Attention avid fishers! This is your park!
Day 4-Sebastian Inlet State Park
Our experience at Sebastian Inlet State Park was a rather short encounter due to unforeseen circumstances. The night before we arrived we had previously been camping at Dry Tortugas National Park and for some reason we were under the impression the ferry from Dry Tortugas got back early in the morning; however, that was not the case-it got back late in the afternoon. Since we thought it was early in the morning, we had booked a campsite at Sebastian Inlet State Park and thought we would have plenty of time to make our way up the coast. The trip is a little over 5 hours, and we didn’t get started until around 6:30 p.m. so our relaxing day turned into a mad dash to the state park to simply set up camp and go to bed. We didn’t arrive at the park until around 1 in the morning, so exhausted, we simply went straight to bed and didn’t have time to explore.
The campsite was a simple site, with campsites all just laid out in a row next to one another. It seemed that the majority of people camping were fishing because they all woke up at the crack of dawn and headed out. For those who enjoy peaceful, scenic camping in a more remote setting-this place may not be ideal, but if you are wanting a launch pad from the comfort of a RV to beach activities and explorations, this campsite may be perfect.
In the morning, we headed to the inlet to explore. The inlet contained a small beach, but the majority of the inlet was rocky. There were fishermen everywhere! Evidently the inlet is known for salt-water fishing and thus the entire inlet was covered with fishermen. We stayed near the beach area to avoid getting caught in a line, and were greeted by a dolphin swimming out to shore. Afterwards, we sat and tried to catch a photo of fish that continued to jump out of the water. Then we had to hit the road and head on to the next Florida park! Our overall experience was short, but definitely an adventure. The park offers a large range of activities including, surfing, birding, camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, hanging out at the beach, biking, wildlife viewing, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, hanging out at the playground, and of course fishing; however, we would recommend this park more for those who love to fish.