Last updated on February 6th, 2021 at 10:07 am
Sebastian Inlet has long been a favorite destination for my family. Two outstanding public campgrounds with unrestricted access to the Indian River Lagoon, pristine beaches, abundant wildlife and a dose of Florida coastal history.
There are no condos anywhere near the three miles of beachfront of Sebastian Inlet State Park, a haven for surfers seeking the best breaks on the Florida coast.
The fishing is outstanding, inshore and offshore, thanks to a steady flow of gamefish riding currents through the inlet to feed at endless clam beds, oyster bars, seagrass beds and tidal wetlands in the lagoon.
Wildlife abounds from the protected rookeries of Pelican Island, the nation’s oldest bird refuge, and the brackish tributaries that offer winter refuge to manatees and other wild things.
Boating is a symbol of life here. Kayaks, canoes, fishing craft, pontoon boats and paddle boards snake their way in the lagoon and along the ocean shoreline.
Long Point Park Campground
Sebastian Inlet State Park may be best-known camping destination, but I go the extra mile north to Brevard County’s Long Point Park, an 85-acre island in the lagoon with 113 waterfront campsites for tents, RVs and travel trailers, each with hookups for water and electric.
Launch your kayak from your campsite, or a motor boat from the park’s ramp and anchor in shallow water behind your tent.
On the interior of the island, there are an additional 57 campsites, some with full hookups.
Bring your own shade, especially in summer, and experience refreshing sea breezes. Food, beer and bait is available at a convenience store at the corner with A1A.
Camping fees are $28 per night (plus tax) and reservations can be made up to one year in advance by phone, 321-952-4532, or online.
Web site: Long Point Park Brevard County
Sebastian Inlet State Park Campground
Sebastian Inlet State Park’s 51 renovated campsites overlook the inlet and accommodate both RVs and tents. Much of the shade evident from the old campground is gone, but new shade is rapidly taken root, just not as much.
All sites have water and electric, but no sewer hookups. There is a dump station on site, and rest rooms with showers are convenient to all campers. A camp store sells the basics, including bait for fishing.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is divided into two sectors. The campground entrance is south of the inlet, and it has its own boat ramp. Another boat ramp is available at the park’s marina on north side of the inlet, primary destination for day visitors.
Campsites may be reserved up to 11 months in advance by phone (800) 326-3521 or online for $28 per night (plus tax and $6.70 booking fee).
Limited primitive camping may also available in the park and on spoil islands in the lagoon. Call 321-724-5424 for more information.
Web site: Sebastian Inlet State Park
Things to Do near Sebastian Inlet
If you go:
From I-95 Exit 156 (Sebastian-Fellsmere), go east to County Road 510. Turn right on 510 and continue east through Wabasso to State Road A1A, then turn north. The inlet is about 7 miles north on A1A.
Click on markers below for “Things to Do” locations.
The aerial photographs on this page were provided courtesy of John Massung, who shoots from a powered parachute.