Visiting the area? Check out the Sebastian Inlet just south of here. Less than a thirty minute drive and you can see the beautiful inlet that was ranked one of the top piers in the entire state of Florida.
The area features fishing, camping, boating, jet skiing, kayaking and restaurants. The state park runs an area around the bridge that has parking and food. It also has a shallow water area that is safe for kids and is great to catch some rays.
If you go out on the pier, you will most certainly see manatees and /or dolphins.
About the Inlet
The inlet is mad made. There was a natural narrow spot between the river and the ocean where the inlet is now. People wanted access to the ocean from the river and this spot seemed most logical. In 1881, Reverend Thomas New was the first to “cut” the strip of land that separated the river from the ocean.
A man named D.P. Gibson would later widen the cut and in a historical map of the area you can see what is referred to as “Gibson’s Cut”.
On May 23, 1919, the Florida Legislature created the Sebastian Inlet District with a charter of maintaining the navigational channel connecting the Indian River to the Atlantic Ocean. source sitd.us
Since this time, it the inlet has been maintained and dredged by the state. The project costs millions of dollars to keep maintained.
The sand from the dredging is used to fill out the beaches in the area which are constantly under threat of erosion.
There is a fee of $8 for a car, or $4 per adult. The money is used to help keep the area clean and maintained.