VIBE: Relaxed, Free Spirit
Beach Access, 14100 State Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Have you ever wanted to just escape from everyone and everything for the day? We found this secluded beachfront just south of Sebastian Inlet State Park.
It's our mission to find beaches that are hidden treasures and off the beaten path. If you want free parking, then stop at this barrier island beach and avoid the crowds. This area is well known for great surfing and fishing. But there's lots of relaxing going on at this beach too. For those of you who are seeking more activity including camping, biking and walking trails can be found nearby in Sebastian Inlet State Park. It costs $8 per entry (camping fees extra). Dogs are not allowed on the beaches.
Sebastian Inlet Beach Sand
The sand at Sebastian Inlet beach is very soft and light brown in color. It is a firmer as you approach the water. There is a slope and drop off into the water in some areas. It is similar to the sand on Vero Beach which is a few miles down the road. If you have children or grandchildren, they are going to have a great time building sandcastles at this beach. We took a stroll along the beach towards the pier. The light was getting low because the sun was going down and fishermen were packing up for the day. We are going to have to go back for a better look when the water warms up. This is a really nice beach.
Sebastian Inlet Beach Water
The ocean water is a soft green and blue. Similar to Vero Beach, it is about 7 degrees warmer than Daytona Beach. It is wise to check beach tides and conditions before you go by clicking here. The beaches in Sebastian Inlet have a reputation for being one of the top surfing destinations in Florida, similar to New Smyrna Beach. Some highly acclaimed surfing champions have taken on these waves.
In the 1960's, the jetties were worked on to tackle beach erosion issues. The result of their work created a sandbar. Like Ponce Inlet, sandbars change the flow of ocean water and can make great waves. However, each time a jetty is modified, it affects the waves. For Sebastian Inlet beaches, a 2000-era modification eliminated the sandbar and the waves decreased in size.
Sebastian Inlet Beach Parking
At this secluded beach parking spot, there is only a small bathroom and shower facility. Still, you can use the bathroom, wash the sand off your feet and dispose of your trash. If this is too laid back for you, head on over to the state park where you can eat, swim, camp and enjoy the pier. There is also a lagoon beach perfect for swimming in gentle water at Sebastian Inlet State Park located up the road at 9700 S Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951. Reserve your camping spot by clicking here.
Sebastian Inlet Beach Activities
Some of the best fishing in Florida is in the Sebastian Inlet area. Snook reopened for recreational harvest on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters. The city of Sebastian is located on the Indian River, so there is no real beachfront town. It's not a far drive from the inlet to find fun things to do. You will find JetSki and pontoon boat rentals at Just In Time Watercraft Rentals. Fishing and wildlife tours are available, as well as kayaking adventures.
The McLarty Treasure Museum is located inside Sebastian Inlet State Park. It showcases the story of 1715 fleet of eleven Spanish galleon ships laden with gold, silver, copper and riches that sank offshore during a hurricane. The museum is open from 10am to 4pm seven days a week, except holidays. Admission is $2. Free for children under 6.
Look Out! This Could Happen...
We always strive to let you know the things that might go wrong at the Florida beaches we cover in this blog. Occasionally Red Tide makes an appearance at Indian River beaches. Caused by airborne microbes, it can kill fish and cause respiratory discomfort. This is not just a problem at Sebastian Inlet. Beaches further south on the east coast, like Vero Beach, as well as the Gulf coast beaches can be affected by Red Tide. Some years it has been so bad that beachside businesses have had to close. Scientists believe that Red Tide can be carried through the Florida Straits and into the Gulf Stream. Check here before you go!
This particular roadside stop at Sebastian Inlet Beach was truly beautiful. Quiet and relaxing. There were no crowds and it was peaceful as the sun went down. Next time we plan to pay and enter the State Park and experience the sheltered lagoon beach area. The other attraction not to be missed is the Pelican Sanctuary in Sebastian Inlet. Located in the Indian River Lagoon, Pelican Island is surrounded by 5400+ acres of protected waters and lands. The Refuge holds the distinction of being our nation’s first national wildlife Refuge and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Refuge public use areas are open daily, from 7:30 am until sunset. Make sure you pack your water, sunscreen and bug spray!
Camping is available at nearby Sebastian Inlet State Park. There are no hotels within 5 miles. Here are the closest hotels we could find:
Capt Hirams Resort
Davis House Inn
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