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We have Pirate Treasure on our beaches
How about a totally Kool Florida Vacation? Regular people are finding shipwreck coins on
and just off our local Florida beaches by snorkeling or using an inexpensive metal detector.
I'm talking about real pirate treasure from pirate shipwrecks. Right here on a Florida
beach about an hour from the Orlando theme parks. Check out the article to the left....
When I first moved to this area, I heard the rumors about treasures
found on Florida beaches. People kept this very quiet, but something
like this just can't be kept secret for very long. This pirate treasure
was coming from ancient Spanish shipwrecks sunk along our coast during
a hurricane in 1715. In those days the Spanish owned Florida and travelled
through Florida waters to get their plundered treasure back to Spain.
Local Florida people have taken advantage of
these pirate treasure shipwrecks, and carried home doubloons, old Spanish
coins, shipwreck jewelry, cob coins, Pillar Dollars, Spanish gold coins,
gold and silver from these beaches and it would seem that not a lot
of folks are aware of this. So, I thought I would help this situation
along and write this page. Lately recent real news is overtaking this
Who wouldn't like to find some valuable shipwreck coins on a Florida
treasure beach? Or find gold while snorkeling? Imagine a treasure hunt that doesn't require a dive
boat, and the only equipment necessary is a metal detector or a mask and finns! Besides,
your family can't spend every day at a theme park .. you'll go
broke! Spend some time on one of our beaches and go for a swim - it could pay for
your entire trip and then some!
I'm a sailor, not a treasure hunter, but living here for 20 years I've had
friends who were. The information presented here was gathered by those
who 'know' and is very real. I'm publishing exact directions to
every treasure beach I'm aware of in central Florida. I know it's
not Pirate Treasure, but hey, a treasure beach is a treasure beach ...right?
Hunting for tropical treasure can add a little excitement to life and
who can say if there's a pirate treasure chest waiting to be found?
Besides, if you're taking the kids to Disney or Universal, this would
make a great day trip (roughly 1 hour by car), and who knows, you
could get rich. Why not? I've heard a lot weirder get rich schemes
and they were smoke and mirrors. If you read those news clips above....then
you know, this treasure is for real. Besides, metal detectors are fun for
the whole family, as you never know what you'll discover (think 'pieces of eight'),
and who doesn't like wading in 80 degree water?
Treasure, Pirates, Gold!!! It doesn't get any better than this!
more gold, coins and silver are found after a local storm, as the sea
is agitated, the sea bottom stirred up, and treasure is washed onto
the beach or uncovered on the bottom in just a few feet of water. A patient person with a metal detector
and/or a dive mask can have a very profitable
day if conditions are right, as treasure will lie just under the sandy
surface of the beach or lay visible in shallow water. Now tell me,
isn't this the way to spend a couple of days of your vacation!!
Treasure hunting on these sites is legal but Florida Law says that you have to
split your find with the State of Florida.(I won't tell them if you don't)
These directions have a starting point of
course, and begin from a city in east central
Florida roughly even with and some 60 miles east of Orlando, FL.
The city is Melbourne, FL. Melbourne is a vibrant, coastal town
separated from the
Atlantic Ocean by a barrier island which runs along the coast some
70 miles and is connected to the mainland by several causeways.
This barrier island is where the shipwrecks occurred and where 1715 Fleet artifacts are found. The lagoon formed between the city and
the island is a part of the USA east coast intracoastal waterway,
and is where I do most of my sailing.
Before we get started,
this is important.. if you are one of the lucky ones, keep it to
yourself. These days the Spanish Government is suing anyone who
finds anything that looks like it might be from an ancient Spanish
ship as they are claiming it as Spanish Government property. Believe
it or not, there is more recent news on this as the Country of Peru
has also chimed in saying that most of these ancient Spanish coins
were minted in Peru and therefore... you guessed it ... the coins
belong to them, not Spain.
I'm posting this because as of
today (January 2012), the Spanish claim has been verified and upheld
in US courts but only concerning sunken vessels. The Peru clain
is still pending. Therefore I'm confident that I'm not advising
anyone to break the law. This could change, as it's Spain needs
the money (who doesn't?) and now up to US courts to decide the matter.
We all know this could take years. In the meantime there's absolutely
no need for you to become one of their test cases on Admiralty Law.
