Melbourne Beach is Brevard County's oldest beach community, situated on a barrier island separating the Indian River Lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately 3,300 residents call Melbourne Beach home, which was named as one of the top 20 safest places to live in Florida. Melbourne Beach is the epitome of what a quaint Florida beachside community should be.
It has been suggested that Juan Ponce de León landed near Melbourne Beach in 1513, where he became the first European to set foot in America, Although the exact location is still up for debate, at that spot in Melbourne Beach sits Juan Ponce de León Landing, a 25-acre beachfront park, built to commemorate the amazing journey.
Melbourne Beach is known for it's pristine beaches and untouched natural habitat. About 90% of all sea turtle nesting in the United States takes place on Florida's Beaches, with Melbourne Beach topping the list. During "Turtle Season" between May 1st and October 31st, thousands of green sea turtles, loggerheads, and leatherback sea turtles will nest their eggs along this coastline.
Located inside the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach, is the Barrier Island Sanctuary. This 34-acre sanctuary offers nature enthusiasts and visitors a place to explore the barrier island's diverse habitats through interactive exhibits at the Management and Education Center, as well as hiking and nature trails from the beach berms to the Indian River Lagoon shorefront.
Melbourne Beach has no shortage of upscale beachfront homes and high end communities, one being the Aquariana Beach and Country Club. This is the only private, ocean to river, gated residential community. Offering waterfront homes, a stunning 18-hole golf course within the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, tennis, water access with fishing docks and boat storage, and much more.
The Melbourne Beach Pier is a historic pier extending into the Indian River Lagoon. The Melbourne and Atlantic Railroad Company built the pier in 1889, and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on April 12, 1984.