We just got home from Florida’s east coast. We had a weekend getaway, 3 days of fun, just enough time to get to know a beautiful new city. We had the chance to not only see one city but three, all part of the little slice of paradise called St. Lucie County. We took our family of five and tried everything from an all inclusive resort to surfing lessons and we had a blast. I want to share our experience with visiting St. Lucie with hopes it can inspire you to visit this hidden gem and what you can see, do and eat with your family.

Must Stay

During our visit we knew we wanted to stay close to the beach. There is something about waking up to the sounds of waves crashing that is like nothing else. We stayed a the Courtyard Marriott Hutchinson Island. This boutique style hotel is right on Jensen Beach which made for the most gorgeous views from our oceanfront room. The staff was some of the friendliest people and the girls grabbed a free cookie on our way up to the room after check in. The rooms were spacious and clean and we could fit all 5 of us easily.

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Our favorite thing to do was walk out to the beach at sunrise (I have 3 kids under 6, we were always up at sunrise) walk down to the beach and admire the serene view. This beach is gorgeous and my girls loved to splash in the waves. We loved it was just a short walk from the hotel’s pool area.

Speaking of pool area, the Courtyard Hutchinson Island had a really fun one. Scott and I especially liked the Latitude Outdoor tiki bar right on the pool deck.

Must Eat

Bonefish Macs Sports Grille

If you are looking for a causal and fun spot with something for everyone, this is your place. The menu was so big and extensive we didn’t have a problem finding what each of us were craving. It is also super kid friendly. With a big fish tank and a goldfish “appetizer” they give each kid before dinner. This place sure knows how to make our kids happy.

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2nd Street Bistro

This was our favorite spot of the trip. An eclectic bistro with charm and character. We visited on Sunday and loved there were dozens of tvs to catch the game (and keep the kids distracted). The food was amazing. I tried the pizza which had an amazing flavor and Scott had the seared tuna tacos which were the perfect amount of spicy. Don’t even get me started on the chocolate lava cake, I barely got a picture before the whole thing was gone. We loved the feel of this family friendly restaurant and will definitely be back again when we are in Fort Pierce.

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Must Do

Superplay USA

We spent our first night at Superplay USA and this place was made for kids! Bowling, arcade, mini golf and laser tag, all inside this giant building! My girls focused their energy on bowling and were ecstatic when the lights got low and the cosmic bowling started. So much fun!

We loved that there was a restaurant attached and we were able to order delicious food and drinks right to our lane. The restaurant was Duffy’s, which we had visited before, and the food was just as good as we remembered. We never had to leave our game, we enjoyed out dinner, while enjoying our game of bowling.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay

I had no idea that Florida had its own all inclusive resort and now I am happy that I do. This place made all my vacation dreams come true. Delicious food, adult beverages, lots of activities for the family, we were in heaven. Even if you aren’t staying on property you can still utilize all that Club Med has to offer with their day pass. You get all the perks and can make the most of your action packed day!

Club Med sandpiper bay

Some of our favorite activities that were included with our day pass were the 4 pools (especially the kids pool). The classes like Zumba and water fitness. The water sports, like canoeing and sailing. The fact that it’s such an active place with options to play mini golf or tennis. Some of the things we didn’t use but wanted to were the Kids Clubs and the trapeze lessons.

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Overall we had the best day at Club Med and loved the friendly staff and friends we made there. One of the lifeguards was so sweet she even made our girls friendship bracelets. If you are looking for an easy vacation where everyone in your family can have something to do than this is the place!

Club Med sandpiper bay

Central Florida Surf School

We decided to try an activity this trip that took me completely outside of my comfort zone. As we drove up to the beach that morning I felt a pit in my stomach. I had surfed years ago and it wasn’t the best experience so I came into this with a whole lot of nerves. The moment I met Lisa my nerves faded away. She has this was of making you feel confident and calm all at the same time. She is very knowledgeable and a great teacher and knew exactly how to direct me while also directing the girls the way that would be helpful for them.

We spent some time at the pavilion, going over rules and basics, before hitting the beach. This was so important for us because once we finally went out we felt prepared.

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Lucille started first and she was a natural. Got up on her first try! She didn’t want to stop.

Me on the other hand? I got knocked off quite a bit. But you know what? I conquered my fear, I went out there, and I actually got up on a wave!

This was such a fun experience and I don’t think it would of been the same without Lisa. Thanks to her we now have a house of surfing lovers.

So I think its safe to say that we had an amazing weekend in St. Lucie, Florida. East Coast beaches, friendly locals, and tons of family fun. We cant wait to go back!

I hope this travel guide was helpful when planning your next family trip. Have any questions about visiting St. Lucie? Leave them in the comments below.

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