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Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
Yes
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Maintained by the National Park Service, the Canaveral National Seashore lies along a barrier island that is framed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River. The area is largely undeveloped, offering visitors a true look at wild and natural Florida coastline.

The park is home to some of Florida's most interesting flora and fauna. Manatees and dolphins will often pass by nearby the shores, and four species of sea turtles frequent both the waters and the beaches during their nesting seasons. Wading birds and many different species of crab can be found along the shoreline and tide pools, darting in and out of the many different species of tropical plants.

A visitor center near the entrance is open for park goers to find information on tours and events, as well as backcountry camping options. A short trip down the park's one road reveals Turtle Mound, an ancient shell mound built by the tribes that used to inhabit the area. Beach access points and picnic areas line the road, ending at a final beach access boardwalk to the east and boat access to the Indian River to the west.

The park's unique location between-waterways makes it a spectacular place to get away from the developed urban areas and enjoy gorgeous views from sunrise to sunset!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Low crowds. Fishing areas. Pet-friendly areas.

Cons

Some riverside areas prone to flooding.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Backcountry camping
Crabbing
Fishing
Historically significant
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Surfing
Tide pools
Wildlife
Whale watching
Bird watching
Family friendly

Location

Field Guide

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