Stuart Florida Pros and Cons

Are you thinking about moving to Stuart, Florida, but aren’t sure what it’s like to live here? In this video, I'm going to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly of Stuart so you know exactly what to expect. We’ll look at everything from water sports to traffic so you can decide if this area is right for you.

The Good Of Stuart Living

One of the things people love about Stuart is its small-town feel. While it’s a little bit like Mayberry, we also have big box stores where you can find anything you need. It’s great to be able to visit a local, small-town barbershop and still be able to head to Walgreens to pick up your prescription

The second thing you are going to absolutely love about Stuart is the schools. While schools might not be a big deal for retirees, everyone benefits from the family atmosphere. Stuart’s schools are some of the best-rated in Florida. You’ll also have access to outdoor activities, golfing, and fishing. In fact, Stuart is the sailfish capital of the world. 

For more water fun, we have amazing paddleboarding and great beaches for surfing and boogie boarding. From hiking to biking, there are all kinds of activities you can do outside. Stuart is a very outdoor-friendly community. 

The Bad Of Stuart Living

Now that we know about all the awesome reasons to live in Stuart, Florida, let's talk about a few of the little minorly annoying things about living here. The first thing that's mildly annoying about living here is that, during the season, it can get a little bit congested. Remember, we have that super small-town feel. However, from January to April, we almost double our population. 

When you get double the population into our smaller streets, it can get crowded, especially around the 5:00 rush hour. Of course, we're not talking about Manhattan traffic or anything. We’re just saying that the roads can get a little congested during the season, which is one annoying thing about living here. Another thing you might find a little bit annoying about living in Stuart is the lack of nightlife. If you're looking for nightlife, Stuart is not the place for you. 

Remember that family atmosphere? They roll up the streets around midnight or so, although there are some places to stay open until 2:00 am. If you really need some nightlife, you can always take a short drive to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm, as they stay open late. You can go down there, have a blast, and then come back up here to rest, relax, and get on your paddleboard again.

The third thing that might be a little annoying about living in Stuart, Florida is the lack of high-end shopping. If you're looking for Dolce & Gabbana, Stuart is probably not the place for you. You’ll need to go back down to West Palm, Fort Lauderdale, and those kinds of areas for that. Stuart has more of the little boutiques with handcrafted items, things that have that personable feel.

The Ugly Of Stuart Living

Unfortunately, no place is absolutely perfect. Now that you know about the good and the bad, we're going to go over a few of the things that are ugly about living in Stuart, Florida. The first thing that might be a little bit ugly is the critters. This means you’re going to have more reptiles and more bugs. 

We live in the tropics here; about halfway down Florida, it turns into a tropical zone. So when you get to the tropics, you have warmer weather, reptiles, and more bugs. While they do spray for them, just remember that at the end of the day you're living in Florida. No matter where you are below that tropical zone, you’re going to have critters. Just keep your screens up and keep your windows closed at night and you should be good. 

The second thing that we consider a little bit ugly about living in Stuart, Florida is the traffic that we talked about earlier. The population can double during season, so when you're out at one of our restaurants or you're in line at the supermarket, it can be a little more congested. The lines can also get a little bit longer. Of course, we're living in paradise here, so I guess it's the price you pay. Since we’re a small town, though, you’d probably wait in longer lines in other areas. 

Getting To The Ocean

The third thing that might be ugly for some—and might not matter to others—is that we have a huge inland waterway. If you have a boat and you're living further inland in Stuart, it might take you longer to get to the ocean. For boats that are on a lift and farther in West, it might take you up to 45 minutes to an hour—and sometimes even an hour and a half. 

This all depends on how far up you are and whether or not you get caught by a bridge or something like that. It can take you a while to get out to the main ocean if you want to do some deep sea fishing. I know that it’s not a big deal for some of you, but others say it's a boating thing. I want to be open and honest about Stuart living, and sometimes it can be a little ugly if you're sitting behind a bridge for half an hour or so. It’s something you’ll just want to be aware of.

Is Stuart, Florida Right For You?

I hope this gave you some insight into the good, the bad, and the ugly of all living in Stuart, Florida. If you have any questions about living here that I didn’t answer, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help.

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