Port St. LucieTreasure Coast of Florida. The population is 174,110 and 444,420 in its metropolitan area. It is known by its residents by its initials, PSL. The spring training home of the New York Mets, this city has many fun activities if you know where to look; the new downtown area is in its infancy, but once complete will bring more activities for residents and visitors.
A very special thing about Port St. Lucie is that it is the spring training home of the New York Mets; in First Data Field, the Mets play baseball against their Major League foes, like the Yankees and the Red Sox. The season normally lasts from January or February to late March to early April, when their minor league affiliates, the St. Lucie Mets, play in that very stadium.
The location of Port St. Lucie is roughly halfway between Orlando and West Palm Beach on the Turnpike, and halfway between WPB and Melbourne on the Space Coast on Interstate 95.
Climate and appropriate clothing
Like most of Florida, Port St. Lucie's climate is warm almost year round, except for the occasional cool winter day. The highest summer temperature recorded in the city was 101°F (38°C), and the lowest winter temperature recorded was 23°F (-5°C). Average temperatures in PSL through the year mostly range from the low 60s to the mid to high 80s. Those who plan to visit in the summer months should pack light, or lightly colored (white, light blue, etc.), T-shirts, shorts, and sneakers; sandals are also advised, weather permitting of course, but flip-flops aren't recommended.
phone: +1 561 471-7420address: 1000 Turnage Boulevard, West Palm BeachThe closest commercial airport to Port St. Lucie. Serving major airports from Boston to Dallas.
phone: +1 772 462-1732address: 3000 Curtis King Blvd., Fort PierceNo commercial service yet, so take your own plane.
Larger airports are further south or north, including:
phone: +1 954 359-1200address: 100 Terminal Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315Closest large commercial hub to PSL.
phone: +1 305 876-7000address: 2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126Busiest airport in Florida, serving the U.S. and the world.
phone: +1 407 825-2001address: 1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827Busiest airport in Central Florida, just a while up the Turnpike.
By carPSL is easily accessible from many major Florida cities by car on three major highways: the Florida Turnpike, Interstate 95, and U.S. Highway 1. You can reach West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and other points in South Florida via Interstate 95, the Turnpike, and US 1; but if you want to get to Disney World, you can visit Orlando by Florida's Turnpike.
By I-95, you can exit to Port St. Lucie by these exits:
|Exit Number||Road Name||Going E takes you to...||Going W takes you to...|
|114||Becker Road||Florida Turnpike||Village Pkwy|
|118||Gatlin Blvd||State Road 716||Tradition|
|120||Crosstown Pkwy||California Blvd, Tradition Field||Turns into Village Pkwy|
|121||St. Lucie West Blvd||St. Lucie West||PGA Village, Glades Cut-Off Road|
|126||Midway Road||White City||State Road 70|
By Florida's Turnpike, you can get into Port St. Lucie by these exits:
|Exit Number||Road Name||Going E takes you to...||Going W takes you to...|
|138||Becker Road||Southbend Blvd||Interstate 95|
|142||Port St. Lucie Blvd||US-1||Gatlin Blvd, Interstate 95|
|144||Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce Service Plaza||Service stop, no outlet||Service stop, no outlet|
By trainThe closest train stations are in Okeechobee, West Palm Beach, Sanford, and Orlando; the station in Sanford is served by the Auto Train, a nonstop service from Lorton, Virginia (around Washington, DC) that carries the passengers' cars in specially designed autoracks.
address: 209 South Tamarind Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401Ticket office, waiting room, and two routes.
address: 801 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972Platform station with shelter. Only a stopping location, no ticket office yet.
address: 600 S Persimmon Ave, Sanford, FL 32771Served by Auto Train; the route runs up to Lorton, Virginia, just outside of Washington DC.
address: 1400 Sligh Blvd, Orlando, FL 32806Serves the Silver Star and Silver Meteor. Also connects to local Orlando transit services.
By carCar is the easiest, if not only, way to get around Port St. Lucie. PSL is a relatively large city by area, so driving is the best option to get around. PSL stretches to all the way past I-95 to an in-city town called Tradition. The highways listed are also used to get around Port St. Lucie with ease, mostly US-1 and I-95; the Turnpike is rarely used due to it being a toll road, but it is used to avoid traffic and as a way to reach central Florida. There are no one-way streets in PSL, except for divided highways.
