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A few months back, I did a post about the northernmost section of SR A1A. It’s the only part of the state where it’s not relatively close to, or conjoined with, US 1. It’s time to explore the rest of it, and US 1.

We’ll start in the middle, from Sebastian to Jupiter. If you want to hang out at some beaches that aren’t as frequented as those around Miami or Daytona Beach, this is a great area to visit. It’s rather like some sections of the Panhandle in that regard.

There are three counties to cover. This post will focus on Indian River, which is just south of Brevard. Right near the county line is the first major town, Sebastian.

You can find out more about the area at the Chamber of Commerce, which is located at the corner of Main Street and US 1. This is also the center of the east historic district. The west historic district is ill-defined, but go west on Main Street and you’ll see most of it. There’s also a couple of museums in the area, should you be so inclined. (see Google map)

Continuing down US 1, hang a right at CR 512. You’ll pass the southern access to the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park on the way. Ten miles from US 1, and you’ll enter the hamlet of Fellsmere. Not much to see here. If you park near the old library, you’re within easy walking distance of all the historical stuff. I rather like the old school. Also surprised to find this was the birthplace for woman’s suffrage in Florida, according to a historical marker I happened across north of the old church.

If you have a Florida state park passport, you’ll need to head north to get to the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park ranger station. Or you can get to it if you catch CR 507 further up and head south. (see Google map)

Next time, over a bridge to A1A. See you on the road!

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