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Old 08-06-2012, 05:37 PM   #751
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Hey thanks! I will have to check those places out!

What about the shells? From what I heard, you have to get up at sunrise to find them because the commercial shell places snatch them up then.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:32 PM   #752
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Do they have any vegetarian option at Shutters during their Pirate Character Dinner? We love to go but we don't eat meat
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:22 AM   #753
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Do they have any vegetarian option at Shutters during their Pirate Character Dinner? We love to go but we don't eat meat
Just let them know when you check in - they will accommodate many different dietary needs.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:31 AM   #754
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You are headed south and said "not that fried stuff"

As a southern born and bred lady who prefers broiled or grilled seafood (though I appreciate the true Calabash style and the lightly breaded de jonghe style) I would suggest Captain Hiram's. The seafood buffet at Shutters is just that - a buffet, so as buffets can go, things get dry or have to sitting in liquid so as not to get dry while they're on sterno. Squid Lips also has a few grilled, baked, and broiled items.
Try Mulligan's 1025 Beachland Blvd. right opposite the Ocean Grill. Very good spot.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:00 AM   #755
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:45 PM   #756
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Our family is headed to VB late September
Are there any good snorkeling areas close by. I am looking for a place that rents the equipment as well.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:58 PM   #757
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My husband and I went to squid lips and we were COMPLETELY disappointed. It was expensive for the quality (or lack thereof). I had gotten the cajun bacon wrapped scallops and the cajun spice was so overwhelming that the scallops didn't even taste like scallops. Also, I had gotten au gratin potatoes as my side and they were the BOXED powdered cheese betty crocker kind... Horrible.

We went to Ocean Grill on our actual anniversary and it was AMAZING! Right on the beach, delicious seafood (not just the fried stuff) and great service.

I haven't been to captain hiram's but I've heard good things. We were actually on our way there when we saw squid lips (it's right next to it) and thought it sounded like more fun.

I'm sure we will be checking it out this year.
We were quite happy with our meal at Squidlips, had 2 different kinds of Mahi Mahi for the adults, a lovely server and a ridiculous amount of fried shrimp for the kids. The drunken sweet potato could be a meal all by itself!
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:19 PM   #758
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Are there any good snorkeling areas close by. I am looking for a place that rents the equipment as well.
Bathtub Reef is about 40 minutes south of VB, but it's a great place to snorkel.http://www.beachhunter.net/florida-s...rt-florida.htm
There are no restrooms or showers at the reef, but there is a public beach with showers/restrooms just a few hundred yards south.

If you go further you can hit Dubois park: http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/locations/dubois.htm, which has wonderful facilities and reminds me of a real-life storm-a-long bay. It's probably an hour and a half north, but excellent snorkeling near the reef. A plus there is that Guanabanas is down the road for dinner: http://guanabanas.com/

Don't know anywhere to rent snorkels but you can pick up a basic set at TJ Maxx in Vero for about 20$. The resort also has a SnorkelEARS class that includes snorkels to keep (they do have adult sizes) that are good quality and reasonably priced. I think the class is around 30$

Basically the coast area from Stuart to Jupiter is largely this offshore rock reef. The snorkeling is crazy good.
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Bathtub Reef is about 40 minutes south of VB, but it's a great place to snorkel.http://www.beachhunter.net/florida-s...rt-florida.htm
There are no restrooms or showers at the reef, but there is a public beach with showers/restrooms just a few hundred yards south.

If you go further you can hit Dubois park: http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/locations/dubois.htm, which has wonderful facilities and reminds me of a real-life storm-a-long bay. It's probably an hour and a half north, but excellent snorkeling near the reef. A plus there is that Guanabanas is down the road for dinner: http://guanabanas.com/

Don't know anywhere to rent snorkels but you can pick up a basic set at TJ Maxx in Vero for about 20$. The resort also has a SnorkelEARS class that includes snorkels to keep (they do have adult sizes) that are good quality and reasonably priced. I think the class is around 30$

Basically the coast area from Stuart to Jupiter is largely this offshore rock reef. The snorkeling is crazy good.
Check on the class schedule if you are interested, it was only offered one day the week we were there so couldn't do it. A nice set at Walmart ran 30 so the class is a good deal.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:16 PM   #760
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Hey thanks! I will have to check those places out!

What about the shells? From what I heard, you have to get up at sunrise to find them because the commercial shell places snatch them up then.
Not true. Shells are all dependent on the tide - sometimes there are tons, sometimes hardly any. You can usually find lots of sea glass and shark teeth - shells tend to be broken. It's not a fabulous shell beach, but great for finding "stuff" like sea glass and even driftwood. If you walk just a bit south you hit private beaches - the beach right in front of the resort gets hit by all the resort guests but there's lots of beach that is very quiet.

I found an old class ring at VB once, and have jars of sea glass. If you do the naturalist walk in the morning, she'll help you identify the sorts of things you can find beach combing.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:23 PM   #761
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Turtles!

If you love the turtles and want a chance to get up close and personal (and see hatchlings), you may want to consider a day trip to Juno Beach - the area's turtle "hospital" and rehabilitation center. It's funded in part by the Disney Conservation Fund you donate to at Animal Kingdom. It's a great facility with a museum and hospital you can view. There are lots of turtles and they have tons of hatchlings that they rescue and release. It's very worth a trip and there's a great beach right next to it! http://marinelife.org/
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:05 AM   #762
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Doing online check in and can't request top floor...is not a choice. I think I requested it when I made the resie, but I don't see it on any of my online info or in e-mail confirmation. I am a very light sleeper and really wanted top floor.

edit: shew...when I got to the end of online check in, top floor showed up and I also requested bld 15.

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Old 08-11-2012, 11:57 AM   #763
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Here's a picture with one... in front of the waverunners. Perfect for those who are sun-sensitive.

The presence of the Waverunners implies that they may be available to rent and such. Is that true? Nearby? Can't tell if DVB offers them but does somebody?

ETA - Aha! Found it! Sea Breeze Cabana Company! Cool!
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The presence of the Waverunners implies that they may be available to rent and such. Is that true? Nearby? Can't tell if DVB offers them but does somebody?

ETA - Aha! Found it! Sea Breeze Cabana Company! Cool!
Here's the sign on the Green Cabin (the building behind the waverunners in that picture) with rental rates:

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Here's the sign on the Green Cabin (the building behind the waverunners in that picture) with rental rates:
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Our Vero Beach trip is 9/8 to 9/15. We are DVB owners since it first opened but haven't stayed there in years. Really looking forward to it!
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