There are two Enterprise rentals in the city.
phone: +1 772 344-3100address: 1290 SW Bayshore Blvd; 10502 S Federal HwyThe local Enterprise rental stations. They'll pick you up. The location on US-1 is closest to Martin County, if you want to spend a day in Stuart or Jensen Beach.
By boatPort St. Lucie has a small canal system that can be used to navigate parts of the city, with the river functioning as the central canal. Local marinas give you easy access to the river, which empties into the St. Lucie Inlet, which in turn takes you to the Atlantic.
Marinas in the area:
River Park Marinaphone: +1 772 462-1522address: 500 E Prima Vista BlvdThis marina sits on the north fork of the St. Lucie River. The entire river takes you to Lake Okeechobee.
Veterans Memorial Parkphone: +1 772 335-1433address: 2100 SE Veterans Memorial PkwyThis park and preserve features a marina and a boardwalk to observe natural wildlife preserves.
By busPort Saint Lucie offers limited bus service including connections to Fort Pierce, Jensen Beach, and now Vero Beach through the Treasure Coast Connector. Service extends from 43rd Street in Vero Beach to Avenue D in Fort Pierce via the northern routes, and from St. Lucie West in Port St. Lucie to the Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach.
- Route 1 takes you from the Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach at the South End up US-1 to the Fort Pierce Intermodal Facility at the North End.
- Route 4 takes you around downtown Port St. Lucie in a "trolley-style" bus; the downtown area contains a hospital and the PSL Civic Center. The route extends from the PSL Civic Center to the Sam's Club on US-1.
- Route 5 takes you along Port St. Lucie Blvd, switching off to Gatlin Blvd, with one stop being the Tradition strip-mall known as "The Landing". The route takes you from PSL City Hall at the east end to "The Landing" on the west end.
- Route 6 takes you from the Prima Vista Crossings along Prima Vista Blvd/St. Lucie West Blvd, with the western terminus being the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Lucie West.
- Route 1 (US-1) to Route 4 ("Trolley"):
- Walmart on US-1
- Town Center Plaza
- PSL Civic Center
- Prima Vista Crossing
- PSL Intermodal Facility (Community Center)
Basic fares for a single ride are $2 for adults and $1 for children. Other fares can be found at the TCC Website .
Downtown PSL is in its infancy, and right now there is only the Civic Center as well as a few outlet stores.
phone: +1 772 807-4488address: 9221 SE Civic Center PlaceMany city festivals are held on the green outside of the Civic Center, but it is the basic welcome center to the city. Considered by many to be the prime edifice in the downtown area.
address: 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd
phone: +1 772 785-5833address: 5400 NE St. James Drpreserve on the St. Lucie River
address: 2541 SE Walton RdExtends from Fort Pierce to Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach.
- Go to a beach and catch a tan, or a wave.
- Go boating in the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie River.
- Go hunt for treasure on the coast of nearby Hutchinson Island.
- Play golf at one of the beautiful PGA Golf Club courses.
- Shop (and eat) in Tradition, an in-city suburb; this little town is part of PSL, and retains a small-town feel.
ParksIf you have children that really want to have fun, PSL has its own parks and recreation department and multiple playgrounds for them to play until nap time! Favorite parks among the residents include:
Jessica Clinton Parkphone: +1 772 344-4150address: 3200 S.E. Southbend BlvdPlaygrounds for children of all ages, basketball and tennis courts, and turf field.
Lyngate Parkaddress: 1301 SE Lyngate DrHome of American Little League, this park has two baseball fields, racquetball, volleyball, and basketball courts.
Sportsman Park & Sportsman Park Westphone: +1 772 871-5096address: 201 NW Prima Vista Blvd & 220 NW Irving StreetSportsman Park has a playground, tennis and a baseball field for Little League teams. The West Park has a track and two football fields.
Veterans Park at Rivergatephone: +1 772 335-1433address: 2200 S.E. Veterans Memorial PkwyVeterans Park is close to the St. Lucie River; you can get a river cruise, go on the boardwalk by the river, and go boating.
SportsBelieve it or not, Port St. Lucie has a major league sponsored baseball team known as the St. Lucie Mets; they play at Tradition Field in St. Lucie West, a major shopping and business center in the city. St. Lucie West is also home to a local PGA village, and a bowling alley.
phone: +1 772 871-2115address: 525 Northwest Peacock BlvdOpened in 1988 as Thomas J. White Plaza, First Data Field has been the spring training home of the New York Mets, and the home of their Class A-Advanced minor league associates, the St. Lucie Mets. Grab yourself a juicy Nathan's hotdog and sit on the berm to watch the Mets hit their next homerun.
phone: +1 772 468-7686address: 8565 Commerce Centre Dr.Claims to be the best of all Florida golf cities.
address: 1600 Northwest Courtyard CircleA place to chill out with a game of bowling or mini-golf or get hyped for a game of laser tag.
address: 6759 U.S. 1One of the oldest bowling alleys in the region.
