One of the oldest still active townships in Florida, Fort Pierce is infamous for the sunken Spanish treasure fleet that gave the east coast its name: Treasure Coast. But while Fort Pierce, also known as the Sunrise City, is known for its seaside history- and the tantalizing promise of treasures that remain underwater there- this bustling east coast Florida hub offers other gems as well.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend our typical ways of living and working, the 41,000 residents of this century-old town have got the insider scoop. From supporting each other’s local businesses to finding the bright side during trying times, Fort Pierce is resilient and welcoming, the perfect place to find a strong community spirit.
As yet undiscovered by most remote workers, Fort Pierce has not yet exploded with digital nomads, outshone by flashier options like Barbados or Costa Rica. But for workers at home who are looking for an atmosphere that is beautiful, affordable, productive, and inspiring, Fort Pierce is the best little-known option. Truly a “hidden gem”, Fort Pierce could be the next top destination for remote workers. Let’s take a look at why Fort Pierce is the perfect destination for remote workers.
Best Small Town Main Street USA
After undergoing a renaissance in recent years, Fort Pierce’s Main Street has been garnering some acclaim from reputable national media sources. Back in 2015, USA Today named Fort Pierce as one of the Most Idyllic and Historic Main Streets in America. Walking beneath palm trees swaying in the warm Treasure Coast breeze, residents of Fort Pierce can appreciate the old Spanish colonial-style architecture prevalent throughout downtown.
In the same year, 2015, Top Value Reviews, a consumer advocacy group, chose Fort Pierce’s Main Street as Number 1 on their list of the “50 Best Small Town Main Streets”.
Breezes from the Indian River cool you down as you stroll past sites of historic significance, including the Sunrise Theatre. Built in the 1920’s, the Sunrise Theatre has recently been re-opened, as part of the Main Street program, a vibrant endeavor to revitalize the historic core of Fort Pierce. Now you can see a play or show, just as residents of this sunny town would have in the 1920’s.
On Saturdays, Main Street comes to life with a bustling Farmer’s Market, where vendors hawk their wares and passersby can greet each other. The Farmer’s Market provides a fantastic social hub, and the residents of Fort Pierce are known for being friendly and supportive. Perfect for Remote Workers
Equally beautiful to its neighboring towns on the much sought-after Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce offers all the same amenities but at a lower price point that remote workers will be able to afford. With gorgeous beaches, buildings rich with history, and plenty of attractions to keep any freelance or remote worker entertained and inspired, Fort Pierce is a perfect option.
Plus it has a great infrastructure for working from home- or working wherever you are. At the Fort Pierce City Marina, you can find restaurants, a tiki bar, coffee shops, and boat slips with cable TV hookups and internet access. For remote workers, nothing is more important than high speed internet access, and Fort Pierce boasts some of the best speeds on the Treasure Coast. With its notably affordable costs of living and proliferation of enticing amenities, this town is perfect for remote workers seeking a beautiful atmosphere where they can be productive, free to set their own schedule and able to find plenty to do in their afterwork hours.
Fort Pierce has recently come on the map as a food lover’sparadise. From food trucks offering a range of international cuisines at the weekly Farmer’s Market to fine dining establishments in town, this foodie’s haven provides tons of options for working from home and eating well. Inspiration Beyond the Laptop
For remote workers, it is so important to be able to take walks outside and find inspiration in the world outside the laptop. Here in the Indian River lagoon, you can take a mindful break from the screen and watch the manatees float by. The Smithsonian Marine Station here studies the local ecosystems, which include mud flats, oyster reefs, and salt marshes. You can learn about the diverse local habitats and even explore a coral reef. At the Manatee Observation and Education Center at Moore’s Creek, you can observe sea cows, brown pelicans, dolphins, and butterflies.
The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery in town highlights the collection of landscape paintings by local artist A.E. Backus, for whom the museum is named. Backus was widely celebrated for his gorgeous depictions of Florida’s abundant natural beauty and his mastery of the craft is on view here at the Museum and Gallery.
Backus was also part of the Highwaymen, a group of nearly thirty African American artists who lived and created in and around Fort Pierce. Largely comprised of landscape painters, this group’s inspired artistic creations are celebrated along the Highwaymen Legacy Trail, where art lovers can learn about the history of African Americans in the area, view original works of art, and take in first-hand accounts and photos of this notable artistic enclave.
For remote workers who do freelance writing, Fort Pierce offers literary inspiration as well as artistic. The Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston, whose most famous work was Their Eyes Were Watching God, lived here. Today, visitors can celebrate her legacy by walking theZora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail, which chronicles her explorations of Florida and the Caribbean. Her home in Fort Pierce is now a National Historic Landmark, and each year Fort Pierce celebrates her literary and cultural importance with events like “Hattitudes” and an annual springtime festival called Zora Fest. Interesting, Affordable, and Perfect for WFH
With so many options for things to see and do, and enticing dining choices, it is remarkable that Fort Pierce has not already topped the list of best destinations for remote workers. With affordable prices that make it a standout among its high-cost luxury neighbors, this hidden gem is sure to be bursting with remote workers who can enjoy its paradisaical features.
From the beach to the lagoon, from the historical and peaceful Main Street to the warm and supportive community environment, from the architecture to the stunning diversity of flora and fauna, there is truly so much to enjoy in this treasure of a city.
Guest Blogger Victoria Standridge