The Central East Florida Region
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Cities within the Central East region:
Speed, Surf and Space Make A Fabulous Place
Florida's Central East Region
Central East Florida begins with the Birthplace of Speed, Daytona Beach and blasts through the Space Coast, quietly ending amid the buried gold and famous oranges of the Treasure Coast. From speeding race cars to rocking space ships and from sunken Spanish galleons to pristine rivers and waterways, the Central East region blends the beauty of Florida's yesteryears with the triumphs of her tomorrows.
Florida's Treasure Coast, comprised of Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties, is named for the treasure-laden Spanish galleons that lie sunken off its shores. Florida's Space Coast, which includes Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne and Palm Bay, offers 72 miles of sun-drenched Atlantic shores and more than 250 square miles of protected wildlife refuges. Endangered sea turtles are often spotted along Brevard County beaches, where they make as many as 12,000 nests each summer. From May to September, vacationers can take guided sea turtle walks and watch as the giant creatures lumber out of the ocean and lay their eggs in the sand, or marvel as tiny hatchlings struggle back to the ocean in the fall.
Anglers will love the amazing diversity of Space Coast fishing, where prime spots can be found along area beaches, rivers, piers and offshore depths. In Port Canaveral, natural coral reefs and several artificial wrecks provide a haven for fish and a paradise for fishermen. For additional ways to enjoy the area's beauty, take an airboat ride on the St. Johns River, which features unique stops deep in cypress swamps; go manatee watching at the Crane Creek Promenade in Melbourne, where late afternoon is the best time for viewing the gentle giants.
To the south, the Space Coast melts into Florida's Treasure Coast, comprised of Indian River and St. Lucie counties, which is one of Florida's premier saltwater fishing destinations. The Indian River, said to be the most diverse estuary in the United States, extends for 160 miles along Florida's east coast. Along the river, travelers will find hundreds of mangrove islands to explore.
The Treasure Coast is famous for the treasure-laden Spanish galleons that lie sunken off its shores. Divers can explore these ships, plus Civil War and World War II-era wrecks, at numerous underwater sites. To the west, Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest freshwater lake in the country, covers more than 700 square miles and encompasses parts of five Florida counties.