A lesser-known town that lets you escape the hustle and bustle of Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and the like, Stuart, Florida offers incredible restaurants, fun nightlife, endless golf courses to choose from, and, of course, a watersports playground.
The closest airport to fly into is Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). If done properly, you can be in the water kiting within an hour of touching down. Another option is to fly into Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport (FLL) which is ~1.5 hrs by shuttle or rental car to Hutchinson Island. You can also fly into Orlando (MCO) where flights tend to be a bit cheaper and you can expect a two hour drive to reach us. There are also a few smaller airports, often used for private charters and smaller planes down to the area including Witham Field, Stuart Jet Center, Vero Beach Regional Airport, and Atlantic Aviation.
If you come to visit us in Stuart, we recommend renting a car for your visit. It will allow you greatest flexibility to go out downtown, explore the area, and, most importantly, go out for a delicious dinner after a long day of kiting. As we mentioned, cars can be rented at all major airports upon arrival. However, if you don’t wish to rent a car, you can also get around easily by Uber or carshare.
The easiest place to stay and kite with us is on Hutchinson Island. We highly recommend both The Hutchinson Island Marriott Resort & Marina, as well as the recently opened Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa.
With a moderate price point and quality accommodations, this resort includes on-site restaurants, golf, tennis, pools, and beachfront activities. When staying here, you can walk right out of your room onto our boat and waste no time in hitting the water to kite! Use code 17NXTO for 10% off when you book your room.
At a slightly higher price point, this resort was fully renovated in late 2017 and has new, luxury accommodations. The property is located on the oceanfront of Hutchinson Island and includes an on-site restaurant, pools, and a spa. It's just a short walk to the dock where we can pick you up and drop you off, and a quick 15 minute boat ride to the riding area. Here you can also ride oceanside right out front of the hotel.
Golf - There are tons of golf courses to take advantage of when you come to Stuart. Many offer rental clubs, but, when possible, we recommend bringing your own. We’ve played each of the following courses, and they each offer a great round at a reasonable rate.
Go Fish - The fishing in Stuart is world class for snook, grouper, and even sailfish if you go offshore into the Gulf Stream. Check out our friend at In Depth Charters who offers both inshore and offshore adventures.
Surf - Hutchinson Island has beautiful exposure to winter storm swell and can offer incredible surfing. Talk to our friends at Ohana Surf Shop to get the best intel on where to go and to get a board to ride.
Chase Alligators - Stuart is a reasonable drive from the Florida Everglades to the south. While we don’t recommend wakeboarding behind these fan boats (we’ve asked, they said no), it’s a very fun day.
Rent a Boat - Go rent a boat with your family and broaden your perspective of our incredible home spot. Talk to our friends at Beach Watersports to get a pontoon boat or center console to fit everyone in.