Sebastian Inlet State Park

Paddlers on the Sebastian River

Sebastian Inlet State Park is located on a barrier island between Vero Beach and Melbourne on the Atlantic Coast of Florida. The park spreads across land on both sides of Sebastian Inlet, which is the boundary between Indian River and Brevard Counties. Sebastian Inlet State Park is one of the most popular of all Florida's state parks.

In 1715, a Spanish fleet was shipwrecked by a hurricane in this area. The survivors made their way to Orchid Island (part of the park) and waited there for rescue. Their ships had been carrying treasure on its way to Spain and that treasure was mostly recovered in the 1960's. There is a commemorative plaque at the site of the old campsite and the McLarty Treasure Museum is close by, with exhibits about the famous 1715 fleet and some of the artifacts that were recovered from it.

Sebastian Inlet State Park offers swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking and camping. You can enter the water in Sebastian Inlet and head from there to either the Atlantic Ocean side or the Indian River Lagoon side. Sebastian Inlet is also at the southern end of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, a refuge established specifically for the protection of endangered sea turtles. In June and July, Park Rangers offer guided night walks on the beach to observe sea turtles nesting.

Sebastian Inlet State Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The park is located at Sebastian Inlet on State Road A1A, just north of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Upper photo courtesy of Stephen Lea, CCA-by-SA 3.0 License  
Map of the Indian River Lagoon area

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