Experience a Different Side of Florida
It’s no wonder Vero Beach, once Florida’s best kept secret, is quickly becoming the place to vacation. For unsurpassed views and to experience the Vero Beach life, your trip is best planned with a private tour led by Paddles by the Sea.
Vero Beach is often called ‘The Hamptons of Florida.’ And for good reason. The casual, seaside town is an ardent protector of the landscape and lifestyle founded 100 years ago. Along Ocean Drive you’ll find beautiful, unique and quaint shopping and dining – no chain stores here. Restaurants with reputations stretching worldwide, homes neatly tucked in private communities or gallantly dotted along the Indian River or the Atlantic Ocean, or in exclusive locations, both, give a glimpse into why Vero Beach is featured in travel blogs and publications (edit: or is a popular destination).
There’s no better mode to truly immerse yourself in Vero Beach than with knowledge and equipment provided by Paddles by the Sea. A private tour along the Indian River, or in the warm Atlantic Ocean couldn’t be easier and the unique perspectives are nothing short of amazing.
The picturesque views envelop all the senses
Looking to vacation away from the hustle and bustle (which really isn’t a relaxing vacation, is it?). Let Vero’s own Paddles by the Sea lead the way. We offer private boat, kayak, and paddle board tours. And on the beach, boogie boards (perfect for kids and big kids with lots of energy), and beach cabanas and chairs for lounging under the sun while listening the gentle rolling ocean waves are available to rent.
Vero Beach is located along Florida’s Treasure Coast, where the tropics begin. The balmy weather, palm trees and warm water beaches are a magnet for snowbirds and travelers alike. Vero Beach also has some hidden gems, such as the SS Breconshire 1894 shipwreck right offshore and popular with boaters, kayakers and paddleboarders. Walk on the beach and you may also find treasures from the 1715 Treasure Fleet which carried millions in gold coins but was lost to a hurricane after departing Cuba on the way to Spain.
Ocean Views and Treasures
The Breconshire is a Vero Beach landmark located 150 yards offshore. Just look for the American flag proudly waving from its underwater mast position. Originally from Sunderland, England and christened in 1833, the SS Breconshire was a schooner-rigged, steam/sailing ship. In 1894, it was on its way to Tampa, but hit the coral reefs off Florida’s coast. The hull seams split and the ship sank with all crew members making if safely to shore. The wreck sits in a mere 15 to 20 feet of water, making it a beach dive, not a deep sea dive, but a tour led by Paddles by the Sea is even simpler, and the wreckage is easily seen from the surface of the water. You’ll be immersed with marine life including lots and lots of sea turtles in the summer, and you’ll see the coral formations on the Brec, grown in the 100 years since finding it’s permanent location.
The Treasure Fleet of 1715 was a tremendous loss, with 11 of 12 ships lost to a hurricane. The ships sailing from Cuba to Spain and were carrying silver coins, jewelry, treasures, and the Queen’s Gold – the gold yet to be found. The value in today’s dollars? In the billions of dollars (billions, with a capital B, and with much of it still undiscovered). And this is how this locale came to be known as the Treasure Coast. Coins and jewelry are still found by treasure hunters. As recent as December 2019 a silver ring from the wreckage was found, and in 2015 coins valued at more than $1 million dollars was discovered.
Homeowners along the Indian River Lagoon often greet the day by seeing dolphins, manatees and other wildlife, just outside their window.
Paddles by the Sea will give you those same viewpoints, but even better. Looking to be one with nature? A Paddles by the Sea kayak or paddleboard excursion can put you alongside the mammals, birds, turtles, seagrass and mangroves, fish of all sizes and talents (jumping and twirling fish) and more.
The diversity of the Indian River Lagoon is unmatched, and its reputation exceeds its title of the most biologically diverse estuary in North America. Its uniqueness includes its mix of salt water from the Atlantic Ocean and the fresh water of the river, which lends to its biodiversity.
And Paddles by the Sea will put you in the middle of it all!
Day tours, evening excursions or cruises specifically to see manatees and dolphins are at the ready. Our captains and crew members are local and have a combined 10+ years of experience so they know just where to take you and will educate you along the way.
Prefer to explore on your own? Paddles by the Sea also offers boat, kayak and paddle board rentals. Tandem kayaks are popular (hint: if you sit in the back, the person in front can’t see if you’re paddling or not).
Booking a trip for yourself or for your guests can be done quickly and easily. Our expert and experienced staff will help you choose the right option for you and your party. Tell us what you’re interested in and how much time you have, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Ready to explore or enjoy some rest and relaxation?
Paddles by the Sea is your best choice for experiencing Vero Beach life. Call or email us today to book your trip.