Some may consider the Treasure Coast of Florida a metropolitan area, although not nearly as large as the South Florida metropolitan area. Cities found within the Treasure Coast are Port St. Lucie, Ft. Pierce, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Stuart and Hobe Sound. The inland county of Okeechobee is sometimes considered to be included as part of the Treasure Coast.
Located in Stuart is the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council which has jurisdiction over the counties of Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin. It does not however include Okeechobee but does include Palm Beach, which is usually considered part of the Gold Coast of Florida.
The Treasure Coast of Florida has something to offer everyone. Stuart, also known as the “sailfish capital of the world” offers some the best fishing waters on the Treasure Coast of Florida. During catch and release tournaments it is not unusual to catch an average of 1,000 per week. The Brevard Zoo, located near Melbourne has more than 500 animals and is one of a small number of zoos that will allow visitors to hand-feed giraffes at their level.