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“Boating in Fort Pierce”

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Ranked #3 of 89 things to do in Fort Pierce
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Other
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Owner description: A favorite spot for local fishermen in St. Lucie County.
Reviewed 17 June 2014

My wife and I have boated the Florida coastal waters, keys, and near islands for several years. Only recently did we take a trip to Fort Pierce and were so surprised that the area is a boaters paradise. The area is perfect for cruisers whether making an overnight stop or spending the season at one of the many marinas or anchorages. The Fort Pierce inlet is a great jumping off point if you are heading to the Bahamas. We liked the area so much we decided move and our dock our boat at the Harbortown Marina and continue our boating adventures from there.

There are several boat yards and marine supply stores, which includes a West Marine, Taylor Creek Marine, Whitcar Boat Yard, etc. Marinas include Harbortown Marine with both diesel and gas, Pelican Yacht Club, the Fort Pierce Public Marina, and others.

If you are a day boater there are several boat ramps from which to launch. On any given weekend we saw dozens of boats anchored or beached at the numerous sandy beaches and sand bars.

There are numerous restaurants on the water with dockage nearby, Cobb’s Landing, The Original Tiki Bar and Restaurant, Harbor Cove, to name just a few. A short walk from the city marina you will not only find restaurants but also you can find gelato, a bakery, and the neatest general store that has an amazing selection of bottled soft drinks and beers, plus a great luncheon menu. In the evening several of the restaurants have live entertainment

The downtown area has gone through a revitalization with many shops and galleries. Other attractions in the area are the U.S. Navy Seal/UDT Museum, Fort Pierce Lady deep sea fishing party boat, Indian River Lagoon State Park, and more.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Great little recently renovated park with plenty of parking. The ocean is beautiful here; it's a fun place to watch windsurfers and fishermen do their thing. If you go on Saturday, hit the Farmer's Market in Ft. Pierce for breakfast, then head out on South Hutchinson island to the inlet and make a morning of it. Or, go late afternoon and then stop at Chuck's for dinner and dine on the deck for more inlet views.

Thank blandboy
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Not much to say other than it's clean there are lots of shells it has a bathroom facility and a pretty decent surf break. Put on your spf 50 and enjoy the beautiful view.

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Reviewed 22 May 2014

This State park is located on the North Hutchinson Island. It is well marked and easy to find. Not far off the last bridge you will see signs to the right. If you drive straight through, there is a lot of parking with multiple pathways to the beach. If you are familiar with this area, this beach is located where the north jettys are. Because there is a fee to get in this park, it is probably a good location to go when the beaches are predicted to be more crowded, because most people will look for free parking. If you are a frequent flyer at the state parks, if you buy a yearly pass, it will pay for itself very quickly.
There were quite a few surfers using this beach. Some fishermen were closer to the jettys. There are bathroom facilities here. Picnic tables and grills available on the inlet. They do have a campground. It is small, so if you are planning on using it, I would call well in advance for reservations. They have a walking trail off of the parking lot. It is very short. It took me no time at all. I would suspect between 1/2 to 1 mile. They do have a bike/walking paved trail that runs parallel to the main road in the park. It is approximately 1.2 miles one way. There is no shade on the trail, so bring water or a hat if appropriate. If you are looking for a longer hike/bike, you can continue out of the park. There is a wide paved sidewalk going in both directions away from the park to keep riding. I did not see any drink machines, and they certainly did not have any food vendors there. Almost across from the entrance is a jr. food store and a fast food eatery if you need to stop and get something while in the vicinity. Otherwise, you will not be too far on the mainland from grocery stores and multiple eateries.
The park was clean, and well maintained. I thought that it was a little small and would have liked to see more nature trails. But that being said, I think this park being right on the beach has and will continue to be it's main attraction.

1  Thank maxona
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

A nice secluded area that offers a good play space for young kids or pets who enjoy the beach. There isn't a convenient way to get from the parking lot to the beach area though -- just cross the street and walk carefully down the small hill. That's the only downside about it, in my opinion. But maybe the inconvenience factor is another reason why it's so wonderfully secluded?

Thank elbm
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