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Old 12-06-2010, 04:28 PM   #1
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The 2011 Vero Beach Adoration and INFO thread

This thread is a continuation of starbox's original thread of 2007 and continued by MiaSRN62 and DisDaydreamer. I'd appreciate any updates to the information in this first post, especially on restaurants.

****UPDATE**** Emily921 has provided an update with the 2010 rack rates... Here's a link to starbox's 2010 incredible 35+ day TR in the VB area (requested by madcocco).
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2475631

Please feel free to ask questions, answer questions, or pose questions to be added to the FAQ. Also feel free to post some fresh (or favorite) photos.

Here are the links to the past threads..

2010 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2344361
2009 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1969415
2008 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1713110
2007 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1431524]

Anyone having any updates for the FAQ or anything to do with VB please post here or PM me.

If you would like to add the Vero Beach Adoration Club Icon to your signature or as an avatar you can follow this link http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...vdac_thumb.jpg This is a 100 x 100 pixel image.


Roll Call.... 2011 and 2012
Code:
2011
1/7 – 1/9 KAT4DISNEY
1/15 – 1/18 Brandis
1/21 – 1/26 bethsg
1/23 – 1-26 DisneyDuo
2/16 – 2/23 delauzons
2/18 – 2/21 ajkmom3
2/20 – 2/22 smacky1
2/20-2/24 MELSMICE
3/7 – 3/10 Jump4Joy8390
3/9 – 3/13 pit303
3/11 – 3/15 BernW
3/12 – 3/15 amandamcallister
3/12 – 3/18 ont/ohana
3/12 – 3/19 mickeywho?
3/12 – 3/20 Bose
3/13 – 3/19 papertraveller
3/17 – 3/20 debaudrn
3/23- 3/26 dizzneebabe
3/23 – 3/30 IggyLans
3/25 – 3/30 knothead180
3/26 – 3/28 hardingk
3/27 – 4/1 Kadorto
3/28 – 4/1 jjharts
4/2 – 4/8 Starr W.
4/3 - 4/9 Belle and Rella's Dad
4/3 – 4/9 conciergekelly
4/3 – 4/6 dznystar
4/10 – 4/14 CFedor1
4/12 – 4/18 glnrcker
4/16 – 4/21 Mahusky
4/20 – 4/22 job09
4/21 – 4/27 macphrsn
4/26 – 4/28 tlynk
5/3 – 5/5 MiaSRN62
5/28 – 6/1 PammyK
4/18 - 4/23 katdocnorf
4/28 - 4/29 wawdwluver
5/1 – 5/30 dort (off site)
5/14-5/17 DznyDreamz
5/22 – 5/26 mmmagic7754
5/22 – 5/27 jlmasl
5/22 – 5/29 csidisney
5/25 – 5-29 cmctammyg
5/25 – 5/28 JanDave
5/26 – 5-31 dis2cruise
6/1 – 6/30 starbox (off site)
6/5 – 6/10 srp1103
6/7 – 6/11 wigdoutdismom
6/10 - 6/12 bobbiwoz
6/10 – 6/12 sarahk0204
6/11 – 6/15 irish_dancer
6/11 – 6/18 hpygrll
6/12 Lenc324
6/13 – 6/15 Arthur27
6/18 – 6/21 tinkerfan1
6/18 – 6/22 codyvt
6-19 – 6/22 TinkerbellLuvr7
6/23 – 6/26 DVC Jen
6/24 – 6/25 iloveokw
6/26 - 7/1 ddiva
6/27 – 7/6 mittelst
6/30 – 7/1 SFD998 & Cheloconnell
7/1 – 7/4 vbarry
7/10 - ??? AKV707
7/13 – 7/15 MrShiny
7/15 – 7/22 FormrCastMbr
7/20 – 7/22 SabresFan
7/30 – 8/5 LoverofDisney
7/31 – 8/3 Lindabelle
8/1 – 8/5 sadiespicks
8/3 – 8-6 Tink-n-Peter
8/4 – 8/8 IrenicMom
8/5 – 8-7 gabriellyn
8/5 – 8/12 aggiemullins
8/6 – 8/13 Mahusky
8/12 – 8/15 kritter
8/13 – 8/16 TiggerAllie
8/29 – 9/1 smacky1
8/13 – 8/16 TiggerAllie
8/14 – 8/19 ellynsoh
9/5 – 9/9 Tennesotans
9/6 – 9/10 Fonzy13
9/6 – 9/12 Peddler
9/7 – 9/14 delaneyc52
9/9 – 9/11 amblackmon
9/15 – 9/19 keliblue
9/18 – 9/22 goofy4mykids
9/22 – 9/23 dawne98
9/22 – 9/24 EeyoreJMH
9/23 – 9/27 Joyciemc
9/28 - ??? alldiz
10/3 – 10/6 cemeb4dk
10/3 – 10-7 mic_KY_mouses
10/4 – 10/9 kimkreis
10/5 – 10/9 LittleBoPeep
10/14 – 10/16 ChrisMouse
10/16 – 10/22 treehugnmama
10/19 – 10/22 CruznLexi
10/21 – 10/27 hopefully
10/25 – 10-31 Leanne1977
10/27 – 10/29 gortman65
10/29 – 11/3 glokitty
10/30 – 11/2 Muushka
11/3 – 11/6 wyodan
11/10 – 11/15 chepic
12/18 – 12/22 lilwitch646
12/23 – 12/28 conciergekelly
12/24 – 12/30 Pattiwig

