County Offices
1840 25th Street
Vero Beach 772-567-8000

Chamber of Commerce
1216 21st Street
Vero Beach 772-567-3491

Providing 23 miles of panoramic beachfront access along Florida’s Atlantic Ocean coastline, Indian River County is home to beautiful beaches, immaculate waterfront communities, and endless orange and grapefruit groves. The county’s coastal barrier island communities have retained the small-town charm for which the region is so famous. While some corners of the county are experiencing rapid growth, large expanses of undeveloped land preserve an open atmosphere. This unspoiled environment was one of the factors that led Disney to select Indian River County for its “Old Florida” seaside Vero Beach Resort.

Indian River County manages to strike a balance between rural pleasures and high productivity, creating a dynamic environment unique even to Florida. In fact, one of the largest privately owned companies in the state is headquartered in Vero Beach. Newcomers to Indian River County will be impressed with the number of Florida attractions that are close to home. In addition to the world-renowned “Bass Fishing Capital” of Lake Okeechobee in south-central Florida, the popular destinations of Disney World, Cape Kennedy, and Miami are only a two-hour drive away. Beautiful Palm Beach lies 30 minutes away to the south. For spectacular getaways, the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands are a few boating hours to the east.

As the crown jewel of Florida’s Treasure Coast, Indian River County enjoys an international reputation among vacationers and executives. This region manages to strike a balance between rural pleasures and high productivity, creating a dynamic environment that is unique even to Florida. In fact, one of the largest privately owned companies in the state is headquartered in Vero Beach. Transportation facilities are excellent, including the award-winning Vero Beach Municipal Airport, Interstate 94, U.S. Highway 1 and the A1A along the county’s barrier island. State-of-the-art healthcare is available through a network of modern, high-tech facilities that are ready to meet every need. Major medical centers include Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach Sebastian River Medical Center. Specialty facilities like HealthSouth Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital, Sunshine Rehabilitation Center, and the Florida Eye Institute are also available.

Public and private schools provide a quality education to students on every level. Many schools feature exceptional programs and advantages, such as the 40-acre nature trail at Pelican Island Elementary School that is partially funded by the Audubon Society. The two-year institution of Indian River Community College serves the area from its Mueller Center in Vero Beach. For more than a decade, IRCC students have earned top passing rates in the state on the college-level academic skills test. The college also provides customized training for the county, local businesses, and private industry. Florida Atlantic University in Port St. Lucie provides a rapidly growing Treasure Coast campus that excels in providing individualized attention in small classes.

Beautiful Indian River County harmonizes an enviable lifestyle with a dynamic economy, offering charming communities that foster a family oriented environment. This “Sailfish Capital of the World” is home to miles of pristine beaches and meticulously maintained beach parks for public enjoyment. Swimming, scuba diving, boating, fishing, and other water sports are common pastimes. The serene waterscapes of the Sebastian and Indian Rivers combine with deep woodlands and sprawling fields to ensure an endless array of recreational adventures. Nature enthusiasts will find miles of trails for hiking and biking, while sports fans can look forward to the spring training season with the arrival of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Golfers can choose from an incredible selection of premier courses. Water sports are unparalleled in Indian River County, where the Intracoastal Waterway of the Indian River Lagoon provides ocean access. A number of local residents first discovered Indian River County as boaters who arrived via the river and fell under the spell of this panoramic, peaceful region.

Throughout the county are fine museums, elegant theaters, popular restaurants, pulsating nightspots, and eclectic shopping districts. The Mel Fisher Treasure Museum in Sebastian allows visitors to learn about the preservation techniques for recovered treasure from the ocean floor. Those who are interested in the ecological balance of the region will want to explore the Environmental Learning Center on an island skirted by the Indian River Lagoon. Just south of the Wabasso Bridge, the 51-acre site offers indoor and outdoor laboratories and classrooms, exhibit areas, guided nature walks through mangrove forests, and canoe trips. From the open countryside of citrus orchards and sparkling seashore to the urban treasures of Vero Beach, Indian River County offers the diversity and quality of life to make every dream come true.

