Florida’s Treasure Coast Overview & History
“Treasure Coast” is the name commonly used for the Florida coastal section which stretches from just north of Sebastian Inlet in the north to south of Hobe Sound in the south including all of the coastal counties of Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin. This area is appropriately named since over 300 years ago, several Spanish galleons carrying gold and silver shipwrecked off the southeastern Florida shore dumping their treasures into the sea.
Artifacts from these ships have been recovered during the past fifty years. Riches from these 17th and 18th century shipwrecks have been found by professional treasure-hunters and amateur beachcombers alike. As recently as August 2010, a man diving in shallow water near Jupiter found a gold coin that was minted in Mexico in the 1650s.
On the Treasure Coast, the beaches have become an integral part of the lifestyle. With an incredible 70 miles of shoreline, more than 40 public beach parks and many more private and public beach accesses, the area is truly a haven for those wishing to get out and explore a natural coastal environment.
When it comes to beachfront, this area has the rare blessing of not only quantity, but quality. The unspoiled shorelines of the area provide ocean-side experiences so spectacular that it is difficult to completely describe in words.