While too numerous of Florida’s waterfront cities have succumbed to claustrophobic overbuilding, tacky traveler traps, and high-rises, Vero Beach continues a breath of fresh air. Though classified as a city, Vero, with a strict policy that no building can exceed four stories, seems more like a seaside village. It’s the rare point we didn’t know still existed in the Sunshine State.
Unique in multiple ways, Vero is a quietly sophisticated coastal village where blue-collar workers freely coexist with billionaires. Among its offerings: a world-class art museum, top-shelf street shopping, original scenic wonders, and the biggest Atlantic beach south of Georgia. While most flock to Miami, Orlando, Tampa or the Keys (let them), Vero’s under-the-radar attractions makes it the real resort getaway. It’s unsurprising that Oprah newly strolled the town’s Ocean Drive shopping area in broad daylight completely unnoticed. Here are best five things about Vero Beach.
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1. NATURAL WONDERS
If you are thinking for peace of mind? It’s surprising to you the lack of people on Vero’s famous beaches. Walking long ranges of white sand, you’re likely to meet numerous pelicans, sandpipers, and turtles than humans. Speaking of turtles, over one-fourth of the world’s sea turtles nest in Vero and surrounding beaches as they have since the start of time. In fact, a late night turtle nesting trip is a must for any nature lover. In early June, you can see a coffee table-sized Mama sea turtle lay her annual 120 eggs (which look just like ping pong balls) into the sand as shooting stars. The babies hatch two months later to start their life at sea, and though some ultimately survive, the ones that do turn to Vero Beach to the very spot where they hatched. Incredible.
2. DELICIOUS DINING
Vero’s restaurants exist unique thrills for seafood lovers with fresh local fish that you might never have heard of – and won’t likely see in other parts of the country: permit, pompano, cobia, unicorn filefish, tripletail, snook, freshwater crappie, or any one of the 15 varieties of Grouper. The most impressive Grouper dish to be had in Vero is at The Tides (3103 Cardinal Drive), Chef Leanne Kelleher’s intimate, upscale dining stop. It’s no surprise they’ve collected dining awards for their pan cooked potato crusted local grouper – with jumbo lump crabmeat, shallots, roasted shiitake mushrooms and Indian River citrus beurre blanc. If seafood’s not your task, you cannot go back with any of the dishes at The Tides. And the wine menu has received the Award of Excellence from The Wine Spectator for 15 consecutive years.
Beautiful art, quality theatre, cinema, and opera, Vero has the whole of these in implements. The town’s historic downtown highlights at least a dozen beautiful art galleries. Worth searching is the monthly First Friday Gallery Stroll held from 6 – 9 pm the first Friday of each month. The Vero Beach Museum of Art (3001 Riverside Drive) this is one excellent place. Meticulously curated exhibitions, painting and sculpture collections, film screenings, library, and art classes for every age – there is many more thing for everyone. It is the nation’s most significant art museum established by private funds, which speaks to the art-mindedness, dedication, and affluence of Vero citizens.
It is not a town of inferior tourist shops. In fact the shopping collection in Vero rivals nearby Palm Beach. Noteworthy are the upscale boutiques on and nearby Ocean Drive as well as the beautiful and unique Village Shops on Route A1A. Nearby Indian River Mall has Dillard’s, Macy’s, and 70 masterpiece stores. The Vero Beach Outlets (1824 94th Drive – just west of Highway 95) emphasizes over 60 designer and brand name stores boasting significant discounts. The Ocean Drive Farmer’s Market (ranked #11 in the U.S. by Clean Eats Magazine) happens every Saturday from 8 am to 12Noon. Businesspeople give a wide array of delightful food options, fresh produce, gift items, baked goods. Worth investigating.
5. BEAUTIFUL BEACHSIDE HOTELS
What makes Gloria Estefan and Walt Disney have in well-known? For one, they’ve both developed fab four-star resorts in Vero Beach overlooking the Atlantic. Estefan’s Costa D’Este stands like a white art deco sand dollar and brings a uniquely bright splash of South Beach Miami panache and excellent cuisine to Ocean Drive. Just north of Costa, the minty seafoam-colored Vero Beach Hotel and Spa is a beautiful fortress of tranquility with two ocean-view eateries: the comfortable poolside Heaton’s Reef, and the casually elegant Cobalt.