Indian River Lagoon with dolphins

We enjoyed Treasure Coast. We had the use of a motorboat for only $50 for the week. We visited the lagoon and the intracoastal waterway. Oyster Bay Resort is right on Indian River. The pool was warm and hot tub was even warmer!!! There were so many free beaches nearby, with free parking and body surfing. We will definitely do this again.

Oyster Bay Resort

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by carolyn.wilkerson on March 4, 2004

Oyster Bay was very cosy. We had a two-bedroom/one-bathroom unit. We had plenty of room for our party (three adults and two kids) without opening up the sofa bed. But it would be tight for six and there was no dishwasher.

However, for only $50, we had the use of a motorboat filled with gas to tour the lagoon and intracoastal waterway, which made up for the one bath and no dishwasher. You can usually spot manatees and dolphins in the lagoon, as the water there is only four feet deep there (and about 12 feet deep in the channel). The manatees were elusive, but we did see dolphins. There was a beach bar nearby for our single son to visit – it played great music. There were activities and crafts for kids and adults, from wine- and cheese- tasting to ceramic painting. The pool was heated and lovely, and there was a very cosy hot tub. The facilities were very nice with a large wooden deck and walking path.

The resort was very close to many beaches -- all were free and underused. Parking was free at those beaches too, unlike at some beaches. The resort was close to Harbor Oceanographic Center, Treasure Coast museums, and barrier islands.

Oyster Pointe and Oyster Bay Resort
1570 US Highway 1
Sebastian, Florida, 32958
(772) 589-6513

Lobster Shanty

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by carolyn.wilkerson on March 4, 2004

Dock your boat at their dock and walk inside or drive down to by the park and come inside. The Lobster Shanty is a special treat when you are on the Treasure Coast. The location is on a street that has been turned into a park. A bridge used to cross the Indian River there, but it has been relocated to the north.

The Lobster Shanty has corn fritters that melt in your mouth, as does the powdered sugar on them. They keep them coming. There is a large salad bar and a diverse menu. You can order lobster, fish, crab, steak, or just plain hamburger. Seafood bisques are especially nice. And their rice pudding is wonderful as is the tapioca pudding. The grandchildren had their old standby - spaghetti with meat sauce. This is where the adults could try something different. The Mahi Mahi was delicious. No one limited themselves to the salad bar, even though there was an abundant selection of salads. My huband started with the Clam bisque, the white, not the red as that was his favorite. All the seafood is wonderful. You might want to go early for the early bird specials. The early bird specials include the salad, entree and the dessert all under $10. They even have a fritter mix you can purchase for home. They are heavenly.

Evenings are a bit dressier than the daytime when you might see people walk in from their boats in shorts or with a cover over a bathing suit. Shoes are always required. It is fun to watch the boats pass up and down the river as you dine, but the real fun comes when you catch a sight of dolphins jumping and playing in the water. When the kids leave, they can't resist going out the door to the dock to walk around the building to the parking lot.

This is definitely a place we visit every time we are near Vero Beach or the Ft. Pierce area of Florida. Tell them the Scotty's daughter recommended you!

Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty
1 Royal Palm PT
Vero Beach, Florida, 32960
(772) 562-1941

The Patio Restaurant

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by carolyn.wilkerson on March 4, 2004

The Patio is a very interesting experience. The decor is eclectic. There are Italian items along with seaside items. There are antiques here and there. There are unusual windows. This is one place that must be experienced for the full flavor. It isn't a pub, but has a bit of that feel. It isn't a luxury restaurant, but has a bit of that feel and food would qualify. It isn't a beach bar, but the open areas and screened areas give a bit of that feel. The dress is casual but can be beach casual or even dressy as everyone fits in.

The food is wonderful and very reasonable. Seafood is one specialty, but steaks are great as well. One of our favorites is the seafood pasta. I tried my first frog legs there and they were good.

The staff is pleasant and efficient.

We like to go to the Patio whenever we are on the Treasure Coast. This is more a spot for adults though than for children. You feast your eyes and your tummy at the Patio. Don't forget to check out the rest rooms, as they are every bit as interesting as the rest of the decor. It is worth it to make the trip.

Patio Restaurant Ramada Inn
1200 SE Federal Hwy
Sebastian, Florida, 34994
(772) 287-6900

Harbor Oceanographic Center

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by carolyn.wilkerson on March 4, 2004

Harbor Oceanographic Center is a wonderful place to visit. Tours are not expensive, but very informative. There are both boat tours and institute tours that explain about the fish and plants in the Indian River Lagoon and the research at the institute. The kids were interested in the sharks. Did you know that the institute is a major educational center on sea life? Did you know that they have specially designed ships to explore the underwater world? Did you know that they teach people how to raise saltwater fish away from the sea? Did you know they train saltwater fish to live in fresh water? Did you know they supply clown fish (think Nemo) for aquariums? Their gift shop has books on bird life of Florida, as well as plant life and fish life.

This is an educational and interesting trip for adults and children. It is just off Hwy. 1 in Ft. Pierce, just south of Vero Beach.

Harbor Oceanographic Center
off Hwy 1
Sebastian, Florida

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