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    THIS THREAD HAS BEEN CLOSED. PLEASE VISIT THE NEW THREAD HERE http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3215686

    Welcome! This is the 2013 continuation of starbox's original thread of 2007.



    ATTENTION!... Much of the content of this thread has been brought forward from past threads, so be aware prices and rates are likely to be out of date. Please post or PM me any corrections or updates you may have or find. Thanks.

    Past Threads...
    2012 - By DisDaydreamer - http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2843389
    2011 - By backyardponder - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2610219
    2010 - By DisDaydreamer - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2344361
    2009 - By MiaSRN62 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1969415
    2008 - By DisDaydreamer - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1713110
    2007 - By starbox - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1431524]

    Contributors: starbox, MiaSRN62, mbhoxie, DisDaydreamer, Lisareniff, DVCconvert, Sorcerer's Dad, floridaFam, nzdisneymom, DisDaydreamer, backyardponder, Melynny, SabresFan, and lastly, by Caskbill who showed me how make these scrolling boxes years ago.

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    Address & Phone
    Disney's Vero Beach Resort
    9250 Island Grove Terrace
    Vero Beach, FL 32963
    (772) 234-2000

    Travel Links:
    http://www.verobeach.com/
    http://www.visitflorida.com/vero_beach

    Want to learn to surf? Here is a trip report by SabresFan about one place to do it.

    Roll Call.... 2013
    Post or PM me your stay dates. Also, let me know what number stay this is for you. I will put that number after your username.
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    One of the most frequently asked questions is "What should I request" so here a a few tips:

    First, here is the layout (a few years old, the beach entry walk has been changed).

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    Ocean View Inn Room (OVIR)
    These are all in the Main Inn building. There are four floors and typically the higher the better for views. It is possible to get an OVIR on either end of the building where you have an ocean view off to the side. So you want to request and ocean FACING room.

    I request the 4th floor first and then the second floor because you can take the lobby staircase to and from the 1st floor. Sometimes waiting for the elevator is frustrating and it is nice to have an easy alternate route.

    Villa Building Rooms
    There are 3 Villa buildings (12, 14, & 15). 12 is on the north end of the resort, and 15 is on the south end of the resort. These two buildings have fewer view obstructions of the ocean. They are "U" shaped buildings and each floor has two "Dedicated" 2 bdrm units and four "Lock-Off" 2 bdrm units. The Lock-Off units are also the 1 bdrm and studio units when locked off from each other. You will notice below that the dedicated units (in blue) are at the end of the "U" and further away from the ocean with very limited likelyhood of viewing the ocean. The Villa buildings are 3 stories and getting the 3rd floor is pretty critical in having an ocean view. Building 14 has many more obstructions than the others.

    Layout provided by Lisareniff
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    I prefer to make my request through the DVC site and member services. Give them your name and reservation number, and your request.

    https://dvc.disney.go.com/dvc/member/contact/contactMemberServices?id=ContactMemberServicesPage Not sure you can get to this page if you are not logged in.

    They have been very (timely) responsive and email you back, so you have a written response you can refer to. Remember... A request is just that and not a guarantee.

    New Link - by floridafam
    Lookup for area restaurant inspection reports.
    http://www.tcpalm.com/data/restaurant-inspections-database/?appSession=068261171569859

    VB FAQ Archive
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    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 TV stations do they have in the rooms? (provided by Melynny)
    WXEL ,WTVX, WPTV, ION, WFLX, WPBF, WTCE, WPEC, BRRMGC, UNIVISON,
    WTCN, WVFL, WFGC, CSPAN, HSN, TVGN, TWC, IROG, QVC, LIFE, CNN, HLN,
    SUN, ESPN, ESPN2, CSS, FX, USA, FNC, TNT, VH1, A&E, HIST, NIK, ANIMAL PLANET,
    FOOD, TRAVEL, DISC, TLC, COM, TRUTV, DISNEY , AMC, TELEMUNDO, BET, MTV,
    FSN, SPEED, VS. TCM, ABCFAM, SPIKE, OWN, E!, HGTV, GOLF, MSMBC, CMT,
    OXYGEN, STYLE, GSN, HALLMARK, TOON, COMM, COMPRO, COMTV
    
    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:[url]http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero1.htm[/url]
    [url]http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero2.htm[/url]
    [url]http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero3.htm[/url]
    [url]http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero8.htm[/url] 
    
    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 area:
    
    Lobster Shanty in Vero Beach ( [url]http://www.verobeachlobstershanty.com/[/url] )
    
    Mamma Mia's: [url]http://www.mamamiaskitchen.net/[/url]
    
    Mr. Manatee's in Vero Beach ( [url]http://www.planetvero.com/mrmanatees.htm[/url] ) 
    also, I believe this is the main website for Mr Manatee's : 
    ( [url]http://www.mrmanatees.com/[/url] )
    Capt Hiram's for lunch in Sebastian [url]http://www.hirams.com/[/url]
    
    [url]http://www.riversidecafe.com/[/url] (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: [url]http://www.thedriftwoodresort.com/rest.html[/url] 
    
