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I'm going to be down near Sebastian Inlet this weekend and am looking for some tips for shore diving there. I've heard that the area south of the inlet is calmest and safest so I'd like to stick to that area since it'll be me and my wife diving and my daughter will be snorkeling.
I'll be contacting the LDSs listed elsewhere in this forum when I get down there but I'd like to know ahead of time what kinds of things I can expect to see, how far out the swim is, danger areas to stay away from, expected visibility etc.
Seas have been really rough for a while and even the seas calmed down by the weekend visibility will be nonexistent so forget any diving. For a non diving activity, take your family to the McLarity museum just south of Sebastian inlet...Tell's the history of the 1715 Fleet that went down in a hurricane ladened with gold and silver just off the beaches...really interesting
Hi Mkutyna and welcome to the scuba board I have not done these shore dives but I have collected information on the dives. The wind has been comming from the wrong direction for a couple of weeks so I dont know how good your vis will be.
Good luck and be safe
1. Sebastian Bridge 27-51.696 - 80-26.881 Sebastian Bridge, North Parking Lot. (407)-984-4852
Sebastian South Beach. Reef close and shallow 3-6' on 1st, 200 yards out 2nd is 20'
2. Sebastian Inlet Bridge - South End - Beach access
1. Entrance To Park - 0.3 mi south of the center of the bridge
2. Beach Access - 0.5 mi - 1st beach Access
3. Big Beach Access - 0.6 mi - North Entrance, Facilities and Parking
4. Big Beach Access - 0.7 mi - South Entrance, Facilities and Parking
5. Beach Access - 1.1 mi - Beach Access - Pines Wreck
6. Beach Access - 1.3 mi - Beach Access, last without Trespassing Signs
Beach Dive - 3 rd reef, not much relief, went south towards the museum.
Dive Trip Report 15-May-99 - Irishman at 10' - note the typical beach dive visibilite!!
7. Beach Access - No Trespassing Sign on Gate - 1.5 mi. Parking available on the East by the river
8. Beach Access - No Trespassing Sign on Gate , Ranger's House # 13190 is next to this entrance
9. Museum - 2 mi from bridge! Map showing presumed location of cannon etc on the reefs off of the Museum and Kip's house.
3. Monster Hole W80-26.881 - N27-51.696 Sebastian Inlet State Park
Plenty of parking with facilities in Sebastian Park. The hole is 35 yards SE of end of South Jetty. It's 20 feet deep at the edge to 30 feet deep at the middle. Big lobster found here. Best to dive at slack tide due to the currents going into or out of the inlet
4. Pines Wreck - 0.7 mi south of bridge at Sebastian Inlet.
6.2 mi N of CR 510, 1.1 mi S of center of Sebastian Bridge
Look for a small gravel parking area on the east side of the road. There will be a narrow path to the beach. Reef is 300 feet off the beach. 1715 coins and artifacts can be found here from the La Capitana wreck just to the south.
0.7 mi south of south end of Sebastian Bridge, pathway to beach, 55 gal drum at edge of sand, in front of burm find coins and artifacts!
5. El Capitana N27-50.058 - W80-26.046 North of McLarty Museum!
1715 Plate Fleet. Just north of McLarty Museum
There is a path to the beach. Presently it is being used by heavy equipment for a beach renourishment project.
1st reef is 20 feet from the beach in 3 to 6 feet of water and goes out to a depth of 20 feet. 2nd reef is 200 feet off the beach in 10 to 20 feet of water.
La Capitana & Nuestra Señora de la Regla [ Our Lady of the Period ] also known as the Cabin Wreck!
El Captana Wreck via trails north of Museum. 1st reef 20' from beach 3-6' and goes out to depth of 20'
6. Cabin Wreck N27-49.800 - W80-25.549 North end of McLarty Museums wall of rocks
5.0 mi N of CR 510
1715 Plate Fleet. Possibly the Nuestra Señora de la Regla [ Our Lady of the Period ] .
Five cannons in 5 to 7 feet of water, off north end of McLarty Museums wall of rocks.
2 anchors in 8 feet, 200 feet off the beach from the south end of the wall of rocks.
One cannon on first reef, 150 feet off the beach, from just north of the cabin to 75 yards north of it.
Eleven cannons on the 2nd reef, west side of reef, 300 feet from the beach, seaward of the cabin.
Ballast pile and cannon on the 3rd reef off the cabin.
Main pile covers over an acre, 900 feet off the beach in 21 feet of water about 1200 feet south of the museum.