Events and festivalsMost events in the Port St. Lucie area are in Tradition or St. Lucie West. If you find yourself in town, make sure to browse these fun events in the PSL area.
Food Truck Invasionaddress: SW Tradition SquareThe only food truck invasion in St. Lucie County.
Tradition Green Marketaddress: The Landing at Tradition, Southwest Village PkwyShop local vendors for fresh produce, arts & crafts, and more! Every Sunday.
Port St. Lucie Civic Center Green Marketaddress: 9221 SE Civic Center Place
St. Lucie County Fairaddress: 15601 W Midway RdCheck out the rides, animals, and great food at the St. Lucie County Fair.
phone: +1 561 427-0500address: SW Tradition SquareThis yearly festival in Tradition will give you a massively fun opportunity to explore Little Italy through festival rides, wine tasting and music by various artists.
Casey 'n' Spaz Comedyaddress: PSL Civic Center (9221 SE Civic Center Place)Live stand up comedy at the Civic Center. Open to all, but minors must accompanied by a parent due to some coarse language.
phone: +1 772 692-9401address: 3174 NW Federal Highway, Jensen Beach, FL 34957Even though the Treasure Coast Square Mall is in Jensen Beach, a small town in nearby Martin County, it is considered the hot-spot shopping-spot of the southern Treasure Coast. Department stores in the mall include Dillard's, Macy's, and JC Penney. A food court in the mall will keep you fueled up for more shopping at stores like Hollister, Aeropostale, as well as many electronics shops.
phone: +1 772 335-5616address: 10100 S. Federal Highway (US 1)Established in 1953 before PSL's incorporation, this is the oldest family-owned retail store in St. Lucie County.
phone: +1 772 878-9229address: 8627 South US Highway 1The Treasure Coast's favorite comic book shop.
address: 10824 SW Village PkwyLarge shopping mall in Tradition, an in-city suburb. Though it is not in the traditional mall format, there are lots of stores to shop at spread around the lot.
Shoppes of St. Lucie Westaddress: St. Lucie West Blvd.Shops in this plaza include Publix, Burlington and the new HomeGoods.
- Bealls stores are common in Florida, starting in 1915 during the Florida boom. Locations in St. Lucie West and outside of the Civic Center.
Steaks, pub grub and homestyle cooking
Bayshore Dinerphone: +1 772 873-2000address: 742 SW Bayshore BlvdGreat place for homestyle cooking, including biscuits and gravy, country-fried steak, and pancakes the size of a plate.
phone: +1 772 343-1146address: 1680 St. Lucie West BlvdUpscale dining rated at 4 stars.
phone: +1 772-878-6555address: 614 SW Bayshore BlvdLocal steakhouse, best known for their filet mignon.
phone: +1 772 873-9990address: 1950 NW Courtyard CircleOutback is a Florida-based steakhouse, with the headquarters on the other coast in Tampa; this is the local location of the national chain.
phone: +1 772 873-4234 (SLW), +1 772 460-4724 (Kit.), +1 772 335-9036 (Prom.), +1 772 345-9464 (Trad.)address: St. Lucie West: 1319 NW St. Lucie West Blvd; Kitterman: 6641 S US-1 ; Promenade: 2202 SE Veterans Memorial Pkwy; Tradition: 10440 SW Village Center DriveHurricane's is a national chain born on the Treasure Coast in the neighboring city of Fort Pierce. Wings are served in two sauces of your choice, out of 35 flavors.
phone: +1 772 336-3386address: 1787 NW Saint Lucie West BlvdFrozen yogurt.
phone: +1 772-344-6464address: 10478 SW Village Center Dr.Excellent ice cream and chocolates in the heart of Port St. Lucie/Tradition.
address: 134 SW Port St. Lucie BlvdBaskin Robbins is a nationally-recognized ice cream chain, serving their iconic flavors at all locations in America, not just 31 anymore.
Twistee Treatphone: +1 772 871-0194address: 7820 S US 1Open every weekend, Twistee Treat offers ice cream and Sabrett Hot-Dogs for you to enjoy while watching the cars drive along the highway. Locally-owned business at this one location.
