Melbourne and The Beaches on Florida’s Space Coast offers a variety of things to do for a whole weekend, or even a week. Whether you enjoy shopping and dining, or prefer to spend all day in the sun, Melbourne and The Beaches has something for you to do. One thing that is great about this area on Florida’s Space Coast is that there are a variety of options for water related adventures. If you are planning a trip to Melbourne and The Beaches and are looking for great water activities, the following things should belong at the top of your vacation bucket list:
1. SUP Eco Adventures Guided Paddleboard Tour
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is one of the world's fastest growing water activities. It is essentially a cross between surf boarding and kayaking, and is a type of surfing that dates back to ancient Polynesian cultures. By standing erect on the boards, you have increased visibility of the marine life around and underneath you.
SUP Eco-Adventures offers guided paddleboard tours and is a great choice for those who have engaged in this sport previously, as well as beginners since it’s easy to learn. The adventures with SUP Eco-Adventures are carefully designed to allow you to experience maximum enjoyment on every excursion. Be prepared to see dolphins and manatees swimming nearby, and fish swimming underneath your board.
2. Spend the Day at Sebastian Inlet
The Space Coast’s premier fishing spot, Sebastian Inlet is a favorite among anglers who are hoping to catch Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Redfish, and Snook. It’s also a top surf spot on the East Coast of Florida.
The inlet has an easily accessible beach with a restaurant and public bathrooms. Picnic areas and waterfront pavilions are available for group gatherings, and tent camping is allowed near the Inlet Marina as well.
Traveling with children? There are many family-friendly activities available. The kids will love the tide pool, and the beach provides a great place to snorkel, scuba dive, and of course, swim or surf. The inlet connects to the Indian River Lagoon, which provides opportunities to kayak, canoe and paddleboard. Rentals are available on site at the Inlet Marina.
3. Stop at Hayley’s Boat Rentals for a Fun-Filled Day on the Water
If you’re looking for something more fast-paced, then consider renting a jet ski or boat from Hayley's Boat Rentals. This highly rated company is conveniently located where the Indian and Banana Rivers meet, so you can choose to explore whichever river you find most appealing.
Regardless of whether you want to go water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, tubing, island exploring, or dolphin watching, Hayley's can offer you the most diverse selection of rentals. Additionally, they provide clearly marked maps with all the area's most popular water attractions.
4. Participate in a Sea Turtle Walk
Did you know that Florida’s Space Coast’s beaches are among the world’s most important nesting areas for sea turtles? Every season (May through October) there are thousands of nests found on the beaches here.
A sea turtle walk is a fun, family-friendly activity that allows you to enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors. The Sea Turtle Walk Conservancy hosts guided tours in the summer months, and these tours guide you to turtles in their natural habitat. It’s likely you may see an elusive nesting loggerhead. Located in the Barrier Island Center, the conservancy is convenient and easy to access. After participating in such an adventure, you will quickly see why their tours are popular among visitors and travelers.
The Sea Turtle Conservancy is the world's oldest conservation research group for sea turtles. Sea Turtle Conservancy’s research programs are responsible for most of what is now known about sea turtles, and the organization applies this knowledge to create the world’s most successful sea turtle recovery and protection programs.
5. Go Fishing by Kayak
The Space Coast’s waterways offer great fishing year-round. Reel Kayak Fishing offers guided, inshore fishing trips on kayaks where you will have the chance to catch redfish and trophy fish. Whether you’re experienced or a beginner, this is sure to be a memorable experience.
Black Dog Bait & Tackle has one of the largest selections of bait options in Eastern Florida and can accommodate essentially any request. Kayak rentals are also available, so if you want to brave a kayak fishing trip on your own, the Black Dog Bait and Tackle Shop has all your equipment needs.
When you add the aforementioned locations to your vacation itinerary, you are guaranteed to have a successful getaway. The Space Coast is one of Florida's most authentic travel destinations for a reason. With beautiful weather, lovely scenery, and a diversified culture and environment, it’s easy to find something to do that you’ll love. For more information about Florida’s Space Coast, click here.