10 miles south of Melbourne Beach rests Sebastian Inlet State Park, a hidden gem along the coast of Florida. The inlet itself is man-made and connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River Lagoon, both of which offer various recreational activities for RVers. This pristine park offers something for everyone in the family. From bicycling and nature watching, to surfing and boating, you can do it all at Sebastian Inlet State Park. Additionally, the park provides the ideal setting for scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, fishing, paddling, and of course, camping. If you go during the right time of year you may even be able to see turtle nests filled with eggs.
You can also find two separate museums within the park and get lost exploring them for hours. The story behind the Sebastian Inlet State Park area is fascinating, with cultural history that includes a wrecked 1715 Spanish fleet, but that's just the beginning of the far-reaching history of the area. Guided tours and nature walks also provide the perfect opportunity to learn more about the inlet and the diverse wildlife that lives on it. The park, both museums, and campgrounds are open all year long and make the perfect destination for your next RV getaway.
RV Rentals in Sebastian Inlet State Park
Transportation in Sebastian Inlet State Park
You can find Sebastian Inlet State Park off of State Road A1A, south of Melbourne and north of Vero Beach. The roads inside the park are fairly easy to navigate and take you everywhere that you need to go within the park, including the fishing pier and boat ramps. However, not all visitors like driving their RV around the park every time they want to go somewhere, so towing an extra vehicle is a common choice for visitors. The main road that runs through the park also has several restaurants along it just outside of the park, which is another reason lots of visitors choose to bring an extra vehicle. But if you are just staying for a short time and don't want to pay any extra fees you can still have a good trip without towing an extra vehicle, after all the campground is almost right on the beach. You definitely won't want to stay inside your car or RV all day since this is a park that is meant to be explored on foot or bike. Just be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen in your RV. There are parking lots dotted around the park, but the best place to park your RV is at the campground if you are staying overnight.
Campgrounds and parking in Sebastian Inlet State Park
Campsites in Sebastian Inlet State Park
Sebastian Inlet State Park Campground
A short walk from the beach, 51 campsites are available at Sebastian Inlet State Park and all of them have water and electrical hookups. There are no sewer hookups, but a dump station is located near by and restrooms are scattered throughout the campground so this isn't really a big deal. If you want to camp at this campground reservations have to be made at least one day in advance and it's recommended you make them as early as possible since they can be made up to 11 months in advance. The maximum RV and trailer length is 40 feet.
Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring so you can enjoy some scrumptious grub. You'll have convenient access to Wi-Fi thanks to a nearby hotspot at the marina. Visitors love that the sites are pretty well spaced out, but the closer you get to the water the smaller the campsites get. The campground provides a picturesque setting were you can relax after a long day of exploring, having fun, and learning about the area. You can even camp with your furry friend since pets are welcome. Accessible campsites and beach wheelchairs are also available so visitors of all ages and abilities are welcome.
Sebastian Inlet State Park Campground
No campsites are specifically first-come, first-served, so if you want to be guaranteed a campsite book it at least a day in advance.
Seasonal activities in Sebastian Inlet State Park
Sebastian Inlet is a wildly popular fishing location and features two jetties that extend out into the Atlantic Ocean from which you can fish. You won't want to forget your fishing gear in your camper when you head on over the majestic fishing pier, which juts out right over the Atlantic Ocean. Common catches include mackerel, bluefish, snook, and several other saltwater fish species. Just be sure to brush up on all the rules and regulations before going fishing so as to respect the native wildlife and area.
Boat ramps are available on either side of the inlet, but if you're looking for smooth, easy waters you'll probably want to steer clear of the Atlantic and leave that for the surfers. On the other side of the inlet, the Indian River Lagoon provides the perfect setting for canoeing and kayaking. You can take an afternoon and explore the small islands scattered around the area and get a closer look at much of the native wildlife. Depending on when you go, you may even see young sea turtles feasting on seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon.
Surfers from all over flock to Sebastian Inlet State Park because of the consistently great waves. So if you're packing your surfboard in your rig you can join them! Consistent surf breaks can be found at Sebastian Inlet's First Peak, located next to the north jetty, and further south, about a third of a mile off the beach at a location nicknamed Monster Hole. Surfers love the long rides you can get thanks to the rising of the ocean floor. However, that's not to say that the waters will always be ideal for surfing and you should always check the surf report for heading out.
Exploring the Museums
Two museums, the McLarty Treasure Museum and the Sebastian Fishing Museum, can be found within the state park. The treasure museum tells the story of the wrecked 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet and the survivors that then inhabited the islands. The fishing museum aims to educate visitors about the history of Sebastian Inlet as a fishing hot spot and the early families that helped its fishing industry blossom. Since you may find it too difficult to peel yourself off the beach during the summer months, the museums make a great stop during the winter months.
Geocaching is pretty common in state parks, but having tours dedicated solely to geocaching is not quite as common and definitely something worth trying out while staying at Sebastian Inlet State Park. The GeoTours allow you to get out of the RV and explore the area and find different caches, but not all of them are easy. It's a great way to spend an afternoon as a family since it is inexpensive, immersive, and educational. Can you find all the caches hidden within the park?
Even during the months of January and February, when most other beaches would be pretty dull, you can still see lots of unique wildlife along Florida's coast, including right whales. Right whales are the most endangered whale species, so getting the chance to see them is not an opportunity you want to miss. If you are lucky enough to see one make sure you snap a picture because it's not a sight you will want to soon forget.