2012
1/13 – 1/16 dmurphy42
1/14 – 1/15 CruznLexi
1/15 – 1/21 bobbiwoz
2/12 – 2/15 auntsue
2/12 – 2/27 festus105
2/16 – 2/19 backyardponder
2/17 – 2/25 robhawk
2/20 – 2/26 smacky1
3/9 – 3/16 tink1969
3/10 – 3/19 iloveokw
3/11 – 3/17 mickeywho?
3/12 – 3/16 debaudrn
3/12 – 3/17 2gr8DisneyKids
3/18 – 3/20 TiszBear
3/18 – 3/23 BernW
4/1 – 4/5 job09
4/3 – 4/5 starbox
5/4 -5/11 obsesseddisplanner
5/10 – 5/14 JMTStone
5/11 – 5/13 Princess_Runner
5/25 – 6/1 lauralooneyfordisney
5/27 – 6/1 PammyK
6/9 – 6/13 anonymousegirl
6/12 – 6/14 S’sMom
6/14 – 6/17 loadsapixiedust
6/14 – 6/21 uicbear
6/15 – 6/17 bobbiwoz
6/19 – 6/23 glennbo123
6/20 – 6/24 wigdoutdismom

FAQ's ARCHIVE
NOTE: I am in the process of re-organizing this information. While I am
doing it, I will leave this for your reference. Most of the information used
in the re-organization is from this section

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VERO BEACH FAQ ARCHIVE


Contributors: starbox, MiaSRN62, mbhoxie, DisDaydreamer, Lisareniff, 
DVCconvert, Sorcerer's Dad, floridaFam, nzdisneymom, DisDaydreamer.

Vero Beach area travel information:
http://www.verobeach.com/
http://www.visitflorida.com/vero_beach


How many rooms does VB have?
VB has 18 dedicated 2 BR's; 36 Lockoffs (each of which can be divided 
into a studio and a 1BR); 6 3BR Beach Cottages; and 112 Inn rooms.  

How do I get to Vero Beach?
Do you have to be a DVC member to stay there?

No you do not. You can make a reservation through a travel agent or by 
calling the resort. 

What is rack rate for the resort? 

2010 VB Rates (Provided by Emily921)
Value 1-1 to 2-11, 8-15 to 12-16
Regular 4-11 to 5-27
Summer 5-28 to 8-14
Peak 2-12 to 3-20
Holiday 3-21 to 4-10 & 12-17 to 12-31
Studio V $185, R $240, S $250 wkdy $265 wknd Juy 4,Peak $310 and Holiday $335.
Inn Std same as Studio
Inn Ocean View, V $205, R $295, S $300 wkdy $315 wknd, P $350, H $395.
1BR V $285, R $370, S $375 wkdy $390 wknd, P $460,
H $480.
2BR V $370, R $495, S $505 wkdy, $520 wknd, peak
$680 and H $720.
3 BR Beach Cottage - V $805, R $980, S $1000 wkdy
$1015 wknd, P $1100, H $1245

Tax is 11%. wkend included July 4th. 
What is the difference between an Inn Room and a Studio?
With an Inn room you'll get 2 queen beds and it is about 360 sq ft. You also
will have a small frig, wet bar, and microwave. Select corner Inn rooms are
slightly larger and L-shaped. So as you enter the room through the door, you
see a narrow walk space and the kitchenette is right there. As you turn the corner,
you have the main space with the beds. 

