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Birthday at Sebastian's Inlet

Birthday at Sebastian's Inlet

Long Point Park Indian River View
Long Point Park Indian River View

For my husband's birthday, we decided to meet up with his parents at their RV in Long Point Park located on an island near Sebastian's Inlet, Florida. The campground was facing the Indian River and our site was right on the water; perfect for the kayaks. His dad brought his tandem inflatable kayak, complete with a trolling motor. It was ideal for fishing, but Chris and I were more interested in enjoying the water, manatees and schools of jumping fish -with the occasional bird swooping in for a midday meal!


The Campground

Long Point Park has 113 waterfront campsites with water and electric hookups, plus 15 with sewer, as well as tent camping areas. Chris and I rode our bikes around the entire facility to explore and found a bridge leading to hiking trails on Scout Island, a playground that was closed, though it didn't say why and appeared stable (we may have climbed around on it...), boat ramp, an empty volleyball court, laundry, showers, and bathrooms.

Bridge to Scout Island camping and hiking trails.
Bridge to Scout Island camping and hiking trails.

Although a great time, I definitely recommend heavy-duty bug spray; I looked like I had the chicken pox when we got home. Also, the water supplied to the RV tasted foul, so bring your own water. One more thing, be warned, the showers had barely any pressure and the water they spurted out reeked of sulfur.

It was fun to see the variety of RVs scattered around, as well as watching people try to back them into their sites. One morning, we gawked as a truck pulling a camper did a few circles around the loop before returning with park employees and telling another group of campers (who had set up a large inflatable pool next to their RV) that they had taken up two sites; it probably didn't help that they had also parallel parked, instead of pulling or backing in like everyone else.

Sea Turtles

Not to far away, we visited the Barrier Island Sanctuary. It's a small education center overlooking the ocean that focuses on preserving wildlife in the area, especially the sea turtles. We walked past a couple whale skulls outside, across a wooden bridge over the dunes and down to the beach. To the left and right of us were sea turtle tracks and giant holes where they had buried their eggs. Although fresh tracks, only empty egg shells remained. It didn't seem likely that they had time to hatch, instead raccoons were probably to blame.

Kayaking along the Indian River.
Kayaking along the Indian River.

On our last night we gathered with family around a campfire after a dinner of ribs and watched as the glow-sticks we threw into the flames boiled brightly. It was a festive end and we can't wait for another opportunity to go back!

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