Most treasure has been found between the 1st and 2nd reefs. Lots of silver coins found beyond the 3rd reef. The McLarty Museum is on the site of the original camp of the survivors of the wreck and was used as a salvage camp for 5 years. It's well worth the $1.00 fee to see the displays and a short video. There is no beach access at the museum.
7. Green Cabin Wreck 27-45.28 - 80-?? GCB Green Cabin Wrk
1618 / 1715 Santo Cristo De San Roman - Cabin Wreck. McLarty Museum is 500 yards N of Kip's cabin. ACCESS - Ambersand Parking Area , walk N 1200 yards to Kip's Cabin. 400 yards further N is the Museum - it's a long walk!! Dive Trip Report 15-May-99
8. Beach Access Empty Lot 27-49.43 - 80-25.55 Between McLarty Museum and Ambersand Park
2.4 mi S of center of Sebastian Bridge
Between McLarty Museum and Ambersand Park is an empty lot that has access from A1A to the ocean. There are two No Trespassing signs. There is no house, just a garage. This opens to a spot a few hundred feet south of Kip's House - noted in all the wreck books and above.
9. Ambersand Park N27-49.375 - W80-25.716 2.9 mi south of Sebastian Inlet bridge
Pre and Post Hurricane Pictures of Ambersand Beach Access
3.4 mi N of CR 510, 2.9 mi S of center of Sebastian Bridge
2.9 mi south of the Sebastian Inlet bridge, located on the first curve of A1A, south of the museum. Park is open from 7AM to 7PM. Limited parking, no lifeguard. This is a worm reef about 50 feet off the beach. 1715 coins and artifacts can be found from here, north to the museum. Small turn in place. Indian River County Access. Close reef, shallow, goes to depth of 20', Closest access to Green House Wreck. It's 1200 yards N to Kip's Cabin, McLarty is another 400 yards.
Dive Trip Report: 30-July-99
10. Treasure Shore Park N27-47.981 - W80-25.032 4.7 mi S Sebastian Inlet bridge
Pre and Post Hurricane Pictures of Treasure Shores Park
4.7 mi south of Sebastian Inlet bridge
Plenty of parking, facilities, showers and lifeguard . Open from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Both the Cannon and Anchor wrecks are located in or near the park. There are 3 distinct reefs here, the first is 100 feet off the beach and is mostly covered over by sand, the 2nd is 300 feet off the beach and the 3rd is about 500 feet off the beach in 15 to 20 feet of water.
Dive Trip Report 30-July-99
11. Cannon Wreck N27-48.199 - W80-24.699 Treasure Shores Beach Park northward
2.7 mi N of CR 510
This is possibly a British pirate ship that was caught and sank by the Spaniards while trying to salvage the 1715 Plate Fleet Anchor wreck site.This could be the "Mariagalante". The site is widely scattered from Treasure Shores Beach Park northward for nearly 1000 feet, lying 100 to 400 feet off the beach. Intermingled on this site is the wreckage of an 1890 merchant ship carrying slag iron.
From the beach walkover, go north 300 yards, the wreck is 700 feet out in 15' of water.
12. Anchor Wreck N27-48.199 - W80-24.699 At Treasure Shores Beach Park
3.4 mi N of CR 510
1715 Plate Fleet . Park at Ambersand Beach Access Park on the east side of A1A. The main ballast pile is located about 600 feet south of the lifeguard stand, due east of a huge driftwood log. It is about 300 feet off the beach on the second reef. It may be the Roberts??
Alternate description: From Ambersand (see above) walk 1,500 paces to the south!
13. Pirate Ship - South of Treasure Shores Beach Park
We heard about this one from a lifeguard and from seeing Mel's ship on it. Several hundred feet south of Treasure Shores park is a dirt road going to the ocean. Take it to the ocean, park and dive!
Patti's Dive Trip Report: 07-Aug-99 , Dive Trip Report: 14-Aug-99 where we saw a big anchor!
14. Golden Sand Park N27-46.962 - W80-24.458 6.0 mi S of Sebastian Inlet
LIfeguard (561 / 772??) 388-5483
Pre and Post Hurricane Pictures of Golden Sands Park
6.0 mi south of Sebastian Inlet bridge
Look for the entrance on the east side of the road. Plenty of parking, facilities and lifeguard. The reef is visible from shore on days with fair visibility The reef is in 10 to 20 feet of water, 100 feet off the beach. Not much to see, lots of small crevices.