A studio is about 375 sq ft and also has a frig, wet bar and microwave. The 
difference is you will get one queen bed and one double sleeper sofa. So if 
only two people are staying in the room and sharing the bed, you can keep 
the sofa closed and allows more floor space. The Vero Beach studio room is 
the same shape as the OKW studio so the floor space is optimized in my opinion. 

Studios (particularily ground and 2st floor), don't offer much of a view. There 
is a lot of very lush tropical foilage surrounding the ground floor studio and 
larger villas. Ocean View Inn rooms are a reservation option. 

What does availiability typically look like?
Peak season at South Florida beaches is in the Spring, with March and April 
(Spring Break) being the most popular. Summer is typically not as difficult to 
reserve as Spring is. By calling at 7 months, you can likely get any week you 
want. I've had luck getting summer time calling only a few months prior.

What is the beach like?
The beach is on the "wild" side, with lots of waves and a pretty sharp drop off. 
Children should be closely supervised. 
Rob describes it here:
"It is not a big beach, but it is never crowded so size, in this case, doesn't matter. 
Vero beach is an ocean playground. The waves on most days are formiddable and 
great for boogie or surf boarding. 

The sand is brown and coarse, and gets hot in the summer. For me the hot sand is 
a sensory awakening and I find myself thinking... "yes, I really am here... ouch, 
damn that's hot... ow, ow, ow".

I love the ocean waves. VB receives the gulf stream flow so the water temps are 
pretty steady for much of the year. I like to think that sharks don't like waves and 
stay out further than I venture. I have never seen a shark at VB, but PamOKW 
posted a story about a shark bite incident at VB in 2006. Thanks, Pam. 

Jelly Fish? Hah.... VB has PORTUGESE MAN-O-WAR! Actually, I have been to 
VB almost all the months from March to November and only once have I 
encountered these slimey creatures of pain. Yes, I was stung. Not too bad though... 
just felt like a thousand bee stings.

There is never a problem finding a spot to set up beach camp at VB.

One real nice thing about the beach is the proximity to the Pool bar & grill, and 
your room. So If you have hankering for a Margarita or a hamburger, OR nature 
is suddenly calling (#2, you can do #1 in the ocean), your remedy is very close by. 
We typically will set up early in the morning and go back and forth between the 
pool, the room, and the beach throughout the day.

The beach doesn't have much in the way of shelling, but it does have turtle nests."

Is there a lifeguard on duty?
There are lifeguards at the pool at peak times, but not on the beach.

Is there internet service at the resort?
Yes. They currently have Wireless in the lobby and sitting areas of the main 
building. They also have a public access computer off of the lobby area. 
Cost is $9.95/30 minutes. 

What sort of activities does the resort offer? Is there a fee?
There are a number of planned recreational activities. Some have age-limits 
and/or fees. These include (but are not limited to):
Fishing Fundamentals (age 7+): 30.00/35.00
Lagoon Adventure (age 7-17): fee ???
Kayak Adventure (age 8+):40.00/45.00
Pelican Island Bike Tour (age 12+) 8.00/10.00
Seaside Chefs (age 4+) fee?????
Unbirthday Parties (age 4-12): No fee
Campfire (all ages): No fee - Monday/Wed/Fri/Sat nights
SnorkelEars: 30.00/35.00
Turtle Troop Adventure 20.00/25.00
Discovery Scuba: 30.00/35.00
Cel Painting: 10.00/15.00
Faux Gyataku Craft: 7.00/10.00
Sand Casting: 3.00/5.00
Tennis Lessons
30 min: 27.00/30.00
60 min: 50.00/55.00
Garden and Museum Tour: 15.00/20.00
Beginning Birding (seasonal): 8.00/10.00
Surf School: 90.00/95.00

What is the temperature like?
See the temperature chart below.