I'm not an attorney but in my humble opinion, if you treasure hunt
with a metal detector and find gold on these beaches there is a
precedent in "finders keepers ... losers weepers, " section of US
Law regardless of who's shipwreck was responsible for littering
our beaches with their gold.
First, some brief History
(or why we are all reading this)
Every year, two fleets traveled between Spain
and the Americas; the Esquadron de Terra Firme from Spain to
South America, and the Flota d e Nova Espana toward Vera Cruz.
Sometimes, these two fleets would travel together all the way
to the Caribbean. The return voyage was more dangerous. The
galleons were fully loaded with precious cargoes of gold, silver,
jewelry, tobacco, spices, indigo, cochineal etc… The crews were
tired and often plagued by health problems brought on by tropical
diseases, malnutrition, and deplorable hygienic conditions on
board. These conditions made ships even more vulnerable to attacks
by pirates, but the greatest danger came from an uncontrollable
element; the weather. The general weather conditions were more
favorable during the summer months. The waters of the Atlantic Ocean were calmer, and the
prevailing winds gentler. However, in 1715 the fleet left later
than usual and were caught by a hurricane off the coast of central
Florida. The entire fleet was lost on the reefs off the coast
of Florida. Six of the 11 shipwreck sites have been discovered,
the other 5 shipwrecks remain to be found with only a general
idea as to their location. The consensus is that they should
be found between Cape Canaveral ( US space center) to the north
and Fort Pierce to the south. The Melbourne area is roughly
in the center of this general area and many artifacts have been
found washed up on our local beaches. We can only surmise that
these undiscovered shipwrecks are located right here.
Now before I give you the directions to our lost treasure,
there's one more important brief comment for anyone who hasn't
visited our beaches. Florida beaches are continuous (obviously).
On some stretches, it's possible to walk for miles without encountering
anyone. Brevard county has 70 miles of coastline. The following
areas are places in Brevard and Indian River counties where
people have found lost treasure which has washed ashore from
these shipwrecks year after year, just by walking the beach.
Many of these areas are sparsely populated. For the most part,
there are no concession stands and restaurants are few and far
in between. Look for Bait and Tackle shops as they're your best
bet for refreshments (and frozen Margaritas!!). It's probably
best that you pack a lunch and bring something to drink, and
don't forget to bring a hat and the most protective sunscreen
you can find!! (we're talking SPF 70 here). Don't forget spare
batteries for the metal detector. Also note that gas stations
are spaced 5 to 10 miles apart on A1A.
Lastly, if you do get rich quick, please remember to take care of the guy who
gave you the directions to these sites !! (Me). I sure wouldn't mind a small token of appreciation from your good fortune.
Directions to a treasure beach
From Melbourne, FL take Route 192 east across
the intracoastal waterway causeway, and stay on it right
to the end. Take a right on route A1A (Miramar Ave) and follow.
1.7 miles to the traffic light in Melbourne Beach. Take a left
at the light and go about 10 miles south. The best place to park
is at the Sebastian Beach Inn (It's a restaurant, not a motel).
There is Beach access at this point. 1715 silver Spanish coins
have been found in this area. Although no shipwreck has been
discovered on the reef, Spanish Treasure is consistanly
The next treasure beach is 2.5 miles south to
to "Bonsteel Park." (This is about 14 miles south of
the junction of US 192 and A1A or 2.4 miles north of Sebastian
Inlet). Bonsteel Park is a small county ocean side park with parking and beach access.
This is another Spanish Treasure beach as 1715 coins are
Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area
The state park is clearly marked and is approximately
2 1/2 miles south of Bonsteel Park. Hunt the beach south of
the jetty, you may find coins here from the Cabin Wreck, which
is the next site to the south.
About 0.8 miles south of the inlet, you'll see
a DAY USE BEACH ACCESS park. Walk south 1.5 miles to get to
the North Cabin Wreck area. Here you can find coins and artifacts
from the Nuestra Senora de la Regla wreck of 1715. The best
Spanish Treasure hunting starts at the McLarty rock pile and to the south. Go slow
and the metal detector should find them within 10 inches of the surface.
McLarty Visitor Center
You might want to pay this small museum a visit as they
specialize in local Spanish Treasure finds, and display many
gold and silver artifacts as well as treasures. It also provides a
bit of local Native American history and tells of how the natives helped survivors.
