Sebastian Inlet has long been a favorite destination for my family, made even more attractive by two outstanding public campgrounds, Sebastian Inlet State Park and Long Point County Park.
Both campgrounds offer unrestricted access to the Indian River Lagoon, pristine Atlantic beaches, abundant wildlife and a treasure chest of Florida coastal history.
Three miles of undeveloped beachfront make inlet beaches a haven for sunbathers, and surfers come here in search of the best breaks on the Florida coast. Here’s the latest Surf Report.
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 in the protected rookeries of Pelican Island, the nation’s oldest bird refuge, and the brackish tributaries offer winter refuge to manatees and other wild things.
Boating is symbolic of life here. Kayaks, canoes, runabouts, pontoon boats and paddle boards are common sights in the lagoon and ocean.
Sebastian Inlet State Park Campground
Clockwise from left: The Sebastian Inlet State Park Campground rises in steps above the inlet, providing a view from every campsite. (Photo by John Massung); The Hammock Trail at Sebastian Inlet State Park; Aerial of Sebastian Inlet (by John Massung). The campground is at right. The best surf breaks are on the north and south sides of the inlet.
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
Long Point Park Campground
Left: Aerial of Long Point Campground, which is on an island. (Photo by John Massung). Right: 113 of the 170 camp sites are on the water.
A mile north of Sebastian Inlet on State Road A1A is the inlet’s best kept secret, Long Point Campground in Brevard County. Long Point has 170 campsites on an 85-acre island with 113 waterfront sites directly on the Indian River Lagoon.
We’ve camped here with our kayaks, which can be launched from your site, and my center console open fisherman, which we launched from the park’s boat ramp and anchored behind our camp site.
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
Our little secret
Things to do near Sebastian Inlet
If you go:
Interstate 95 Exit 156 (Sebastian-Fellsmere), east on County Road 512 (Sebastian Blvd.) to CR 510. Turn right on 510 and follow 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.