15. Robert Wreck N27-47.451 to N27-46.708 North of the lifeguard stand
0.3 mi north of CR 510
1810 Wreck . The Robert lies north of the lifeguard stand about 800 feet and 400 feet off the beach on the 2nd reef. Spanish "pillar" dollars are found here
16. Spring of Whitby Wreck N27-47.479 - W80-23.629 -
0.3 mi N of CR 510
1810 Wreck . The Whitby is located within the Robert boundaries and they are strewn together. "Pillar" dollars are found here too.
From CR 510 and the beach, walk north 500 yards, State Beach Marker #5, 200' out is the Spring of Whitby - suppose to be good beach metal detecting!! There are 4 cannon out past the 1st reef, two anchors out past the next reef with the wreck in an 18' hole in the reef!
17. Wabasso Park N27-45.858 - W80-23.840 7.3 mi S of Sebastian Inlet at SR 510 and A1A.
Pre and Post Hurricane Pictures of Wabasso, just north of Disney
7.3 mi south of Sebastian Inlet bridge
At the intersection of SR 510 and A1A. Open 9:00am to 5:00 p.m. Good parking, facilities, food, drink and easy access. Lots of stairs. 1st reef is 100 feet off the beach, 2nd reef is 300 feet off the beach and the 3rd reef is 600 feet off the beach with a sharp slope on the far side. Depths range from 6 feet on the first reef to 20 feet on the 3rd reef. Lots of ledges and big lobster.
Almoranta is at the south end of Wabasso Beach!
My Dive Trip Report 17-Jul-99,
1st reef, lots of crevice's, no bugs, flat reef for the next 100's of feet out! Were told later, we needed to go out further. Went South towards Disney.
18. Green Cabin Wreck N27-45.280 to N27-44.247 1/2 mile south of Wabasso Park
0.9 mi S of CR 510, 8.3 mi S of center of Sebastian Bridge
1618 Wreck the San Martin. Main ballast pile is south of Wabasso Park about half a mile, directly east of the new Disney Vero Beach Resort about 500 feet off the beach. A mix of 1618 and 1715 coins and artifacts are found here.
Look for several cut off upright planted telephone poles blocking car access. Park in the grass. It's about a 100 yard walk to the beach - long walk! About the 3rd reef out has some pretty ledges!
The wreck is 600 yards S of the Wabasso beach and 500 to 1500' out in 8-20' depth. No gold is expected on this wreck! There's 5 10' cannon and some hull structure! But, just a few hundred yards to the S is the Nuestra Señora de la Regla [ Our Lady of the Period ] with possible treasure!
My Dive Trip Report 10-July-99 - 28-July-99 - 29-July-99
About the 4th reef, had lots of relief, we went north. Great Dive location, long walk from car!
19. Sea Grape Beach - 1.6 mi south of SR510
Pre and Post Hurricane Pictures of Sea Grape Park Beach Access
1.6 mi south of SR510 or 6.5 mi north of SR 60 at Bay Leaf Condo, 8.9 mi S of center of Sebastian Bridge.
Look for a small, brown beach access sign on the west side of the road at the entrance. Limited parking, no facilities. Reef is 100 feet of the beach with shallow, small ledges.
20. Turtle Trail - 2.4 mi south of SR 510
Pre and Post Hurricane Pictures of Turtle Trail Park Beach Access
2.4 mi south of SR 510 or 5.8 mi north of RT 60, 9.8 mi S of center of Sebastian Bridge.
Again look for the small, brown beach access sign on the west side at the entrance. Limited parking, no facilities. Reef is 50 feet of the beach with low lying ledges.
Dive Trip Report 24-July-99 - 4th reef, lots of releaf, lots of grass!!
Last edited by Divergirl4U; October 8th, 2007 at 04:50 PM.
That information is great. You have collected a very valuable list and your willingness to share is admirable.
I was wondering if you had anything for someone that just got a boat and wanted to go out of Sebastian Inlet. I have not had dive tanks on board yet but wanted to break it in close to home. I have not found many/any places out of Sebastian Inlet. Seems everything is sending me down to Jupiter or WPB areas. I have family coming to town later in the month and they wanted me to take them diving so I thought I'd ask. Thanks in advance for any reply.
If you want to go out of sebastian you can check out artificial reefs. Go to this link and pick either Indian River or Brevard for a list of all the reefs (the inlet straddles the counties). Visibility isn't likely to be good though because the weather has been rough.