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Indialantic Beach

Indialantic is a relatively small beach town between Satellite Beach and Melbourne Beach on Florida's Atlantic Coast, about 20 minutes or so south of Cocoa Beach. The name "Indialantic" is a combination of "Indian" and "Atlantic." The town is located on the barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, and is connected to Melbourne by the Melbourne Causeway, which is also 5th Avenue. It dead-ends at the beach at James Nance Park.

Indialantic Hotels, Resorts, and Accommodations

Indialantic is greatly overshadowed by Cocoa Beach to the north so it is often overlooked by tourists. There are quite a few mom & pop style motels on the beach and a couple of higher-priced hotels--specifically the Crowne Plaza, the DoubleTree, and the Hilton, all of which are on the beach. I've stayed at the Crowne Plaza which is an outstanding hotel. You can't go wrong with either of those three. Here are some photos and comments about my stay at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Beach.

A lower-priced option is the Atlantic Inn, which is mostly used by labor crews from out-of-town.  My stay at the Atlantic Inn was completely underwhelming, but adequate for the price. Tuckaway Shores Resort and Oceanfront Cottages are two other accommodations worth considering if you don't want to stay in a big hotel.

 

Where to Eat in Indialantic

Some inexpensive places to eat include Longdogger's, or Cantina Dos Amigos, a Mexican Restaurant (I've enjoyed both). For breakfast and lunch the Blueberry Muffin, a small independently owned restaurant, is a highly regarded landmark that serves its patrons with a personal touch. Breakfast spots can be tough to find in many beach towns so be sure to appreciate the Blueberry Muffin.  Ten minutes or so south of Indialantic, in Melbourne Beach, is a wonderful little family restaurant called "Friendly  Toast Cafe," that serves a great breakfast and lunch (and you can order breakfast anytime, as I recall). Another landmark, Da Kine Diego's just up the street in Satellite Beach is famous for its huge burritos, where one burrito is often enough for two people.

Indialantic has about a mile-and-a-half of Atlantic Ocean Beach. The main beach accesses in Indialantic are Howard E. Futch Memorial Park and James H. Nance Park (photo slide shows below).

 

 

Howard Futch Park Beach Access in Indialantic

Above: Slide show of the beach and facilities at Howard Futch Park in Indialantic, FL.

Futch Park is located at the intersection of A1A (aka Miramar) and Paradise Blvd. Entrance and parking are free. It's open from dawn to dusk. Pets, other than service animals, are not allowed in the park or on the beach. There are lifeguards during swimming season. Amenities include: playground, restrooms and outdoor showers, huge picnic pavilion with grills. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed unless you get a permit.

 

James Nance Park Beach Access in Indialantic

Above: Slide show of the beach and facilities at James Nance Park in Indialantic, FL.

James Nance Park is located where S.R. 500 (5th Ave) dead-ends at the Atlantic Ocean. It has a boardwalk that parallels the beach. This park has amenities similar to Futch park but lacks the huge covered pavilion. Restaurants and shops are literally right across the street from this Atlantic Ocean beach park.

 

Sea Turtle Walks with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society
Above: Cindy Dolaway is Education Coordinator for the Sea Turtle Preservation Society.

Also Located in Indialantic is the Sea Turtle Preservation Society. Many dedicated and hardworking volunteers work year-round to protect, rescue, and monitor sea turtles on Indialantic Beaches. They also educate the public about sea turtles by offering "turtle walks" during June and July. You should sign up in advance (they fill up FAST) by calling them during May. The way it works is you meet at dusk at a pre-designated beach access. A slide show presentation and talk is given while  Preservation Society volunteers are out on the beach looking for nesting turtles. When the turtle has reached a certain stage in the nesting process, the turtle walk participants are led down to the beach to watch the turtle laying eggs. It is a very controlled process--the volunteers have to be licensed by the state and trained--but it is a wonderful experience for all ages. Be sure to stop in to visit the Sea Turtle Preservation Society storefront on A1A, just south of 5th Avenue (S.R. 500). They have lots of educational materials, books, displays, and some cool t-shirts. And there's always a helpful volunteer to answer your sea turtle questions. Visit their website for more info.

If you'd like to read about my turtle walk experience during July 2008, you can read the blog post I wrote for VISITFLORIDA.com.

 


Above: Summer lifeguards on duty at James Nance Park in Indialantic, FL.


View from James Nance Park looking north toward Indialantic and Satellite Beach.


Beach sand on Indialantic is a mix of white quartz, bits of fossilized shell, and pulverized shell.