    
    [url]http://www.bellanapoli-verobeach.com/[/url]
    
    
    TOOJAYS : [url]http://www.toojays.com/locationsnew/...onlist_tc.html[/url]
    
    
    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
    [url]http://www.orchidislandpizzeria.com/[/url]
    
    
    
    Nino's Italian Restaurant 
    1006 Easter Lily Ln
    Vero Beach, FL 32963 
    Phone: (772) 231-9311
    [url]http://www.verobeachbusinessdirector...uments/118.pdf[/url]
    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.
    [url]http://www.verobeachbusinessdirector...uments/107.pdf[/url]
    
    
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    Ocean Grill : 
    [url]http://www.ocean-grill.com/index.php...WebPageID=7227[/url] (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 : [url]http://www.squidlipsgrill.com/[/url] 
    
    MoBay Grill in the Publix Plaza near Wal-Mart (Sebastian). A small 
    Jamaican inspired restaurant. [url]http://www.mo-baygrill.com/[/url]
    
    
    Tangos Restaurant---good for steak : 
    [url]http://www.realpagessites.com/tangos...ant/page5.html[/url]
    
    And not a steakhouse....but another cool sounding restaurant I'd like 
    to add to the list :
    [url]http://www.rjgators.com/[/url]
    
    also some mentioned on this link :
    [url]http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1764324[/url]
    
    
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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
    [url]http://www.studiogabriel.com/services.asp[/url]
    
    Yulin's Day Spa:
    [url]http://yulinsdayspa.com/index.php?ac...WebPageID=5761[/url]
    
    What is there to do in the surrounding area?
    
    Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge [url]http://www.fws.gov/pelicanisland/[/url]
    
    Sebastion Inlet State Park [url]http://www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/[/url]
    
    Port Canaveral (where the Magic & Wonder dock) 
    [url]http://www.portcanaveral.org/cruising/ships.php#disney[/url]
    
    Kennedy Space Center [url]http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/[/url]
    
    Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (a part of KSC) 
    [url]http://www.fws.gov/merrittisland/[/url]
    
    The Manateer Observation Center [url]http://www.manateecenter.com/[/url]
    
    Mckee Bonatinical Gardens (really cool) [url]http://www.mckeegarden.org/[/url]
    
    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 :
    [url]http://www.atocha1622.com/mclarty.htm:[/url]
    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
    
    
    [U][COLOR="seagreen"][SIZE="4"][B]Resort - Basics[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR][/U]
    
    [COLOR="seagreen"][SIZE="4"][B]Rooms[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR]
    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.
    
    [COLOR="seagreen"][SIZE="4"][B]Parking[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR]
    There is under-building parking under the Inn and the 3 buildings with 
    the 2BRs 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.
    
    [COLOR="SeaGreen"][SIZE="4"][B]Transportation[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR]
    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 doesnt!
    Most folks fly into Orlando (95 miles).  Other options are North
    Palm Beach (81 miles), Sanford (114 miles), Fort Lauderdale (130 miles).
    [COLOR="SeaGreen"][SIZE="4"][B]Availability[/B][/SIZE][/COLOR]
    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 havent 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.
    
    

    Restaurants and Lounge

    Code:
    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:[url]http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero1.htm[/url]
    [url]http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero2.htm[/url]
    [url]http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero3.htm[/url]
    [url]http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_vero8.htm[/url] 
    
    

    Rentals
    Code:
    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
    


    Spa Other Services
    Code:
    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
    
    Resort Document Scans
    Code:
    [B]Area Restaurants[/B]
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    [B]Daily Activity Sheets[/B]
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    [B]Massage Information[/B]
    [url]http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/MassageInfomation.jpg[/url]
    
    [B]Room Service Menu[/B]
    [url]http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/RoomServiceMenu_Page_1.jpg[/url]
    
    [url]http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/RoomServiceMenu_Page_2.jpg[/url]
    [B]
    Shutters Menu for Breakfast[/B]
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    [url]http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/ShuttersBreakfastMenu_Page_2.jpg[/url]
    
    [B]Lunch[/B]
    [url]http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/ShuttersLunchMenu_Page_1.jpg[/url]
    
    [url]http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/ShuttersLunchMenu_Page_2.jpg[/url]
    [B]
    Dinner[/B]
    [url]http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/ShuttersDinnerMenu_Page_1.jpg[/url]
    
    [url]http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/ShuttersDinnerMenu_Page_2.jpg[/url]
    
    [B]Dinner at Upscale Sonya's[/B]
    [url]http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n219/arizonaborn/SonyasMenu.jpg[/url]
    
    [B]Special Member pricing[/B]
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    [B]
    Map of Surrounding area and interests[/B]
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    [B]VB resort map[/B]
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  3. DisDaydreamer

    DisDaydreamer I have this DIS-ease DVC Gold

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    So, how about we get some new and fresh pics of the resort. That would be a good new start. Help me out here.....
     
