After storms, and especially hurricanes, the sands of Vero Beach are busy with beachcombers swaying metal detectors from side to side. They’re looking for treasure washed ashore from the Spanish galleons that wrecked here in 1715, giving this stretch of Florida its nickname, the Treasure Coast. If you like beautiful beaches, experiencing pristine wetlands just inland, and being within easy striking distance of some of the state’s best fishing and surfing (at nearby Sebastian Inlet), you’ll find plenty of treasures in Vero Beach, too. About 2.5 hours north of Miami, Vero Beach is where things start getting properly tropical in Florida, although the winter months can see cool temperatures during fronts. One of the best ways to see the lay of the land here is from on high during a seaplane tour with Treasure Coast Seaplanes.