The town of Melbourne Beach has a lot going for it. From the thriving culture, to the local restaurants, to the gorgeous shoreline and it’s rich heritage, Melbourne Beach is a great place to visit and an even greater place to live.
Although many of Melbourne Beach’s best qualities are readily apparent, there are some interesting things about the town that aren’t as well known:
1. One of Melbourne Beach’s first settlers was a ferryboat captain and a carpenter and a postal carrier.
Life in a late 1800’s settlement town takes a lot of innovation and adaptability, to say the least. Capt. Rufus BeauJean had these traits in spades. A veritable “jack of all trades” Capt. BeauJean was one of the first to settle Melbourne Beach and soon came to fill many of the burgeoning town’s needs. His ferry was the only way people could travel to and from the town. He also built an addition to his home that served as the area’s post office and the town’s chapel.
2. Melbourne Beach may have been visited by Ponce De Leon 500 years ago.
The town historian, Frank J. Thomas, has stated that the Spanish explorer landed on Melbourne Beach on April 2, 1513 ending a month-long voyage from Puerto Rico. Like many explorers, Thomas believes Ponce De Leon was searching for gold when he stumbled onto Florida shores believing he was somewhere else. A statue has been erected in Melbourne Beach in honor of Ponce De Leon’s landing in Florida.
3. Melbourne Beach is home to the Golden Triangle.
Just over 3,000 people have Melbourne Beach addresses, but only a fraction of them hail from the “Golden Triangle,” a historic and exclusive area flush with luxury oceanfront residences between Atlantic and Ocean Avenues. The “Golden Triangle” starts north of Ocean Avenue and ends east of Oak Street.
Visit our Melbourne Beach page to learn more about homes in this area.