Pelican Island Cottages are located near the Pelican Island national Wildlife Refuge, the nation’s first federal bird reservation to provide habitat for pelicans and other endangered birds. (show area map that shows the refuge and the cottages)
Pelican Island can be viewed by boat. There are several public boat ramps to access the refuge waters by personal watercraft. Access to the island itself is restricted to outside of the posted closed area signs around the island. Boating is permitted elsewhere in the open water areas of the refuge within the Indian River Lagoon. Boaters are cautioned to observe posted manatee slow speed zones in the Refuge.
There are plenty of local boat, kayak and canoe tour vendors that offer rentals or daily trips to view Pelican Island. Reservations are strongly suggested, as times and availability may vary due to seasonal demand and weather. The tours are guided and offer educational opportunities about Pelican Island and the Indian River Lagoon. Viewing the island by boat offers excellent, up-close bird watching and photography opportunities.
Fishing is permitted in the open water areas of the Refuge. There are good fishing opportunities for redfish, snook, sea trout, mangrove snapper, and other popular sport fish.
We are also near Wabasso Beach and Sebastian Inlet Beach. This area was featured in USA today as “Best Treasure Hunting Beach in the Vero Beach area”.