As soon as you arrive in Vero Beach, you will understand why it was named an “Easy Beach Escape”. Surrounded by the peaceful blue-green waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon, you can forget your worries and lose yourself in this quaint beach town. Vero Beach is a destination where guests can enjoy a small-town ambiance, world-class luxury without the high-rise buildings or traffic to disrupt the beautiful view. Visitors can relax on miles of beautiful beaches, or choose activities all within just a few minutes of local resorts. Visit the beautiful beaches of Florida’s East Coast
Vero Beach Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit Vero Beach is in April when temperatures are still warm but hotels are more affordable. At this time of the year hotel accommodations are going to be at their lowest rates. Average temperatures will average in the mid 70s. The busiest time for Vero Beach is late winter/early spring. You can expect hotel rates to be at their highest during this period. Try avoiding the Christmas week (December 22nd to January 2nd) and the spring break week (March 28th to April 7th) if you’re on a budget; accommodation rates spike during these weeks.
Vero Beach Attractions
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
Pelican Island and its surrounding 5400+ acres of protected waters and lands are known as the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge offers excellent wildlife observation and photography opportunities. They offer a bird’s eye view of Pelican Island Proper were you can view the Pelican Island rookery from a distance, as well as other beautiful Indian River Lagoon scenery. A variety of wading birds, shore birds, ducks and occasional raptors, depending on the season, can be seen. Telephone: 772-581-5557 Web: Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Round Island Beach Park
This is a favorite kayaking and paddle boarding spot. Manatees often can be seen in coves around the small island, protected from the rest of the Indian River Lagoon. It’s against the law to approach them, but they’re free to explore wherever they want. Amenities include ample parking, boat ramp & boat parking, children’s playground, two picnic pavilions, canoe launch and observation tower.
McKee Botanical Garden
McKee Botanical Garden, Inc. is a private, non-for-profit cultural organization located in Vero Beach, Florida, with this mission of “nurturing and enhancing a historic garden in a unique subtropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all. The garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a historic Florida landmark.
South Beach Park
Wide open, sandy beaches are what you’ll find at this popular Vero Beach. This beach is a favorite among the locals. Amenities include paved parking, restrooms, showers, ADA beach access, and covered pavilions. Hours are from sunrise to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from 9:20am to 4:40pm.
Environmental Learning Center
Experience the beauty of the lagoon and native Florida wildlife through extensive boardwalks and walking trails, learn about native plants in the Greenhouse, take a canoe or pontoon boat ride with EcoVentures, experience the 145 gallon Touch Tank at the Discovery Station and Aquariums where you’ll learn all about the lagoon.
Things To Do in Vero Beach
Cap. Bob’s Airboat Adventures
Experience Florida’s natural marshlands, and feel the thrill of flying over the water and drifting through turns as you glide over miles of natural Florida wetlands. During your one hour airboat tour you will observe exotic birds, plants, turtles and Florida alligators in their own natural environment in pristine areas that ordinary boats simply cannot reach. Getting so close you’ll be amazed. Telephone: 772-633-7849 Web: Capt. Bob’s Airboat Adventures
Shark Bait considers their ocean aquatics services as unsurpassed by any other. Enjoy SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding), kayaking, snorkeling and boogie boards. They provide the equipment, instruction, local knowledge and assistance to ensure you have a safe and memorable experience. For more information call 561-248-5695 or visit Shark Bait.
Adrenaline Junkie Jet Boat Tour
Add some heart-racing fun to your Miami vacation with a high-speed boat ride. Travel by jetboat out of the crystal-clear waters of Biscayne Bay, along the Miami Coast and past the San Marco Islands and Memorial Island. Let the warm breeze wash over you as the speedboat skirts along the water and cruises along tropical shorelines. Return with plenty of time to continue exploring from the shore. Read more about Miami Jet Boat Adrenaline Junkie High-Speed Tour
Vero Beach Inshore Fishing Charter
Experience and explore the intercoastal and backwaters of local River which has an abundance of Snook, Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Mangrove Snapper and Black Drum. Just minutes from Waterfront Beach, Vero Beach Island has all types of fishing an eye’s view. View the beautiful scenery, while experiencing the thrill of a chance to catch the local inshore king, “the Snook” and other species. Read more about Vero Beach Inshore Fishing Charter
Kayak or Paddle Board the Indian River Lagoon
Step off the beaten path & kick-start your day on a kayak or paddle board exploring the mangroves islands. Your 2-hour tour begins with an easy launch from the dock behind our shop where a guide leads you to the Indian River Lagoon and the mangrove islands. At this hour we are commonly greeted by manatee, dolphin, sea turtle, sting rays & marine birds seeking their morning meal. No previous paddle board or kayak experience required, just an adventurous spirit. Read more about Kayak or Paddle Board the Indian River Lagoon
Best Vero Beach Restaurants
Avanzare Ristorante $31 – 60
Northern Italian main courses often reflect the people’s pride in their unspoiled countryside, and the meat and dairy production that is native to the area. Reflective of this, their menu features the freshest veal, beef and pork available to them. Just like the coast of Florida, seafood and shellfish are very popular on the Tuscan coastline region. Discover the multitude of Italy’s selections from hearty red wines, to sweet and fruity dessert wines and sparkling Spumante (champagne-like) for pairing with a perfect meal. And last but not least, “Dolce” (dessert), there is no better way to finish your meal by Dessert! For more information call 772-978-9789 or visit Avanzare Ristorante.
Red Onion Eatery $11 – 30
Try the red onion sandwich, which was amazing. Smoked turkey, bacon, gouda, onions, and cream cheese. Arguably one of the best sandwiches. Excellent service, nice beer and wine selection and great sandwiches. Small and casual but great! For more information call 772-492-8881 or visit the Red Onion Eatery.
