Description - The ecologically sensitive Central East Florida Travel Region can be divided into two coasts, the Space Coast and the Treasure Coast. The Space Coast is 72 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline comprised of NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Nearby national wildlife refuges protect numerous species of bird, animal, and plant life. Yearly festivals accentuate the protective zones. The Treasure Coast is lush with historical and natural riches including areas that provide winter waters for the West Indian Manatee. Pelican Island, America's first national wildlife refuge, lies within the travel region along with several other refuges that serve as important nesting sites for three different species of sea turtles. Lastly, the populous Daytona Beach area, well known to northern-state residents and race fans as well, is home to Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site, once the location of a slave-operated sugar plantation.
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Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area
- Stretching from the Daytona Beach area along the Atlantic Coast reaching as far south as Hutchinson Island, this Central East Travel Region encompasses Interstate 95 and US 1, two of America's busiest roads. The fast-growing populous area is ecologically sensitive presenting daily challenges for state and national land managers. Once a deserted locale characterized by subtropical intracoastal waterways, barrier dunes, seagrass, ancient live oaks, pignut hickories and much more, the area still provides important nesting grounds for sea turtles and is known as a birder's paradise housing over 500 bird species.
Recreation - Outdoor recreation abounds in the Central East Travel Region. Known for its fabulous beaches and once the site of oceanfront car races, the area offers visitors one of America's most enjoyable and fascinating coastlines. Wildlife and bird-watching opportunities abound at locations such as The Manatee Observation and Education Center in Fort Pierce, St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve, Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area, and Canaveral National Seashore. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge offers The Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, which is a fabulous nature lovers drive offering a six mile loop road where visitors have found it so enjoyable that six miles of traveling consumes two hours of time. Beachcombing is a favorite, along with surfing, surf fishing, deep-sea fishing, warmwater fishing, ocean swimming and shoreline camping. Viewing historical ruins at Bulow Plantation and Hontoon Island State Park and popular destinations as well as visits to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Tourists will find canoe trails at De Leon Springs State Recreation Area, public gardens at McKee Botanical Gardens, over 100 miles of hiking trail on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, and much more.
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.
The linear Central East Travel Region begins several miles north of Daytona Beach along the Atlantic Coast, encompassing Cape Canaveral to the south, and terminating at Hutchinson Island. The upper area reaches west to the city of DeLand. Near Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, the region is just several miles wide ending at the western boundary of Indian River County and Brevard County. From Vero Beach to Hutchinson Island, the region reaches westward to Highlands County.