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Old 04-24-2013, 11:57 AM   #181
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Hi guys,

I am taking my two younger kids to the ocean for the very first time. The beach they know is on Lake Champlain, not exactly the same thing as the Atlantic Ocean. They'll be 8 and 13 by then. We'll be at VB last week of August (21-28).

They do not know yet, and I plan to tell them when school is out at the end of June. I am looking for ideas on how to break the news in a fun way. Any ideas?
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:47 AM   #182
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We went to Vero last May and found that we enjoyed Shutters but the food is good not great. Off property we went to :
Lobster Shanty- Over the bridge down in Vero. Good food on the water but inside. A plus for us.
Mulligans- In Vero proper, very good, relaxed atmosphere
Ocean Grill- Best place of our visit. Good food, a little more upscale then Mulligans. It is across the parking lot from Mulligans.
Squid Lips- up in Sebastian. We found it fair at best, but others love it. Maybe they were just having a bad night.

Look back at the first few pages, there is a pizza place that delivers. I looked up things on the web to find places in the area and get reviews.

We have vacationed with a 10yr old that is very chatty. She would have been fine at Vero. On the weekend they have a DJ at the pool. Good slide, lots of activity to do during the day for all the kids. Good slide.
Thank you so much. We are really looking forward to staying here. I am taking notes on dining so this helps us greatly!!!
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:40 PM   #183
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So we have had this reservation for about 4 months now and I am sooooo excited about having a beach vacation this year. BUT...my family is so used to having vacations at Disneyworld or vacations where we are on the go so much, I am now getting a but worried. My kids are almost 18 and 14 and they are each bringing a friend so basically 4 teenagers and my hubby and I. The girls are the 14 year olds...not worried about them in the least, they will most likely be fine. Its the 18 year old boys that I am concerned about.....they are graduating this year and my son and his friend had the money but the rest of their friends could not pull together enough money to attend a beach week (which I am SOOO thankful for...heehee) so I offered my son and his friend to come along with us. We are in a 2 bedroom so there is plenty of room & they will bring the xbox along. Anyways....what activities do you suggest if I see boredom settling in? I seen the surf school and the boys thought that looked fun....anything else that you can suggest? Also....anyone know of a Costco nearby? AND....can anyone direct me in the right path for some pictures of the 2 bedrooms at Vero? Thanks so much!!
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Also....anyone know of a Costco nearby? AND....can anyone direct me in the right path for some pictures of the 2 bedrooms at Vero? Thanks so much!!
Unfortunately there aren't any Costco stores near Vero Beach. The closest would be in the Palm Beach area which is over 60 miles away. Otherwise, if you're driving from somewhere north of Vero, there are the Orlando area locations or, if coming down I-95, there is a Costco in the Jacksonville area that doesn't seem to be too far off the highway.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:38 AM   #185
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So we have had this reservation for about 4 months now and I am sooooo excited about having a beach vacation this year. BUT...my family is so used to having vacations at Disneyworld or vacations where we are on the go so much, I am now getting a but worried. My kids are almost 18 and 14 and they are each bringing a friend so basically 4 teenagers and my hubby and I. The girls are the 14 year olds...not worried about them in the least, they will most likely be fine. Its the 18 year old boys that I am concerned about.....they are graduating this year and my son and his friend had the money but the rest of their friends could not pull together enough money to attend a beach week (which I am SOOO thankful for...heehee) so I offered my son and his friend to come along with us. We are in a 2 bedroom so there is plenty of room & they will bring the xbox along. Anyways....what activities do you suggest if I see boredom settling in? I seen the surf school and the boys thought that looked fun....anything else that you can suggest? Also....anyone know of a Costco nearby? AND....can anyone direct me in the right path for some pictures of the 2 bedrooms at Vero? Thanks so much!!
Hate to say it but unless your 18 yo will have a car to drive they will be bored. No boardwalk, entertainment within walking distance. Actually the town of Sebastian(where Disney Resort is) is pretty quiet as a whole. Can you do a split stay? Three nights max at VB.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:30 AM   #186
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Question about eating at VB:

- Is the Thursday night buffet this menu: http://allears.net/menu/menu_vero3.htm? We will be going on a DCL after VB. I'm trying to decide if paying for this meal will be worth it. The price on allears is $25, but it's from a few years ago, so I'm assuming it is higher now?

