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Most travelers know the Treasure Coast region of Florida as a popular second home destination with beautiful, secluded beaches, yet its history is vast and a true-to-life treasure. Let’s dig into the history of the Treasure Coast name, and how it is still embedded in this beautiful Atlantic coast region.

There’s Gold to Be Found

Three hundred years ago, a fleet of ships filled with treasure made their way along the Atlantic coast to transport gold, jewels, and other valuable metals back to Spain. Just weeks into the journey, a turbulent hurricane stirred the ocean before them. The crew became trapped in the Bahama Channel with no means to free the ships. Eleven of the 12 ships were ripped apart by the high winds and sank to the seafloor. Only one ship survived, and their crew tried to recover the bounty. It is assumed that two-thirds of the treasure remains beneath the sand on the area beaches.

In the 1950s, another ship met its fate along the shoreline near the Sebastian Inlet, exposing parts of the ancient ships. The ships had sunk in relatively shallow water allowing the strong currents to push some of the jewels closer to shore, and soon beachcombers began to find gold coins and other valuable pieces. In fact, along the Vero Beach coastline near Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, professional salvagers would eventually find over $4.5 million in jewels and treasure.

How Did Treasure Coast Get Its Name?

So how did the name appear? The Treasure Coast was created by writers at the Vero Beach Press Journal newspaper just prior to the recovery of the Spanish treasure. Since the first coin was found in 1961, the area known as the Treasure Coast is known to travelers all over the world, and gold is still occasionally found along the shoreline.

With an amazing history of its own, Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club is a unique treasure to its Members. This private golf and beach club community is filled with Members who feel even more fortunate to call this amazing place home. The West-Indies-style Beach Club serves as a gathering place for families and friends to reunite. Private club events and holidays are held in the dining room, and families enjoy fun in the sun along the Atlantic Ocean. Not to mention the resort-style pool and amenities such as tennis, pickleball, and a fitness center available to members.

The True Treasures Beyond the Beach

Even better, Orchid Island spans from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River, where a new community kayak launch brings adventurous homeowners up close and personal with area wildlife. As an Audubon-certified nature preserve, the idyllic setting is highly desired by those seeking a healthy outdoor lifestyle in harmony with its natural surroundings.

Luxury residential properties are in demand and often sell within minutes of becoming available. Custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages, or oceanfront condominiums range from the $800s to over $8 million. For an up-to-date list of available properties at Orchid Island, visit OrchidIslandRealty.com.

If you’re just getting started on your quest to find your future community, the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine is a great way to learn more about the Vero Beach area and Orchid Island.

If you are in the area, stop by the oceanfront Orchid Island Sales Center or call 772. 388.3888 to schedule an appointment. For more information visit OrchidIslandFL.com.

On a barrier island tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon, Orchid Island is home to more than breathtaking views. Among championship golf, tennis, and more than a mile of pristine, secluded beach; the tranquil bike trails surrounding the Club have become immensely popular among members. Discover the many places that are sure to capture your attention and may even compel you to stop along the way!

Jungle Trail

The Treasure Coast gives sanctuary to 1,500+ species of Florida’s migratory birds and wildlife: manatees, river otters, turtles, bobcats, and the ever-majestic white pelicans. There’s no better way to explore nature than by traveling on the historic Jungle Trail, which cuts through the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Captain Forester Hammock Preserve, and of course, Orchid Island. We recommend starting your journey at the front of Orchid Island Drive and heading southbound on this scenic route. Bike riders are never short of encounters with the gorgeous surroundings and beautiful wildlife.

Jones Pier

Cycling is a low-impact form of exercise that increases strength and stamina, which can help protect you from serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Plus, you get to experience natural beauty in the surrounding areas of Orchid Island. Three miles from the Club, you’ll stumble upon Jones Pier, a hidden gem overlooking the Indian River Lagoon. Part of the Jones Pier Conservation Area, it encompasses rich history and provides the public with educational and historical display exhibits on native wildlife, foliage, and the origin story. After admiring the gorgeous view and potentially a few dolphins, venture back on the Jungle Trail and head east on Old Winter Beach Road all the way to A1A.

Disney Vero Beach Resort

As you venture north up A1A, you’ll see a popular destination right within our treasured town: Disney’s Vero Beach Resort! If this mile-marker has your legs burning, you can drop in to browse the gift shop or grab a bite to eat at the Wind & Waves Market. Don’t be surprised if you find a hidden Mickey or two as you pass through!

