Seeking a great end-of-summer getaway for the family before the reality of work and school arrives? Turns out, the perfect escape isn’t so far away. Capt. Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian, Fla., is an all-in-one family destination, with the perfect combination of accommodations and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Summer never truly ends at Capt. Hiram’s, as its laid-back island style ushers in the essence of the tropics, making you feel like you’ve been whisked away to the Caribbean. So before summer ends, here are nine ways Capt. Hiram’s can take you and your family on one last summer adventure.
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Savor Florida’s Storied River Life
Sail along the serene waters of the Sebastian River and Indian River Lagoon aboard Capt. Hiram’s River King, a 45-foot sightseer pontoon boat. You can take in the area’s natural beauty on any of the three daily eco-tours that depart from the resort’s marina. As you cruise along Sebastian’s waterways, you’ll likely spot manatees, bottlenose dolphins, pelicans and more on the two-hour daytime cruise. If you’re a nature enthusiast at heart, the sunset cruise can take you to Pelican Island Natural Wildlife Reserve, the first federally protected nature preserve designated as a wildlife refuge. Today, it supports at least 14 federally threatened or endangered species.
Stay in Style with Family-Sized Accommodations
The family that plays together can stay together in the spacious accommodations at the Inn at Capt. Hiram’s Resort. For the perfect family staycation, you can enjoy a two-room special that connects a king suite with a unique bunk bed suite perfect for the kids and kids at heart. Together, these rooms can accommodate up to six people. The laid-back rooms at the Inn at Capt. Hiram’s Resort provide the comfort of home combined with an island style that’s sure to transport you to a vacation state of mind — plus the private, furnished balconies offer epic views of the river. Florida residents get special discounts as well, so be sure to check out all the special packages available for your staycation.
Make Your Stay a Reggae Getaway
Close out summer to the sounds of Reggae at Capt. Hiram’s Sunday Summer Concert Series. The outdoor concerts at the resort’s Sand Bar Beach Club will have everyone in the family rocking to the Rastafarian rhythm. Nearly 20 bands are scheduled to play at this 13-week concert series, including some of the biggest names in Reggae. From the Bahamian beats and river breeze to the tropical vibes and cold drinks, the whole family will feel like they’ve been transported to the Caribbean.
Outdoor Adventure Awaits
Get your adrenaline pumping with a memorable outdoor adventure with the family. Capt. Hiram’s Adventure Center and Marina offers a number of water activities to add a little excitement during your stay. Take to the water on a kayak or stand up paddleboard — both are fun and add a bit of exercise to your day. You can also rent a bike and cruise the coastline with the family and enjoy the river breeze.
Drop Anchor at the Marina
Want to cruise the waterways on your own? Sebastian Watercraft Rentals at Capt. Hiram’s Marina offers pontoon and fishing boat rentals and provides access to the most scenic boating area on Indian River Lagoon. Whether you plan to fish the flats, cruise the lagoon or set up at the sandbar, a day on the boat is perfect for some family fun in the sun.
Reel in the Memories
Let the experienced fishing captains who call the Capt. Hiram’s Marina home take you out on an exciting excursion in one of Florida’s premier fishing areas. You can reel in the memories (and the fish) both inshore and offshore in Sebastian. Anglers of all ages can enjoy a trip on the water with several fishing charters at Capt. Hiram’s Marina. For offshore fishing, Capt. Bruce of Incentive Fishing Charters is knowledgeable in bottom fishing for hard-fighting snapper and grouper, as well as live baiting and trolling for dolphin, sailfish, king mackerel and more. Meanwhile, Capt. Vaughn of Dirty Bird Charters can take you out on the Indian River Lagoon to fish for trout, snook, tarpon and redfish. Find the right fishing charter for you at Capt. Hiram’s Marina.
Fun in the Sun
During your stay at Capt. Hiram’s Resort, you’ll be just minutes away from miles of Atlantic Coast beaches ideal for surfing, swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, shell hunting and scuba diving. Sebastian Inlet State Park, tucked between Fort Pierce and Cape Canaveral, features three miles of sandy beaches and is a sanctuary for nature lovers. However, if you’d rather hit the waves, the Sebastian Inlet is world-famous for its Atlantic barrels and sweet hurricane swells.
Sharpen Your Golf Game
If you crave a day of fun in the sun, you can find it on the greens of the outstanding golf courses in and around Sebastian. The Sebastian Municipal Golf Course is the closest course to the Inn at Capt. Hiram’s and recently underwent $2 million worth of improvements, including new re-grassed Champion Ultra Dwarf greens — the same putting turf played at the 2017 PGA Championship. Further south in Vero Beach you’ll find Sandridge Golf Course, which boasts two 18-hole championship courses designed by Ron Garl. The par 4 14th hole on the Lakes Course is known as one of the toughest holes in South Florida, thanks to its challenging island green. Head north and you’ll find the Habitat Golf Course in Malabar, known as a haven for both golfers and wildlife. As you drive, chip and putt your way through this championship course, don’t forget to stop and take in the natural beauty surrounding the rolling greens. Be sure to ask the staff at Capt. Hiram’s to see which course is best for your game.
Find Your Island Style
A vacation isn’t complete without a souvenir or two, and the Boatique at Capt. Hiram’s can ensure you bring a bit of island style back with you. From Hawaiian T-shirts and Bahamian home decor to jewelry and toys, there’s a little something for everyone to take home and remember their vacation. Don’t forget your Capt. Hiram’s logoed tee, tank or cap.
Summer vibes are always alive at Capt. Hiram’s Resort, which makes it the perfect destination for your family’s last hoorah before the daily grind of school and work begins. Whether you’re seeking a relaxing getaway or an island-style adventure, there’s a way for every family to stay and play at Capt. Hiram’s Resort. Plan your last-minute summer getaway to Capt. Hiram’s Resort soon.