but it has not yet become a destination beach town, meaning that the existing services are for day trippers and the locals, not for hordes of screaming tourists drinking from oversized margarita glasses. The restaurants feature an astounding quantity of fresh seafood and very good views, and the shops are curated affairs that bring in quality goods for people who make Stuart home — though you can certainly find a souvenir T-shirt or beach towel should you desire one. Stuart has maintained its small-town feel even as other communities along the Treasure Coast have exploded, and the locals very much like it that way. It’s a family-friendly town, and though there’s too much going on to call it a bedroom community, the bulk of evening entertainment does seem to take place when neighbors gather around each other’s pools under the blue Florida skies.