- Encompassing a mere 800 acres, Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area is rich in wildlife, bird life and marine life. Anglers catch a variety of species including Spanish mackerel, clams, crabs, redfish, bluefish, tarpon, snook, and more. Bottle-nosed dolphins frolic offshore, frequently entertaining sunbathers. Park staff take visitors on summertime night walks during the sea turtle's nesting season. It is not unusual to catch a glimpse of manatee as they graze the placid warm waters of the Indian River.
Birdlife is incredible in this region. Over 200 species have been recorded amid the diverse habitats that include mangrove swamps, hardwood hammocks, tidal flats, and sand beaches. Binoculars give visitors an even closer look at ibis, egrets, herons, pelicans, willets, sanderlings, plovers, wood storks, cormorants, terns, gulls and more. A good place to see the abundant birdlife at this park is on the west side of A1A near the Indian River Lagoon. A boat launch on the south side of Sebastian Inlet is ideal for launching a canoe and exploring the mangrove-lined lagoon.
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