Is there a supervised kid's club?
There is a 3-hour 3DC Discovery Club for kids age 4-12 on Monday, 
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Price is 35.00 per child for non-members 
and 30.00 for DVC members. Dinner and supervised activities are included and 
advance reservations are required.

What is availiable for rental at the resort?
There are a number of items availible for rental. Prices are as follows 
(DVC Member/Non-Member)
2 Chairs and Umbrella: 24.00/30.00
Umbrella: 10.00/12.00
Beach Chair: 7.00/9.00
Cushioned Lounge Chair: 9.00/12.00
2 Lounges and Umbrella: 28.00/36.00
Body Board: 9.00/12.00
Cabanas: 12.00/15.00
Bikes (hourly): 5.00/7.00
Bikes: 14.00/17.00
Tennis Racket: Complimentary/5.00
Miniature Golf Rental Equipment
Hourly: 1.00/2.00
Entire Stay: 5.00/7.00
Kayak (30 minutes): 20.00/25.00
Jet Ski (30 minutes): 55.00/60.00


What dining options exist at the resort?
VB offers more dining options than most Disney resorts: Shutters is a 
casual table service restaurant featuring American cuisine, fresh seafood, 
and a wood-brick oven. Character dining is offered Saturday morning, 
reservations are suggested. The Green Cabin Room offers specialty 
drinks, a light lunch and appetizer menu, and both indoor and outdoor 
dining areas. There is nightly entertainment. Sonya's is open select 
evening and features signature dining with steaks and seafood. Brunch 
is availiable on Sunday. Bleacher's offers pool-side counter service with
hot dogs, hamburgers, subs, and salads. Alcoholic speciality beverages 
are also offered. There is also the option of Inn Room Private Dining, 
including the option to pre-order breakfast with a selected delivery time. 
Prices seem to be on par with all Disney resorts in terms of CS,TS and 
Signature Dining experiences. The Disney Dining Experience card (DDE) 
is accepted at VB.
Please Note: The DDP is NOT accepted at VB  but the TIW card is. 
Menus: Shutters:http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero1.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero2.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero3.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero8.htm 

Does the resort do anything special for holidays?
4th of July is pretty cool. For a while, there were fireworks in Orchid just 
North of the resort. They were fantastic. There are also fireworks in 
Sebastian which you can watch from A1A.

VB throws a pool-party on New Year's Eve complete with party hats, 
noise-makers, live DJ, and guest appearances by the likes of Goofy, 
Chip, and Dale. There are family activities, dancing, and the night 
ends with the "Pool Drop" where at the stroke of midnight, everyone 
who wants to, jumps into the pool.

The resort always does something for most holidays. We really enjoy 
Halloween at the resort. They have costume contests, pumpkin carving 
contests, trick or treating, etc.

What are my dining/grocery options outside of the resort?
Orchid Island Pizzeria right next to DVBR on the corner of A1A and 510. 
They serve a thin crust style pizzia with choice of lots of toppings, pasta 
dinners, and hot and cold subs. They will also deliver to the lobby of the 
resort. 772-388-5151 .

The closest shopping is a short distance away.  Go North from the resort 
to the 1st light and turn left onto CR- 510.  Go 2.7 miles and Walgreens
will be on your left at the intersection of US-1.  If you want to go to Publix 
(groceries), make a right turn on US1 and Publix will be 1.6 miles ahead on 
your left.  As you head to Publix, on your right will be Hale Indian River Fruit
Stand.  Try their fresh-squeezed orange juice...yummy!

There is commercial strip in Vero Beach about 11 miles/20 min away. 
Includes just about everything you can think of - Super Walmart, Sams Club, 
Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy, Circuit City, Sears, - complete mall. Plenty 
of places to spend money! The outlet malls are a few more miles past that 
out to the west.