Beach Bites & Wabasso Beach Park

As you continue your morning cycle, you may spot a little restaurant further up A1A. Beach Bites is far from your average neighborhood café, housing a general store, souvenir shop, watersport rental, and restaurant all in one! Grab a souvenir or stop in to pick up a smoothie. Right on the beach, you’ll find just about everything you’ll need at this checkpoint.

Wabasso Beach Park lies down the street from Beach Bites. Make sure to be on the lookout for sea turtle nests as you admire ocean views from the miniature boardwalk along the Atlantic’s Treasure Coast.

Orchid Island Beach Club

As your expedition connects its circle, you may see a familiar pink building signifying the return to Orchid Island Beach Club! An issuance of red bands attached to the handlebar stem of your bike lifts the gate arms, allowing uninterrupted riding for members, ideal for biking to and from the community.

The sights and sounds that greet members daily and the benefits of bike rides here are just reminders that no other community compares to Orchid Island. The Club works hard to preserve a way of life for not only the natural neighbors who live in the area but the people who live here as well. The Club’s intimate layout creates the perfect environment for these creatures to thrive in concert with our members. The Arnold Palmer Golf Course is proudly Audubon certified, and the secluded beach offers more than a mile of private oceanfront. For those who want to get close to nature and enjoy the creature comforts of home, the Beach Club and country club amenities are second to none.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and how nature coexists with the residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information or visit OrchidIslandFL.com.

Luxury residential properties range from $1 million to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages, or oceanfront condominiums. Here’s a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island.

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In a world that continues to challenge us in many ways, relaxation or simple pleasures are more important than ever. On this coastal barrier Island near Vero Beach, Florida, resident members at Orchid Island are taking time to unwind in a beautiful natural sanctuary. Here are 5 simple ways to live an island state of mind:

Find Your Beach

The serenity of the waves rolling on the shoreline, watching the pelicans soar along the coast and the sand between your toes — these sensory experiences are just the beginning of a relaxed Florida lifestyle. With over a mile of private beach and a West Indies inspired private Beach Club, Orchid Island is the ideal choice to enjoy the simplicity of a tropical oasis. Just over the picturesque dune, a private pool and cabanas, popular Turtle Bar with tasty libations, and poolside grille service add the conveniences that create the ultimate beachside pleasures.

Tee Off in an Audubon Sanctuary

Another great way to preserve an island state of mind is by getting out on the links to enjoy the warm ocean breeze and unique landscape of Orchid Island’s championship golf course. The Arnold Palmer designed course provides a memorable experience for Members of every skill level and enjoys the extraordinary distinction of being a Certified Audubon Sanctuary. The lakes and fairways throughout the course are often gathering places for the area’s most beautiful neighbors, including the rare white pelican and roseate spoonbill.

Healthy Living

The island state of mind is all about relaxing while enjoying the pleasures of life including your fitness routine and healthy lifestyle. The Orchid Island culinary team prepares menus with healthy options throughout its various dining venues. The Pool Grille and Golf Clubhouse are both popular casual lunches with family and friends. The diverse menu boasts many options, from a light salad to mouth- watering burgers or the local catch of the day. The Turtle Bar offers an easy – going tropical poolside setting to kick back and relax with one of their frozen signature cocktails. Fine dining and special events are held at the Oceanfront Beach Club as well as the Golf Clubhouse.

Unwind and Be Pampered

After all the outdoor adventures, fresh air and sunshine, what better way to unwind than enjoying the services of the Spa at Orchid Island. Rejuvenating facials, exfoliating body treatments and deep tissue massages are provided in a luxurious setting by the experienced, Orchid Island professional staff. With these services available just a golf cart ride away from home, resident members can integrate spa treatments into their year-round lifestyle.

Immerse Yourself in Nature

For those who want to get close to nature, Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club’s new kayak launch is the perfect way to embark on a natural adventure. The community is located on a barrier island, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon. Bird watchers, photography buffs and fitness enthusiasts celebrate the tremendous variety of local wildlife including the gentle manatees, playful otters and friendly porpoise, to name a few. It’s one of the most diverse ecosystems in the northern hemisphere. On land, Indian River County’s historic Jungle Trail meanders through Orchid Island, creating an opportunity for additional exploration of the natural surroundings.