Municipal Offices

Chamber of Commerce


The rural town of Fellsmere in northwestern Indian River County has transformed its economy over the decades from sugar production to a citrus and cattle center. Residents of this agricultural community enjoy a centralized location that is only minutes from the amenities and attractions in Melbourne and Vero Beach. Orlando and West Palm Beach are 90 miles away, adding to the opportunities for weekend getaways and vacations close to home. Surrounded by thousands of acres of citrus, the town is home to Fellsmere Farms, producers of Indian River Citrus. Avid anglers will discover some of the region’s finest fishing near Fellsmere. Many fishermen travel between Blue Cypress Lake just west of town and the nearby Stick Marsh. New residents to Fellsmere are drawn to the peaceful setting and lack of crowds and traffic. Scattered throughout the area are beautiful properties that include single-family homes, country estates, hobby farms, vacant land, waterfront property, recreational and retirement developments, and commercial businesses.

Florida Ridge
County Offices

Chamber of Commerce


The sprawling subdivision of Florida Ridge is situated along the major thoroughfare of U.S. Highway 1 south of Vero Beach. This unincorporated community is located across the Indian River from South Beach, ensuring world-class fishing, water sports, and boating opportunities. Both South Beach and Florida Ridge grew rapidly during the 1980s, offering a good mix of single-family and multi-family housing that has been constructed over the last 25 years. Families in the Florida Ridge community have quick and easy access to Vero Beach services and attractions, including major employers, performing arts, shopping malls and districts, sports events, and healthcare centers. Newcomers will appreciate the availability of area golf courses, lush parks, tennis courts, beaches, and sports fields as well as public and private schools.

Indian River Shores, Orchid, South Beach, North Beach
Indian River Shores Offices
Orchid Offices

Chamber of Commerce


Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River is an elongated stretch of barrier island that serves as a beautiful waterfront home to several small communities. Just north of Vero Beach lies the exclusive residential enclave of Indian River Shores. This upscale development is popular as a retirement haven for many former corporate executives who appreciate the relative seclusion of the island and the close proximity of Vero Beach amenities. The major thoroughfare of A1A traverses the entire island and connects the various developments, although several causeways provide convenient links to the mainland. Other population centers along the A1A include the community of South Beach and Orchid. Although limited by available space, South Beach was one of the Indian River communities that experienced rapid growth in the 1980s. Orchid, on the other hand, is a relatively new luxury community. North Beach enjoys a location across the Indian River from Sebastian.

Sebastian, Roseland
Municipal Offices

Chamber of Commerce


At the northern end of Indian River County lies the growing municipality of Sebastian. A village that grew up around the fishing industry, modern Sebastian attracts permanent residents and visitors to first-rate opportunities for surfing, fishing, swimming, boating, and other water oriented activities. Sebastian is also internationally favored as a skydiving destination. This incorporated city retains the friendliness of a small town, blending remarkable natural beauty with a rich a sense of history and contemporary excitement. Riverfront redevelopment includes a two-mile riverwalk, one of many improvements that will establish the city as a 19th-century fishing and agricultural village. Sebastian already claims one of the most celebrated regional attractions, the boardwalk trail through the Environmental Learning Center. The Sebastian Inlet State Park boosts tourism with its extremely popular fishing jetties. Offering a welcome change from Florida’s bustling theme-park environments, pristine Sebastian creates an idyllic setting for activity and relaxation. Roseland offers a small-town atmosphere just north of Sebastian.

Vero Beach, Vero Beach South, Gifford
Municipal Offices

Chamber of Commerce


The leading city of Vero Beach serves as the county seat and the largest incorporated municipality in Indian River County. Lush greenery, sweeping expanses of open space, unspoiled beaches, and breathtaking ocean vistas characterize the county’s commercial and cultural center. Vero Beach has frequently been called the “Central Gemstone of the Treasure Coast.” Stately live oaks form a canopy over many of the residential streets, graced by floral blooms for a truly tropical atmosphere. Abundant waterways enhance the area’s natural beauty and provide world-class water recreation. The area offers a number of distinctive attractions, including the historic downtown district, Dodgertown for Los Angeles Dodgers spring training, a lively and rich cultural community, regional centers of commerce, championship golf courses, and abundant shopping. The unincorporated community of Vero Beach South adds a wealth of residential options and suburban growth, while Gifford offers a growing small community just north of Vero Beach.

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