1) Golden Sands
Golden Sands, located approximately two miles north of CR 510, is the starting point of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. A 248-acre refuge spanning 20.5 miles, this wildlife refuge is designated to protect habitat for the most significant area for loggerhead sea turtle nesting in the Western Hemisphere, and the green turtle nesting in North America.
With its long stretches of wide open unspoiled sandy beach, Golden Sands is a family favorite for Sebastian locals! Kids love playing on the playground and running wild on this spacious, secluded beach. This beach is perfect for picnics and parties underneath the covered pavilions, so bring your coolers, sandwiches and drinks and enjoy a day at Golden Sands!
2) Sexton Plaza
Located at the end of Beachland Blvd, Sexton Plaza is one of the best places to catch a sunrise in Vero Beach. Sandwiched between two Vero restaurants and located in the heart of Vero’s Beachside Shopping District, Sexton Plaza Beach is the perfect place to take a break!
Whether dining at Citrus Grille looking out over the ocean, catching a sunrise or tanning on the sand, Sexton Plaza will not disappoint!
Seagrape Trail Beach Access is located approximately 1/2 mile south of County Road 510 on A1A. This beautiful, secluded beach is a treasure hunter’s dream; many silver coins from the 1715 sunken Spanish Fleet have been recovered along this stretch of coastline.
It is not uncommon to see beach-combers roaming the sands searching for washed up antiquities here, so dust off your metal detector, head down to Seagrape beach, and you may just leave a millionaire!
Wabasso Beach Park is a popular beach located at the end of County Road 510, east of State Road A1A. This beach is a favorite for surfers and Disney vacationers! If you can find a spot to park at this busy beach, you are in for a great day! Head up to the boardwalk, built after Hurricane Frances damaged the park in 2004, and take in the beauty of the beach before stepping onto the sand. If the waves are firing, keep an eye out for the world’s top skim boarder, Brad Domke, on his home break!
Wabasso is not only great for surfing, it is great for a nice day with the family too. A moderately crowded park, it is normal to see groups of people on the beach for the entire day, enjoying the sun and surf. Penny Hill Subs is bustling all day serving subs, sandwiches and drinks to hungry beach-goers, and Orchid Island Pizzeria serves some of the best pizza in Vero Beach!
5) Humiston Park
Humiston Park is centrally located in Vero Beach’s Beachside Shopping District. Impeccably maintained, this is a favorite park for beach-goers and families alike. Enjoy a day strolling the shops and eateries, relaxing on the beach and taking the kids to the playground!
6) South Beach
Wide open, sandy beaches are the name of the game at this popular Vero beach. Located at the end of 17th Street in Vero, this spot is a town favorite. Located next to popular hotels and delicious South Beach Pizzeria, it feels like you could never leave South Beach! Take a walk through the trees along the boardwalk and enjoy the pretty view as you come out on to the widest beach in Vero. This beach can get busy, but there is plenty of room!
7) Treasure Shores
Treasure Shores Park is located three miles north of CR 510 (Wabasso Bridge). This beach is known for its stunning sand dunes and wide open views. The park is great for families with children who love to play on the pirate ship themed playground and a wonderful place for a family picnic.
This beach is perfect for nature lovers who enjoy strolling through the walking trail and the tropical, beachside nature before taking a dip in the ocean!
8) Jaycee Park
Jaycee Beach is located approximately two miles north of the Merrill P. Barber Bridge. Bring your skim board and picnic supplies to this beach, which is a favorite for families in Vero! On any given day you will see kids having the time of their lives on the playground, people playing volleyball, or maybe a birthday party under one of the pavilions! Wide open spaces of grass are perfect for running around, and we haven’t even made it to the beach yet!
Once past the playground and picnic area, there is a beautiful stretch of boardwalk that sits atop the dunes. Take the stairs down and step onto the sand and pick a spot! Jaycee has calm waves that gently roll on shore and plenty of space for your towel and chairs. The kids love to skim board here, but it is still quiet enough to soak up the sun and relax.
8) Turtle Trail
Turtle Trail Beach Access is located north of John's Island. Peaceful and private, this is the perfect beach to set up your chair and umbrella to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
10) Sebastian Inlet
Located approximately seven miles north of CR 510, Sebastian Inlet State Park is one of the most popular state parks in the southeast, and a world renowned surf spot boasting one of the most consistent breaks in Florida. In fact, Sebastian Inlet is World Champion Surfer Kelly Slater’s home break! While “First Peak” is dominated by local surfers, visitors have no problem catching waves just down the beach. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled; it’s not unusual to see a few professionals out in the water!
Surfing is not the only sport Sebastian Inlet is known for. The Inlet also is a favorite spot for anglers nationwide who travel to Sebastian to catch Snook, Redfish, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel from the jetties. On any given day, you are likely to see the pier crowded with fisherman casting their lines into the ocean.
If relaxing is more your thing, there is plenty of wide open space on the beach to pop up an umbrella and chill! Take the kids across the parking lot to the tide pool and look for shells, make sand castles and enjoy the sunshine. Be sure to stop in at Inlet Grill and Gifts for lunch to eat possibly the best fish sandwich in town, while looking out over the ocean.
Sebastian Inlet State Park has a fee to enter the park, but it is well worth it. This is a beach you cannot miss!