Vero Beach 2015 Information & Adoration Thread

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Welcome! This is the 2015 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of the content of this thread has been brought forward from past threads, so be aware prices and rates are likely to be out of date.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...
2014 - By RSHEALAND - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3215686
2013 - By DisDaydreamer - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3021104
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.... 2015
Post or PM me your stay dates. Also, let me know what number stay this is for you and what type of reservation. I will put that number and info after your username.
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12/22 - 12/24 dreamlinda OVIR
12/23 - 12/27 Caribear76 (1)

[B]2015[/B]
01/02 - 01/04 bobbiwoz OVIR
01/08 - 01/09 Sasphnx
01/17 - 01/31 Senecabeach (1) studio
01/18 - 01/20 Pootle (25) OVIR

02/07 - 02/11 1950
02/08 - 02/11  iloveokw

03/20         RSHEALAND (5) OVIR
03/24 - 03/27 RSHEALAND (5) 1BR
03/25 - 03/28 iloveokw

04/03 - 04/11 MrsNick (7) Studio
04/04 - 04/09 resq343
04/11 - 04/17 shannon104 (1)
04/19 - 04/21 mybabesuz OVIR
04/21 - 04/25 mybabesuz 1BR
04/24 - 05/03 rcs (2) cottage
04/25 - 04/29 cluvsdisney (1)

05/01 - 05/05 JLitfin (1) OVIR
05/02 - 05/14 Worksopdisney
05/08 - 05/10 tbbolts
05/12 - 05/16 rbcheek (3) 2BR
05/20 - 05/24 hoosiergirl
05/23 - 05/26 JessseJ (1)
05/23 - 05/29 PammyK (15)
05/26 - 05/30 disfountainofyouth (1)

06/01 - 06/03 tchrrx 1BR
06/04 - 06/11 DVC Jen (7) 1BR
06/16 - 06/19 sarahk0204
06/17 - 06/21 KerriL (2) 1BR
06/20 - 06/23 Seaturtle1966 (4)
06/21 - 06/25 zawisza (2) 2BR
06/23 - 06/26 ddiva (8) OVIR
06/25 - 06/30 lfishe3 (2)
06/28 - 07/02 tbbolts

07/05 - 07/08 Chim Chiminy (3) 1 OVIR 2 GVIR
07/17 - 07/22 prattpak (1) OVIR
07/17 - 07/24 lsg85
07/19 - 07/23 Andysol (1) GVIR
07/24 - 07/29 Wildernessbride2005 (1) studio
07/26 - 07/31 jstoll1 (1)
07/31 - 08/03 Cheloconnell (3) 1BR

08/01 - 08/03 DisneyfromDeland (1) OVIR
08/01 - 08/05 Christine42566 (3) 1BR
08/01 - 08/07 FlyersFanSheri (1) GVIR
08/02 - 08/07 WVMD (4) 1BR
08/03 - 08/09 okw2012 1BR
08/05 - 08/19 Loelai71 (4)
08/06 - 08/11 hmansure (3) 2BR
08/15 - 08/17 Mahusky Cottage
08/15 - 08/18 DizDaD7 (1) OVIR
08/16 - 08/19 Bobbiwoz
08/18 - 08/22 skedinger (1) OVIR
08/20 - 08/23 lovegrumpy (1) OVIR
08/24 - 08/29 RatherDrive (1) 1BR
08/21 - 08/24 dismiss (1) 1BR

09/16 - 09/20 Murron (15) 1BR

10/06 - 10/14 kbwright 1BR
10/09 - 10/12 backyardponder (6) OVIR
10/16            RSHEALAND (6) 1BR
10/17 - 10/19 HappyGal
10/21 - 10/24 RSHEALAND (6) cottage
10/22 - 10/25 wildcatwmn (6) 2 deluxe studios
10/27            poison ivy 2 OVIRs
10/29 - 11/01 Thumper4me (1) deluxe studio
10/30 - 11/01 Eric Julie and Hailey

