Welcome to the Sebastian River Area Chamber of CommerceWelcome to the Sebastian River Area, one of Florida's authentic Treasure Coast communities on the Indian River Lagoon and home to America's first National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island. We are located on the central east coast of Florida, situated in the northernmost part of Indian River County, about 15 miles north of Vero Beach. Discover the natural splendor and rich history of the Sebastian River Area with a vast array of activities and attractions that includes fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking, recreational parks, and so much more.
The Sebastian River Area has over 20,000 acres of preserve ideal for hiking, birding and horseback riding. Sebastian is home to Pelican Island, America’s 1st National Wildlife Refuge, with over 130 species of birds. The St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, is considered one of the top birding locations in the U.S. Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, a 248-acre refuge spanning 20.5 miles long, was designated to protect habitat for what is the most significant area for loggerhead sea turtle nesting in the Western Hemisphere, and the most significant area for green turtle nesting in North America
Sebastian Inlet State Park is one of the most popular state parks in the southeast known for its extraordinary surfing and fishing. One of the most consistent surf breaks in Florida is Sebastian Inlet's first peak, located next to the north jetty. Another hot surf spot is Monster Hole--located about 1/3 mile off the beach. Avid fishermen also flock to Sebastian Inlet, which is considered the premier saltwater fishing spot on Florida's east coast.
The Sebastian River Area also offers great inshore fishing. There are over 13,000 acres of freshwater wilderness famous for trophy bass, the diverse Indian River Lagoon, North America’s most biologically diverse estuary, has hundreds of species of fish and the St. Sebastian River takes you back in time with its "Old Florida" charm. These beautiful waterways not only offer amazing fishing opportunities but also the perfect scenery for pontoon boat and airboat tours, kayaking, and paddle boarding.
Sebastian is also well known for the rare antiquities that have washed upon its shores. The shipwreck from the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet left many treasures along Sebastian’s coast. Many treasure hunters continue to search our shoreline for other artifacts that were lost in history.
Sebastian boasts one of the most spectacular skydiving views in the world! Both tandem and experienced jumpers travel from all over the world to plunge from an altitude of 13,500 feet and experience the breathtaking view!
The Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway, one of two in the State of Florida, is 233 miles and the southern corridor of the byway encompasses the entire Sebastian River Area including Fellsmere. The Byway was designated a Scenic Highway because of the great historical, natural and recreational resources for explorers of all ages. As you travel the byway, you'll be taken back by the unique and diverse habitat, special places and breathtaking scenery that await you.
The Sebastian River Area is a perfect getaway for those seeking relaxation while learning to appreciate Florida’s natural wonderlands.
The Sebastian River Area was recently featured on CBS 12's Road Trippin' Series. It included 5 segments on our area including: Where to Eat, Where to Stay, and 3 Activities & Attractions. You can watch the segments on Capt Hiram’s Resort, Sebastian Watercraft Rentals, Marsh Landing Restaurant, Skydive Sebastian and Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum online. Check it out here!
Sebastian was recently featured on an episode of "how to Do Florida" that aired in June. how to Do florida is a broadcast show that entertains, teaches, and encourages Floridians to actively engage their state. The episode we are featured in is "how to Treasure Dive." Our area is well known for the rare antiquities that have washed upon its shores. The shipwreck from the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet left many treasures along Sebastian's coast. Treasure hunters continue to search our waters for gold, jewelry, and other artifacts lost in history. Be sure to watch the online episode and learn more about our rich history and how you can get in on the thrill of treasure hunting!