A best but least-known beach
Last month, USA Today came out with its list of the 10 best but least-known beaches in Florida. Number 1 was Caladesi Island, a state park near Clearwater on the Gulf Coast. But second and third are on the Treasure Coast. They are Blowing Rocks Preserve in Hobe Sound and Vero Beach. Fifth is Jupiter, just south of the Treasure Coast in Palm Beach County. As a resident of Vero Beach, I was glad to see my city on the list. But --hmmm -- which part of the Vero Beach beach is my favorite? I pick South Beach Park, near our condo. It’s popular but seldom jammed. The facilities are well-maintained. Lifeguards are on duty during the day. The sand is clean. The beach slopes gently into the surf. But watch out for the trench! Kids build sand castles. Outside the swimming zone, six or eight people are usually lined up surf casting. It’s a special treat to watch the sun come up from South Beach. At low tide, I’ll stride north to Humiston Park or south past single-family homes. The farther south I go, the fewer people I see. South Beach Park is owned by the city of Vero Beach and is just a short drive east from the 17th Street Bridge. But don’t everyone come at once! I don’t want South Beach of Vero Beach to become like South Beach of Miami Beach. For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.