Orchid Island offers a one-of-a-kind lifestyle for those who appreciate the unique combination of beach, golf and natural surroundings. Members and residents enjoy the convenience of a golf cart lifestyle and relish the private Club lifestyle while surrounded by West Indies inspired architecture. This private community is committed to providing an extraordinary level of service.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $8 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums.
For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, see our current listings here.

Intrigued by this private golf and oceanfront club lifestyle? Request your copy of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine to learn more about this amazing community and how the Vero Beach area embraces its natural wonderland.

If you’re in the area, make a plan to stop by the Orchid Island Realty office and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 to schedule a private appointment or visit OrchidIslandFL.com for more information.

Although some northern residents just spend the winter months in the Florida sun, many have decided to make the sunshine state their permanent home. The warm weather isn’t the only reason why everyone is wanting to make the move. Nestled on the shoreline of the Treasure Coast is Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club. Here’s a look at what is motivating those looking to move out of the cramped cities and down to Florida’s best kept secret.

Breath of Fresh Air

Head south, leave the over-populated polluted city behind and take a breath of the fresh Florida air. It’s easy to take advantage of the open space and nature with sunshine year-round and endless ways to be active outside. As an Audubon Certified Sanctuary, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club is home to an assortment of local wildlife, including otters, manatees and rare white pelicans – just to name a few. The famous Indian River Lagoon is in Orchid Island’s backyard. Here, locals can discover the most diverse ecosystem in the northern hemisphere either on foot or by kayak. Orchid Island is proud to offer a new private kayak launch making enjoying the outdoors that much easier. Whether on the golf course, walking the Jungle Trail, or enjoying more than one mile of secluded beach, there is always an opportunity to be surrounded by wildlife in its natural habitat.

Live Life on Island Time

After crossing the A.B. Michael Bridge onto the barrier island, it is island time all the time. The only traffic here to worry about might be waiting for a turtle to cross the road. On island time, no day is the same, and you can enjoy it at your own pace. The day could start with a round of golf on a course Arnold Palmer designed himself, and perhaps end with an oceanfront meal at the clubhouse. Or, it could start with a refreshing swim in the ocean and end with a casual night at home. The possibilities are endless!

From Big Cities to Small Towns

You’ll experience a small hometown feel with an oceanfront setting. Here in Vero Beach, residents enjoy a variety of shopping and dining options. Quaint restaurants and local boutiques are the local favorites. At Orchid Island, you’re close to everything you need, yet you’ll feel miles away. And you won’t find a high rise in sight!

Why Orchid Island?

For northern residents looking to trade chaos for tranquility, Orchid Island is the perfect private club community to call home. There’s something for everyone here from estate homes to beachfront condominiums. Whether you are looking for views of the estuary, ocean, Intracoastal, or the fairways, you will find it at Orchid Island. Members can even use a golf cart as their primary transportation around the community. From the eight Har-Tru tennis courts, to the Arnold Palmer championship golf course, to the secluded beach with private access, there is always an opportunity to enjoy the island lifestyle.

There is no shortage of dining options here either as Members can choose from either a causal lunch at the Pool Grille or an upscale oceanfront dinner at the Beach Club. The West Indies Architecture and design is stunning. This, paired with the breathtaking ocean views, makes the Beach Club a place unlike any other.

Members of Orchid Island are very lucky to call this amazing place home. This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer, 18-hole championship course is not only renowned among courses, but also holds an Audubon Certified Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. The recently renovated Beach Club serves as a gathering place for families and friends to reunite. Private club events and holidays are held in the Beach Club dining room and family fun in the sun at the Beach Club’s beautiful pool and beach. Orchid Island spans from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Indian River, so there’s plenty of ways to enjoy island time.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request your copy of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and how nature coexists with the residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information or visit OrchidIslandFL.com.

Luxury residential properties range from the $700s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit OrchidIslandGolfandBeachClub.com.

Orchid Island is a place of true beauty and natural wonder. Perfectly situated between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club is a hidden mecca for local wildlife. A variety of natural neighbors call this place home and the members here are committed to protecting the area’s natural beauty. From its status as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary to its pristine private shore, the Club recognizes that its animal neighbors, like turtles, white pelicans, and otters, are as much part of the community as the residents themselves.

