Located only five miles south of Stuart, the historic, small-town fishing village of Port Salerno is full of unexpected whimsy and wonder. In Port Salerno, you’ll find both fisherman and local artists selling their wares. Waterfront restaurants serve seafood fresh from the ocean and popular outfitters share the wonder of the water with locals and visitors alike. We’ve compiled a list of hidden gems in Port Salerno that are more than worth searching for.
Fish House Art Center and Gallery
Situated on the waterfront of Manatee Pocket, this is a artistic space like no other. The Fish House Art Center and Gallery is a two-story building boasting 3,000 square feet of fine art, crafts and creations. This wonderland of wares is home to five resident artists, including a ceramicist, two fine art painters, a fiber artist and a lampwork beaded jewelry artist. The public is invited and encouraged to visit observe the artists at work, as well as purchase their one-of-a-kind pieces. Want to get even more up close and personal with the artists? Check out the many class offerings at Fish House Art Center and Gallery! Several of the artists offer workshops weekly in dye and fibers, ceramics, fine art painting, vision boarding and much more.
The heart of any coastal community can be found on the water – and Port Salerno is no different. Get to know the beauty of the Manatee Pocket on a Pocket Hopper boat ride. This 21′ Sun Cruiser Duffy electric boat is whisper quiet and allows passengers to enjoy both the sounds of nature and each other’s company. Added bonus? The Pocket Hopper captains allow you to bring your own food and beverages onboard!
Port Salerno Ghost Tours
There is more to Martin County than just white sand beaches. Get a glimpse into Port Salerno’s more sordid side with Port Salerno Ghost Tours. This popular walking tour introduces attendees to a slew of stories about South Florida rum runners, hermits and pirates. The tour guides come to every tour equipped with ghost hunting gear – just in case the opportunity to snag the attention of a spirit arises.
Tausha’s Seafood Market
If you’re craving fresh seafood, look no further than Tausha’s Seafood Market. This family-owned and operated shop is owned by the Houck Family, whose Port Salerno history dates back to 1892. Tausha’s Seafood has been serving over 100 varieties of premium seafood since 2009. The market is open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and lunch and dinner are served every day in the on-site restaurant.
Twisted Craft & Creamery
Everyone with a sweet tooth needs to add Twisted Craft & Creamery to their Port Salerno bucket list. Located inside the Fish House Art Center & Gallery, this beloved dessert shop serves up premium ice cream and frozen yogurt, handmade pastries, fresh smoothies, craft beer, wine and more.