The City of Sebastian
History meets paradise in the north east section of Indian River County. The Atlantic Ocean rolls relentlessly against the sandy beaches on a barrier island less than one mile wide.
West of the barrier island is the environmentally significant Indian River Lagoon. A three acre, natural mangrove island in the lagoon, Pelican Island, became the nation's first National Wildlife Refuge in 1903. On the west bank of the Indian River is the mainland of Florida.
Welcome to Sebastian and the Sebastian River Area.
There is no high-profile theme park atmosphere here. Instead, there is a remarkably pristine beauty. It is a frequent vacation destination choice of residents from the larger Florida cities, an escape from the hectic pace.
Quiet and pristine certainly don't equate to dull! The area is noted for some of the best surfing and fishing in the nation. Skydivers from around the world enjoy an unbeatable combination of sun, sand and surf as their backdrop.
The McLarty Treasure Museum on the barrier island presents a diarama and fills a visitor with a spirit of the culture that existed in the early 1700's when the Spanish fleet was shipwrecked during a hurricane. Next, visit Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum for a hands-on modern day experience in under sea archeology.
Eco-tourism is a big draw to the Sebastian River Area. Imagine seeing a bald eagle fly from its nest perched at the top of a tall pine tree; a loggerhead turtle coming ashore at night to lay her eggs; a manatee and her calf playing in the seagrass of the Indian River Lagoon. One of the most beautiful nature walks is right here, the boardwalk trail through the Enivironmental Learning Center. It isn't any wonder that the natural pristine beauty of the area is one of the principal reasons that Disney chose to build its vacation resort in our area.
Route 512, from Interstate 95 to Sebastian, passes through cattle ranches, citrus groves and some of the areas light industry giving the motorist a flavor of the diversity that is the Sebastian River Area. It continues east across the Indian River to Disney's Vero Beach Resort. To the north up US1 and A1A, is Kennedy Space Center and the many displays by NASA as well as Port Canaveral and its cruises.
The Town of Sebastian, was established in 1882 and named St. Sebastian for the nearby river of the same name. Some time later, the St. was dropped from the names of both the river and the city.
Information approved for internet distribution by Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Kathleen Bishop. For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce web site or the Sebastian Community Service Web Site.
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