Sebastian Inlet State Park
Just north of Vero Beach and south of Melbourne, this wonderful state park with three miles of pristine shores is equally popular with anglers and surfers. Florida’s best beach break crops up just off the pier here as well as farther offshore at the spot called Monster Hole. And the fishing pier is perpetually crowded with excited fishermen reeling in bluefish, mangrove snapper, jacks, mackerel, spadefish, and more. There’s a shallow, protected swimming lagoon off the pass at the south end of the park where you can try snorkeling, too. And a campground on the river side of the park is popular with those looking to stay overnight in RVs and tents.
By Terry Ward, AFAR Local Expert
Get your surf on
Surfing in Florida? Yep, Florida has produced some of the world's top surfers—think Cocoa Beach native Kelly Slater, crowned ASP World Tour Champion 11 times. To catch your wave, just head east from Orlando on Florida S. R. 528 (the Bee Line toll road), and it’ll drop you off in Cocoa Beach, smack dab in the middle of the best surf beaches—from North Peninsula State Park to the north to Sebastian Inlet State Park to the south. Beginners can rent a board and get schooled at Ron Jon’s in Cocoa Beach. Pros can ride the sets at the “first peak” on the north side of the jetty at Sebastian Inlet. In November, east coast and west coast surf dogs hang ten and compete in the Florida International Dog Surfing Championship at Cocoa Beach. Bow-a-bunga!
9700 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951, USA