Fort Pierce vacation rentals are in the Fort Pierce/St. Lucie, Florida area. This central Atlantic region is known for its diving, deep sea fishing and resort community. With Fort Pierce condo rentals and Fort Pierce cottages, there are plenty of accommodations to suit a large reunion or small intimate getaway to sunny Florida.
A short drive from most Fort Pierce vacation rentals is the Experimental Oculina Research Reserve on Oculina Banks. Oculina Banks is an ivory bush coral reef off the coast. It encompasses 92 square nautical miles and was formed in 1984 over concerns for U.S. reefs. Finally in 1994, the area was closed to bottom fishing and in 2000, the area was expanded to 300 square nautical miles to keep out any disruption of habitat. There is also a large manatee population. Dive tours can anchor just outside the reefs and allow divers to swim. However, they are given stern instructions to preserve the area, especially any research sections that are clearly marked.
Fort Pierce condo rentals are close to St. Lucie County Regional History Center, St. Lucie County Marine Center, Old Fort Park, and the Navy Seal Museum. The Navy Museum exhibits Navy uniforms, underwater demolition history, and a nine-foot statue of the modern Navy Seal. The museum was opened in 1985. It takes roughly an hour to tour the museum so you may want to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the Heathcote Botanical Gardens. All Fort Pierce cottages and Fort Pierce vacation rentals have full kitchens with refrigerators, making it easy to pack a picnic each day.
Manatees are a huge part of Florida’s ecosystem, though these mammals are highly endangered. In an effort to protect them, Fort Pierce has created a Manatee Observation and Education Center. It is a nonprofit organization, offering manatee education. Visitors to Fort Pierce cottages may find the center is the only place to see live manatees, though occasional boat tours spot these animals out in the ocean. Fort Pierce condo rentals make it possible for visitors to enjoy their vacation and to view other marine life such as dolphins, sea turtles and more.
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