Port St Lucie is located on the Treasure Coast, which is located midway up on the southern part of mainland Florida, around half way between Miami and Daytona Beach. As such it makes for great access to the east coast and all the attractions it has to offer.
Up the coast to the north you will find Cape Canaveral, Daytona Beach and further north the beautiful and historic city of St Augustine, FL.
Cape Canaveral is well known due to the Kennedy Space Centre, a fantastic day (or two) out for kids of all ages. Space flight has long been a fascination, and with Kennedy Space Centre you can find out what it took to make it happen, how things have developed to get us where we are now, and how things are developing into the future. Kennedy moves into the commercial arena, with SpaceX and other commercial organisations using Cape Canaveral as their base, launch centre or home.
There is loads to see and do at Kennedy. Each daily ticket includes a second day free entry to the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and there are packages and deals available on the Kennedy Space Center Website. As and when we find deals and offers, we will add them here, so if you are going you may want to check out the offers here first.
Daytona Beach for so long now has been known as the home of NASCAR. From the times they raced on the beach, through the building of the International Raceway, NASCAR is entrenched in Daytona Beach’s recent history. Of course there is also Bike week and Biketoberfest, where bikers from near and far descend on Daytona beach to gather, compare bikes, and have a little fun too.
But Daytona Beach is more than octane fueled attractions – the clue of course is in the name, the Beach. 23 miles of beach with fine powdery almost white sand makes for a fantastic place to spend a day. The Atlantic ocean with its lively surf is popular with surfers using boogie and fullsize boards, windsurfers, kite surfers, kayakers, boaters and jet skis. But not everyone needs the excitement – there are plenty of people content to just play in the water, paddle, float or just sit and soak up the beach. The gentle slope into the sea is a great place for family to enjoy. Plenty of lifeguards are normally on duty and it is always a wise choice to check the lifeguard tower.
Daytona Beach is one of the few beaches where driving on the beach is allowed in designated areas, something that is actually great fun to do.
St Augustine, FLA
There is something about St Augustine that is just a little bit special and definitely worth the trip there. Steeped in history, St Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European established city in the continental United States.
George Street is the core of the old part of the city with many shops and places of interest, such as the Oldest Schoolhouse. Make sure you don’t miss the Fort – Castilllo De San Marcos and the Old Jail are fascinating stops for a bit historical fun. If you venture just off George Street, you will find some amazing attractions from the latter period of St Augustine, when Henry Flagler had such an influence on the City. The Lightner Museum and Flagler college are just a couple of them, prepare to be impressed.
We highly recommend one of the Trolley bus tours. These will not only get you around St Augustine and provide you a wealth of information from the guides, but you can also hop on and off as you wish all day long. Oh, and if you fancy a break for a bite and some refreshments, we have not found any better a burger in St Augustine than Scarlet O’Hara’s which is right along the route.
Orlando and its Theme Parks
Of course, there is one attraction that we have not mentioned. You may have heard of it… in fact you probably will have – yes, it is that place where the big eared mouse and his pals live – Disney World. Kids of all ages have been enjoying Disney World since it opened in 1971, and it has been expanding it’s attraction base ever since. In addition to Disney World, Magic Kingdom you now also have Disney MGM, Animal Kingdom, two water parks, Discovery Cove and Epcot – and that is just Disney. Add in Seaworld and then the attractions from Universal Studios – such as Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida, and Wet and Wild – and you will have plenty to keep you entertained. Each day is a big day out, and many find it good to have a day’s break in-between. Not only does it give you a chance to recover from the day out, but also an opportunity to build the excitement for the next big day.
To the South
To the South of Port St Lucie you will find Jupiter, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami closest by, with the Everglades, the Florida Keys and of course Key West beyond that.
West Palm Beach has some fantastic beach life and a lovely harbour area, but is also great for shopping, and the Outlet Center there is an excellent chance to pick up that holiday bargain. Parking is free at the outlet center, and there is a wealth of shops including some famous names and designer labels. Of course there is a lot more to West Palm beach. With great beaches, parasailing, snorkeling, and lots of other watersports as well as fishing, there is plenty do do in West Palm Beach during the day. Downtown West Palm Beach is also great in the evening. Strolling through the bars and clubs area of Clematis Street and CityPlace, you will find plenty on at night in West Palm Beach.
Miami is a busy and vibrant city with fantastic boutiques with some equally fantastic prices, plus some of the trendiest bars and clubs in Florida. Visit Miami Beach for great beaches, which are extremely popular. If you can drag yourself away from the beaches and the night life, then Little Havana – the Cuban area – is also fascinating. Miami is a large city so a Sat-Nav is recommended if you don’t know your way around. There is so much to see and do in Miami that we could never do it justice here, so why not pop over to the official see-and-do page for Miami
As they observe the vibrant exhibits of aquatic life inside the Miami Seaquarium, many guests don’t realize that they are also walking through a movie set. In the onsite lagoon, bottlenose dolphins swim through waters once traversed by Flipper, who filmed television episodes and films at the venue. This aspect of the Seaquarium—along with its many conservation efforts, educational programs, and shows—underscores a united commitment to wildlife consciousness. Special opportunities, such as the dolphin encounter, also send people on underwater treks through the reef display, letting them swim with seals or giving them the chance to shake a dolphin’s hand.
It’s hard to pinpoint the biggest personality at Miami Seaquarium, but Lolita the killer whale—who performs daily alongside pacific white-sided dolphins—claims the title of heaviest, period. On the other end of the scale, macaws and cockatoos perch around the Tropical Wings section of the park, and endangered sea turtles lounge at Discovery Bay. Elsewhere, a watery playground and three-story ropes course keep legs from growing too wobbly after a trip to Shark Channel) or a smooch from a sea lion.