79 Summer 2014 • ideal-LIVING
Nature Lovers Rejoice!
Spectacular natural beauty abounds in Vero Beach with
its 25 miles of oceanfront, and the 28-mile barrier island
located where the Indian River forms a portion of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Captivating views along the Indian River include man-
grove-fringed islands that are part of the 5,413-acre Pelican
Island National Wildlife Refuge. This important historic
rookery, the country’s first, delights visitors with 130 spe-
cies of birds, including white pelicans and endangered wood
storks, as well as loggerhead and green sea turtles.
Within the wildlife refuge, the Jungle Trail is a popular
place for joggers, cyclers, and birdwatchers. A boardwalk
near the trail has an 18-foot observation tower, which provides public access to the refuge. The surrounding waters
of the Indian River Lagoon draw avid birders and paddlers.