They show a 30 minute video that features several well known treasure hunters, among them
Mel Fisher. Over 1/2 million $ worth of gold coins have been discovered
here (that we know of) as recent as July 2013.
Continue past McLarty about 0.9 miles for
beach access marked as AMBERSAND BEACH ACCESS. Park and walk
over the boardwalk to the treasure beach. The best spot to hunt
is about 1200 feet to the north and north of the McLarty Rockpile.
This is the site believed to be of the Nuestra Senora de La
Regla, one of the 1715 galleon wrecks. Silver bars and
Spanish gold coins are found on the beachmaking this beach a
Continue south from Ambersand Beach another
2 miles to TREASURE SHORES BEACH PARK. Here is a mix of late
1715 and 1800's materials. One wreck, a suspected British pirate
ship caught and sank by the Spanish, while she was raiding the 1715 shipwreck.
Here there might be some interference while decting Spanish
Treasure as your metal detector will go off the scale as you
come across 1715 material, as well as slag iron reputed to be from
a circa 1890 merchant ship.
Spring of Whitby & Robert
Continuing south on A1A another 1.3 miles, you'll
see the entrance to GOLDEN SANDS PARK on the ocean side. Cross
the boardwalk to the beach. You'll see beach markers to the
north and south. The wrecks of the Robert & the Spring of
Whitbey are located here. Both wrecks are from 1810. This beach
produces Spanish "Pillar Dollars" and treasure from the early 19th century.
Green Cabin Wreck
SAN MARTIN 1618 - Continue south on A1A for
1.5 miles until you reach the intersection of A1A and State
Road 510. Here you'll see the WABASSO BEACH (named after the
Ossadaw Indians). This beach produces 1715 and 1618 coins. The
best area is to the south approximately 5,000 feet where material
from the 1618 shipwreck SAN MARTIN lay offshore.
Believed to be where the SANTO CRISTO DE SAN
ROMAN (1715) went down. There are 2 sites, first go down A1A
another 1.6 miles from Wabasso Beach to SEAGRAPE BEACH ACCESS,
or a little farther south (0.8 miles) to TURTLE BEACH ACCESS.
This is the site of one of the 1715 galleons. The scatter from
this particular wreck covers a large area. Many Spanish gold
coins and silver coins, as well as Spanish artifacts and all
kinds of Spanish treasure have been
found on the beaches after storms.
RIO MAR Wreck
Continue 8.5 miles south from TURTLE BEACH to
where it is believed the NUESTRA SENORA DEL CARMEN (1715) went
down. Be careful, you'll be travelling through the beach residential
area of Vero Beach. Look for Rio Mar Drive and turn left. Park
at the end of the street and cross the boardwalk unto the beach.
This is another 1715 shipwreck that produces coins and
other artifacts. If you see a white boat anchored offshore,
wave to Kane Fisher, who found the Atocha wreck along with his dad,
the famous Mel Fisher. If he's looking for Spanish Treasure
here, so should you!
Continue south 11.8 miles toward Ft. Pierce
and look for PEPPER PARK BEACH on the ocean side.
will find 1715 coins. The area to the north in front of the
pink condos has been a productive spot. The wreck offshore has
been designated a State Underwater Park.
Douglas Beach, Gold Wreck
This is believed to be site of the NUESTRA SENORA
DE LAS NIEVES (1715). There are 2 sites associated with this
wreck. You'll have to detour from A1A unto US 1 to cross the
inlet at Ft. Pierce. Follow the signs and get back to A1A ocean
side. Approximately 2.5 miles south of the Ft. Pierce Inlet
you'll find JOHN BROOKS PARK/GREEN TURTLE BEACH, this is the
northern most site, continue south 0.3 miles and you'll be at
FREDERICH DOUGLAS MEMORIAL BEACH. Between these two sites you'll
find Spanish gold coins and silver coins as well as other 1715
NORTH POWER PLANT
Just south of Douglas Beach, is MIDDLE COVE
PARK, an area where coins from the mid sixteen hundreds are
found on the beach.
Well, that's it for the treasure beach Page.
All these sites are very real and remember, it may be illegal
to hunt artifacts on them so use this information at your own