Introduction to Sebastian, Florida
Sebastian, Florida, in Indian River county, is 16 miles SE of Palm Bay, Florida (center to center) and 121 miles E of Tampa, Florida. The city is conveniently located inside the Melbourne - Titusville - Palm Bay metropolitan area. There are an estimated 16,181 people in Sebastian.
The town of Sebastian was founded in 1882 and originally named St. Sebastian, which was also the name of a river that flowed nearby. Later ‘st.’ was removed from the name of the river, as well as from the city's name. Sebastian was incorporated in 1924. Sebastian is also the home of Pelican Island, which was declared the country’s first National Wildlife refuge in 1903.
Sebastian and nearby Attractions
- Sebastian Fishing Museum
- Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
- Disney's Vero Beach Resort
- McLarty Treasure Museum
- Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum
Sebastian is famous for its pristine beauty. It attracts vacationers from the neighboring Florida cities by helping them escape the hectic pace of their lives and relax in natural surroundings. People also enjoy fishing, surfing and skydiving. Nature is displayed in its full glory in the city of Sebastian, which makes it a very popular destination for eco-tourism.
The city airport is Sebastian Municipal Airport.
Sebastian Higher Education
Adult education is available at nearby Indian River Community College.