11/13 - 11/17 toolmanjan (1)
11/15 - 11/19 Homemom (3) 1BR
11/22 - 11/25 ethanwa   2BR
11/26 - 11/27 Canadian Disney Mom (1) GVIR

12/04 - 12/05 RSHEALAND (7) 1 BR
12/07 - 12/11 Cheryl N. WI  OVIR
12/12            bobbiwoz
12/18 - 12/21 tbbolts
12/23 - 12/26 iloveokw (40)

01/01 - 01/04 bobbiwaz GVIR

05/01 - 05/03 RobynPrincess (1) GVIR
05/06 - 05/10 CZmom (1) IR
05/14 - 05/20 WNYDISNEYFAN  2BR
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).

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

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: $495. Signature VichyTreatment, Signature Massage and Signature Facial or Signature Mani Pedi. 3.5 - 4 hrs
Citrus Package $200 Citrus Vichy Shower scrub, 50 min Aroma Therapy Massage, or your choice of Facial (excludes Signature Facial). 2 hrs
Tropical Package $200 Same as Citrus only with Tropical... 2 hrs
Bridal Package $345 3.5 hrs
Mommy and Me Package with Tween  $355 with 12 or older $395  2.25 hrs
Tween Package $230  2 hrs

Massage
Signature Massage 80min $190
Hot Stone 50min $140  80min $180
Swedish Relaxation 50min $120 80min $160
Personalized Aromatherapy 50min $130 80min $170
Pressure Release 50min $135 80min $175
Maternity 50min $125 80min $165
Couples Price varies with selected treatment
Verandah/Chair Massage 15min $35
Express Massage 30min  $65
Facials
Signature Facial 80min $175
Coconut Hydrating 50min $115
Blueberry Soy Firming 50min $115
Strawberry Rhubarb Replenishing 50min $115
Aloe Mint Soothing 50min $115
Citrus C Deep Cleansing 50min $115
A LA Carte
Lip Exfoiliation and voluminzing $30
Soothing eye treatment $35
Hair and scalp massage $35
Vichy Shower Treatments
Signature Vichy Treatment 80min $175
Tropical Vichy Shower scrub 45min $95
Citrus Vichy Shower scrub 45min $95
Body Therapies
Mango Enzyme Exfoilating Wrap 50min $130
Cucumber Mint Hydrating Wrap 50min $130
Hand and Foot Treatments
Signature Spa Manicure 50min $75
Signature Spa Pedicure 80min $95
Traditions Manicure 30min $45
Traditions Pedicure 50min $65
Traditions Mani-Pedi Combo 80min $105
add French to mani or pedi for $10
Gentlemen's Manicure 30min $40
Gentlemen's Pedicure 45min $60
Foot and Leg Relief Massage 30min $50
Polish Change 15min $30
Tween Services
Clean Tween Facial 25min $75
Calming Massage 25min $75
Ice Cream Manicure 25min $40
Ice Cream Pedicure 30min $50
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RSHEALAND

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Lets start adding names for Roll Call 2015. If you want your stay to be added please post or PM me your stay dates. Also, let me know what number stay this is for you and what type of reservation. I will put that number and info after your username. I will also try to update the info with current rates and add some photos. Thanks Rick
 

RSHEALAND

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We will be making our 5th trip to Vero 3/20 for a night in a OVIR and from 3/24 - 3/27 in a 1 BR
 
  • PJMPA

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    Joined
    May 23, 2000
    We would have been at VB for the 2nd time Feb 19-22 but just cancelled after receiving the letter about the beach restoration project. The person at the front desk let it slip that staff just found out about the beach closure but the resort manager knew about this project for quite some time. Wish I would have known sooner.
     

