HGTV Green Home 2009: Port St. Lucie

Beachcombing, bird watching, surfing and sun — the winner of HGTV Green Home 2009 won't have to travel far from home to have fun.

Romance is alive and well in Port St. Lucie! This pair of Sandhill Cranes calls Tradition home and can often be spotted strolling the neighborhood. Wildlife watching is just one benefit of living in this coastal community.

Fort Pierce, a 30-minute drive from Port St. Lucie, is a great day-trip destination. Must-sees include the historic downtown, the Manatee Observation and Education Center, the City Marina and the Backus Gallery. Shown is an 18-foot eco-sculpture by famed local artist Patrick Cochran. The sculpture is made entirely of reclaimed objects.

The tropical waters of Jensen Beach, a 30-minute drive from Port St. Lucie, attract sunbathers even during the winter months, when temps can climb to 80.

Jensen Sea Turtle Beach on Hutchinson Island is a public park that provides visitors with picnic and recreational facilities — the perfect place to gather with friends or family.

A Sunday in February finds sunbathers relaxing on the wide and sandy Jensen Sea Turtle Beach. Long walks along the shore, beachcombing and body surfing are just a few activities enjoyed by visitors.

The sheltered waters of Jensen Sea Turtle Beach provide an ideal training ground for surfers.

Jensen Beach's beautiful seascapes attract fine artists and photographers alike.

Open marsh land, just a stone's throw from HGTV Green Home 2009, produces a treasure trove of shells. Welks, conches and scallops are among the sun-bleached finds.