Today, downtown Stuart is a successful Main Street, with shops, restaurants, and other businesses. It's a popular tourist destination especially for snowbirds and other folks visiting from up north. The growth of South Florida has also provided a steady stream of visitors to Stuart who enjoy its quieter feel compared to the more bustling Main Streets found down the coast.
Stuart's Main Street is Southwest Osceola Street but other businesses can be found on Flagler and South Colorado Avenue and Southwest Flagler Avenue. A unique characteristic of Stuart is the narrow block between Southwest Osceola Street and Southwest Flagler Avenue. Many businesses have front entrances on Southwest Osceola Street but rear entrances on Southwest Flagler Avenue. Another quality of Stuart is it's outdoor cafes. Due to the narrow sidewalks, restaurants have fenced off parts of the on-street diagonal parking to use for outdoor dining.
The nearby beach and the city's many intertwining waterways provide many recreational opportunities for visitors. In fact the city is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World. But when it's time for to relax, or just shop and eat, downtown Stuart is the place to visit.