    RSHEALAND

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
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    We would have been at VB for the 2nd time Feb 19-22 but just cancelled after receiving the letter about the beach restoration project. The person at the front desk let it slip that staff just found out about the beach closure but the resort manager knew about this project for quite some time. Wish I would have known sooner.
    So sorry you had to cancel. Unfortunately with a project like this, it is difficult to predict exactly where they will be at a given time. The project was to start in November and has to finish by April and it is hard to tell where they will be on a given date. The actual time when the beach will be shut down in front of the resort might only be a few days. It reminds me of when they repaved the road in front of our house, the whole project went on for 2 weeks but it only really was an inconveience for a couple of days.
     

    iloveokw

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 19, 1999
    Rick,

    Thanks for taking care of this page. Love your pictures! Our 2015 trips to Vero:

    2/8-2/11
    3/25-3/28
    12/23-12/26

    At the end of 2015 we should have hit our 40th stay:goodvibes
     

    floridafam

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Mar 26, 2003
    We went over for a night and I have to ask this because I wonder every time we stay at the resort. What is with the TINY televisions in the rooms? Are they going to be replaced soon? :confused3
     

    RSHEALAND

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
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    Rick,

    Thanks for taking care of this page. Love your pictures! Our 2015 trips to Vero:

    2/8-2/11
    3/25-3/28
    12/23-12/26

    At the end of 2015 we should have hit our 40th stay:goodvibes
    Wow 40th stay thats great! You have been added to roll call, enjoy your stays
     

    PammyK

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 28, 1999
    I've got my annual Memorial Day visit booked for May 23-29. I'm not really sure what number trip this makes - somewhere in the neighborhood of 15, maybe.

    Oh, and thanks for continuing the thread into 2015. I really appreciate all you do to share the DVBR love.
     

    JessseJ

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Oct 28, 2013
    We will be there May 23-May 26 for the first time! Our DD10 hates the beach (but loves waves) so it'll be interesting!

    How are the waves there?
     

    MrsNick

    <font color=darkorchid>sometimes out of desperatio
    Joined
    Aug 4, 2005
    Hi, we will be there 4/3-4/11 (stu). Not sure how many visits so far. 7 maybe?

    Looking forward to it! P.S. Is there a Facebook page for Disney Vero Beach visitors as well? I know a lot of the Disney Cruise folks have a Facebook meet page in addition to their disboards page.
     

    PammyK

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 28, 1999
    We will be there May 23-May 26 for the first time! Our DD10 hates the beach (but loves waves) so it'll be interesting!

    How are the waves there?
    Hey, we'll be vacation buddies that weekend.

    Your DD sounds like me at that age. I grew up in NJ and our summer vacations always included a couple weeks Down the Shore. When I was a kid, I loved being in the ocean riding the waves on a raft (pre-boogie board days) or just body surfing. But if I couldn't be in the water, I hated being on the beach surrounded by all that sand. I think your DD will be okay, though, because the pool is so close to the beach that you can make the pool deck your home base and just pop over to the beach for a quick dip in the ocean when you get the urge to ride or jump some waves.

    At Vero, surf conditions change day-by-day, or sometimes even change dramatically between morning and afternoon. I've been there when the ocean seemed calmer than the pool with almost no wave action whatsoever. I've also been there when the surf resembled the spin cycle of a washing machine - too rough even for the die-hard surfers at the county beach. And I've been there on days when the waves were simply perfect.
     

    Zandy595

    DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>The other day I f
    Joined
    Nov 5, 2000
    Anyone have a scan of a recent Shutter's menu? DS wants to go there for his birthday dinner on Friday and he's hoping they still have the caramelized onion flatbread and some fish entree he really liked the last time we were there.
     

    RSHEALAND

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
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    I've got my annual Memorial Day visit booked for May 23-29. I'm not really sure what number trip this makes - somewhere in the neighborhood of 15, maybe.

    Oh, and thanks for continuing the thread into 2015. I really appreciate all you do to share the DVBR love.
    PammyK your trip has been added to roll call, enjoy your stay
     
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