Nine days in air conditioned comfort was like a little piece of heaven after the heat of the Bahamas. Our first stop, after checking in at the Ft. Pierce City Marina and clearing customs, was the Tiki Bar & Grill for a cold Miller Lite. The Tiki Bar is in the middle of the marina and was a favorite stop several times while in Ft. Pierce. The beer was $1.50/bottle and they even had hamburgers for only $6.95. I don't know what the deal is with the coleslaw in Florida and the Bahamas but every sandwich we've ordered comes with it, in addition to the fries.
The marina, on the Indian River, is in the downtown section of Ft. Pierce. The marina itself was probably the nicest we've stayed in. The North piers have all new facilities, with very private showers and dressing areas. The landscaping is lush and beautiful. Amenities include a small lounge with a phone hookup for laptops. This is usually the first thing we ask when considering a marina.
The Round-about in Fort Pierce, Florida
|There are many shops, art galleries and restaurants within walking distance of the marina. Fort Pierce is a beautiful, small town with much charm. The downtown buildings are older ones mixed with the new and are very well kept. They are in the process of bricking the walks/streets to add to the beauty. When we weren't checking out the town, we spent our time there sleeping, lazing around, catching up on household duties and maintenance.|
Taking advantage of the Enterprise weekend special again, we spent part of a day driving south on Indian River Drive to Jensen Beach. It was a beautiful drive without anything, except lush vegetation on occasion, blocking the view of the river. The modest to pristine homes were on the opposite side of the road. On the return trip we detoured onto A1A to drive through Hutchinson Island, a non-impressive island.
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