With a sandy strand more than a mile long, Avalon State Park offers an escape to an uncluttered seashore along the Treasure Coast where sea turtles retreat to lay their eggs. North of Fort Pierce Inlet along A1A, it’s just out of reach of the slight buzz of tourism that’s settled at Florida’s prime surfing spot.
Location: Fort Pierce
Fees: $2 per person
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome but not on beach
Stretching from the Indian River Lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean, Avalon State Park is also a destination for paddlers to launch and explore the Indian River’s many mangrove islands. Or wander the nature trail – north of the beach parking, across the road – for a peek at the lagoon, where egrets and herons may be nesting in the mangroves.