A Little Bit About My Town: Vero Beach, Florida
Vero Beach is an upscale, yet low-key East coast town in Florida with gorgeous beaches. It spends half of its time welcoming snowbirds and half enjoying the fact that they are gone. Vero Beach is a popular eco-tourism destination. It has many land development restrictions so it still has a retro feel that is intentional. I love living in Vero Beach because of the awesome things there are to do as well as the close proximity to other major Florida cities.
Our Biggest Employer in Vero Beach
Piper Aircraft is the largest employer in Vero Beach. Piper produces aircraft parts, and offer flight lessons. From my house, I can hear dozens of planes from the flight school as well as chartered flights, daily. Tours at Piper Aircraft are given Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM-1 PM. Many of our snowbirds arrive in private planes at Vero’s Regional Airport, which also offers direct flights to New York City.
Historic Dodgertown and More
The LA Dodgers made Vero Beach their home for spring baseball training from the years 1948 to 2008. Today, the 79-acre Dodgertown complex stands in perfect shape and hosts baseball camps for all ages and concert events. Most other social events in Vero take place on the Indian River County Fairgrounds, Ocean Boulevard, or at Riverside Park. Pet owners Vero Beach have their very own off-leash dog park on Indian River Drive.
Shopping and Staying in Vero Beach
Ocean Boulevard, which runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, is lined with designer apparel and other boutique shopping as well as a few local restaurants. The shops are adorned with gorgeous home accents, stylish and classic clothing, high-end shoes, and gifts, but I warn you; they are pricey. My favorite beachside stores include the J M Stringer Gallery of Fine Art, Lazy Daisy, and A Pampered Life. Vero Beach is also home to the Vero Beach Outlets, a fine set of discount stores located near I-95 with Williams Sonoma, Coach, and Columbia Sportswear stores, only three of the 50 or more stores available. Major hotels in the area include the Vero Beach Hotel, with a noteworthy happy hour and menu, and Coste d’ Este, owned by the amazing Gloria Estefan. They are both stellar beachfront hotels.
A Dose of Culture and Nature
Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to our McKee Botanical Gardens or feeding the manatees at the north side of the Vero Beach power plant. For the more cultured visitor, I recommend the Riverside Theatre (I volunteer there!) for one of their 6 off-Broadway shows during the season or the bi-monthly Comedy Club that bills top name entertainment and packs people in from miles around. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is right around the corner as well with beautiful exhibits, art classes, and rotating galleries.
Hungry For Good Eats?
Dining options are plentiful in Vero Beach. For breakfast, my picks are Mulligans Beach House (oceanfront dining), Baci (the best breakfast), or Lemon Tree, on Ocean Boulevard. For lunch, I love eating al fresco at Waldo’s Waterfront Grill, in the historic and funky Driftwood Hotel. Try the Traveler’s Shrimp with a variety of coconut, fried, and stuffed shrimp with Monterey jack cheese. Suggested dinner options include the Ocean Grill for an expensive and delicious classic meal, The Crab Stop (best seafood in town!), Nino’s on the Beach for Italian fare (I recommend the Cannelloni- it is perfect!), or Johnny D’s for quick eats such as a Chicken Caesar Salad or brick oven pizzas. Other eateries to try include Classic Cupcakes, Kilted Mermaid, and Kata, for original Asian dishes and sushi.
A Bonus Offering
Vero Beach is home to the Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, which is a Disney vacation club timeshare or private pay vacation destination that is open to the public for spa treatments and dining. The Disney Resort offers a seaside Sunday brunch and a Pirate character dining Monday nights with a bounty of barbecue items along with Pirate Goofy and Donald. The spa at the Disney Beach Resort is exceptional, offering traditional services as well as some more exotic. My favorite spa technician is Brenda, who does the best deep tissue massage I have ever had. Better yet, Florida residents get a discount!
Outdoor Activities in Vero Beach
If you want to get out and explore Vero’s nature options, I recommend kayaking at Round Island Beach Park (I almost always see manatees there). For fishing, try Sebastian Inlet for premier saltwater fishing or the Sebastian River for freshwater fishing. My husband and I enjoy camping only a few minutes outside of Vero Beach at the Sebastian Inlet State Park. it is also a wonderful place for boating or kayaking.
Famous people from Vero Beach include best-selling author Carl Hiaasen, country music recording artist Jake Owen, and Melody Pittman, writer of this blog. Well, a girl can dream can’t she? So if you are looking for a beach vacation, without the stress of big crowds and a hectic pace, you should visit Vero Beach. You may even be lucky enough to find washed up treasure on the shores from the eleven 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleets that were shipwrecked during a hurricane. Thus far only $4.5 million has been recovered on our shores in gold coins.
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