  4. mmmagic7754

    mmmagic7754 Mouseketeer

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    Thanks for taking over the Vero thread Daydreamer!! We love vero and have a trip planned for May 2013:cool1:
     
  5. Starr W.

    Starr W. DIS Veteran

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    Hello

    Gearing up for our 4th visit to VB! We will be there 3/30-4/4
     
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    Wow Rob, thanks for being willing to do this a 4th time! You are awsome!

    John
     
  7. dreamlinda

    dreamlinda "dance to the music in your heart"

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    Thanks Rob!!!!! We leave Monday for our next VB visit, 11/19-11/28. Sunshine here we come!!:cool1:
     
  8. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

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    Thank you, Rob!

    When I go in January, I'm bringing my friend again. She's from the Jersey shore and has been shut out of her house. She probably can't return home for 4-6 months. That's the window they've given her. Being near the ocean doesn't mean the same thing it once did. She's determined to take this vacation, 4 nights at VB, then 5 nights at WDW.
     
  9. Poppins2000

    Poppins2000 Life is out there waiting so go and get it!

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    We are going on our 3rd weekend trip to Vero this year - love that place! We arrive on Black Friday and check out on Sunday. Only a 3 hour drive for us so we can go when there is availability. Can't wait!!!
     
  10. 3DisneyKids

    3DisneyKids More Drink, Less Run...Since 2008

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    Here right now. WINDY. But beautiful.

    We were hoping to do a dolphin watch, but the one we had planned on is no longer in business.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    We have done the Eco Tour at the Environmental Learning Center that is right down the road.
     
  11. mom_rules

    mom_rules <font color=FF66FF>LOVES the Yachtsmen!<br><font c

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    Let me know what you think of the Eco Tour-we looked at that also.
     
  12. DisDaydreamer

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    Made me figure that one out, but I got you on the Roll Call :thumbsup2
     
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    We are currently booked at VWL for February 10-15 and toying with the idea of switching to VB. We've never been to VB. We verified availability this morning. (5 units are available for those dates, so limited availability.) I like the idea but couldn't sell my husband on the idea, so I'm hoping some of VB's greatest fans can help me convince him. :)

    I remember hanging out at Indialantic beach as a teenager, and I think I'll be happy just being able to walk the beach a bit every day. We won't be swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, cycling, fishing, golfing, or doing yoga. We're not active people. We are avid readers, especially on vacation, so I could imagine sitting out on the deck (?) and reading, but I wonder about five full days of doing nothing but reading. (My husband says he is at least that far behind in the books he's purchased and pre-ordered, though.) I know we could spend a full day at the space center. It's been over twenty years since we've been there. There's a chance we could take a drive down to Hollywood to visit family, one day.

    So what else would we "do"? What kind of things are there to do around there that would appeal, specifically, to people who like Spaceship Earth, the Great Movie Ride, Mickey's Philharmagic, and the Kilimanjaro Safaris? We'd be losing 20 DVC points with the change (we've passed the 100% banking deadline yesterday, and already banked 50%) so it really would need to be worthwhile.
     
  15. DisDaydreamer

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    As much as I love VB, I can't encourage you to go there in February. Most of what you can do is outdoor related. The average high in February is 75. That means the highs you find could easily be in the 80s or in the 50s for days. Walking the beach is most fun at dawn or at night when it naturally will be colder. When the sun is up the winds really pick up and not fun on the beach. Making this switch would be roll of the dice, and having convinced your hubby to try it is potentially a "Never go there again" result. Sorry I'm not helping, but it is JMHO you should keep your VWL ressies (in this case). :goodvibes
     
  16. dreamlinda

    dreamlinda "dance to the music in your heart"

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    I concur with Rob. We love this area and were there over Thanksgiving, but the days are so short that you will be spending a fair amount of evening time in your room, sunset has come and gone by 6pm, and while there are restaurants in the area that are worth going to, I find the longer summer hours that include the ocean view dinners much more enjoyable. We did enjoy the spa - Brenda made our cares flow away!!
     
  17. jaygalterio

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    My wife and I are going for our first Vero Beach visit 12/22 - 12/26.

    We don't really plan to do much outside, since I expect the weather will be a little on the cold side. But that's okay, we chose this visit as a relaxing trip.

    What I am wondering is what the dining options might be like for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner.

    We plan to cook at least one of those meals in the room (we have a 1B), but not sure if I should be worrying about availability.

    We plan to hit the WalMart on the way into town, so the worst that can happen is one more meal in the room.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  18. n2mm

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    Great information, tks.

    We are going May 9-11 and wanted to know, do you call and make reservations for Shutters (Thurs. Buffet). If so, do you call the resort directly or can you make them through DVC. How far out should I make them? We are a party of 6. This is our first time staying there. We are combining Vero w/ WDW. I am within our 180 day window now, so not sure if I'm suppose to call and make an ADR.
     
  19. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

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    I've only wanted to book the character meals and have always called the resort directly about a week or two ahead of time.
     
  20. Pete W.

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    We will be there for Easter next year and I called member Services at the 180 day window to reserve Easter brunch and had no problem. When I called the resort directly they said they couldn't book that far ahead, so I'd go with Member Services.
     
  21. n2mm

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    Thanks, I didn't realize I could make reservations at Vero through MS. I will try to do that this week.
     
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