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Try the Historic Fishing Village of Sebastian, Florida For a Great Place to Visit or Live

Sep 10, 2008
In Florida, you have your places to live, your places to visit, and your places to explore; Indian River County happens to be a place of all three. Being a place of interest on the news as of the past few years, you may not have heard of one of its up-and-coming towns named Sebastian. It is known as being the home of the first designated wildlife refuge in the United States; a place known only as Pelican Island. The town is quickly blooming into a land of subdivisions and town homes, with schools, parks and other facilities that make it the perfect place to live. Doubt my judgment? Well, I am a former resident who spent the first 18 years of my life in Sebastian, and I must say, everything is family oriented!

Though Sebastian itself is a small town, many other smaller towns that surround it make up its City "limits", such as the town of Roseland and Wabasso. There are a few roads that will get you pretty much anywhere you'd like to go in the city, such as Highway US-1, SR 512, SR 510, Roseland Road, and Barber St. These roads all connect to one another in some shape or form which will allow easy access to all of the great locations and will prevent you from ever getting lost. Even if you did get lost, the local store owners and employees, Police officers, and everyday town folk will be quite friendly and assist you in directions or any other questions you have.

Looking for a home, a place to raise a family, or simply a leisure spot to retire? There's not a better place than Sebastian! Sebastian is home to six public schools, three of which are elementary schools, two junior highs, and one high school. There are also a variety of parks, two of which are more the main attractions, such as the Creative Playground/Barber Street Sports Complex and the Riverview Park. For fun in the sun, you have hundreds of choices and two of them are facilities, such as the North County Aquatics Center and the Sebastian Skate Park, both with a small admissions fee. Sebastian is also home to over 20 Churches of many different faiths, all dedicated to strengthen you on your spiritual journey. There's the Sebastian Golf course for a full 18 Hole tour and many lakes and ponds to fish at... but all of this is only half the fun. With so much to do with friends and family, your kids will be sure to stay out of trouble and have fun the safe Sebastian way.

Of course, not everything is simply for residents. There are many other attractions that will satisfy you for a lifetime or for a short vacation. Sebastian is mainly know for its parallel run next to the Indian River; considered one of the best relaxation and fun spots ever to be exploited on the water. Several islands are there to camp on and explore as is the Wildlife Refuge, The Pelican Island. From Fishing, to camping, to boating, to tubing and skiing, swimming and snorkeling; it doesn't matter your preference, the Indian River will fulfill your heart of desire with as much fun as the river has in volume of water. Are you ready for a rougher ride? Turn your boat starboard or northeast and head towards the Sebastian Inlet. From there, you can head out to the Atlantic Ocean and see the beaches on both sides of the inlet itself. Is surfing, tanning, lounging or beach volleyball your thing? Then park that boat at the ramp, drive south down Highway US-1, take a left and head East across SR 510 over the Wabasso Bridge, and there you will arrive at SR A1A; home of the Treasure Coast Beaches! Take your pick heading North or South on A1A, as there are a variety of beaches there; some with playgrounds, others with restaurants nearby. Most beaches close at around 6 o'clock PM, as lifeguards leave their stations, so be sure to plan ahead.

Now, you have to be hungry after a day like this of fun-filled excitement, or even after a day of causal lounging. The hot spots consist of restaurants located on Indian River Drive, just parallel to US-1 and the Indian River itself. The main attraction is Captain Hiram's Resort; a restaurant, bar and grill, and hotel service that is known country wide. Also along Indian River Drive are restaurants such as Hurricane Harbor, Red Garlic Bistro, and Squid Lips, all mostly known for their seafood and bars. Maybe seafood isn't your thing though, but I know Sebastian has more to offer! Head over to J P Matty's, just off of SR 512 for some breakfast or lunch specials, or perhaps Island Smoothie Café on US-1 for a sub and a smoothie and great prices! And if you're heading out to the golf course or anywhere near Main Street, be sure to stop by The Eagle's Nest on Airport Drive for some breakfast, lunch, dinner and drink specials. You don't have to golf, but it sure is a great option!

While Sebastian might not be the party town, they know how to have a good and safe time. Back when I was young, we always asked, "What is there to do in Sebastian?" Now it baffles me to think of how naïve I was, that I now say "Where the heck do I start with all of these great options?!" With a little bit of money and an open mind, Sebastian has endless opportunities for both visitors and residents.

So why not plan your vacation or move today?
About the Author
Indian River County is famous for citrus and great beaches. While there, check out model homes in Sebastian for sale at affordable prices and get a taste of the Sebastian River area with beaches, boating and the great Florida lifestyle.
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