One reason why Orchid Island has so many animal visitors is because of its location. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River, it boasts a mile of private beach and it’s not uncommon to see dolphins swimming in the clear greenish-blue water or sandpipers scouring along while strolling the shoreline. Come May through October, many loggerhead turtles call this beach home and lay their eggs as it’s one of the best places in the world for turtle hatchlings.

The Indian River is known as one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world and this natural neighborhood is home to many different species of fish, birds and so much more. From the red mangroves that hug the shoreline to the seagrass beds that lie under the surface, the wildlife here is unmatched. Rare white pelicans and rosette spoonbills are known to call this place home as well as friendly manatees.

And not to be left out, the golf course at Orchid Island is also home to many varieties of wildlife. From playful otters to birds such as the white pelicans and ospreys, members here enjoy the daily sightings of the unique wildlife. The Club has also installed specialty bird boxes throughout the course and many new “members” are born here each year – including screech owls.

Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life not only for the natural neighbors who live in the area but for the people who live here as well. Members and residents enjoy the convenience of a golf cart lifestyle. Traveling the community via golf cart makes getting to any of the amenities a fun and enjoyable experience, including the West Indies, styled private Beach Club, which overlooks a private beach just for residents and their families to take pleasure in.

This private community is committed to providing an extraordinary level of service. Golf here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer-designed, 18-hole course is not only revered as one of the best in the region but also considered a picturesque nature walk throughout this unique habitat.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums.

For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit OrchidIslandRealty.com.

Intrigued by this one-of-a-kind destination? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about this amazing community and how the Vero Beach area embraces its natural wonderland.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Realty office and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 to schedule a private appointment or visit OrchidIslandFL.com for more information.

For Members of Orchid Island, the spectacular oceanfront Beach Club serves as the heart of the community. Its authentic West Indies style is elegant and impressive, but also down-to-earth and welcoming, furnished in rich, dark woods and whimsical, brightly colored fabrics. With windows covering almost every wall, members can soak in the million-dollar views.

When you step inside the Orchid Island Beach Club, the first word that comes to mind is “authentic.” The club’s tropical West Indies style is the perfect combination of casual comfort and stylish elegance. The look fits in perfectly with the enviable waterfront setting. The architecture and decor, with balconies and verandas, French doors and multi-pane windows, rich wood and Far Eastern accents, set it apart.

Though the inside of the Club is tropical and appealing, you’ll discover the real magic outside. The connected boardwalk leads to over a mile of private beach, quiet and natural, right there for you to enjoy. Don’t worry about carrying a chair, the Beach Club has plenty of chaise lounges and umbrellas to relax on and under. The resort-like pool is the perfect place to cool off from the beach. You don’t even have to leave your lounge chair to enjoy a flavorful wrap, fresh salad or a juicy burger from the Pool Grille. Or you can cool off with a frozen drink from the poolside Turtle Bar. Add in the private cabanas facing the beach and a spacious locker room and towel service, and you can see why Orchid Island’s whole waterfront experience makes every day feel like a holiday.

And the beauty of the club is just beginning. Natural neighbors here abound, from white pelicans, to sea turtles to otters. The Arnold Palmer championship golf course is also an Audubon Certified Sanctuary.

If you want to get up close to nature and experience the best the area has to offer, then Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club is where you want to be. Along with its state-of-the-art amenities, Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life for not only its neighbors who live on the Treasure Coast, but its Members as well.

There are many conveniences at Orchid Island that Members enjoy, but the golf cart lifestyle is on the top of the list. Traveling the community via their personally owned golf cart allows them to access the Club’s amenities quickly while also having a fun and enjoyable experience. One of the favorites is heading over to the private West Indies styled Beach Club, where they and their families can swim, surf and sunbathe before jumping into the beautifully exclusive swimming pool which sits adjacent to the Pool Grille and Turtle Bar.

This private community is committed to providing an extraordinary level of service. Golf here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer designed 18-hole course is not only revered as one of the best in the region, but also considered a picturesque nature walk throughout this unique habitat.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s up to $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages and oceanfront condominiums. Check out the full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island.

Intrigued by this one-of-a-kind destination? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about this amazing community and how the Vero Beach area embraces its natural wonderland.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Realty office and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772.388.3888 to schedule a private appointment.

