Vero Beach

Vero Beach
Vero Beach is often mentioned in the same breath as Sebastian. Both of these villages offer a taste of Old Florida and can be found at the northern tip of the state’s Treasure Coast. Approximately 90 miles northwest of these delightful coastal enclaves is Orlando, while Fort Lauderdale lies about 95 miles to the south. While these busier cities are relatively close by, Vero Beach and Sebastian offer a rather remote and tranquil appeal. The atmosphere is laid-back, and therein lies much of the allure for residents and visitors.

Inviting beaches only serve to accentuate the appeal of Vero Beach and Sebastian, and while these strips of sand are great for relaxation, visitors can always look to add some recreational activity to the mix. Popular beach activities in this east-central coast region include surfing and windsurfing. Among other things, fishing, diving, and kayaking are also things that can be added to the mix. Much of the beachfront in the Vero Beach and Sebastian region is open and free. Most areas stay relatively uncrowded throughout the year, and general beach hours are 7 am to 10 pm. Several inviting beach hotels are available if you don’t want to stray too far from the sand once the sun goes down.

South Beach Park

Among the main beaches in Vero Beach, South Beach might just be the busiest. A developed strip of sand, it is great for swimming. The younger crowd also likes to play volleyball at South Beach Park, and you can often see surfers taking on relatively big waves. The region in general is one of the best, if not the very best, place to go surfing in Florida. Lifeguards are on duty at South Beach Park, and the various facilities include restrooms, showers, and picnic tables. Visitors can also take advantage of the secluded trails, which are great for nature walks. You can find South Beach Park on South Ocean Drive at the end of Marigold Lane.

Humiston Beach

Humiston Beach is one of the other main beaches in Vero Beach. Found at Humiston Park, it is backed by a small boardwalk and features picnic tables, a playground, showers, restrooms, and lifeguards. While concessions might be lacking at Humiston Beach, visitors can easily walk to the restaurants that can be found near the beach and along Ocean Drive. As a side note, Ocean Drive is also one of the area’s prime shopping strips. Metered parking is found along the street near Humiston Beach, and if the spots fill up, there is a metered lot across Ocean Drive.

Jaycee Beach

Rounding out the main beaches in Vero Beach is Jaycee Beach. Found at 4200 Ocean Drive, it has extensive facilities. These facilities include a number of picnic tables with barbecues, a covered pavilion, play areas, manicured lawns, and a boardwalk that can be used for such things as jogging, rollerblading, and walking. Lifeguards are on duty during the day at Jaycee Beach. An unguarded beach section can be found between the nearby beaches of Conn Beach and Humiston Beach, and it is a popular place to surf, skim board, and fish.

Sebastian Inlet State Park

Vero Beach visitors who are looking to enjoy some quality time on the sand won’t want to overlook Sebastian Inlet State Park. Situated across from mainland Sebastian on the northern tip of the area’s barrier island, this park has flat, sandy beaches and a whole bunch of amenities/facilities. These amenities and facilities include a surf shop, which is understandable when you consider that the area’s biggest waves are often found at Sebastian Inlet State Park. Among the other highlights are two museums, a restaurant, a gift shop, picnic tables, a playground, nature trails, boat ramps, restrooms, and showers. Kayaks, paddleboats, and canoes are available for rent, and a wooded area is home to a full campground. Anglers should know that Sebastian Inlet State Park is a great place to cast some lines, and you can go scuba diving there as well. Pets are permitted in some areas of the park, though they must be restrained at all times on a leash that is no longer than six feet.

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