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Old 12-15-2011, 07:48 PM   #31
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Rob.... thanks for taking the time to do this again!!!!

We will be back down to VB April 15 - 20th this will be our 20th visit!

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Hey Dave, You've been here ever since I can recall... I didn't realize your number of visits though. Start thinking about how you might change your thread for the 2013 continuation I'm gonna be asking....
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:39 PM   #32
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We are visiting Vero for the second time. July 8-11. First visit though as owners at Vero.
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:04 PM   #33
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We are thinking about making a reservation for what would be our first trip to VBR. It will just be me and the wife. The most important thing is an ocean view/facing room. Would those of you with some experience advise us on just booking the ocean view inn room or do we have a decent chance with the studio or one bedroom?

We are thinking of January 22-26 or Jan 29-Feb 2.

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Old 12-16-2011, 02:57 PM   #34
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I'd recommend an Ocean View Inn Room (OVIR). Request a higher floor for the best ocean views.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:52 PM   #35
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We are thinking about making a reservation for what would be our first trip to VBR. It will just be me and the wife. The most important thing is an ocean view/facing room. Would those of you with some experience advise us on just booking the ocean view inn room or do we have a decent chance with the studio or one bedroom?

We are thinking of January 22-26 or Jan 29-Feb 2.

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This is just a memory guess, but... Chance of (real/clear) ocean view:

OVIR - 90%

All of these are only if you get the third (top) floor...
Studio - 10%
One Bedroom - 20%
Dedicated 2 bdrm - 5%
Lock-off 2 bdrm - 20%

Just for fun guesses
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The latest edition of Disney Files mentions that they have sea turtle night walks at Vero, and families are chosen by raffle to participate. Do you have to do anything to ensure that you're "in the raffle", ie. do you have to register for it?
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We are here now. It's just beautiful. Thanks to everybodies tips we secured a third floor 1bdrm villa with a gorgeous direct ocean view. We couldn't be happier. Can't wait to fully explore the resort.
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The latest edition of Disney Files mentions that they have sea turtle night walks at Vero, and families are chosen by raffle to participate. Do you have to do anything to ensure that you're "in the raffle", ie. do you have to register for it?
I think at one time, you put your room key in a jar. That may have been for the kids turtle walks, but you do have to register.
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I think at one time, you put your room key in a jar. That may have been for the kids turtle walks, but you do have to register.
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We are here now. It's just beautiful. Thanks to everybodies tips we secured a third floor 1bdrm villa with a gorgeous direct ocean view. We couldn't be happier. Can't wait to fully explore the resort.


Don't forget, there is a lake across the street and tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer field, couple of grills... It's fun just walking the tunnel over there.
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The latest edition of Disney Files mentions that they have sea turtle night walks at Vero, and families are chosen by raffle to participate. Do you have to do anything to ensure that you're "in the raffle", ie. do you have to register for it?
Well, you can also reserve a walk at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, which is a few minute drive north of the resort. They only do it in June/July, but you can make reservations in May. There is a cost (minimal) and it is a tax deductible contribution I believe. Check it out here...

http://www.fws.gov/archiecarr/turtlewalks.html
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Well, you can also reserve a walk at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, which is a few minute drive north of the resort. They only do it in June/July, but you can make reservations in May. There is a cost (minimal) and it is a tax deductible contribution I believe. Check it out here...

http://www.fws.gov/archiecarr/turtlewalks.html
Awesome! I just set up a reminder to call and make a reservation.
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We are here now. It's just beautiful. Thanks to everybodies tips we secured a third floor 1bdrm villa with a gorgeous direct ocean view. We couldn't be happier. Can't wait to fully explore the resort.
Did you request the room when you made a reservation or when you checked in? We really want an ocean view room and aren't sure if we should just book the ocean view in room instead of chancing it with a one bedroom.
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Awesome! I just set up a reminder to call and make a reservation.
Glen, we did this last year, we saw a loggerhead laying her eggs! It was incredible for this Kansas family!
Just make sure you take some mosquito spray, they can be nasty if the wind isn't blowing!

We are also looking into a kayak tour either on the Indian river or Sebastian outlet. That sounds like a fun new activity for us!
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Don't forget, there is a lake across the street and tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer field, couple of grills... It's fun just walking the tunnel over there.
Also, if you want to grill without the walk, there are a couple of grills and picnic tables in the area where the campfire is held.
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