Exploring its immaculate beaches, quaint seaside destinations and natural habitats topped my expectations during my recent summertime getaway.
Nestled along Florida’s Treasure Coast, Indian River County offers diverse hideaways that fit every budget and taste. Florida Travel & Lifestyles magazine ranked its beaches from Sebastian Inlet to Vero Beach as being among the best in the state.
Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, between Florida’s Space Coast and Palm Beach County, the area has emerged as a peaceful respite from more populated destinations. Even while maintaining its small-town charm, Indian River County is experiencing an advent of new hotels, shops and dining experiences.
Surrounded by 26 miles of unspoiled beaches and a lagoon, the towns of Indian River County – Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere – provide a perfect balance of upscale dining and boutique shopping, with an abundance of natural and cultural appeal.
Enjoy unobstructed views from a low-rise hotel in Vero Beach after a day of catching trout from the Indian River Lagoon, part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Discover unique boutiques and restaurants throughout the oceanside business district, located next to many oceanfront hotels.
For handmade crafts, visit the Village Shops and find designer name brands at great prices at the Vero Beach Fashion Outlets.
Nosh on conch fritters at Riverside Café while overlooking the Indian River. For a taste of the arts, visit the Vero Beach Museum of Arts or the Riverside Theatre. No matter what you do, you’ll see why Vero Beach has twice been named by "Great Towns of America" as one of the "100 Great Towns in America.”
Find some of the state’s best waves in Sebastian Inlet, which was awarded First place for surf and second place for beaches in 2010’s Best of Florida Awards. Known for its world surfing competitions, Sebastian also offers a variety of other outdoor activities – from skydiving to treasure hunting.
Pitch a tent at Sebastian Inlet State Park. Explore Sebastian’s rich history as a fishing village and view pieces of a shipwreck at the McLarty Treasure Museum.
Paddle by a snowy egret in the Blue Cypress Conservation Area, located near Fellsmere. Outdoor activities, such as air boating and hiking, abound here.
Glimpse a dolphin in the Indian River Lagoon, North America’s most diverse estuary. President Roosevelt was so impressed by the area that he named the lagoon’s Pelican Island as the first National Wildlife Refuge. Located east of the mainland, the lagoon extends from the north to the south end of the county, which you can experience while driving along the Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway.
Just 40 minutes south of Melbourne International, an hour north of Palm Beach International and an hour and a half southeast of Orlando International airports, Indian River County is conveniently located on Florida’s East Coast.
Make your well-deserved vacation memorable! Whether you’re seeking world-class dining and shopping, or adventures by sea, land or sky, take a break from the ordinary in Indian River County.
This article was brought to you by the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce. To plan your trip to Indian River County, visit www.indianriverchamber.com.