Barefoot Café Under $10
They offer a creative, fresh, and healthy menu that allows for you to spend as little or as much time away from the office as you’d like. Take a few moments to browse their menu and look at their weekly specials right here on their website. Whether it’s a salad, a hot wrap, or a bowl of soup – there’s going to be something on their menu that you’ll want to try. For more information call 772-770-1733 or visit the Barefoot Café.
The Tides $31 – 60
The Tides has been offering Chef Leanne Kelleher’s distinct menu of Floridian and New American cuisine since March of 2000. With influences of both Southern, Latin, Caribbean and classical French, diners are treated to the freshest seafood, locally grown and organically raised vegetables and fruits, and only the finest quality meats to create masterful presentations of both flavor and form. To add to the dining experience, The Tides offers a wine list which has received the Award of Excellence from The Wine Spectator for 15 consecutive years. For more information call 772-234-3966 or visit The Tides.
The Crab Stop of Vero Beach $11 – 30
If you love seafood and great service, you have to visit The Crab Stop for the best garlic crabs in town! This humble seafood restaurant is a locally owned and operated business for crab fans and seafood lovers alike. They take tremendous pride in providing great service and the absolute best seafood to the Vero Beach community. For more information call 772-257-5221 or visit The Crab Stop of Vero Beach.
Best Vero Beach Nightlife
Kilted Mermaid is a neighborhood craft beer and wine bar featuring more than 25 local and global wines by the glass, and 80+ craft and import beers. Kilted Mermaid is a funky, eclectic neighborhood pub with a chill atmosphere. Each of their guests are encouraged to drink outside the box through their focused yet unconventional offerings, with guidance from their incredibly knowledgeable staff. Their ever changing menus include small production wines and craft beers paired with artisan cheeses, all available in cheese plates and our decadent cheese and chocolate fondues, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and other small plates enjoyed in a warm, cozy, atmosphere, either inside or on the patio. Telephone: 772-569-5533 Web: Kilted Mermaid.
Big fan of Blue Agave! The décor is great, check out the art work – very fun. Makes for a festive atmosphere. Live music on certain nights of the week as well. Definitely review the specials board each time you go. They have an amazing tamale (spicy pork) that is delicious. Happy hour drink specials are a must! Chips and Salsa are really good! Yes, you have to pay for them, but it’s worth it. Nachos and Seafood Quesadilla also score high. The drinks and house margaritas are fantastic! Telephone: 772-217-5837 Web: Blue Agave
Filthy’s Fine Cocktails & Beer
What’s in a name? Great atmosphere, fairly priced drinks & fun loving bar staff is what makes Filthy’s a great destination for your next adventure. With the most unique drinks in the area, daily drink specials and amazing live entertainment, Filthy’s is sure to provide a unique party experience for everyone. Young or young at heart!Take your taste buds on a wild adventure and ask your bartender about their craft cocktail selection. Love Bloody Mary’s? So do they! Telephone: 772-794-9512 Web: Filthy’s Fine Cocktails & Beer.
The name Cobalt isn’t a tease — from every table, you’ll get views of the bluish-green Atlantic Ocean from this prime spot on Vero Beach, just steps from the sand. Their daring menu reflects the fresh, local ingredients of the Treasure Coast, best enjoyed by the flickering light of their alfresco fire pits. Or see and be scene at their poolside bar, Heaton’s Reef, during Vero Beach’s most sociable happy hour. Telephone: 772-469-1060 Web: Cobalt.
Great vibe with a great staff. Old style New York City vibe that is a block from the beach. Great selection and cool drink specials. Telephone: 772-453-4957 Web: Bungalow Bar
Top Vero Beach Hotels
Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa
Situated along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida, this elegant Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is eco-friendly and home to the full-service White Orchid Spa which offers body treatments, a salon, and massage therapy. Cabanas, umbrellas, and towels are available on the sun terrace surrounding the heated outdoor pool and hot tub. Guests can hire kayaks to paddle in the Atlantic Ocean from the hotel’s shore or exercise in the fitness center with cardio equipment and weights.
Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa
Situated in the serene beach community of Vero Beach, Florida, this luxury beachfront resort owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan offers guests state-of-the-art amenities and exceptional service in an unforgettable location. Guests can experience ultimate relaxation and enjoyment at the Costa d’Este Beach Resort. Enjoy the sunshine by the outdoor pool, walk along the hotel’s pristine beaches, or allow the concierge service to arrange the next day’s activities.
Prestige Hotel Vero Beach
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. This beachfront property boasts an outdoor pool and views of the Atlantic Ocean. A free continental grab-and-go breakfast and free WiFi access are offered. Prestige Hotel includes a garden and sun terrace, perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Laundry facilities and free parking are also offered.
Comfort Suites Hotel Vero Beach
This Vero Beach hotel is just off I-95 and a 15-minute drive from the Atlantic Ocean. A hot breakfast is served every morning and the hotel features an outdoor pool. Guests can work out in the fitness center at the Vero Beach Comfort Suites Hotel. For added convenience, there is an on-site sundry shop and a business center. Exceeds expectations! Travelers who stayed at this property said it exceeded their expectations.
The Caribbean Court Boutique Hotel
Located just a 3-minute walk from the shores of Vero Beach, the Caribbean Court Boutique Hotel provides guests with a daily continental breakfast. A heated outdoor pool is also available on the property. On-site dining is available at the Maison Martinique, which serves French Cuisine. The Havana Nights Piano Bar is also on the property, offering live entertainment and a unique Tapas menu.