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Bethune Beach: JB's Fish Camp for fresh seafood, regional charm( PHOTO BY BOB ROUNTREE )
Its not much more than a shack with a dock and a boat ramp on the Indian River Lagoon, and that's its charm. JBs Fish camp is a bustling little restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, serving fresh, locally harvested seafood in classic crabshack style with a fresh sheet of kraft paper rolled out on tables to catch your shells. Crabs, clams and oysters are taken right out of the Indian River from JBs own leaseholds.
You can also launch a boat, kayak or canoe here for access to the lagoon, or you can fish off the dock for redfish and mangrove snapper. Boats often come in from the lagoon after a day of fishing for an afternoon snack and a beer.
Bethune Beach, where JB's is located, will remind you more of North Carolinas Outer Banks than Floridas coast. Homes are built on stilts along narrow streets leading to the beach. And its the northern (less popular) gateway to Canaveral National Seashore. You can drive through the national park for miles without seeing much more than an armadillo. Or two.
-- Bob Rountree