- How expensive is the character breakfast? I thought that might be a fun way to end our last VB morning before heading to port.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:02 AM   #187
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So we have had this reservation for about 4 months now and I am sooooo excited about having a beach vacation this year. BUT...my family is so used to having vacations at Disneyworld or vacations where we are on the go so much, I am now getting a but worried. My kids are almost 18 and 14 and they are each bringing a friend so basically 4 teenagers and my hubby and I. The girls are the 14 year olds...not worried about them in the least, they will most likely be fine. Its the 18 year old boys that I am concerned about.....they are graduating this year and my son and his friend had the money but the rest of their friends could not pull together enough money to attend a beach week (which I am SOOO thankful for...heehee) so I offered my son and his friend to come along with us. We are in a 2 bedroom so there is plenty of room & they will bring the xbox along. Anyways....what activities do you suggest if I see boredom settling in? I seen the surf school and the boys thought that looked fun....anything else that you can suggest? Also....anyone know of a Costco nearby? AND....can anyone direct me in the right path for some pictures of the 2 bedrooms at Vero? Thanks so much!!
Actually our 18 year old was not bored. Rather depends on what they enjoy. Ours loved kayaking at Sebastian State Park (went a second day) biking all over including south to the Vero Beach area ~ great path along the highway and the Jungle Trail for off-path, fishing, spending time at the beach, and "just chillin'".
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Question about eating at VB:

- Is the Thursday night buffet this menu: http://allears.net/menu/menu_vero3.htm? We will be going on a DCL after VB. I'm trying to decide if paying for this meal will be worth it. The price on allears is $25, but it's from a few years ago, so I'm assuming it is higher now?

- How expensive is the character breakfast? I thought that might be a fun way to end our last VB morning before heading to port.
The Saturday breakfast is $16.99 for adults and $10.99 for children 3-9 all you care to enjoy family style breakfast featuring: fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, breakfast potatoes, mini cinnamon rolls, mini bear claws, mini Mickey waffles, orange juice, coffee or milk 7:30 - 11:00 am
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The Saturday breakfast is $16.99 for adults and $10.99 for children 3-9 all you care to enjoy family style breakfast featuring: fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, breakfast potatoes, mini cinnamon rolls, mini bear claws, mini Mickey waffles, orange juice, coffee or milk 7:30 - 11:00 am
Thanks! I was expecting it to cost a little more. This is great news. :-)
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:13 PM   #190
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So we have had this reservation for about 4 months now and I am sooooo excited about having a beach vacation this year. BUT...my family is so used to having vacations at Disneyworld or vacations where we are on the go so much, I am now getting a but worried. My kids are almost 18 and 14 and they are each bringing a friend so basically 4 teenagers and my hubby and I. The girls are the 14 year olds...not worried about them in the least, they will most likely be fine. Its the 18 year old boys that I am concerned about.....they are graduating this year and my son and his friend had the money but the rest of their friends could not pull together enough money to attend a beach week (which I am SOOO thankful for...heehee) so I offered my son and his friend to come along with us. We are in a 2 bedroom so there is plenty of room & they will bring the xbox along. Anyways....what activities do you suggest if I see boredom settling in? I seen the surf school and the boys thought that looked fun....anything else that you can suggest? Also....anyone know of a Costco nearby? AND....can anyone direct me in the right path for some pictures of the 2 bedrooms at Vero? Thanks so much!!
You're going to want to purchase some bodyboards (aka boogie boards). The surf at VB offers some exciting waves to work with. And one of the things the boys are going to appreciate is the beach is RIGHT THERE! You can go down and setup your spot. Spend some time in the waves. Then go back up to the pool or the room to eat (again). They can leave their boards, towels, chairs, umbrella, etc. down there without concern and go back to the beach as they please. They also have jet ski rentals (what teen boy wouldn't love that?). They also have a lake across the street where you can fish (catch and release). They do rent tackle (novice quality stuff). Honestly, I can spend most of my time in the ocean catching waves. The key to that enjoyment is technique... you have to time the wave and paddle hard to end up on top of the wave to ride it down to the beach. Don't let the wave break behind you and ride the wash in to the beach... that is what children do. Sometimes you end up tumbling like being in a front loaded washing machine, but that is the challenge and what makes having that successful ride sooo rewarding. These guys are the right age to enjoy that. I think you will be just fine on this stay. Have a great time.
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Hate to say it but unless your 18 yo will have a car to drive they will be bored. No boardwalk, entertainment within walking distance. Actually the town of Sebastian(where Disney Resort is) is pretty quiet as a whole. Can you do a split stay? Three nights max at VB.
Hi, Hope! We haven't crossed paths for a long time Hoping all is well with you and yours.
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They also have jet ski rentals (what teen boy wouldn't love that?).
Bear in mind that you need to be 21 or older to rent the Waverunners.
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Hi, Hope! We haven't crossed paths for a long time Hoping all is well with you and yours.
Hey back at ya!! Can't wait to get back to VB! When will you be there? Hope all is well!

Have they done much with the lake side of the resort?
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Bear in mind that you need to be 21 or older to rent the Waverunners.
I believe you are correct. Didn't think about that. However, I believe a 16 y/o can drive it with a 21 y/o on board. So, dad (or mom) has to ride along. I did this with my son a good while back.

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How many DVD players in the Beach Cottages?

Hi, All!

Calling all experts or past travellers who have stayed in the Vero Beach Cottages...

We are traveling to VB resort this month for the first time (woohoo!) and I need to know if there is a DVD player for all TV's (including all the bedrooms). This way I will know if I need to bring my own!

Thank you in advance for your replies!

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