A Water Lover's Dream

    A hidden treasure on Florida’s East Coast, Indian River County – from Sebastian Inlet to Vero Beach – is a water lover’s paradise.

    Hook a trophy-sized bass in Blue Cypress Lake or Stick Marsh, or enjoy a fully narrated airboat tour through freshwater marshland. Paddle through a serene river for a close-up view of dolphins, manatees or birds, or catch snook, tarpon, trout or redfish.

    Access the Atlantic Ocean through Sebastian Inlet and angle for sailfish, wahoo and marlin, or catch a killer wave at Monster Hole.

    With its wealth of waterways, Indian River County offers endless opportunities to have fun, making it a premier destination for water sports and activities.

    Freshwater Fun

    Named after the towering cypress trees that appear to glow in the early morning light, Blue Cypress Lake is a picturesque throw back to “Old Florida.” Hundreds of osprey nest along the lake’s edge as otters splash along the shoreline.

    Hop aboard an airboat for an unforgettable adventure. Don a headset and listen to the captain point out wildlife such as bald eagles, great blue herons and egrets.

    For decades, fishermen have flocked to this 6,000-acre freshwater wilderness to snag large-mouth bass. There are abundant options for boat rentals and professional guides that will bring you to the best fishing spots.

    Another bass haven is the nearby Stick Marsh. Stock up on wild shiners from one of the local bait and tackle shops before exploring the 6,500-acre reservoir, where some bass weigh in at more than 15 pounds.

    In the Lagoon, On the River

    From crystal-blue ocean to freshwater marshes, Indian River County is the perfect place to have a good time.

    Home to more than 4,000 species of animals and plants, the Indian River Lagoon is the most biologically diverse estuary in North America.

    Slip into a kayak and explore this pristine waterway, spotting dolphin and perhaps even a sea turtle, or embark on a guided eco-tour. As sun sets, you can settle in for a scenic cruise on a 40-foot catamaran adventure.

    Another favored waterway, the Sebastian River is teeming with a variety of fish, including snook, redfish, trout and tarpon. Avid anglers will want to try the latest trend, kayak fishing. Kayaks are quiet and unobtrusive; look for manatees and dolphin playing in the water as you await a tug on the line. Professional guides are available.

    Seaside Adventures

    If saltwater fishing is more to your liking, venture into the Atlantic Ocean, which can be reached through Sebastian Inlet. Head offshore on one of the many fishing charter boats and go bottom fishing for tasty grouper or trolling for sailfish, wahoo and dolphin.

    For a different type of adrenaline rush, experience some of the best surfing on Florida’s East Coast at Sebastian Inlet, next to the north jetty. The area produces a consistent surf break and hosts world-class competitions every year.

    About 1/3 mile off the beach is another hot spot for surfing: Monster Hole. When the surf is big, prepare for a nice long ride.

    Afterward, explore the rest of Indian River County’s 26 miles of beaches north of the Sebastian Inlet and hang out at Jaycee or Humiston Park, which are located adjacent to a quaint seaside shopping area in Vero Beach where you can explore an array of unique boutique shops as you stretch your sea legs on a shopping adventure.

    From crystal-blue ocean to freshwater marshes, Indian River County is the perfect place to have a good time.

    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.