Sebastian Inlet

The Intercoastal Water ways meet the Atlantic Ocean at Sebastian Inlet and the State Park stretches across the channel and further for about 3 miles of beautiful beaches.

Sebastian Inlet is found 16 miles north of Vero beach, on State Road A1A - it is a tranquil cove but holds bi-monthly surfing competitions. Also a great spot for fishing from the jetties.

The Inlet has recently been dregged to a depth of 6 feet and there a many areas of shallow water leading to the new depth.

There are two museums in the area - the McLarty Treasure Museum displays the history of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet - this looks at the loss of the Spanish Fleet during the hurricane on 31 July. Eleven galleons were wrecked on the shallow reefs, on their way from Havana back to Spain. They were laden with "booty" and about 2,100 sailors died. The survivors set up camp in the location of the museum. Approximately 80 per cent of the cargo was salvaged after the tragedy. Further discoveries were made in 1928 and salvaging started in the 1960s, with millions of dollars of treasures have been recovered. The Sebastian Fishing Museum tells the history of the local fishing industry and area.

Other activities are canoeing and kayaking in the Indian River Lagoon and visitors can take a relaxing walk down the mile-long Hammock Trail. Waterfront pavilions and picnic areas are great for the family get togethers with full facility campsites and a boat ramp available.

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