Italian food and pizza
Anthony's Pizzaphone: +1 772 340-5088address: 253 SW Port St Lucie BlvdPizza restaurant known among many of the residents. On the wall, you can see pictures of Scotty Pippen and Adam Sandler, who ate at that very restaurant; if it's good enough for them, why not?
phone: +1 772 464-8988address: 9501 NW Reserve BlvdTutto Fresco is an Italian restaurant that in Italian means "Everything is fresh". Serving steaks, pasta, and all Italian favorites, giving a taste of all Italian regions, from Bologna to Rome and as far south as Naples.
Bobby's Pizzaphone: +1 772 871-9888address: 6514 NW Selvitz Dr.Serving breakfast and pizza, Bobby's gives you a "taste of New York" with Yankees and Mets memorabilia, as well as baseball and football games for you to witness the best sports teams NYC has to offer.
address: St. Lucie West: 270 NW Peacock Blvd; Bayshore/PSL Blvd: 291 SW Bayshore Blvd; Morningside/PSL Blvd: 1788 SW Port St. Lucie BlvdLocal Mexican food chain located around the southern Treasure Coast and Okeechobee. 3 locations in the PSL city limits.
phone: +1 772-204-2744address: 7950 South US-1Authentic Mexican food.
phone: +1 772 345-9697address: Southwest Village Center DrMexican restaurant and bar
phone: +1 772 336-8201address: 900 Southwest Gatlin BlvdSports grill and cocktail bar.
phone: +1 772 878-8844address: 2096 NW Courtyard CircleNight club in Port St. Lucie with cocktails, and soft drinks for the teens. Plays great music from the 1970s til now.
Body Talkphone: +1 772 879-6585address: 8259 U.S. 1Sports bar and strip club.
phone: +1 772 924-3565address: 1608 NW Courtyard CircleDuffy's has locations all over the Treasure Coast, in Greater Orlando, and in the Palm Beaches. This local favorite is the only Duffy's location in Port St. Lucie. "2-for-1 Happy Hour" all day, every day. Annexed to the Superplay USA Fun Center.
phone: +1 772 460-8882address: 8501 Champions Way
phone: +1 772 871-2929address: 2000 NW Courtyard CircleNice all-suite hotel.
phone: +1 772 337-2200address: 10120 South Federal Highway
phone: +1 772-879-6565address: 1601 NW Courtyard CircleUnfussy hotel with a pool and free Wi-Fi. Located in the heart of St. Lucie West.
phone: +1 772-344-7814address: 1920 SW Fountainview BlvdExtended stay suite hotel with suites that include free Internet, flat screen TV and full kitchen. Hotel amenities include free hot breakfast, free parking, pool and fitness center.
phone: +1 772-878-9338address: 155 S.W. Peacock BlvdModern lodging with an outdoor pool. One of the closest hotels to Tradition Field.
phone: +1 772 345-5300address: 10301 Southwest Innovation WayExtended-stay hotel with suites and a pool.
phone: +1 772-871-6850address: 8540 Commerce Centre DrHotel with onsite restaurant in the PGA Village.
phone: +1 772 878-7600address: 7900 US-1Hotel with free breakfast, high-speed internet, and pool with accompanying hot tub.
- Driving -- Florida has "no fault" auto accident laws, which means you are responsible for up to $10,000 in damage to your car, even if you are not responsible for the accident. Make sure your rental car comes with collision insurance, or obtain separate insurance. Florida also has a very high rate of auto fatalities, so take extra care on the roads. A lot of drivers in PSL can be very reckless at times and the amount of traffic is high for a city of its size.
- Crime -- There is not much crime to worry about in Port St. Lucie depending on where you want to be. The safest areas tend to border I-95, the St. Lucie Inlet, and the St. Lucie River, as well as the St. Lucie West neighborhood. You may want to avoid staying in the Prima Vista Blvd area as well as the Lennard Road area; however, there are very few hotels in those areas, anyway.
- Weather -- Here are the most common weather factors to look out for in Port St. Lucie:
- Heat -- Most people are already aware that South Florida tends to get extremely hot during the summer months, so it would be best to stay hydrated and not leave anyone in the car. Even with the window cracked open for those in the car, it's not a smart idea; the internal temperature of a car can reach a maximum of over 100°F or 38°C, so make sure everyone is out of the car before locking. If one must be left in the car, leave the air conditioning on as a precautionary measure.
