Essential Holiday Information For The Space & Treasure Coasts, Florida

When it comes to the great hallmarks of Florida, there are few things quite so iconic as Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. The home of One Small Step For Man has been an institution hereabouts since 1962, when it was established as an independent NASA field centre, and it has gone on to launch every one of America’s major manned missions into space, as well as any number of unmanned missions. From Apollo to the Space Shuttle and now the new Orion programme, the KSC has been at the forefront of space exploration, so it makes sense that this 110-mile stretch of coastline should be named after its greatest feature.

From Ormond Beach in the north to Palm Bay in the south and bordered by the St John’s River to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, this is a rich region of history and beaches, man-made achievements and wonderful natural environments. The Space Center is the crown jewel, but cities like Daytona Beach, DeLand, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Viera and Port Canaveral add a wonderful amount of further possibilities, especially with the motor-racing history of Daytona and the eco-tourism of places like Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Canaveral National SeaShore, Blue Spring State Park and Deleon Springs.

Continuing further south brings you into the Treasure Coast, another blissful 70 miles of fine sands and even finer resorts. It gets its ‘Treasure’ nickname from the many shipwrecks along this region in the 18th and 19th centuries, including the loss of a Spanish treasure fleet in 1715. This was largely untouched and undeveloped swampland until the early 20th century, when Henry Flagler’s railroad helped put down some roots and develop a string of small towns and cities, many of them with tourism as their main business.

Even today, most significant development is confined to the coast, with the likes of Vero Beach, Port St Lucie, Stuart, Jupiter, Fort Pierce, Jensen Beach and Hobe Sound providing some charming stopping points along the way, all with their own local claim to fame, especially around the St Lucie River, which creates a unique marine environment where it meets the intercostal waterway of the Indian River and the sea life is beyond plentiful. Beach life is largely the name of the game, while there are also some surprisingly good surf spots along the way (like Sebastian Inlet) as the Atlantic can throw up some impressive waves, in contrast to the much milder (and slightly warmer) Gulf Coast.

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