At the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, you can hike
through groves of ancient oak and wild coffee, paddle a
boat or canoe through the Indian River Lagoon, or cast out
a line to catch a few fish.
With three miles of pristine Atlantic beach, Sebastian
Inlet State Park is a favored annual nesting ground for
three species of sea turtles.
The inlet connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian
River Lagoon, making it one of Florida’s premier saltwater fishing spots. The park’s jetties are angler’s favorites for
catching snook, redfish, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel.
The park is home to two museums: The McLarty Treasure Museum and The Sebastian Fishing Museum. The
McLarty Treasure Museum is situated on the site of a 1715
Spanish shipwreck survivors’ camp. The museum displays
artifacts taken from the shipwreck including gold and silver
coins, jewelry, pewter, Chinese porcelain, pottery, and more.
There’s still treasure to be found, and treasure hunting remains a popular activity.
The Sebastian Fishing Museum is a great place to learn
about the history of the people who lived in Sebastian, and
how their lives were interwoven with fishing and the Indian
River Lagoon habitat.
A Fisherman’s Nirvana
Vero Beach is home to the most diverse estuary in
North America, the Indian River Lagoon. If you’re looking
for a unique fishing experience, this is the place to find
it. Over 300 species of fish, birds, and wildlife inhabit the
lagoon’s deep waters, shallow flats, spoil islands, and man-
In the Indian River, fishermen can catch redfish, spotted
sea trout and snook year round. During late spring and
summer, tarpon and permit can be added to the mix.
A Boater’s Paradise
The Indian River Lagoon offers some of the best boating available with its spacious protected waterways. The lagoon has also earned a reputation as one of the country’s
premiere kayaking and paddling destinations.
The lagoon stretches across five miles at the widest part
of the Indian River. Sheltered from the open ocean, the
river area has a number of public and private marinas and
boat launch facilities. Almost half of Florida’s manatees
pass through the river during the migrating season. This
beautiful corridor with its diverse wildlife attracts boaters,
kayakers, and snorkelers.
Many Vero Beach homes have private docks that stretch
out into the river. Living along the Indian River Lagoon is
an ideal place for boating enthusiasts to retire.
Vero Beach is home to many dazzling, award-winning
golf courses that have a unique natural beauty.