Vero Beach is a beautiful beachside oasis with a rich history and thriving wildlife. It is along the Indian River Coast that native sea turtles have been nesting for hundreds of years. Centuries later, female turtles return to the same beaches each summer to lay their eggs. We’re lucky enough to be nestled along these same sandy shores to witness this natural phenomenon.
Being so near to the Atlantic Ocean, there are a variety of turtles that call the Vero Beach region of the Florida coastline their home. Most common are Loggerhead turtles, which are named for their large, broad, and angular head. These turtles can weigh an average of 275 pounds with their shell measuring almost three feet long. Also common are the cousin Green Turtles, an even larger species with body fat of a greenish hue, Leatherback, and Hawksbill turtles. Each of these species have their own unique characteristics, diets, and behaviors but all can be found along the luscious Florida coast.
During the months between March and October, many female sea turtles make their way toward land. In the dark of night, they scale the beaches in search of the perfect spot to nest in the sand. In a dry area, the turtle then begins to burrow into the sand, creating a pit or chamber where she will lay her eggs. Once constructed and comfortable (she will flee back to the ocean if there is too much light or noise in the area) she will lay roughly 100 eggs in the sand, covering them up and camouflaging the nest as best she can. The eggs remain there for almost two months before the baby turtles emerge from the sand. Most often at night, the hatchlings band together and dig out of the nest with collective effort. Once on the open beach, they are pulled to the sea by the light of the horizon. Warding off predators and dehydration challenges the hatchlings. Should the turtles make it to the water, only one in 1,000 survive to adulthood.
This is one of the main reasons conservation sites and refugee areas like the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge to our north exist. These organizations not only protect the coasts from development and harmful human influences, but they also put together educational programs and trail walks to inform Florida visitors and residents alike about the tendencies of turtles. At Sebastian Inlet State Park, you can even take a specific Turtle Walk where you will have the opportunity to witness a female turtle lay her eggs (an instance that occurred on 38 of the 45 walks in 2018).
The Palm Island property is also only steps away from the Turtle Trail Beach Access along the Indian River. This secluded beach is open sunrise to sunset and offers a paved parking area, boardwalk access, and sneak peek into the breathtaking natural landscape that surround Palm Island Plantation. While some areas are more popular nesting grounds than others, female turtles up and down the east coast are searching for the perfect place to nest.
The sea turtle population is just one of the many natural beauties that grace the coastlines of Vero Beach. Make this lifestyle your own and head to www.palmislandplantation.com/contact.
We’re so proud to be part of the Vero Beach community with its rich history and beachfront beauty. This place we call home has come a long way to become the Palm Island Paradise is it today, and our roots here run deep. In fact, the city of Vero Beach is celebrating its centennial year and our residents can’t help but join in on the celebration.
Starting in October of 2018, the city has outdone itself planning a once-in-a-lifetime kind of celebration honoring our hometown. Some of these events have included open houses, children’s activities, art shows, parades, countless tributes and dedications, live music, festivals, and other special events honoring 100 years in southeast Florida.
With the friendly and social atmosphere of Palm Island Plantation, our residents are excited to continue the celebration and attend the upcoming events including a Night of Nations (June 28), an American Heritage Celebration with Burgers and Brews (June 29), a special Fourth of July celebration, historic trolley tours (July 6), and the Aerial Antics Circus (August 1-3). Whether you’re with us full time or just spending a few months, now is the perfect time to experience all Vero Beach has to offer - view the entire list of events here.
If there’s one event you simply can’t miss, it’s the Vero Beach Centennial Finale celebration, culminating the year-long celebration while enjoying food, entertaining, mingling, and a parade! Join us and mark those calendars for Saturday, October 26. The community will come together in historic downtown Vero Beach for one last hoorah to celebrate 100 years. Remember, you can always keep the party going or retreat back to the tropical charm of your home at Palm Island Plantation.
We couldn’t imagine building the Palm Island Plantation atmosphere anywhere but Vero Beach. Stop into our main office to experience this thriving community for yourself; we’re located at 8001 N. A1A in Vero Beach, Florida.
There are many things to love about Palm Island Plantation. Explore for yourself the luxurious homes, numerous amenities, and near-perfect weather. One of the local favorites, though, is the rich history of the land we live on.
Palm Island Plantation is nestled along the Indian River, famous for its abundance of citrus that thrives in the warm and humid climate. Therefore the banks of the river provided a convenient location to pack and ship citrus and other goods up and down the river to wherever desired. This cultivation of citrus dates back to Vero Beach’s settler, Henry Gifford back in 1887, when he built and operated a citrus grove business and “established the first mercantile store which also operated as a post office, express office and railroad ticket office.” Many believe this settlement, which is today know as Vero Beach, was then named simply Vero after Gifford’s wife, the “Beach” to be added later in 1925.
The building of Florida’s East Coast Railroad brought growth and prosperity to the region, causing spikes in population, business, and availability of goods. Larger out-of-town companies recognized the value of the land along the Indian River and purchased large swaths and other regions fell claim to the Drainage Districts of 1905, which drained the natural wetlands of the area, creating more habitability in the region.
The turn of the century brought further development in the form of canals, roads, and other forms of infrastructure and became an officially recognized town in 1919. “Vero, Where The Tropics Begin” quickly became a hotspot for travelers and merchants alike once highways, resorts, and golf courses were built. This growth continued through the 30s and 40s, adding in a county courthouse, a hospital, and an airport, which would become a key factor in the US’s involvement in the Second World War.
Vero Beach has survived countless tropical storms, flooding, jurisdiction disagreements, rapid development and so much more. Pieces of this rich history can be seen throughout the area from the orange you have for breakfast to the officially registered buildings and places marked by the National History Preservation Act. This is why our homes at Palm Island Plantation reflect the architecture of the British West Indies, to reflect and honor the history of the land that surrounds.
Come experience all this local land has to offer by booking a tour of our facilities. Call 772.234.6500 to begin.