Top 5 Treasure Coast Beaches in Florida

If you're looking for a quiet escape to a relaxing beach, check out these top five Treasure Coast beaches in Florida. To get there, head down the A1A and get ready for a surprise, because away from the crowded beaches in the north and the urbanized areas in the south, lies a stretch of coast that is tranquil, natural, and slower paced. It's called the Treasure Coast, and there are no high-rises on these shores. Instead, you'll find a laid-back vibe and the perfect place for a day trip or a rejuvenating weekend getaway.


What is the Treasure Coast and Where is It?

Treasure Coast is a nickname given to the region due to the history of shipwrecks in the area. The phrase "Treasure Coast" was coined after monikers like Miami's "Gold Coast," which alludes to Miami's upscale lifestyle.


Treasure Coast Florida earned its name after Spanish treasure was discovered in the coastal waters here. Centuries ago, the Spanish gathered resources from the New World and transported the riches back to Spain via ship. A number of these expeditions were caught in destructive hurricanes, sending ships and their precious cargo to the ocean floor. Centuries later, some of these Spanish artifacts surfaced in the area, and the name Treasure Coast was born.


Treasure Coast, Florida, is located in the southeastern part of the state, above Palm Beach and Miami. It's nestled between the Space Coast to the North and the Gold Coast to the South. Specifically, it is that part of the Atlantic coast from Sebastian, Florida to Hobe Sound, just above Jupiter, Florida and Palm Beach.


What Cities are in Treasure Coast?

Treasure Coast lies along A1A, the route that runs along the east coast of Florida, and it includes cities like Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, and Stuart. No interstates are servicing the area, but major highways are accessible if you drive a few miles west. If you take the A1A all the way, it will take more time, but the ocean views and sea air are worth it.


When you arrive, set up camp at one of the famous hotels in the area or stay at one of the oceanfront playgrounds like Rhumcay Beach Resort and Island Grille at Fort Pierce Beach, or the Plantation Beach Club at Stuart Beach. If you want to explore, each of the cities on the Treasure Coast has their own unique sights like art galleries, museums, and boutique shops as well as restaurants and cafes. If you've come to the Treasure Coast though, you'll probably want to spend most of your time at the beach.


Best Beaches Treasure Coast Florida

These are the must-visit beaches in the Treasure Coast area. Each has public access so you can swim and snorkel to your heart's content. You can also fish in most places in the area.


Vero Beach

Vero Beach is a town on the north end of Treasure Coast. Here, you'll find miles of white sand beach to explore.  Although there are private properties along the beach, you can make your way to the water through access at parks like Jaycee Park, South Beach Park, and Avalon Park. There’s a lot of focus on surfing, windsurfing, or diving, and for those who like to hike, there are trails for you to explore the parks. You might enjoy the McKee Botanical Garden or the Vero Beach Museum of Art in town. Nature lovers will appreciate knowing that there are several wildlife refuges in the area. A new home in Vero Beach is a great place to relax and enjoy Florida’s natural bounty.


Jensen Beach

The Jensen Beach area originated as a pineapple plantation, which eventually evolved into citrus farms. Today, Jensen Beach is miles of natural coastline and beaches complete with umbrellas and tanning and chairs. To the north of Jensen Beach Park is Hutchinson Island, where five species of sea turtles come to nest. You can also stay at Island Beach Resort in Jenson Beach and watch the turtles on the shore there.


Hobe Sound Beach

Hobe Sound is a community that many celebrities call home. At the beach, there are many places where you will not see development on the shoreline. You can walk along the silver sands and listen to the surf while getting your toes wet. Plenty of free parking exists in the area so you can have a picnic. Visitors to the beach mention that the facilities are clean and well-maintained.


Fort Pierce Beach

The City of Fort Pierce was named after an old army post built in the Second Seminole War. Today its population is just over 45,000. Fort Pierce Beach has more development along its shoreline than the other beaches, but it's still quiet compared to other Florida beaches. The beach at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park has wide, white sand where you can swim, surf, snorkel, and fish. The beach leads up to the Navy UDT-Seal Museum, where you can learn about these specialized Navy Seal combat divers and their importance to our nation's military.


Stuart Beach

Stuart Beach has a quaint vibe, enchanting inns, sidewalk cafes, boutiques, and galleries. It is the sailfish capital of the world where anglers vie for the sport fish from the vibrant blue Atlantic waters. Like the other Treasure Coast beaches, Stuart Beach is also natural and slow-paced. You'll be able to swim, snorkel, surf, and fish for your own chance to catch a sailfish.  The water is clear and amazingly warm, and the facilities are clean. There is free parking, picnic tables, and showers for a lovely day at the beach.


If you need a place to relax, check out the Treasure Coast Beaches, Florida this summer. Once you do, you might want to keep it as your very own treasure and call it home with a new home on the Treasure Coast. Pulte has other communities in the area, so if you’re looking for new homes for sale in Port St. Lucie or Palm City, or make sure you stop by and see what we have to offer.



Contributed to Your Home blog by Carol Youmans

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Published 7.5.19

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