There is also a Super Walmart in Sebastian approx 9 miles to the north, 
along with some smaller strip malls - Publix etc. Sebastian is a smaller city, 
home of Pelican Island, Capt Hirams restaurant and bar (think tables in the sand), 
Squid Lips restaurant. -


DINING OPTIONS IN THE VB AREA :

Lobster Shanty in Vero Beach ( http://www.verobeachlobstershanty.com/ )

Mamma Mia's: http://www.mamamiaskitchen.net/

Mr. Manatee's in Vero Beach ( http://www.planetvero.com/mrmanatees.htm ) 
also, I believe this is the main website for Mr Manatee's : 
( http://www.mrmanatees.com/ )
Capt Hiram's for lunch in Sebastian http://www.hirams.com/

http://www.riversidecafe.com/ (Riverside Cafe)

Ozzie's Crabhouse 
6060 US Hwy. 1 South
Grant, FL 32949
(321) 724-0009 -----> what I read was "go for the food...not the decor". 
So I'm assuming this place is very casual ? But the food is supposed to be great. 


Waldo's at the Driftwood
3150 Ocean Drive 
Vero Beach, FL 32963-1954 
Phone: 772-231-0550 
Fax: 772-234-1981 
Website: http://www.thedriftwoodresort.com/rest.html 


http://www.bellanapoli-verobeach.com/


TOOJAYS : http://www.toojays.com/locationsnew/...onlist_tc.html


Ay Jalisco Inc
1909 20th St, Vero Beach, FL 
Tel: (772) 978-0661 (good Mexican food)

Outback Steakhouse
1475 Us Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL 
Tel: (772) 567-5222 



Patio Restaurant
1103 Miracle Mile, Vero Beach, FL 
Tel: (772) 567-7215 
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PIZZA : 
Orchid Island Pizzeria right next to DVBR on the corner of A1A and 510. 
They serve a thin crust style pizzia with choice of lots of toppings, pasta 
dinners, and hot and cold subs. They will also deliver to the lobby of the
resort. 772-388-5151
http://www.orchidislandpizzeria.com/



Nino's Italian Restaurant 
1006 Easter Lily Ln
Vero Beach, FL 32963 
Phone: (772) 231-9311
http://www.verobeachbusinessdirector...uments/118.pdf
Note : Does NOT deliver to VB
Payment options
No credit cards accepted 
All checks
Business hours
Sundays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Mondays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Tuesdays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Thursdays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Giorgio's New York Pizzeria 
955 17th St
Vero Beach, FL 32960 
Phone: (772) 778-3800
NOTE : Does NOT deliver to VB
Payment options
Visa 
Mastercard 
No checks accepted
Business hours
Mondays: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Tuesdays: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Thursdays: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Saturdays: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
http://www.verobeachbusinessdirector...uments/107.pdf


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Ocean Grill : 
http://www.ocean-grill.com/index.php...WebPageID=7227 (Ocean Grill)


Boardwalk Cafe & Ice Cream CO 4079 Ocean Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 234-9570

Apples Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor486 21st St
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-5877


Squid Lips Grill : http://www.squidlipsgrill.com/ 

MoBay Grill in the Publix Plaza near Wal-Mart (Sebastian). A small 
Jamaican inspired restaurant. http://www.mo-baygrill.com/


Tangos Restaurant---good for steak : 
http://www.realpagessites.com/tangos...ant/page5.html

And not a steakhouse....but another cool sounding restaurant I'd like 
to add to the list :
http://www.rjgators.com/

also some mentioned on this link :
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1764324


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Where Can I Get A Massage?
Massages are availiable on-site, but there are a few full-service 
spas in the area:

Studio Gabriel Full Service Salon and Spa
772 -234-8105
http://www.studiogabriel.com/services.asp

Yulin's Day Spa:
http://yulinsdayspa.com/index.php?ac...WebPageID=5761

What is there to do in the surrounding area?

