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Should I Retire In Sebastian, Florida?

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The City of Sebastian, Florida is located in Indian River County, about midway through the east coast of the Florida Peninsula between Melbourne and Vero Beach in an area known as the Treasure Coast. Sebastian boasts beautiful parks, close proximity to Atlantic beaches, and a year-round temperature that averages 73 degrees! For many, Sebastian is the perfect retirement destination!


What’s So Great About Sebastian?

Sebastian has the perfect retirement location! It’s close enough to the benefits of major metro areas like Orlando, and West Palm Beach, but without the hustle and bustle. In Sebastian, you’ll find a high quality of life for a reasonable cost of living that can truly make retirement a joy. Sebastian, Florida has a low property tax rate and the city finances are in excellent condition too!

Sebastian is great for retirees looking to soak up some sun on pristine beaches and unspoiled islands in the summer, and take in the scents of blooming citrus in the spring. Whether your preference is for ocean or river outings, waterfront dining, browsing in art galleries, visits to museums, strolling the beach, fishing, or sightseeing, there’s ample opportunity to indulge in your favorite pastimes! Sebastian features many shops and restaurants, several city festivals, monthly arts and crafts shows, concerts in the park, and even a municipal golf course. Sebastian is also recognized as the home of Pelican Island, the first designated wildlife refuge in the United States.


Things For Retirees To Do In Sebastian

Sebastian Municipal Golf Course

Sebastian Municipal Golf Course is predominately a public, daily-fee golf course. The facility also offers annual memberships for golfers who typically play the golf course an average of 2.5 to 3 times per week. The course features the Eagles Nest Restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the beautiful golf course.

Capt Hiram’s Resort

Capt Hiram’s Resort is a fun, relaxed waterfront beach resort located in Sebastian, Florida. It includes a riverfront seafood restaurant, Bahamian-style SandBar, Boatique gift shop, and marina nestled on the Intracoastal Waterway. The Inn offers rooms with balconies or patios and a heated pool with tropical foliage. Capt Hiram’s also features great live music seven nights a week, including Capt Hiram’s Concert Series, where you can enjoy national acts in an intimate setting.

Sebastian Airport

Sebastian Airport is located on the northwest side of Sebastian, on the east coast of Florida. It is a general aviation facility, serving primarily small personal and corporate aircraft. The airport offers aircraft storage, maintenance, and a world-renowned skydiving school/facility.

Indian River Lagoon

The Indian River Lagoon is a grouping of three lagoons: Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River, and the Indian River, on the Atlantic Coast of Florida. It serves as North America’s most biologically diverse estuary.


Mel Fisher’s Treasures

The area is also well known for the rare antiquities that have washed up on its shores. Treasure hunters continue to search beaches for gold, jewelry, and other artifacts lost in history. Mel Fisher’s Treasures conserves and exhibits many of the new discoveries from wrecks of the 1715 Fleet still being worked and recovered. Visitors can join the search for the remaining treasure by visiting the investor relations department or own a “piece of history” by visiting the gift shop.

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Pelican Bay

At Pelican Bay, you can enjoy resort-style 55+ living and wonderful homes, combined with the alluring coastal beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway on the Treasure Coast. Resort-style amenities and activities include a 3,500 sq. ft. clubhouse, a private fishing pier on the Intracoastal Waterway, an outdoor veranda overlooking the Indian River, a heated swimming pool with sundeck, and boat and RV storage.

Adjacent to the Pelican Bay community pier, Sebastian Inlet Marina offers wet slips and dry dock storage. Local golf courses, including Sebastian’s Golf Course, are just six miles away. Waterfront dining at Captain Hiram’s Resort is located four miles from the community. In addition, the attractions and conveniences in the popular cities of Vero Beach and Melbourne are within 18 miles.

Park Place

Park Place is a 55+ lakefront retirement community situated on Florida’s renowned Treasure Coast on a secluded lake in a charming seaside hamlet. This gated community features a beautiful spring-fed lake! Park Place is perfect for Florida resort retirement living. You can gather at the lively 10,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and recreation center for daily activities, sunset happy hours, and evening festivities. Residents enjoy a wide array of onsite activities as well as easy access to local attractions and everyday conveniences.


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Originally published July 13, 2022

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