- Hurricanes, tropical storms, and tornadoes are another thing to look out for during the summer. They may not be common, but you'll never know when the next will strike; it would be best to prepare for the worst in any part of Port St. Lucie because hurricanes are just as powerful on the land as they are on the water.
- Lightning is a very common weather phenomenon in Florida; in fact, South Florida is considered the Lightning Capital of America, especially Tampa. If you're caught outside and hear the crackling, find shelter immediately, be it indoors or under a pavilion; if you're in the water, get out because water conducts electricity extremely well.
NewspapersThe St. Lucie News Tribune is the local paper, giving residents and visitors the news at local, national, and international levels, and it is available by subscription and able to be bought at the local Publix, Winn-Dixie, or many of the local grocery stores. They're even available in newspaper boxes near local businesses. USA Today and other national newspapers are also available in bigger stores.
Radio stationsThere are lots of radio stations in the PSL area, playing various genres of music. The radio stations within the area include:
- WFLM 104.5 "The Flame", the local rhythm and blues station, playing "the Hottest R&B hits and Oldies; the Heat is On!"; this station gives you the Tom Joyner Morning Show every morning from Monday thru Friday from 6 to 10.
- WJKD 99.7 "Jack FM", a national radio chain "playing what they want". They broadcast from Vero Beach playing music from the 1960s to the present, particularly pop and rock. Waves have been caught as far west as eastern Polk County.
- WMBX 102.3 "The X", another R&B station, that broadcasts from Jensen Beach. They give the Steve Harvey Morning Show every weekday morning from 6 to 10, playing R&B of today and back in the day. Remember that they "live here, too."
- WKGR 98.7 "The Gater", playing classic rock from the 1960s to the 90s (possibly early 2000s), from psychedelic rock to hair metal, from glam rock to grunge.
- WHLG 101.3 "The Coast", playing music from the 1990s to the present, across varied genres, mostly consisting of today's pop music.
- WQOL 103.7 "Oldies", playing pop, rock, and soul from the 1960s to the early 80s.
- WEAT 107.9 "Sunny 107.9", playing adult contemporary; though they broadcast from West Palm Beach, residents and visitors get reception from the station as far north as Vero Beach.
Religious servicesThere are many churches scattered around the city of Port St. Lucie, as well as one Jewish temple close to the city limits.
- Temple Beth El Israel: 551 SW Bethany Drive. (772) 336-2424
LibrariesThe St. Lucie County Library System serves the city of Port St. Lucie with 3 branches.
phone: +1 772 871-5450address: 180 SW Prima Vista BlvdLocated close to Sportsman Park and Airoso Blvd.
phone: +1 772 336-6380address: 500 NW California BlvdIn the IRSC Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West.
address: 2950 SW Rosser BlvdThe newest library location in St. Lucie County.
phone: +1 772 337-5632address: 2410 SE Morningside BlvdQuite possibly the largest and busiest library in Port St. Lucie, located only a few blocks away from US-1.
- Fort Pierce, a little ways north; just take the highways listed in "Get in"
- Jensen Beach, CDP suburb of Stuart and neighbor city of PSL; just take US-1 south
- Sebastian, a small coastal town; treasure of the 1715 wreck found here, but much is left undiscovered
- Stuart, the Sailfish Capital of the World and home to a waterpark
- Vero Beach, in neighboring Indian River County, just take US-1 or I-95 north
- Daytona Beach, referred to by visitors as the greatest beach in America; this city is home to one of the most recognized NASCAR races in America, the Daytona 500
- Kissimmee, small town close to Orlando, up the Turnpike about an hour or two.
- Melbourne, one of the closest cities to the Kennedy Space Center
- Orlando, the Theme Park Capital of the World, just a while up the Turnpike
- Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg are easy to get into; take I-95 to Vero Beach and take the exit at State Road 60. Enjoy Busch Gardens, the local Gasparilla festival, the Salvador Dali Museum, and the Clearwater Aquarium.
For cities farther north or south, I-95 and the Florida Turnpike are the fastest routes and most of these destinations can be reached within a few hours.
- Jacksonville, the largest city in Florida, home to amazing architecture and breath-taking beaches
- Miami, this metropolis is the self-proclaimed capital of South Florida, home to a large Hispanic population
- Fort Lauderdale, major city on the Gold Coast, called the "Venice of America" because of the hundreds of miles of navigable waterways and canals
- Key West, a small town and big vacation spot at the end of US-1; the southernmost point in the continental US.
- St. Augustine, the first establishment by Europeans in America
- Tallahassee, the proud capital of Florida, on the Panhandle