Uncrowded yet gorgeous Indian River County beaches – where locals go to get away from it all

Ellen Contreras

Ocean at Archie Carr Wildlife RefugeEllen Contreras

Going to the beach in Florida is a year-round privilege. However, year-rounders don’t always go swimming in the winter. They’re more likely to stick their toes in the sand, soak up the sun, read a great book, stroll the boardwalk, have lunch, or grab some ice cream. It’s still a perfect way to enjoy the day.

Now that we’re in spring and the jet stream isn’t straying down our way, the water is starting to warm up and the natives are looking forward to splashing about in the waves. The only problem is that many of us are starting to do that, and the beaches get pretty crowded – or at least some of them do.

All the beaches in Indian River County are gorgeous. We have miles and miles of unspoiled beaches – white sand, grassy dunes, clear blue/green water. Some of our beaches have a lots of other attractions like shops and restaurants, which is wonderful and convenient, especially for the tourists. The only issue is these are the beaches that see the most crowds. Again, nothing wrong with being around lots of people if you enjoy being social. It’s a great way to meet people and make new friends.

Let’s focus on the list of Indian River County beaches that are low-key and uncrowded, for those that want to spread out and relax. Starting from the north and working our way down south, here are the most calm and restful beaches:

Aerial view - Sebastian Inlet State Parkwww.visitindianrivercounty.com

Sebastian Inlet State Park does draw a lot of visitors, but it still has a relaxed, low-key vibe. If you prefer protection from the waves, swim in the lagoon on the Indian River side. The clear, shallow water is the perfect place to bring the kids to wade in the water. If you like playing in the waves or surfing, you’ll want to be on the ocean side. If you like fishing, the jetty is where you’ll want to be. This park also is ideal for bird watching, camping, and boating. Don’t forget about the sea turtles. Take a tour at night in the summer to watch them nest and come back in the fall to watch them hatch. Location: 9700 S. Highway A1A Melbourne Beach, FL.

Ambersands Beach is located within the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge and is also an ideal place to watch the sea turtles, including the green sea turtles which are critically endangered. This gorgeous beach stays relatively quiet year-round, which makes it ideal for rest and relaxation. Bring a book and enjoy a nap under your umbrella, of course! Location: 12566 N. Highway A1A Vero Beach, FL.

Treasure Shores Park is a secluded, unguarded beach, so if you go in the water have a friend stay on watch. Before you get to the ocean, you pass through lush, tropical foliage – sea grapes, tall sea grass, saw palmettos, and assorted palm trees and flowers. It’s so quiet and beautiful. Make sure to wander along the serene walking paths. Location: 11300 N. Highway A1A Vero Beach, FL.

Walking paths - Tresure Shores Beachwww.ircgov.com

Golden Sands Beach never gets crowded even though it is considered a favorite among the locals. It is a guarded beach and is at the southern end of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Reserve. Birding is a favorite at this beach with pelicans flying overhead and diving in the waves to plovers walking along the waters edge with their beaks in the sand looking for food. If you crave a quiet place, this should be one of your stops. Location: 10350 N. Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL.

Turtle Trail Beach. Enjoy a walk but bring a bag because the shelling is good at low tide and after storms. This gorgeous beach offers a vast stretch of clean, white sand without too many people to keep you company. It is quiet and ideal for a picnic. Location: 8102 N. Hwy A1A Vero Beach, FL.

Last but not least, Sea Grape Trail is another local favorite and also known for shelling. The parking lot is very small with only 20 spaces, but it is worth it to go early to get a spot. There are a few wrecks not too far offshore, so you may even see salvage boats hoping to find gold. It isn’t called the Treasure Coast for nothing! Location: 3802 S. Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL.

What's your favorite beach in Indian River County? Share your opinions in the comment section below. Follow for more information about the Treasure Coast.

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Ellen Contreras is also known as the Treasure Coast Connector because she shares information and writes articles that connects business owners to consumers in the community - Florida's Treasure Coast and beyond. Ellen is an iHeart Radio talk show host at Planet Vero. Her show, Treasure Coast Connector, airs on Saturdays at 3pm on WCZR 101.7FM (Stuart to Melbourne, FL). She also writes helpful articles and shares opinions on careers, business development, the Florida lifestyle and more. Follow Ellen on: Livestream - iHeart radio talk show: https://livestream.com/planetvero/events/ Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/show/treasure-coast-connector-show Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreasureCoastConnector Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/treasurecoastconnector/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellencontreras/

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