Small Bed and Breakfast near Beaches and Scenic River
The sailfish is the cheetah of the sea, reaching speeds up to 68 mph. With tremendous strength and leaping ability, it's easily one of the hardest-fighting game fish, pound for pound. Stuart has been dubbed the Sailfish Capital of the World, thanks to its proximity to the fertile fishing waters of the Gulf Stream. Situated five miles from an inlet and within minutes of the ocean, Inn Shepard’s Park Bed and Breakfast is an ideal spot to rest your head between fishing trips or sunny days on the beach. The four-bedroom, boutique-style inn is surrounded by lush gardens. In the morning, innkeeper Marilyn Miller serves a homemade continental breakfast on the wraparound porch, and a guest refrigerator is always stocked with complimentary bottled water, soda, and snacks. After an afternoon on the water (you can rent a kayak for free), kick back with a cold drink in the hotel's bubbling jacuzzi, or retreat to the garden hammock for a cat nap. Though individually decorated, all three rooms offered with this Getaway include queen-size beds and antique oak dressers. The Rose and Romance Room features feminine accents including sheer window curtains and a framed flower prints. The Rustic Riverview room, meanwhile, offers a clear view of the St. Lucie River.
Stuart, Florida: Riverfront Town with World-Class Fishing
Stuart is located about 40 miles north of Palm Beach along Florida's Treasure Coast, a tropical stretch named after a series of famous 18th-century shipwrecks. Bound by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the St. Lucie River to the west, the coastal town features miles of shoreline, from coves to inlets and oceanfront. A handful of scuba outfits run trips to nearby dive sites; you can also rent snorkeling gear and head to Bathtub Beach, about 5 miles east of the inn.