Indian River at a Glance
|Indian River Shores, Orchid, Sebastian, Vero Beach
|Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail
|State Parks & Lands
|Sebastian Inlet State Park (Brevard)
|St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park (Brevard)
|Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach Aquatic Preserve (Brevard)
|Indian River-Vero Beach to Fort Pierce Aquatic Preserve (St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach)
|Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (Brevard)
|Bays & Inlets
|Indian River Lagoon, Sebastian Inlet
|Rivers & Paddling Trails
|Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail segment (Indian River/Pelican Island), Indian River Blueway Trail
Indian River County is an ideal location
for a quiet, more secluded beach vacation on Florida's Treasure Coast. This
county does not have large metropolitan areas. Downtown Vero Beach is a
quaint area with boutiques, hotels and ocean-side restaurants. The majority
of Indian River's beach accesses are city and county-owned beach parks
spread throughout the county.
The northern portion of Indian River County is part of
Sebastian Inlet State Park. Indian River Lagoon borders the interior
area of the county, and is a prime fishing location. Indian River Lagoon is
also a wonderful hot spot for scuba diving, boating, kayaking and canoeing.
Prior to 1821, Indian River County was part of the Spanish Colony of East
Florida. During this time, Spanish ships carrying massive quantities of gold
and silver passed by this area every summer. In 1715, a storm sank the
seven Spanish vessels off the coast of present-day Indian River County. Many
artifacts including silver and gold were salvaged in the early 1920s. Today,
treasure enthusiasts can be found along the beaches of Indian River County
searching for buried treasure and casing the shoreline with metal detectors.
McLarty Treasure Museum in northern Indian River County has exhibits and
movies detailing the history of the county along with many of the artifacts
excavated from the 1715 shipwreck.
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is a vital nesting area for many
types of sea turtles including loggerhead, green and leatherback. Most of
Indian River County's beaches feature sprawling sea oats and sand dunes.
Some of the coastal birds commonly found in this area include the great
egret, wood stork, white ibis and the little blue heron.