Fort Pierce and Vero Beach Area Beaches

By: VISIT FLORIDA staff

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Your guide to Ft. Pierce/Vero Beach area beaches

Editor's note: Beaches and parks are listed geographically from north to south.

Beaches with this symbol have beach wheelchairs available, either provided as a courtesy, or available for (prearranged) rent and delivery from private companies.

This area offers an outstanding number of golden Florida beaches, including many protected state and national parks. The local city and county beaches have plenty of onshore activities, and the area is known for several offshore shipwrecks that are perfect for some spectacular Scuba diving.

Sebastian Inlet State Park
This park features some of the best surfing in the state in three miles of crystal-clear Atlantic water. Situated on the tips of two barrier islands, the park is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Indian River Lagoon to the west and the Sebastian Inlet flows between the two. It is a favorite spot for picnicking, swimming, surfing, fishing, boating, snorkeling, Scuba diving, bird watching and camping.

Vero Beach
This is a part of the state where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is what you were thinking of when you decided on a quiet beach vacation. This area offers plenty of public beach access and a number of full-service parks, depending on your needs. Wabasso Beach Park is located in Vero Beach amidst some popular family resorts. It has wide, quiet beaches that are perfect for swimming. Golden Sands Beach Park is a traditional beach park with lifeguards, grills and picnic area, dressing facilities, restrooms and showers. It's a good place if you feel like snorkeling or Scuba diving. Jaycee Park is more than eight acres of oceanfront park perfect for family gatherings. There is a playground, a restaurant, a scenic boardwalk, a large picnic area and a buoyed swimming area. Finally, Humiston Beach Park is located in the heart of Vero Beach's island shopping district. Throughout the year, this four-acre park is the center for arts and crafts shows and other festivals. It's a perfect place for you to take in the local flavor. Humiston Beach Park and Jaycee Park are the only areas in Vero Beach that provide beach wheelchairs.

St. Lucie County Beaches on Hutchinson Island
This beautiful barrier island features 21 miles of pristine beaches. Public parks lie along seven miles of this Atlantic coastal stretch, projecting an unspoiled, tropical tranquility. Fishing is also abundant, and several offshore shipwrecks provide excellent diving opportunities. From the Pines north of Ft. Pierce Inlet south to Waveland Beach, there are 33 points where you can access these beautiful Indian River beaches. Some are simply quiet, deserted beaches where you can take in a beautiful sunrise or morning run, while others are full-access parks where you might have a picnic, take a walk on a boardwalk or try your hand at fishing.

Pepper Park
Pepper Park is best known for the 1700s Spanish wreck Urca de Lima that lies sunken in 15 feet of water just 200 yards offshore. So put on your fins and mask, and swim out to take a look. Aside from the great snorkeling and Scuba diving, the park also features tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, picnic areas and a boardwalk.

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park/North Jetty Park
The 340-acre state-owned Ft. Pierce Inlet Recreation Area is an oceanfront forest overlooking sand dunes and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. You'll enjoy meandering through the nature trails. The North Jetty is a prime spot to try some fishing, and there are picnic and camping sites, grills and restrooms. If you are nature lover, you'll find plenty of wildlife here, so bring your binoculars for some bird watching.

South Jetty Park and Pier
Located on the south side of the Fort Pierce Inlet, at the end of Seaway Drive, this is a 1½-acre ocean park with a 1,200-foot fishing jetty, boardwalk, restrooms, picnic areas and pavilion.

South Beach Boardwalk
South Beach Boardwalk is a scenic boardwalk set at the top of tall, sea-oat-dappled sand dunes from which you can see the sparkling ocean below. If you are looking for a place to lunch, there are raised picnic pavilions, as well as showers and restrooms.

Jensen Beach
This beach is bustling with excitement. Locals and visitors alike flock to the sandy shores of this park on Hutchinson Island. Several picnic pavilions, as well as volleyball courts, bathrooms and showers make this a complete all-ages park.

Stuart Beach
A 250-foot boardwalk overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and golden sand beach. Volleyball and basketball courts are on site, as well as a playground and the Elliott Museum, which houses a collection of Americana dating back to 1750.

Bathtub Reef Beach
This is an undeveloped 1,300-foot beach with a shallow offshore reef that is good for snorkeling and diving. During low tide, inspect the tidal pools of the rocky reef for sea life. The park features lifeguards and a river boardwalk on the west side of MacArthur Boulevard leading to the Indian River.

St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve
Set on the north end of Jupiter Island, this 928-acre park has 2½ miles of remote beach, accessible only by boat. A boardwalk leads from docks to the shore. Inland you can explore the mangrove-lined creeks, or offshore, search the limestone reef for unique underwater life.

Blowing Rocks Preserve
Fishing, snorkeling and diving are popular along this beach on Jupiter Island because of its extensive rock formations on and off shore. There are no lifeguards on duty, but there is an extensive boardwalk area on the Intracoastal side on the park, as well as a nature center. This park is special because you can even enjoy it even on days the ocean is too rough for you to swim. Just be careful as you watch geysers explode through the formations when the waves crash on the rocks.

Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
This pristine 967-acre park features 3½ miles of beach on Jupiter Island. It's one of the state's most popular turtle nesting beaches, so if you are here in the spring or summer, you'll be sure to spot some nests. On the mainland, preserved nature trails weave along the Intracoastal Waterway.

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