March is a fantastic time to get outside and enjoy local food, shops, and experiences. Vero Beach has plenty of opportunities for us to do so. From food and festivals to markets and music, this month is full of activities and opportunities for all. Below are some of our favorite events in the area. How do you plan on spending the springtime?

Main Street Vero Beach Vintage Market

Collecting vintage pieces and fine artworks is an intensive hobby. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be hard. The Main Street Vero Beach Vintage Market, hosted by Main Street Vero Beach, is one of the best places to look. On March 9th, guests will spend the day along 14th Avenue and 20th Street sifting through the racks of vintage clothing and furniture, perusing the crafts of local artists, and sampling the delicacies of local food vendors, all the while spending a sunny afternoon in the beautiful historic downtown of Vero Beach.

March Shows at the Riverside Theatre

As Vero Beach’s preferred destination for live entertainment since 1973, the Riverside Theatre has been where aspiring stars have put on performances that have wowed local audiences. Part of the theatre’s 2019 season includes Ghost Writer and My Fair Lady. Ghost Writer is the story of a secretary who continues to write her deceased charge’s works after his passing, and how society views this transgressive act. My Fair Lady is the retelling of the famous George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion, in which a young Cockney woman takes contemporary manners, society, and perceptions to task as she works with a phoneticist to prepare for her introduction into high society. Reflecting both turn-of-the-century sensibilities and modern concepts of gender and power, viewers will find plenty that reverberates with them in this performance.

68th Annual Under The Oaks Arts and Crafts Show

You may have noticed that this area has an unrivaled creative spirit. Nothing displays this better than the Under the Oaks Arts and Crafts Show. Held by the Vero Beach Art Club, its 68th year establishes it as a cultural institution for Vero Beach. The show raises money for the organization while highlighting the works of over 220 artists from across the nation. On March 9th, enjoy viewing works by artists and chowing down on local foods while touring beautiful Riverside Park.

42nd Annual Antique Auto Show

Riverside Park isn’t home to just amazing live acts or art shows – its where you can see the coolest cars of yesteryear, as well. Come March 16th, expect to see over 325 cars from the 20th century, alongside foreign and modified cars. Events will include dash plaques, trophies, and contests as car owners compete to see who owns the best automobile. When you attend, remember to bring non-perishable food items to help out the Vero Beach Post Office “Drive Out Hunger.”

Maybe your idea of a good day is shopping for unique pieces and trying dishes from renowned restaurants. Or maybe you want to have a close encounter with manatees, otters, ospreys, and other kinds of wildlife. You’ll find all of that and more right near Orchid Island. Looking to kick back and relax on a private beach, or play a few rounds of golf on expertly designed courses? Hoping to take the golf cart to dinner, or get to know your neighbors with fun activities and experiences? Orchid Island is the perfect place to live a truly unique lifestyle.

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club works hard to preserve a way of life for, not only the natural neighbors who live on the Treasure Coast, but the residents as well. Animals from river otters to dolphins to loggerhead turtles populate the area, granting residents opportunities to spot them as they wander through the miles of trails that the neighborhood offer. Members and residents enjoy their private beach access thanks to the neighborhood spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River.

This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer designed, 18-hole course is not only renowned among courses, but also holds an Audubon Certified Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. Having been established as one of the premier courses in the golfing world, Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club’s course hosted the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, and continues to host its own private golfing events for its residents.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club’s Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and how nature coexists with the residents.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums. If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Realty Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself, or call 772.388.3888 for more information. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit OrchidIslandFL.com

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club has been recognized for excellence by Platinum Clubs® of America, ranking in the Top 5% of Clubs in the nation. Over 3,100 Private Club General Managers, Club Presidents and Owners utilized the Platinum Clubs of America -Seven Selection Criteria, as approved by the Club Leaders Forum Advisory Board, to cast their votes in a confidential ballot with the results certified as true and correct by an independent third party.

Since 1997, Club Leaders Forum (CLF) has been a respected resource for private club leadership, producing an industry publication, The FORUM, that contains Relevant, Interesting and Informative topics. CLF also hosts platforms for Leaders to collaborate on topics that shape the industry at its exclusive annual events.

The clubs published in the Top Private Clubs lists and Honorable Mentions merit respect for this remarkable achievement as elected by their peers in the industry.

