Florida, also known as ‘The Sunshine State’ is the ideal place to head off to this summer for a weekend mini break or a longer trip away. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a gang of travel buddies by your side, Florida has plenty to offer you, from the most amazing beaches to some incredible bars and eateries, not to mention some scenery that’s out of this world.
The best place to see some of the iconic scenery that Florida is famous for is St. Lucie. For a town that was nothing more than a fishing town five decades ago, St. Lucie has come a long way since then, and is now a popular holiday destination. Complete with plenty of natural scenery to explore, beautiful beaches, and a range of attractions, it’s easy to see why this is such a well liked place.
If you are going to make the most of Florida this summer and explore St. Lucie and the surrounding area like a local, you might want to take note of the tips below.
Find the perfect place to stay
The first step for planning any vacation should always be to find that perfect place to stay. Where you stay can impact the whole dynamic of your trip, so getting it right is crucial. The great thing about St. Lucie and the surrounding area is the fact that it has so many varying accommodation options. There are beautiful villas in the centre of the town, quirky cottages in the hills, and hotels all around. You can find some amazing hotels within the local area, for a hotel in Fort Pierce, Florida or St. Lucie Florida, have a browse online and have a read of the reviews. Not sure where’s best to stay? Utilize social media to find out from the locals where they would suggest that you stay, then you really can holiday like a local.
Once you arrive in St. Lucie, naturally you will want to explore the local area and see the sights. If you’re not one for seeing the touristy sights and would rather explore like a local, a handy hack is to head to a bar, chat with the people working the bar, and see where they would recommend that you explore. You’re sure to get some great tips by doing this. Of course, even if you do want to live like a local, the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, RiverWalk Boardwalk, River Lilly Cruises, and Oxbow Eco-Center are must-visits.
Eat like the locals
Rule number one when eating (and drinking) like the locals is to always avoid big chains of restaurants, and instead eat in smaller, more authentic places. Redfish Rick’s Neighborhood Grill is one of the best places in the area for bacon wrapped shrimp and grits, and their breakfast burritos aren’t bad either. Fancy a fresh, homemade cake or dessert? Then you want to take a trip to Lily’s Cafe - the breakfasts here are incredible too. Fancy some more exotic food? Fernando’s Dockside Grill serves a range of fresh, homemade Portuguese, Mediterranean and New England dishes. The food in each of these establishments is fresh, local, and authentic, which is what makes them worth a visit.
When it comes to vacationing like a local, it’s all about learning from the locals - don’t be afraid to ask them where they drink and dine or what attractions they would recommend.