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge http://www.fws.gov/pelicanisland/

Sebastion Inlet State Park http://www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/

Port Canaveral (where the Magic & Wonder dock) 
http://www.portcanaveral.org/cruising/ships.php#disney

Kennedy Space Center http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (a part of KSC) 
http://www.fws.gov/merrittisland/

The Manateer Observation Center http://www.manateecenter.com/

Mckee Bonatinical Gardens (really cool) http://www.mckeegarden.org/

Another place to check out..especially with Pirates of the Caribbean being 
so popular. It's maybe 15 minutes from the Vero Beach resort. Here's some more info :
http://www.atocha1622.com/mclarty.htm:
Mc Clarty Treasure Museum
13180 Highway A1a
Vero Beach, FL 32963
(772) 589-2147

Paleo Discoveries (paleodiscoveries.com).Fossil Hunting. 

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What are NoSeeUms and how do I deter them?
No-See-Ums are tiny insects, closely related to the mosquito, officially 
called Biting Midges. They only fly in temperatures over 70 degress, so 
they are more of a problem during summer months. They are most active 
during sunrise/sunset, so it is recommended that you keep your patio 
doors closed during these times. Common insect repellants (DEET) do 
not deter No-See-Ums. The best way to avoid them is to wear long 
pants/sleeves at sunrise and sunset. Products such as Cutter Advanced 
and Cactus Juice have been recommended by many VB veterans. 

How can I see sea turtles?
Sea turtle nesting and hatching season runs May-October. Most of the turtle
nesting takes place from June-August, and hatchlings emerge about 60 days 
after the nest is made. There are a number of night-time walks organized that 
allow small numbers of the public to view the nesting phase, but the hatchling 
phase is far too dangerous to view and there are no legal public walks to 
view hatchlings. If you would like to see a hatchling, there are morning 
"Turtle Troops" at the resort three times a week where the naturalist takes 
you to look at the nests. Once hatchlings begin emerging, it is not uncommon 
for there to be hatchlings that did not make it left behind, and you may get a 
chance to see one of those. 

If you are at Vero during nesting, there are various places to arrange for a 
turtle walk. First, the resort offers a turtle walk lottery on Wednesdays and 
Thursdays. Guests can place their room keys in a lottery at 10am, and enough 
keys are drawn to fill 20 slots on the tour. There is no charge, but space is very 
limited and the walk takes place on the beach @ the resort where there is about 
a 50% chance that you will see a turtle.

On Tuesdays, the Caribbean Conservation Corporation hosts a free turtle walk 
through Sebastian Inlet State Park. (321-985-4852)  You must reserve a spot 
ahead of time, and a total of 20 people are allowed on the beach. This takes
place in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, a few miles down from 
Disney's Vero Beach Resort and has a 80% success rate for finding and viewing turtles.

The Caribbean Conservation Corporation also sponsors an "Adopt-A-Turtle" 
program on Monday nights. There is a charge for this (I believe it is 20$ plus 
10$ for each additional person in the group). This also takes place in the 
Archie Carr Refuge and you must make reservations. Contact number is 1-800-678-7853.

I personally recommend one of the CCC walks, since you can make 
reservations ahead of time and have a much higher chance of seeing a turtle nesting. 


What sort of other ameneties are offered at Vero Beach?
Anchors A Weigh Fitness Center, Rub Dub's Massage, Blinker's Arcade, 
Nightly Live Music in the Green cabin Room, Hair Beading and Hair Wraps, 
Valet, Video Rentals, BBQ Grills, Steamer's Sauna 

Why are Vero Beach points cheaper than other resorts on the resale market? 
Should I just buy there to save money?
The most expensive annual dues make VB one of the most expenive locations to 
own over the long term. Mbhoxie breaks it down here:
"VB points tend to be cheaper for a number of reasons...

1. Dues are higher there than any other resort... Partially due to the remote 
location, and partially due to the fact that the place has been smacked by two
hurricanes and is heavily insured.

2. To some, the resort is in a fairly remote location, not known traditionally 
known as a resort/timeshare area.. You have to either drive or rent a car to 
get there. The surrounding towns have some activities but its not setup as a 
tourist area... Some people buy in with the expectaton of being entertained 
like they are at the parks... Not going to happen.

Bottom line.. NEVER buy points at a place that you don't intend to stay at... 
Bad business, and it will be stressful."

