If you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway with a hint of Disney Magic, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is the perfect spot! Here is our review of a weekend at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and some fun things to do while in Vero Beach.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a Disney Vacation Club property, so you will see many other DVC members during your stay. Many guests also choose to go to Vero Beach before or after a trip to Disney World, as it is only about a two hour drive. We decided to take a trip over from Sarasota, which was about a little over a three hour drive. Yes, we have our own beaches but we wanted to check out the other coast and also wanted to experience another Disney Vacation Club property.
Vero Beach is definitely a place to go if you are looking for a quieter beach weekend, especially the area where Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is located. There is not much to do in the immediate area besides just enjoying the beach and pool.
Review of Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
When my mom and I walked in the lobby of the resort, we felt like we were at Disney World. It had that vibe of a Disney lobby. Walking around the resort really feels like you’re on a seaside retreat. Even though the resort was sold out the weekend we were there, it never felt crowded. You could always find a chair at the pool.
One thing we kept saying while walking around, though, is “what
the heck do you do here if the weather is bad?!”. We had phenomenal weather and spent almost all of our time at the pool or the beach. There is really nothing to do indoors if it rains the whole time you’re there. I suspect you may end up playing a lot of board games or whatever activities the cast members come up with.
Another thing that I really did not care for was the aggressive No-See-Ums. After our weekend, I was covered in bug bites. The resort has bug repellant available freely throughout the property that you can use, but just be warned.
Things to do at the Resort
– Wabasso Beach: Of course you’ll want to have a day on the beach. There are cabanas and lounge chairs available to rent (at very reasonable prices) or you can bring your own beach gear.
– Sea Turtle Conservation: The resort is located on beaches that are sea turtle nesting habitats. We saw several nests while on beach walks. They are clearly marked and obviously they are not to be disturbed! Unfortunately we missed the Sea Turtle education talk they did, but check out the resort schedule of activities to see if you can attend one.
– Pool: The pool area is a fun spot to hang out. They were constantly playing music or doing games or other activities to keep everyone in a good mood. One thing we did notice was they did not have cocktail servers, so you will have to go up to the bar to grab drinks/food.
– Dining: There is one sit down dining restaurant and a quick service spot by the pool. We were pleasantly surprised at the prices at the quick service spot.
– Breezeway: The path over to the basketball and tennis courts as well as the nature trail is pure Disney Magic! This quick underground walkway is full of Peter Pan murals and they play Disney strolling music. You may forget for a moment that you’re not at Walt Disney World.
– Treasure Trails: This nature trail actually takes you into nature and there are informative plaques throughout pointing out different flora and fauna. The trail takes you out to a small lake with a path that takes you back to the resort.
– Mini golf: There is a 9-hole pirate themed mini golf course located next to the pool. It is free for DVC members.
– Other activities: You can rent all kinds of water-related gear, like fishing equipment, body boards, kayaks and jet-skis. You can also take fishing lessons and surfing lessons.
Other Things to do in Vero Beach
– Ocean Drive: This is about a 15 minute drive down A1A. There are boutique shops, some souvenir shops, and a variety of restaurants. This is a good spot to go for an afternoon to walk around and grab some lunch or dinner.
– Village Shops: On the way to the Ocean Drive area, you will pass Village Shops. This is another cute area with more shops and a restaurant.
– Downtown Vero Beach: We were not planning on going into Downtown Vero Beach, but we saw an advertisement for a block party that they do the last Friday of every month and decided to check it out. It ended up being a lot more fun than we were anticipating! Walk around and explore the vendors, restaurants, and bars. We recommend checking out the Kilted Mermaid.
Overall, I enjoyed going to Vero Beach for a weekend. This is probably an area that I would not need to go back to, but it was nice to have a relaxing beach vacation and to explore the East Coast a bit.
What other places on Florida’s East Coast would you recommend?