Sunday, October 27, 2013

Chillin’ Out at Port St. Lucie, FL

We took our time driving from Charleston to Port St. Lucie, a distance of 481 miles. Unlike some people (Paul :)) who would make this an easy driving day, we managed to make it in 4 days :)

We chose St. Lucie South Recreation Area, another really nice COE park, on a recommendation from our friends, Bill and Nancy. This is a wonderful, quiet, picturesque park with easy on/off access to I-95 but none of the traffic noise. 20131022_112819

Not a bad patio area :)

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And, not a bad view from Lucy’s front window.

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There are only 9 RV sites and they stay full most of the time. Only 3 are right on the water and unfortunately, we were not lucky enough to snag one of them so we had to settle for this view :)  There are also 3 tent sites (on the water) and 4 mooring sites for boaters to dock, hook up to 50 amp power and water and spend the night.

The park is right on the St. Lucie canal, part of the Okeechobee Waterway. The Okeechobee Waterway is a shortcut for boaters through Florida taking them from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico.

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The St. Lucie Lock, the first lock off the Atlantic, is also part of this area and we were able to watch several boats traveling the canal go through the locks.  There is an average 14’ lock lift at St. Lucie.

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This park even has it’s own Butterfly Garden!

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There are a lot of flowering bushes but no butterflies to be seen :(

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We drove over to Jupiter Island one afternoon stopping to walk the beach for awhile and

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driving Beach Rd looking at all the beautiful homes. Most of the homes were privately landscaped so we were only able to get glimpses. Of those we could actually see, I was unable to get any photos as there was absolutely no place to pull over. Apparently, they don’t want you loitering in their neighborhood :) So, about all I got was the gorgeous landscaping on the street and a picture of the 

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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, from their parking lot. This is a working lighthouse and under the direction of Homeland Security. Any visitors must be on a guided tour; no wandering allowed. We postponed our tour until next month when we’ll be back in this area. The lighthouse was closed to visitors this week for repairs. The tours were still going on but you had to just look from afar. That didn’t sound like as much fun, so we’ll go back when it’s reopened.

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We are looking forward to friends joining us here at Port St. Lucie this afternoon and, in the morning, we’ll all head out to the Florida Keys for a few weeks. Life is good :)

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

11 comments:

  1. Nice looking park our winter resort The Glades is also on the same canal system very close to the Ortona Locks. Enjoy the Keys.

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  2. Had to pin that park, even though we have reservations all through February, it is nice to have alternatives. Nice post

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  3. Have to keep this one in mind for next winter when we don't go north or west, at least with the RV-think we may have a wedding in AZ sometime next year. Looks like you're enjoying the warm weather, forecast for CO is cold and wet :(. Enjoy the Keys

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  4. Lookslike a great gem of a campground. See you guys Monday!

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  5. That is a very nice park! We visited some folks there a few years ago. Hope to stay there ourselves in the future.

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  6. Nice post with more great info...got this park bookmarked too. We'll be thinking of you as you Kamp in the Keys in the upcoming weeks. Enjoy!

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  7. What a cool place! Someday (or year!) we'll get to the Keys :)

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  8. What a nice park! Easy access to I-95 without the traffic noise is a real bonus.

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  9. What a great looking campground. Interesting about the Okeechobee Waterway as I always thought the only way from the Atlantic to the Pacific by water was through the Panama Canal. Thanks for the info!

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  10. Sounds like another wonderful COE. There really aren't any bad ones though.
    Syl

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  11. Glad to hear you didn't strain yourselves with those long driving days! :cD

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