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Although the area boasts some beautiful beaches -- and a few excellent beachfront hotels and inns -- the bulk of the hotel scene is downtown, where the nicer (and more reasonably priced) accommodations can be found among the shops and restaurants. Note: A 4% tax is added to accommodations rates in the Stuart-Hutchinson Island area.

The two-story Best Western Downtown Stuart, 1209 S. Federal Hwy. (www.bestwesternstuart.com; tel. 772/287-6200), is a nice choice on a busy main road. Rates range from $65 to $109.

Camping

There are comfortable campsites (rustic cabins and sites for your tent or camper) in Jonathan Dickinson State Park, in Hobe Sound. The River Camp area of the park offers the benefit of the nearby Loxahatchee River, while the Pine Grove site, renovated in 2010, offers beautiful shade trees. There are concession areas for daytime snacks and campsites with showers, clean restrooms, water, optional electricity, and open-fire pits for cooking. Overnight rates are $26 with electricity.

For a cushier camping experience, reserve a cabin with furnished kitchen, bathroom with shower, heat and air-conditioning, and outdoor grill. Cabins rent for $95 (one bed and a pullout couch), $105 (two beds and a pullout couch), and up per night. They sleep four comfortably, or up to six if your group is really into togetherness. Call tel. 772/546-2771 Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm, well in advance, to reserve a spot. A $50 cash deposit is required at check-in. Bring your own linens.

The Treasure Coast RV Resort and Campground of Fort Pierce, 2550 Crossroads Pkwy., Fort Pierce (www.treasurecoastrv.com; tel. 866/468-2099), has a small lake, oak trees, clubhouse with kitchen, swimming pool, hot tub (!), and shower facilities. There also are full-service hookups, free Wi-Fi, and free cable TV. Rates are $39 to $46.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.