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Our unique setting makes Indian River County the perfect destination for thousands of visitors and seasonal guests each year. We enjoy a climate moderated by the warm tropical waters of the Gulf Stream. Our balmy winters combine with the summer’s fresh ocean breezes to keep our average temperature an ideal 74 degrees, perfect for swimming, golf or tennis year round.
Orchid Island Bikes & Kayaks
1175 Commerce Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Orchid Island Rentals
3235 Cardinal Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Fox Boat Rentals
4920 Us Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Florida Boat Rentals
1 Beachland Blvd, Vero Beach, FL
Freedom Boat Club
4920 Us Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Boats 'N Motors
5875 Us Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Leisure Time Boating Club
4327 Us Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL 32967
The waters off Vero Beach and all of Indian River County provide year-round enjoyment for people of all ages. For saltwater fishing, besides the deeper, offshore waters, Sebastian Inlet is a premier location. Boaters can cruise the shallow waters or anchor near the jetties where grouper, snapper, and king mackerel abound. Further out, dolphin, wahoo, tuna and marlin keep fishermen busy. To try your hand:
For those without boats, the Sebastian Inlet Park has two jetties reaching into the Atlantic. Surf fishing and walking along the miles of shoreline also provide great recreation.
Saltwater License Information:
1) Licenses are required for all non residents regardless of where they are fishing.
2) For residents, licenses are required when fishing from a boat, shore, jetty. etc. (exemptions are provided for children under 16 and residents over 65).
Inland lakes and the Sebastian River produce large mouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, and other gamefish. The best locations are Blue Cypress Lake which covers 6,554 acres at the western end of Indian River County--about 25 miles from Vero Beach on Route 60. The Stick Marsh a 6,500 acre reservoir in the northwest corner of Indian River County which has been named one of the Top Ten Black Bass Lakes in Florida by the Florida State Game Commission; and anywhere along the St. Sebastian River.
Fresh Water License: A license is required for all fresh water fishermen unless they are under 16 or over 65.
General License and Boating Information
For further information regarding licenses, boating registration, safety, etc., visit The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, or call them at (772) 778-5094.
Licenses are available from bait shops to discount stores and from the Indian River County Tax Collector's offices:
- Luria's Plaza, South US1 in Vero Beach, FL 32960 (772) 567-8000
- Ryanwood Square, 58th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32968 (772) 770-5380
- Sebastian Square, 11610 US 1, Sebastian, FL 32958 (772) 388-6034
The Historic Jungle trail winds for nearly 8 miles along a sandy road through the hammock habitat of Florida's barrier islands north of Vero Beach. The trail—really a road—is on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in the 1920s so that citrus growers could haul their produce up and down the barrier island. Although cars do drive along the road, it's mostly used by cyclists, walkers and joggers. The road is sandy but mostly hard packed and easy going for wide-tire bicycles. Some places can get soft at times.
From the northern end point, the trail begins in Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, the nation's first wildlife refuge established in 1903 by Teddy Roosevelt to protect birds from feather hunters. Bird feathers were widely used to decorate women's hats in the early 20th century, and Florida's barrier islands were teeming with the most vulnerable of species.
Park in the refuge just off A1A (you'll find bathrooms and drinking fountains here). From here you can also explore a 2.5-mile walking path (no bikes allowed) around one of the peninsulas on the Indian River. Head south on the Jungle Trail through the refuge in an open savannah of palm, sea grape and other coastal wetland species. In about 0.5 mile you'll come to a turn-off for another parking area. Head down here for a short diversion along the Centennial Trail (walking only, accessible; bike racks available). The Centennial Trail is a part-paved and part-boardwalk trail leading to a lookout from which you can see the original Pelican Island. (The refuge has expanded greatly since 1903.) There's also another hiking trail in this area.
The scenery is spectacular and the lookout has spotting scopes that allow you a close-up view of roosting and nesting wood storks, pelicans, egrets, herons and ospreys, to name a few species. Interpretive signs give a brief history of how Pelican Island was saved and about efforts to restore the natural habitat of the refuge. The sun can by intense here but shelters and benches are provided at the start of the trail and the lookout is under cover.
Continuing on the main Historic Jungle Trail you soon reach a section where you can pull over and get another look at the Indian River Lagoon. You can also launch a kayak or canoe from here, as well as drop a fishing line (check local fishing regulations). The trail continues south, winding through the hammock habitat. After leaving the refuge, you'll begin to get glimpses of the gated golf course communities on each side of the trail. This stretch is more shaded though the road may be covered in debris if the vegetation-trimming crew has recently been around. Also, watch for snakes warming themselves on the road in early morning or around dusk.
When you reach a road crossing (Orchid Island Drive), proceed with caution because the vegetation can block your view, although traffic is sparse. A short distance later, you'll reach another tricky crossing at SR 510 (Wabasso Beach Road). Use caution when crossing the road here since there are no pedestrian signals. This next section of trail is much less shaded and passes between the Indian River to the west and the back yards of upscale homes to the east.
At Captain Forster's Hammock Preserve take a side-trip through the 110-acre area, which has additional nature trails winding through the trees. You'll find parking here, bike racks, bathrooms and drinking fountains.
Back on the main Historic Jungle Trail continue south to trail's end, where it turns into the paved Old Winter Beach Road. You can take this about 0.5 mile to Route A1A, and there is a paved side path so you don't have to ride on the road. At A1A you can pick up the Route 1A Trail and head back north to where you parked at the wildlife Refuge about 6 miles, or head back along the Historic Jungle Trail.
Riverside Racquet Complex
350 Dahlia Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
The award winning Riverside Racquet Complex is affiliated with the Vero Beach/ Indian River County Recreation Department. The complex features ten hard court (six lighted), two enclosed, lighted racquetball courts, a lighted practice wall, and Pro Shop. Open to the public.
Majestic Theatre, Vero Beach
Mel Fisher Treasure Museum, Sebastian, FL
The McCarty Treasure Museum, North A1A
The Navy Seals Museum, A1A south toward Ft. Pierce
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach
Take an umbrella and stroll the Art Galleries along 14th Avenue in Vero Beach
Explore the antique shops along the Historic District on Old Dixie, Vero Beach