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Vacation in Vero Beach, Florida

Updated on October 17, 2014

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Vero Beach, Florida is a small community of friendly people blessed with beautiful beaches, great parks and lots of recreation centers. All in all a wonderful vacation location.

Vero Beach is about 135 miles North of Miami and 190 miles South of Jacksonville with a population of approximately 18,160 people.

Vero Beach is also known as the "Gateway to the Tropics." Vero Beach climate offers ancient oak trees and pine forests along with big, beautiful palm trees and plants found in the tropics. Also know as the "Citrus Capital of the World", producing delicious Indian River Citrus.

Along with being host to the minor league baseball team the Vero Beach Devil Rays, business' include Piper Aircraft, citrus packaging and tourism.

The city is divided by the Indian River Lagoon with the mainland on one side and the oceanfront barrier island on the other. With restrictions to high rise development the city maintains its residential atmosphere giving the feeling of a welcoming little town.

The beaches in Vero Beach are part of Florida's Treasure Coast with beautiful sands and rolling waves. South Beach, the main public beach, has volleyball courts, space to play other sports and it includes pavillions, barbecues and restrooms. Other beaches include Humiston Park, Jaycee Park and Conn Beach. Not to mention the resorts with their own beach fronts.

The Indian River Lagoon that passes through Vero Beach is a haven for boating, fishing and water skiing with public and private marinas with boat launching availability.

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Disney Resort at Vero Beach

We, my family and I, vacationed at one of the Disney Resorts located in Vero Beach, Florida. They have several but the one in Vero Beach is my favorite. It was spectacular. Giving you the best of both worlds when it comes to water. You could choose to go to the beach and play in the waves or lounge around the big, spacious pool area with the monstrous slide.

You are close to the shops in downtown Vero Beach. Shop til you drop is my motto. They have everything from specialty shops to a huge Walmart. No matter if you needed anything or not you are sure to find something you just can't resist. So, don't pack everything you need because you are sure to find a great sun dress or tank top.

We spent most of our days at the beach. The children wanted to look for shells and if you got real lucky you could find some. We built sand castles, strolled the beaches and body surfed. What a wonderful way to spend the day.

Beach Towel

It's always nice to have a big beach towel when at the beach. Something to lay on in the sand and to wrap around you when out of the water.

It's all about Mickey

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When you are at a Disney property it is all about Mickey. Mickey signs are everywhere. The hands on the elevator or the butter on the table. It is all about Mickey.

The Vero Beach Disney Resort is just beautiful. We happened to be there during the Christmas Holiday and everything was decorated in grand style. From the very big Christmas tree in the lobby to all the lights in the trees surrounding the resort. I'm telling you, you just have to see it for yourself. It is jawdropping gorgeous.

Our room had a beautiful balcony from which we could watch the sunsets at night and even watched a wedding ceremony at twilight. It was also a favorite spot for a cup of coffee in the morning.

The Vero Beach Disney Resort had several restaurants plus a place at poolside where you could order hamburgs, hot dogs and much more. You could also get any beverage of your choice. My grandchildren also thought the gift shop was pretty cool. Of course, Mickey and Minnie were displayed in all there glory.

Beach Photo's and more...

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One of the beautiful sunsets...sunrises are just as spectacularRemember how much fun it is to chase waves?Daughter, son-in-law and childrenMore wavesTop of the sliderOh yeah.  This is the lifeI told you.  Mickey is everywhereIn rockers in the lobby.  Kids waiting for mom and dad to come down.Another view of the ocean
One of the beautiful sunsets...sunrises are just as spectacular
One of the beautiful sunsets...sunrises are just as spectacular
Remember how much fun it is to chase waves?
Remember how much fun it is to chase waves?
Daughter, son-in-law and children
Daughter, son-in-law and children
More waves
More waves
Top of the slider
Top of the slider
Oh yeah.  This is the life
Oh yeah. This is the life
I told you.  Mickey is everywhere
I told you. Mickey is everywhere
In rockers in the lobby.  Kids waiting for mom and dad to come down.
In rockers in the lobby. Kids waiting for mom and dad to come down.
Another view of the ocean
Another view of the ocean

Beach Cover-ups

A good way to get from your room to the pool.