Orchid Island is a private and intimate residential golf course community, offering gracious waterfront and golf course homes, an award-winning Arnold Palmer golf course, a state-of-the-art Tennis & Fitness Center and an intimate Beach Club perfectly suited for leisurely gatherings, club activities and exceptional dining. Orchid Island is the proud recipient of the following Awards & Accolades: Americas Healthiest Clubs from Prevo Health Solutions, Platinum Clubs of America from Club Leaders Forum (CLF), Distinguished Club of from BoardRoom Magazine and Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary from Audubon International.

 

If you are looking for a true adventure right here on Orchid Island, head to the historic Jungle Trail, an eight-mile sandy road built in the 1920s along the banks of the Indian River. Originally constructed so that the citrus growers could transport their fruit, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as it was the original A1A. Whether you choose to bike or hike, you’ll enjoy the scenery along the way, including palm tree hammocks and coastal wetland areas. You’ll also get to see some of the area’s magnificent homes. At the end of the trail, you’ll come to the Pelican Island Sanctuary, the first wildlife refuge in the U.S. National Park Registry.

The Historic Jungle Trail is also one of the best places to see the island’s flora and fauna. When you’re so close to the country’s oldest bird sanctuary, you’re sure to see some great things. Take a look in the sky every once in a while – you might catch an osprey or a rare white pelican. Pay attention to the grasses – you might find some unique plants. When you ride by the ocean, keep your eye out on the water – there may be a dolphin or a manatee swimming by.

If you can learn a lot about a town from what it saves for future generations, then there’s tons that a place like this one could say. Residents here work to save things not just for themselves, but for their families. Things like the knowledge of swinging a golf club, or the memory of playing on the beach. For those who want to get close to nature and enjoy the creature comforts of home, the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club amenities are second to none. Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life for, not only the natural neighbors who live on the Treasure Coast, but the residents as well. Members and residents also enjoy the one-mile of private beach access and what’s even better, Orchid Island spans from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River.

This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer designed, 18-hole course is not only renowned among courses, but also holds an Audubon Certified Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and how nature coexists with the residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums.

 

 

What could manatees, American white pelicans, and loggerhead sea turtles all have in common? At first glance, these animals don’t seem to have many similarities at all. One lays its eggs on the beach, one swims in the water, and one flies in the air. As it turns out, that these animals have much more in common than it seems!

They Love The Water

This is the obvious one. Manatees and loggerheads live their lives in the water. In fact, the turtles don’t really leave the water except to lay their eggs. Did you know that turtles return each year to the same beach where they were born to lay their eggs? American white pelicans stick close to brackish water, a mix of fresh and salt water. Places like red mangroves and rivers are popular for them. To catch their meals, they can be seen corralling fish into an area and then plunging their bucket-like bills into the water. The closer that you are to the water, the more likely that you’re able to spot these animals!

They’re Protected

While loggerhead sea turtles, American white pelicans, and manatees are considered beautiful and important parts of Florida’s ecosystem, they’re also ecologically sensitive. Because of this, lawmakers and residents have worked so that certain protections ensure the safety of these animals. At Orchid Island, this can include everything from setting up special lights on the Beach Club so that baby sea turtles can’t see them to let scientists and conservationists know when a rare species has taken up residence in Orchid Island, like the pelicans. This way, we can ensure that these animals come to stay with us for a long time.

They Live at Orchid Island

Orchid Island is designated as a Certified Cooperative Audubon Sanctuary. That means that the staff and residents of the Club work to preserve the natural environment. Because of that, usually rare animals such as American white pelicans are known to migrate here. They are often seen flying over the golf courses from November through March. Manatees float placidly down the river around this area. They’re drawn to the naturally warm waters. Our beaches are some of the best and most popular nesting grounds for the loggerhead sea turtles. During peak season, their nests are marked off to protect the eggs from beachgoers. Next time that you pay a visit to Orchid Island, keep a close lookout-you may never know what you might see!

For those who want to get close to nature and enjoy the creature comforts of home, the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club amenities are second to none. Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life for, not only the natural neighbors who live on the Treasure Coast, but the residents as well. Members and residents also enjoy the one-mile of private beach access and what’s even better, Orchid Island spans from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River.

This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer designed, 18-hole course is not only renowned among courses, but also holds an Audubon Certified Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and how nature coexists with the residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information or visit OrchidIslandFL.com.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums.