Almost 70 years ago, the first U.S. Navy frogmen began underwater demolitions training in the waters around Fort Pierce. Commissioned through an act of Congress and the signature of the president, the National Navy UDT–SEAL Museum now stands where these first training sessions began and documents the evolution of the first volunteers into today's Navy SEALs. Exhibits honor the predecessors to the SEAL program and display artifacts and equipment from combat, including Apollo training vehicles, a Vietnam-era ”Huey” helicopter, and the SEALs' unique water vehicles powered by hardworking seahorses. Also on display are all 10,000 pounds of the fiberglass lifeboat from the 2009 hostage rescue of Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama following its hijacking by Somalian pirates. Visitors can also view WWII training obstacles rescued from the ocean floor or take in the names of fallen heroes as they walk on memorial bricks donated by the friends and family of former SEALs. In addition to documenting and honoring past soldiers, the National Navy UTD–SEAL Museum also reaches out to living veterans through their reunions and their partnership with the Wheelchairs for Warriors program.
Lisa Fasnacht loves to see people go outside and be active—so much so that her company's web address is its own call to action, GetOutsideandDoSomething.com. Then there's her company's Facebook page, where she's just as apt to plug excursions with the local Meetup group outside-adventure club as she is her own equipment rentals, which include use of outdoor gear such as bicycles, Trikkes, standup paddleboards, and camping equipment. She also leads guided kayak tours along the Treasure Coast's waterways, giving guests occasional glimpses of wildlife such as eagles suffering from male-pattern baldness.
The infectious aromas of sizzling steak, fresh chopped cilantro, and spicy peppers flow through Costa Azul Mexican Restaurant, heralding the arrival of generous Mexican feasts. Chefs furl these fresh ingredients and more into tortillas to create tacos, flautas, and burritos. Guests savor the juicy nuances of tender marinated pork carnitas or the perfectly balanced flavors of the restaurant's signature paella. Tangy margaritas and ice-cold brews extinguish mouth fires caused by spicy fajitas or mid-meal freestyle raps. Costa Azul's chefs will also whip up their Mexican cuisine to help their guests celebrate special events, family reunions, and weddings with ease.
Man and machine mingle at WadaWash, where the area’s only flex-service car washes incorporate automated exterior scrubs augmented by professional attendants trained in tidying up interiors. This express approach does not mean WadaWash cuts corners when it comes to water conversation: H2O is reclaimed, filtered, and sterilized after each use, and green soaps and waxes lend credence to the business’ eco-friendly agenda. Inside, a flickering television enraptures waiting eyeballs, and free WiFi enables guests to upload photos of their car’s freshly scrubbed exterior or photos of themselves watching car commercials on TV.
The Gin Mill beats back the advancing armies of hunger with hearty half-pound burgers, bolstered by reinforcements of domestic brews shipped out from an elegant mahogany bar. Eight-ounce patties weigh down bottom buns before customers seal in condiments by screwing on the top half of bread, making a carbo-protein feast flanked by waffle fries. Gustatory tinkerers can outfit their burgers with a blanket of cheese, strips of bacon, or their own crocheted burger cozies. Frothy guzzles of beer on tap or by the bottle chase meaty meals down the pipe with bubbly fervor until 2 a.m.
[[m:####Rumirs Day Spa & Salon
At Rumirs Day Spa & Salon, a cavalcade of trained aestheticians, hairstylists, massage therapists, and makeup artists indulges clients with a variety of relaxing, beautifying services in keeping with the spa's philosophy of total health and wellness. They dole out everything from spray tans and waxing services to detoxifying body wraps and microdermabrasion treatments. The spa’s sleek front desk greets clients as they step into a tranquil oasis replete with lush tropical flora.:m]]