Best Treasure Coast Beaches for Seniors
A stretch of Florida’s southeastern coastline is known as the Treasure Coast. Named for a Spanish Treasure fleet that sank there in the 1700s, this area includes Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties.
A Guide to Treasure Coast Beaches
If you’re considering retiring to Florida’s Treasure Coast or just planning to vacation there, a trip to the beach is very likely in your future. One of the perks of this area is that it’s less touristy than some other Florida destinations and you won’t be battling the crowds everywhere you go. With so many incredible beaches to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one to visit, but we’ve narrowed down the list to make it easy.
Whether you’d like to spend the day napping under the sun, searching for doubloons, or participating in offshore activities, some of the best Florida beaches for seniors await.
Port St. Lucie Beaches
Port St. Lucie, located in St. Lucie County, is the largest city within the Treasure Coast. St. Lucie County has over 21 miles of gorgeous beaches, including 30 public access beaches that offer a plethora of onshore and offshore activities. Nearly half of the St. Lucie coastline is public preservation, which is a rarity for the area.
Most beaches in St. Lucie County have free admission and free parking, except for those located in State Parks, and many offer amenities such as bathrooms and pavilions.
Frederick Douglass Memorial Park
Frederick Douglass Beach is one of the best Treasure Coast beaches for relaxing and enjoying the quiet solitude, but if you’re not one to spend the whole day with your toes in the sand, this beach is also known for its rare horseback riding opportunities — Frederick Douglass is one of the only places within the state of Florida that permits horseback riding on the beach. You can opt for a guided tour on trained horses through picturesque areas or obtain a permit to be able to ride your own horses here.
Pepper Park Beach
A great place to take the grandchildren, Pepper Park has tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts, a kid’s playground, and lifeguards on duty year-round. Snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts will enjoy the reefs less than 100 yards offshore, and a preserved shipwreck, Urca de Lima, can be explored just 200 yards offshore.
Walton Rocks Beach
If you’re looking for a dog-friendly spot so you and your furry friend can enjoy the surf and sand together, look no further than Walton Rocks Beach, also known as Dog Beach. You and your loyal companion can enjoy 24 acres of beach property designated for off-leash play. Remember to be courteous to other beachgoers by cleaning up after your pet.
Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and pavilions.
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
The half-mile beach at Fort Pierce Inlet is perfect for enjoying a leisurely stroll to find a variety of beautiful seashells. Bring your metal detector and comb the beach for some of that famed treasure lost in the shipwrecks — it’s known to wash up on shore from time to time!
Much of Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is ADA-accessible and ADA-compliant and beach wheelchairs are provided free of charge.
Vero Beach Beaches
Vero Beach in Indian River County is home to fewer than 20,000 residents and has a very relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. There are a number of public beaches and parks to enjoy, and it’s a popular spot for golf, fishing, and watersports.
Humiston Park is conveniently located in Vero Beach’s island shopping district, so there’s a lot to do in addition to spending time on the beach. Explore local shops, grab lunch at one of the nearby eateries, or partake in various craft shows, festivals, concerts, and farmers markets held throughout the year.
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Six miles north of Vero Beach, the Sebastian Inlet is an amazing site for surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. There are plenty of swimming opportunities here, including The Cove, which is a protected section of the inlet that’s safe from the waves and ideal for visitors who are not strong swimmers.
Beach wheelchairs, and a specially designed floatable wheelchair, are available upon request.
With so many things to do and places to explore in the Treasure Coast, it’s the perfect location to settle into and enjoy retirement. If you’re interested in living in a 55+ community here, check out Del Webb Tradition.
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