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Va c at i o n G o l d o n F lo r i d a ’ s Tr e a s u r e C o a s t Article & Photography by Jennifer Merrick

n July 31st, 2015, divers struck gold when they found 4.5 million dollars’ worth of Spanish coins off the coast of Vero Beach, 170 miles southeast of Orlando. It’s just a fraction of the loot that was lost when 11 ships laden with jewelry and precious metals capsized during a hurricane in 1715, exactly 300 years earlier, on their return to Spain.

Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties, is known as Florida’s Treasure Coast.

Those riches have been washing up on Florida’s mid-eastern coast ever since, and it’s why this region, which encompasses St.

“We are now entering Osprey Alley,” said Captain John, and we were treated to the


Though we didn’t unearth any gold coins on our recent trip, we did discover a treasure trove of vacation gems. Here were some of our favourites.

Indian River County

sight of several large nests and their feathered inhabitants. We marvelled at mothers taking care of their fledglings, fanning them to keep them cool. These graceful water birds were just one of many wildlife sightings on this unforgettable airboat tour of Blue Cypress Lake. We also spotted alligators, turtles, eagles, great blue herons and the adorable two-day-old moorhens. Lunch was also memorable at Capt. Hiram’s Resort’s Bahamian-styled Sand Bar. Surrounded by palm trees, our feet

Canadian World Traveller Summer 2016 issue

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