What's the address/phone number for the resort?
Disney's Vero Beach Resort (a DVC resort)
9250 Island Grove Ter
Vero Beach, FL 32963
(772) 234-2000
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The sections below are placeholders while the information in the 
FAQ section is re-organized.  You will see some of them populated 
but they may not be complete until I’m done with the reorganization.
VB RESORT - Basics
ROOMS
VB has 18 dedicated 2 BR's; 36 Lockoffs (each of which can be divided
into a studio and a 1BR); 6 3BR Beach Cottages; and 112 Inn rooms.
The Inn rooms designated as Garden View (vegetation and parking views)
and Ocean View. (If you know how many Inn roms are in each category
please let me know)

There are a total of 10 buildings with rooms. The 6 3BR Beach Cottages,
the Inn, and 3 other buildings, each containing 6 dedicated 2BRs,
and 12 Lockoffs. The studios are part of a lockoff and are in these 3 buildings.

VB is a very small resort. Everything is a very, very easy walk.

PARKING
There is under-building parking under the Inn and the 3 buildings with
the 2BR’s and lockoffs. There are small parking lots next to the buildings.
There is not parking next to the 3BR Beach Cottages but there is adequate
Parking in the other locations. Overflow parking is available across
Highway A1A which is connected to the resort via an underground
Passage.
TRANSPORTATION
Many folks ask if Disney provides transportation, like the Disney Magic
Express. The answer is no.
You can arrange transportation using one of the VB transportation companies
but you will probably find it to be very expensive. Aditionally, the resort
is very small and almost everybody wants to go see some of the sights
or go to off-site restaurants. For these reasons everybody recommends
having a car. OK, I suppose there is someone out there who doesn’t!
Most folks fly into Orlando (95 miles). Other options are North
Palm Beach (81 miles), Sanford (114 miles), Fort Lauderdale (130 miles).
AVAILABILITY
Peak season at South Florida beaches is in the Spring, with March and April
(Spring Break) being the most popular. Summer is typically not as difficult to
reserve as Spring is. By calling at 7 months, you can likely get any week you
want. Although I haven’t been to VB over the Christmas/New Years
holidays, I assume getting a room might be tough…call right at the 7 month
timeframe. If VB is your home resort, you should not have trouble calling at
11 months.
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ADDRESS and PHONE
Disney's Vero Beach Resort (a DVC resort)
9250 Island Grove Ter
Vero Beach, FL 32963
(772) 234-2000

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VB RESORT – Restaurants and Lounge
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 VB RESORT – Restaurants and Lounge 
VB offers more dining options than most Disney resorts: Shutters is a 
casual table service restaurant featuring American cuisine, fresh seafood, 
and a wood-brick oven. Character dining is offered Saturday morning, 
reservations are suggested. 
The Green Cabin Room offers specialty 
drinks, a light lunch and appetizer menu, and both indoor and outdoor 
dining areas. There is nightly entertainment (Actually I think the 
entertainment is Wednesday – Sunday.  Let me know if you know). 
Sonya's is open select evening and features signature dining with 
steaks and seafood. 
Brunch is availiable on Sunday. Bleacher's offers pool-side counter service 
with hot dogs, hamburgers, subs, and salads. Alcoholic speciality beverages 
are also offered. 
There is also the option of Inn Room Private Dining, 
including the option to pre-order breakfast with a selected delivery time. 
Prices seem to be on par with all Disney resorts in terms of  counter
service, table service, and Signature Dining experiences. 
Please Note: The DDP is NOT accepted at VB  but the TIW card is. 
Menus: Shutters:http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero1.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero2.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero3.htm
http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero8.htm
VB RESORT - Recreation
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 VB RESORT - Recreation 
VB RESORT – Rentals at VB Beach & Pool
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 VB RESORT – Rentals at VB Beach & Pool 
There are a number of items available for rental. Prices are as follows 
(NEED TO VERIFY)
(DVC Member/Non-Member)
2 Chairs and Umbrella: 24.00/30.00
Umbrella: 10.00/12.00
Beach Chair: 7.00/9.00
Cushioned Lounge Chair: 9.00/12.00
2 Lounges and Umbrella: 28.00/36.00
Body Board: 9.00/12.00
Cabanas: 12.00/15.00
Bikes (hourly): 5.00/7.00
Bikes: 14.00/17.00
Tennis Racket: Complimentary/5.00
Miniature Golf Rental Equipment
Hourly: 1.00/2.00
Entire Stay: 5.00/7.00
Kayak (30 minutes): 20.00/25.00
Jet Ski (30 minutes): 55.00/60.00
VB RESORT - Beach
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VB RESORT - Pool
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VB RESORT – Other Services
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 On Site SPA 
Disney Signature Package: $435. Signature VichyTreatment, Signature Massage and Signature Facial or Signature Mani Pedi.

