Discover the natural splendor and rich history of the Sebastian River Area. Situated in the northernmost part of Indian River County, about 15 miles north of Vero Beach, there’s a vast array of activities and attractions that includes fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking, recreational parks and so much more.
The Sebastian River Area has more than 20,000 acres of preserve ideal for hiking, birding and horseback riding. Sebastian is home to Pelican Island, America’s first National Wildlife Refuge, with more than 130 species of birds. The St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, is considered one of the top birding locations in the U.S. Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, a 248-acre refuge spanning 20.5 miles long, was designated to protect habitat for what is the most significant area for loggerhead sea turtle nesting in the Western Hemisphere and the most significant area for green turtle nesting in North America
Sebastian Inlet State Park is one of the most popular state parks in the Southeast known for its extraordinary surfing and fishing. One of the most consistent surf breaks in Florida is Sebastian Inlet’s first peak, located next to the north jetty. Another hot surf spot is Monster Hole–located about 1/3 mile off the beach. Avid fishermen also flock to Sebastian Inlet, which is considered the premier saltwater fishing spot on Florida’s east coast.
The Sebastian River Area also offers great inshore fishing. There are more than 13,000 acres of freshwater wilderness famous for trophy bass, the diverse Indian River Lagoon—North America’s most biologically diverse estuary—has hundreds of species of fish and the St. Sebastian River takes you back in time with its “Old Florida” charm. These beautiful waterways not only offer amazing fishing opportunities but also the perfect scenery for pontoon boat and airboat tours, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Sebastian is also well known for the rare antiquities that have washed upon its shores. The shipwreck from the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet left many treasures along Sebastian’s coast. Treasure hunters continue to search our shoreline for other artifacts that were lost in history.
Sebastian boasts one of the most spectacular skydiving views in the world. Both tandem and experienced jumpers travel here to plunge from an altitude of 13,500 feet and experience the breathtaking scenery.
The Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway, one of two in the State of Florida, is 233 miles and the southern corridor of the byway encompasses the entire Sebastian River Area including Fellsmere. The byway was designated a Scenic Highway because of the great historical, natural and recreational resources for explorers of all ages. As you travel the byway, you’ll be taken back by the unique and diverse habitat, special places and breathtaking scenery that await you.
The Sebastian River Area is a perfect getaway for those seeking relaxation while learning to appreciate Florida’s natural wonderlands. For more information on the Sebastian River Area, please visit www.sebastianchamber.com.