We’re still in Port St Lucie!  Wow, what a great resort.

We’ve had the best time exploring the area.  We really like downtown Stuart – just a short drive away. We’ve been there a couple of times. On our first visit there was a craft fair complete with live entertainment on the waterfront.

We also discovered a great beach in Fort Pierce.  The water was gorgeous the day we visited, and the beach was practically deserted.  One of our new friends tells us the beaches over here are rarely crowded.  What a great find.

Also in Fort Pierce is a weekly Farmer’s Market. We try to make it a point to visit local farmer’s markets when we find them to stock up on fresh vegetables. This one did not disappoint. With live entertainment and a ton of vendors there was a lot to see (and buy), we had a ton of fun.

Everglades City

We left Port St Lucie and headed down to Everglades City. It’s another city we hadn’t visited before. The Everglades Isle resort was very nice. Surprisingly, it was maybe 25% full. We figured it would be packed. In addition to the beautiful RV spots, the resort is a marina with boat slips running along the outskirts.

Everglades City is very small, and there isn’t a lot to do here. Airboat rides and Everglades National Park are the two big draws. As for dining options, there aren’t too many. But we did try Camellia Street Grill, and we highly recommend it. It’s got a great vibe and is located right on the water. There’s indoor and outdoor seating. The menu consists of a lot of locally sourced seafood, as well as locally grown greens. Great meal in a fun atmosphere.

Airboat Tour

We had been wanting do take an airboat tour, and after talking with others in the park, we settled on the Everglades City Airboats. It was a blast. The airboats can get up to 50 mph, although we probably only hit a top speed of 35 mph. Zooming through the mangrove forest at 35 mph is pretty exhilarating. Here are some of the sites and sounds.

Wild raccoons in the mangrove forest.

We took a day trip to Naples and boarded a boat for a cruise out to the Gulf of Mexico. It was really an interesting ride as we passed the waterfront mansions of the very rich. Some of these homes sold for $75 MILLION. We saw a couple that were 25,000 square feet. Interesting.

We had so much fun in Port St Lucie that we changed our reservations so we could spend another ten days there. That’s our next stop…