Vero Beach info please

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  1. jns

    jns <font color=cc3366>Tries hard to get the jelly off

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    Thinking of going to Vero Beach this year for 3 days after our cruise this Sep
    has anyone been and if so what is it like
    would you stay in a villa or in the main building
    also is there much to do in this area
    thanks for any info
     
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  3. Young Pooh

    Young Pooh DIS Veteran

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    We stayed for a couple of nights a couple of years ago and will definately be going back for a bit longer in the future.

    There was just DH, me and DD so we went for an ocean view inn room and were lucky to get one with a massive king bed and a sofa bed - it seems most of them have 2 queen beds. We preferred the layout of these rooms as opposed to the studios.

    I think the main building just has "inn rooms" and the studios and bigger villas are in the grounds.

    Because we were only there for the 2 nights we didn't venture off site so cannot comment on things to do - this is why we want to try a longer stay next time!
     
  4. jns

    jns <font color=cc3366>Tries hard to get the jelly off

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    thanks decided to book
     
  5. JimC

    JimC DVC Co-Moderator Moderator

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    VERO BEACH FAQ

    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. By calling at 7 months, you can likely get any week
    you want.

    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. There has been extensive beach
    restoration in the area. So much so that the beach is not bi-level with a
    steep incline in between. The upper level now covers the lower section of
    the ramp to the beach.

    The beach is a coarser and darker sand then the gulf beaches over on the
    west coast of Florida. They can get quite hot in the summer months.

    VB receives the gulf stream flow so the water temps are pretty steady for
    much of the year.

    Jelly Fish or worse the Portugese Man-O-War are nasty. Do not touch, even
    if they appear dead. The sting is quite painful. Vinegar is a good
    medicinal aid to reduce pain.

    One real nice thing about the beach is the proximity to the Pool bar &
    grill, and your room.

    Is there a lifeguard on duty?
    There are lifeguards at the pool, but not on the beach. Water warnings are
    posted so take note and practice safe ocean fun.

    What are the options for food and dining in the area?

    There is a Publix and Super Walmart only a few minutes from the resort. The
    Publix is closer and a good supermarket. The resort has good directions to
    both.

    Casual restaurants:

    Apples Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor
    486 21st St
    Vero Beach, FL 32960
    (772) 567-5877

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

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

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

    Capt Hiram's
    http://www.hirams.com

    Giorgio's New York Pizzeria
    955 17th St
    Vero Beach, FL 32960
    Phone: (772) 778-3800

    Lobster Shanty
    http://www.verobeachlobstershanty.com

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

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

    Mr. Manatee's
    http://www.mrmanatees.com

    Nino's Italian Restaurant
    1006 Easter Lily Ln
    Vero Beach, FL 32963
    Phone: (772) 231-9311

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

    Ozzie's Crabhouse
    6060 US Hwy. 1 South
    Grant, FL 32949
    (321) 724-0009

    Patio Restaurant
    1103 Miracle Mile, Vero Beach, FL
    Tel: (772) 567-7215

    Riverside Cafe
    http://www.riversidecafe.com

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

    TooJays
    http://www.toojays.com/locationsnew/locationlist_tc.html

    Waldo's at the Driftwood
    http://www.thedriftwoodresort.com/rest.html

    Fine Dining:

    Ocean Grill
    http://ocean-grill.com

    What is there to do in the surrounding area?

    5 minutes north is Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. Just a few
    minutes further up the road is Sebastian Inlet State Park and McLarty
    Treasure Museum, about an hour away is Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center
    visitor complex, U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and Merritt Island National
    Wildlife Refuge with walking and driving tours.

    20 minutes south is McGee Botanical Gardens (18 acres). 30 minutes south in
    Fort Piece is the Manatee Observation Center.

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

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

    McLarty Treasure Museum
    http://www.atochatreasures.com/mclarty.htm

    Port Canaveral
    http://www.portcanaveral.com/index2.php

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

    U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
    http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/astronaut-hall-of-fame.aspx

    Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
    http://www.fws.gov/merrittisland/

    McGee Botanical Gardens
    http://www.mckeegarden.org/index.php

    Manatee Observation Center
    http://www.manateecenter.com/

    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. They are small enough to be able to penetrate standard screening.
     
  6. jns

    jns <font color=cc3366>Tries hard to get the jelly off

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    Thanks Jim Great info
    we have deided to spend our last few days here and were lucky enough to get a Sea Veiw inn room
     
  7. JimC

    JimC DVC Co-Moderator Moderator

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    Enjoy! You picked a great time to visit.
     
  8. JohnStorey

    JohnStorey Earning My Ears

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    We nearly allways stay at Vero, every trip, usually just for a few nights, lovely hotel. However the main reason for staying there is so that we can go to 'Ocean Grill' restaurant downtown, this is by far our FAVOURITE restaurant in Florida, we just love it & usually go there both nights we are in Vero. OK it is a bit on the pricey side but hey your on holiday, go for it, the restaurant is, classy,cosy,quaint & the food is superb, (& the bar ain't bad either)
     

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