Citrus Package $180 Citrus Vichy Shower scrub, 50 min Aroma Therapy Massage, or your choice of Facial (excludes Signature Facial).

Tropical Package $180 Same as Citrus only with Tropical...
cost in dollars 
15 mi 25 min 30/35 min 50 min 80 min
Massage 
Signature Massage 175
Hot Stone 125 165
Swedish Relaxation 105 145
Personalized Aromatherapy 115 155
Pressure Release 120 160
Maternity 110 150
Couples Price varies with selected treatment 
Verandah Chair 45 
Facials 
Signature Facial 165
Coconut Hydrating 105 
Blueberry Soy Firming 105 
Strawberry Rhubarb Replenishing 105 
Aloe Mint Soothing 105 
Citrus C Deep Cleansing 105 
A LA Carte 
Lip Exfoiliation and voluminzing 25 
Soothing eye treatment 30 
Vichy Shower Treatments 
Signature Vichy Treatment 165
Tropical Vichy Shower scrub 85 
Citrus Vichy Shower scrub 85 
Body Therapies 
Mango Enzyme Exfoilating Wrap 75 
Cucumber Mint Hydrating Wrap 75 
Hand and Foot Treatments 
Signature Spa Manicure 75 
Signature Spa Pedicure 95
Traditions Manicure 45 
Traditions Pedicure 45 
Traditions Mani-Pedi Combo 100
add French to mani or pedi for 10.00 
Tween Services 
Clean Tween Facial 65 
Calming Massage 65 
Ice Cream Manicure 35 
Ice Cream Pedicure 45
VB RESORT – Cost of DVC Points and Dues
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WILDLIFE
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WILDLIFE
LOCAL SHOPPING
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WEATHER
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NON-RESORT Restaurants
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 NON-RESORT Restaurants 
NON-RESORT Spas
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NON-RESORT Activities
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Resort Document Scans
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Area Restaurants
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Daily Activity Sheets
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Massage Information
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Room Service Menu
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http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...enu_Page_2.jpg

Shutters Menu for Breakfast
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http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...enu_Page_2.jpg

Lunch
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...enu_Page_1.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...enu_Page_2.jpg

Dinner
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http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...enu_Page_2.jpg

Dinner at Upscale Sonya's
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Special Member pricing
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Map of Surrounding area and interests
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VB resort map
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Thanks John!

I need to hang out with my VB friends a little more. Here's a few pics (circa 2008) to get us in the VB mood....






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OK I'll dive in too, not going to VB this year but love the resort. Here are a few of my photos:















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Lovely pictures Bob. Boy, it sure makes me want go to VB and leave all this snow in WNY.
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Thank you for starting this thread for 2011. Great info and pictures.

We stayed at VB for the first time this past August and we loved it. Can't wait to stay here again.
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Thank you sooooo much for starting/continuing this thread!! We'll be there April 28th & 29th for the first time!
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Thanks to everyone for their encouragement. Unfortunately we won't be able to make it to VB this year. We borrowed all our points to do a 12 person 10 night stay at BWV a few months ago and we are doing HHI with some friends late in 2011.

Looking at the photos makes me want to re-look at things!

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Thank You for stepping up and continuing the Vero Beach thread John!!
Our first trip was this past October and DH loved it so much we are going back again this year.
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Just wanted to say thanks for doing this, I am pretty much a lurker on this, but it is my escape from the winter, we will be there from April 3rd to April 9th this year. Rob, awesome job and John thanks again.

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I am so glad for this post. I have been looking for more information on Vero Beach as I am starting deep planning for our first trip to Vero. We will be there 4/18/11-4/23/11. Can't wait... I have been looking for menus and other items. This is great... THANKS
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