Beaches and Outdoor Gems in Central East Florida

/Beaches and Outdoor Gems in Central East Florida

Beaches and Outdoor Gems in Central East Florida

No wonder this part of the Sunshine State tempts vacationers who long to simply park themselves on a beach. After all, it features uninterrupted miles of white sand on both the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. Some stretches, flanked by resort hotels and condos, give convenient access to urban amenities; others, edged only by grass-tufted dunes, are deserted enough to satisfy Survivor fans. On-the-water activities such as fishing, boating and surfing are always close at hand when cooling off is desired.

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Stuart

Stuart
South of Stuart, the Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers awesome biking and hiking trails, ranging from normal to rugged terrain, mangroves and river swamps. Primitive campgrounds and water stations are available throughout the park. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the kayaking and boating experiences.
Sport fishing is all the rage on the Central East coast. Stuart is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World thanks to the many sailfish found in the ocean off Martin County.

Sebastian

Sebastian

Sebastian Inlet State Park, 10 miles south of Melbourne Beach, is an excellent choice for family camping. Spread over more than 600 acres, the park is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail and offers myriad activities including swimming, surfing, geocaching and scuba diving.
With 26 miles of unspoiled ocean beaches between Sebastian and Vero Beach, Indian River County is an ecotourist’s dream. Busy full-service beacheshave restrooms with showers, boardwalks and picnic facilities, plus spots to launch a canoe or kayak. Other parks simply provide access to a quiet stretch of sand along the Atlantic.
Off the shores of Sebastian in the Indian River Lagoon, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, the first federally designated wildlife refuge in the United States, is accessible by a public viewing area meant for watching tropical birds in their natural habitat. You can also navigate around the island by renting a boat, kayak, canoe or personal watercraft from local companies offering guided tours. Thirty-plus species of birds use Pelican Island as a rookery, roost or feeding ground.

St. Johns

St. Johns
Outside of Deltona, the St. Johns River Eco Tour invites passengers to tour the St. Johns River by boat. Once a main highway for trade and commerce, this river has been designated an American Heritage River. It is home to nativeFlorida wildlife and tropical plants, making it perfect for photo ops.

New Smyrna

New Smyrna
The seaside community of New Smyrna Beach evokes an atmosphere of Old Florida in its sidewalk cafés, boutiques and charming B&Bs and boasts one of the finest beaches on the Atlantic coast. The city provides a perfect venue for surfing, world-class fishing, boating and kayaking. Head a little north and end up at New Smyrna Beach’s Ponce Inlet, where waves call to surfers living in nearby landlocked Orlando.

Daytona

Daytona
There’s something nostalgic about a boardwalk beach experience. The Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier juts out over the sand and sea of the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” and offers a lively mix of food and entertainment.

St.Lucie

St.Lucie
If you’re searching for a unique way to experience the beach, Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County is one of the few places in Florida where you can still enjoy a horseback ride on the beach. Equestrian rental operation Tours On Horseback welcomes beginners and advanced riders to walk and trot along a scenic three-mile tour on Saturdays and Sundays.
In March, the crack of the bat beckons fans to the annual rite of spring training. Take in a game at Port St. Lucie’s Digital Domain Park, which plays host to Major League Baseball’s New York Mets, or at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, home of the Washington Nationals.

Canaveral

Canaveral
Stop by Jetty Park beach in Cape Canaveral and watch cargo ships, fishing boats or an occasional U.S. Navy vessel float out to sea. Chances are good that you’ll also witness a giant cruise ship embarkation because this is the second-busiest cruise port in the world.
Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville is 25 miles of undeveloped barrier island, which preserves the natural beach, dune, marsh and lagoon habitats for many species of birds on Florida’s Space Coast. Year-round recreation includes fishing, boating, canoeing, surfing, sunbathing, swimming, hiking, camping, nature and historical trails.

Vero Beach and Fort Pierce

Since 1938, Indian Hills Golf Course has challenged golf enthusiasts in Fort Pierce. Indian Hills also offers quality instruction by PGA professionals, which includes private instructions, group lessons and junior golf instruction. Check out nearby Port St. Lucie PGA Village, featuring three championship golf courses and a museum.

Others

For a unique experience you won’t soon forget, bioluminescent kayaking tours allow you to naturally light up the waterways on the Indian River. Whether it’s from a paddle, a hand or a fish, every movement generates white light through the water due to a natural phenomenon that makes organisms called dinoflagellates glow. The bioluminescent tour from Haulover Canal Launch is located 20 minutes east of Titusville.
Since humans aren’t the only ones attracted to the waterfront, easy animal encounters are widely available too. You might witness bottle-nosed dolphins cavorting offshore; or, April through October, spy supersized sea turtles nesting right on the sand. An overlay to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is 140,000 acres of coastal dunes, saltwater estuaries, marshes, scrub, pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks, creating an ecosystem for more than 1,500 kinds of plants and animals. It is home to more federally endangered species than any other refuge in the United States.

Spend your getaway in the great outdoors—in Central East Florida, you’ll find a place for every personality.

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