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Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area
Copyright: - Florida Division of Recreation & Parks
Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area
Description - Located on narrow barrier islands extending north and south of Sebastian Inlet, this recreation area offers three miles of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean while offering the estuarine waters of Indian River along the backside. In 1924, Sebastian Inlet was created. Some 40 years later, the A1A bridge was built. Stabilizing the inlet, two rock jetties flank the access point. As a result of the jetties, some of the best east coast surfing is known to be located here. Surfers use the beach north of the jetties while swimmers use the beach farther north. Having designated areas keeps accidents to a minimum.

The park is a developed site. A restaurant and gift shop overlooks the fabulous turquoise waters, while bait shops and concessionaires offer gear and beach apparel. However, wildlife is not forgotten at Sebastian Inlet. Across A1A on the west side of the park, visitors can relax along the shallow and calm waters of Indian River. This side of the park not only attracts shore anglers but also a profusion of birds. Another great reason for venturing away from the Atlantic and over to Indian River is for the wading pool, ideal for small children.

Boaters will find a dock, picnic area and full-service marina along the south side of Sebastian Inlet.

Swimmers looking for fewer crowds can venture southbound along the Atlantic near McLarty Treasure Museum. Few amenities are offered; therefore, fewer people are attracted to this stretch of beach. Surf fishing and beachcombing is usually fairly rewarding.

Attractions - Water recreation reigns at Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area. Known as one of the best fishing and surfing areas along the east coast, this 800-acre park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. The park entertains millions of visitors each year. A full-service campground, two fishing jetties, marina, two museums, huge picnic area, and multiple restroom and bathhouse facilities enhance the parcel.

Fishing can be done either from the jetties, which reach out into the Atlantic or from Sebastian Inlet, Indian River Lagoon, or Indian River Aquatic Reserve, all accessible within moments of each other. Don't expect a lot of shade at this park. Sea grape, gumbo-limbo, and cabbage palm compete against man's desire to pave the earth.

Recreation - Visitors to Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area will find plenty to keep busy. Recreations include surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, surf fishing, sunbathing, swimming, hiking, launching a boat, canoeing, and camping. Nature programs and two museums tell about the area's lush history and rich wildlife.

Climate - The eastern coast of central Florida is usually hot and humid with thunderstorms throughout summer. Average summer temperatures range between 81 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit (27 - 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging 58 - 64 degrees Fahrenheit (14 - 18 Celsius). Typical yearly precipitation ranges from less than 52 inches to about 56 inches. Lightweight clothing and sunscreen are highly recommended during the summer months. Sweaters and jackets are appropriate attire in winter.

Location - Sebastian Inlet State Park is located off Highway A1A, between Melbourne and Vero Beach.


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Contact Information:
Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area, 9700 South A1A , Melbourne Beach, FL, 32951, Phone: 321-984-4852

Additional Information:
Central East Florida - Central East Florida is known for its beautiful hard-surfaced beaches, tall white hotels and condominiums, Kennedy Space Center, and the state's premier birding site, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

Links:
Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.

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