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Vero Beach, A great place to retire

If I could leave my children and grandchildren behind, and could move anywhere to retire... Vero Beach, Florida would be on my top five list. But, I have to be honest....I could never leave my grandchildren behind. So, Vero Beach will have to be a vacation spot for me. If you, on the other hand, are looking for an ideal spot, please give Vero Beach some consideration, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Vero Beach, Florida is a favorite spot for retirees for many reasons. Here are some:

1. 23 Miles of beach

2. No State incme tax

3. Modern, up to date, medical facilities

4. Lots of helpful senior citizen services

5. Retirement Communities

Here are some notable people that have homes in Vero Beach:

Fred Barnes - Fred Barnes (journalist)Frederic W. Barnes is an American political commentator. He is the executive editor of the news publication The Weekly Standard and regularly appears on the Fox News Channel program Special Report with Bret Baier...

Jon Bon Jovi - Jon Bon Jovi is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the lead singer and founder of Bon Jovi...

Prescott Bush Jr., son of Sen. Prescott Bush of CT, brother of George H. W. Bush. George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st President of the United States . He was also Ronald Reagan's Vice President , a congressman, an ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence....

and uncle of George W. Bush. George Walker Bush was the 43rd President of the United States, serving from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas, serving from 1995 to 2000. Bush is the eldest son of President George H. W..

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Gloria Estefan - Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan; known professionally as Gloria Estefan is a Cuban American singer, songwriter and actress. She is in the top 100 best selling music artists with over 90 million albums sold worldwide, 26.5 million of those in the United States alone...

Calvin Southern Fuller - Calvin Southern Fuller was a physical chemist at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he worked for 37 years from 1930-1967 when he went into mandatory retirement at the age of 65. He was credited as the co-inventor of the solar cell also known as the solar battery.

, inventor of the solar cell, died 1994

Billy Graham - William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr. KBE is an American evangelical Christian evangelist. As of April 25, 2010, when he met with Barack Obama, he has been a spiritual adviser to twelve United States presidents going back to Harry S. Truman, and is number seven on Gallup's list of admired people...

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), actor and former professional wrestler

Tommy Lee Jones - Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and director. His film roles include federal marshal Samuel Gerard in The Fugitive and U.S. Marshals, the villain "Two-Face" in Batman Forever, terrorist William Strannix in Under Siege, Agent K in the Men in Black films

Sandy Koufax - Sanford "Sandy" Koufax is an American left-handed former pitcher in Major League Baseball

Prince -Prince (musician)Prince is a singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He has been known under the unpronounceable symbol , which he used between 1993 and 2000...

Sylvester Stallone - Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone , nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, and film director. Stallone is known for his machismo and Hollywood action roles. Two of the notable characters he has portrayed include boxer Rocky Balboa and soldier John Rambo...

John Walsh - John Edward Walsh is an American television personality, criminal investigator, human and victim rights advocate and the host of America's Most Wanted. Walsh is known for his anti-crime activism, which he became involved with following the murder of his son, Adam, in 1981...

Michael Bloomberg - Michael Rubens Bloomberg is the current Mayor of New York City, and the 10th richest person in the United States, having net worth of US$18 billion in 2010...

, current mayor of New York City

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi Vero Beach Florida sound like a fun place to visit.

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      Sharon Berry 3 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: I'm not sure how anyone could be disappointed with a visit to Disney's Vero Beach. I'm glad you and your family had a great time.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      just got back from disney resort at vero and our family loved everything about it and we saw baby sea turtles return to sea ...so beautiful

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      gadifi lm 4 years ago

      nice lens and a beautiful place it is, great photos

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      Vero Beach is a very nice place. I've been there several times. I enjoyed looking for treasures on the beach side.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Sounds like a lovely place to vacation.

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      Sounds lovely, would love to visit

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      @TheBaseballCoach: Oh, who wouldn't love to have an aunt that owned a hotel on Vero Beach? I'll bet it was just as beautiful then as it is now. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      TheBaseballCoach 5 years ago

      I had an aunt who owned a hotel on the beach there many many years ago

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Hi there. Vero is not far from us ... maybe an hour or less. East Central Florida is a nice area!