Martin County's quality of life can be described using all the usual clichés... The difference is that they all are true here. Come see for yourself why some of the world's elite have chosen Martin County as their home.
Best place to live, work, and play
In no other community in South Florida can you find the combination of access to major markets and suppliers, professional services, and the natural beauty, lively art scene, and unique dining and shopping opportunities offered within our borders. These exclusive assets are complemented by fast access to major international airports and metropolitan centers such as Miami and Orlando.
2008 "Most Beautiful City" in America
On October 4th, 2008, the City of Stuart, Florida was awarded the title of "Most Beautiful City" in America with a population of 15,001 to 25,000 from the America In Bloom organization. "America In Bloom" (AIB) is an annual, nationwide beautification campaign among cities of similar population size. Stuart is the first coastal community and only the second Florida city to enter the AIB campaign.
Top Rated Education System
The Martin County School District is consistently ranked among the highest performing school districts in Florida. In 2012, Martin County earned an “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education for the 11th consecutive year. Martin County High School and South Fork High School were named by "Newsweek Magazine" as being among the top five percent of public high schools in the country.
Award Winning Healthcare System
Martin Health System (MHS) ranks among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide, as scored by The Joint Commission, one of the most respected health accreditations in the U.S. Martin Health Center and Martin Health South are seven-time national winners of the Top 100 Hospitals recognition, and the entire health system is a five-time winner of the Top 100 Integrated Health System recognition.
World Class Shopping Opportunities
Martin County boasts a variety of shopping centers where you will find all nationally recognized restaurants and retailers. The County is home to a vast array of delightful shops, charming antique stores, art galleries, quaint sidewalk cafes and family-owned restaurants offering international and regional cooking experiences. Dining and shopping in downtown Stuart is usually followed by a stroll along the riverfront. It is all here and it is all part of the Martin County lifestyle.
Star Quality Golf Courses
Test your skill on courses designed by celebrated golf professionals, such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer and Chi Chi Rodriguez. Try perfecting your swing on a course replicating some of the most famous ones in the country. Martin County has dozens of public and private golf courses meander throughout the area, offering undulating greens and challenging hazards.
Close Proximity to World Famous Attractions
Within a one hundred miles radius of the Treasure Coast, you can access Orlando and Miami. Think Magic Kingdom to Miami Heat. Family fun to lively nightlife. A day trip will get you to Key West, Tampa/Clearwater, Jacksonville or Tallahassee. Martin County truly is the best central location to access all major cities and sites in Florida.
Beaches, Parks and Ecotourism
For hikers and bikers alike, our natural Florida terrain teems with ocean side and lakeside trails as well as preserved woodlands and wildlife parks. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy world-class fishing within just a 10-mile radius of our St. Lucie Inlet! And whether by power or sail, you can explore our scenic waterways, including coves, islands, Lake Okeechobee and the renowned Indian River Lagoon, whose unique tidal basin is home to dolphins, manatees, brown pelicans and other protected species.
World Famous Fishing
Martin County reigns supreme for sport fishing and holds the distinctive title of "Sailfish Capital of the World." With the Gulf Stream just offshore, Martin County is a boating and fishing paradise. Boasting more than 20 marinas, a dozen fishing and sightseeing charters, plus a variety of bait and tackle shops, Martin County offers an abundance of boating and fishing opportunities.