Vero Beach is a Florida hidden gem. This coastal community is technically classified as a “city” yet it is more like a seaside village. It is a quiet Florida hamlet that has a world class art museum, top notch shopping, scenic natural wonders, and some of the best Atlantic beaches in the south.
Most people that take a Florida vacation go to Miami, Orlando, Tampa or the Keys. