Vero Beach report- First Visit (Long Report)

Discussion in 'DVC-Mousecellaneous' started by jackmac, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. jackmac

    jackmac Mouseketeer

    Sep 27, 2003
    My wife and I checked into Vero on Friday April 1 and left on Monday April 4. This was our first trip to Vero and we were very impressed with the resort. We stayed in an ocean front Inn Room and the room was very nice. It was clean, well maintained and had a spectacular view. There were minor problems, the light above the microwave needed replacing, but nothing to hinder our enjoyment. There was a dehumidifyer running in the room, a remnant from the hurricanes. Our room was not ready when we checked in (about 2 PM) but was ready at 3:00 PM.

    I would like to commend the CM's at Vero. They were very friendly and helpful. There seemed to be plenty of staff all over the resort and it was maintained perfectly. The kids programs seemed to be exceptional. I was constantly seeing staff working with groups of kids in about a 2:10 or better ratio. The pool staff was always around keeping the area clean. Mousekeeping was always around and the restaurants and lounges seemed to be well staffed.

    On Friday night we had dinner in Sonya's. The meal was excellent and they were also having a wine paring special for $45 per person. We did not have this but it looked very good and the price was reasonable for what you received, a 4 course dinner and 4 glasses of wine. After dinner we went to the Green Cabin Room (the resorts lounge) where there was live entertainment. The duo was very good and friendly and is there every Friday and Saturday night. Sunday nights they have a singer / Piano player who is also very good.

    On Saturday morning it rained so we went into Vero Beach. It is about a 15 minute drive. Vero is very nice and has a nice downtown shopping area. The rain stopped about noon so it was back to the pool. The pool is very nice at Vero but can be crowded. The slide is fast and fun. The biggest complaint about the resort is the issue of "reserving lounge chairs at the pool", but more on that later. There is no quiet pool at Vero, the beach takes that function. The beach is very long and in great shape. It was not crowded during our stay and if you walked a little ways from the beach entrance then you had the area to yourself. They do rent chairs for the beach which I feel should be free. When I stayed in Sanibel last year they were free but I also know that a lot of resorts do rent them. This was not a major issue but a little annoyance which would be a nice member perk.

    Saturday at 2 we played golf at Aquatina, an executive course about 15 minutes north of the resort. They have a twilight special at 2 PM of $26 for as many holes as you can play with a cart. Saturday night was into Vero Beach for dinner at the Ocean Grill. An excellent restaurant on the ocean in downtown Vero. The price was similar to Sonya's and the food was very good.

    Now for the bad. We got to the pool on Sunday around 9:30 and most of the lounge chairs had towels on them and the tables had towels and jackets on them to "reserve" them. The pool was not crowded but it was very difficult to find seating for 2. I talked to the CM at the pool about this and I was told that it's the way things are done at Vero and I should complain to management. We were at the pool until 1 PM and there were very few people using all of the saved chairs. I feel it's reasonable to save a chair for an hour or so while your walking the beach or getting something to eat but 3 hours seems unreasonable. Anyway, we left to play golf again at the same course and had a great afternoon.

    The resort looked great and there was very little damage that I could see from the hurricanes. Some palm trees were obviously replaced. The boardwalk is being rebuilt and some shingles were replaced but overall the resort looked great. I'm sure that people who have been there before would see the differences, but for a first timer it looked very good.

    We left Monday when they were putting up the scaffolding to work on the roof. They were enclosing the scaffolding as they always do at Disney so I'm not sure what this will do to the view. Shutters will lose their views while the scaffolding is up there. I'm not sure if they will close down the ocean view rooms or not that are being affected. I'd be interested to know from someone that's down there now.

    Overall I felt that it was an excellent resort and an excellent location. A car is needed as everything is about a 15 minute drive but directons are easy with everything off of Route 1 or A1A. I will definately be going back, maybe next April. Also, any panic selling of Vero points because of fears of assessments or the damage done there is very foolish. The damage is not noticable and they are in much better shape than anything else around them.
  2. Maistre Gracey

    Maistre Gracey DIS Veteran

    Apr 23, 2002
    Thanx for the great report, jackmac. I'm happy to read that you enjoyed VB and the resort is in good shape.

    On our last visit we also ran into a lot of "saved" lounge chairs.
    I came up with our new policy to deal with that:
    If it's just a folded towel, move it and sit down. :teeth:

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  4. AmyBeth68

    AmyBeth68 Relentless Forward Motion

    Nov 13, 2003
    Thanks for the review! :)

    Does anybody know how long the scheduled roof is supposed to take place?

  5. tinkgrl

    tinkgrl Love Johnny Depp & Captain Jack Sparrow! Love bein

    Jul 5, 2003

    Thanks for sharing!!! Glad you had a good time!

  6. lisareniff

    lisareniff DIS Veteran

    Mar 26, 2003
    Thanks for the great trip report! I'm excited about visiting Vero for the first time next month and reading your report made it seem a little closer.
  7. DVC Jen

    DVC Jen Wigs out even the biggest circus freaks.

    Jan 11, 2004
    The comment the lifegaurd made to you bothers me a lot. S/He made it sound like it is normal to be rude at Vero. Rudeness is not "normal" any where.

    I do agree with the poster who said he has simple moved a towel that is being used obviously to save a chair.

    I would do that too.. in a heartbeat.
  8. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Judging by the number of towels that "hold" lounge chairs at VB, some of us Dis'ers must do it as well. SAB is as bad, and DH was told by a CM there that's it's accepted to just move the towel and use the chair.

    Bobbi :rolleyes1
  9. jenntish

    jenntish Mouseketeer

    Apr 12, 2006
    can anyone tell me how much it costs to rent beach chairs and umbrellas at vero? Im going down in June with a 3 month old and definitely need both every day. thanks...
  10. iloveokw

    iloveokw DIS Veteran

    Aug 19, 1999
    We were at Vero the second half of Easter week. Starting on Thursday the Recreation Director started a new program to fight "chair hogging". They said after one hour of a lounger/table not being occupied - things there would be taken to Eb and Flos - after their regular hours things would be moved to lost and found. They had 2 or so cast members working on this program with a laminated number system. It made some people mad but for the most part seemed very successful. Hope they keep it up.

  11. Halle

    Halle DIS Veteran

    Nov 12, 2000
    So happy to hear that the CM's are being proactive regarding 'the saving of chairs'.
  12. Paticake

    Paticake DIS Veteran

    Sep 1, 2002
    Jenntish I read that it costs $24/d for 2 chairs and an umbrella. I am not sure if there is a member discount? Have a great trip. We are not going until Oct.
  13. starbox

    starbox "There is more treasure in books than in all the p

    Jul 4, 2006
    Thanks for sharing such a detailed report. We too think that the CMs absolutely rock at VB. :banana: :banana:
  14. Maistre Gracey

    Maistre Gracey DIS Veteran

    Apr 23, 2002
    :lmao: :lmao:
    Not that it matters, but this review is over two years old!!

  15. DisDaydreamer

    DisDaydreamer I have this DIS-ease

    Jul 27, 2006
    How many times have I jumped into an old thread...? Too many. None-the-less... I (VB lover) really hate the reserving of chairs at the pool by laying towels on them. This is really my one gripe... A recent thread indicated the staff was watching the "Towel Reservations" and setting a time limit. I hope this is true.
  16. I'mNoPrince

    I'mNoPrince <font color=darkorchid>AlterEgo tmt martins<br><fo

    Oct 1, 2006
    Thats too funny about opening a 2 year old thread.

    But I will add that when we go in Aug we will just use the towel thats sitting on the chairs and play dumb if someone comes by . I can always say with all the towels laying on all the chairs I just thought it was something nice the CMs do for us.
  17. Mahusky

    Mahusky West of Boston and East of Nowhere

    Oct 27, 2004
    Actually this chair reservation thing bothers me becasue with my large family I have to rush down to the pool (solo) and sit with our chairs to insure that we have chairs. If I come 30 mins later I find most of the chairs are gone with not a sole around! :mad:

    With all that I still wouldn't trade VB for an instant!

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