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Discover Why This Coastal Florida Gem is a Nature Lover’s Haven

Posted on: November 21, 2022
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From coconut palms and white-sand beaches to ancient oak hammocks and mangrove-lined estuaries, few places in Coastal Florida enjoy a more beautiful setting than Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club. Located in the Town of Orchid in Vero Beach’s “Gateway to the Tropics,” this lush green paradise draws nature lovers from around the world to enjoy the area’s subtropical and tropical climates. Here are just a few of the vibrant natural habitats Members cherish both inside and outside the gates of this renowned private club community.

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Orchid Island’s Favored Nature Spots

From the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River estuaries, the Orchid Island community is surrounded by natural beauty that Members are inspired to enjoy every day. The white sand of Orchid Island’s pristine beachfront stretches for nearly a mile, where residents can stroll the beach, fish, surf, or just spend time soaking in the Florida sunshine. Orchid Island’s riverside kayak launch provides kayakers and paddle boarders with a sightseeing adventure through the Indian River Lagoon, the most biologically diverse waterway in North America.

On land, take a leisurely stroll or bike ride through the Historic Jungle Trail. Crossing the entire Orchid Island neighborhood, this eight-mile sandy road along the shoreline of the Indian River provides a beautiful backdrop for palm tree hammocks and coastal wetlands. The trail’s end also leads to Pelican Island Sanctuary, the first wildlife refuge in the U.S. National Park Registry. Members also enjoy a West Indies-inspired Beach Club, championship Arnold Palmer golf course, eight Har-Tru tennis courts, two pickleball courts, a world-class fitness center, and a rejuvenating spa.

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Meet Orchid Island’s Natural Residents

Alongside these natural wonders, residents of Orchid Island share this beautiful community with hundreds of species of Florida’s migratory birds and animals. Orchid Island has a long history of supporting the environment and surrounding wildlife and has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 2005. From white pelicans and roseate spoonbills flying overhead to otters and bottlenose dolphins playing in the lagoon, every turn within this private club community welcomes nature lovers to daily sightings of the natural neighbors that call Orchid Island home.

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Nearby Gardens and Nature Sanctuaries

When it’s time to explore outside the gates of Orchid Island, ample natural sanctuaries spread throughout Florida’s Treasure Coast provide serene escapes. On the tip of two barrier islands, the Sebastian Inlet State Park and nearby beaches are not only a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail but welcome the largest assembly of nesting loggerhead sea turtles in the nation. The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is also nearby, comprising over 20.5 miles of beachfront and serving as a home for 140 species of birds and 350 species of fish. For those who prefer to enjoy nature in a refined way, the 18-acre McKee Botanical Gardens is a wild place of natural beauty just a short drive away. More than 10,000 colorful native plants and exotic species can be found alongside ponds and scenic streams dotted with one of Florida’s largest collections of water lilies. No matter where residents choose to go, they will surely find an adventure that creates lifelong memories.

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River and Oceanfront Homes Surrounded By Nature’s Beauty

For those interested in learning more about Orchid Island’s nature-focused lifestyle, visiting is an excellent way to get to know the community. With many homes located directly on the water, the magnificent oceanfront estates feature West Indies architectural designs, panoramic natural vistas, and the secluded privacy of living in a gated oceanfront enclave. Luxurious oceanfront low-rise condominium residences are spacious, bright homes with square footage in the mid-3,000 range. A wide array of single-family riverfront estate homes is also available, offering open Indian River views and many with private docks.

With demand for this highly sought-after community at an all-time high, inventory is limited at Orchid Island. To learn more about current listings or the picturesque lifestyle of this one-of-a-kind private club community, request a complimentary copy of the Orchid Island Magazine or call 772.388.3888 for more information or to schedule a private community club tour.

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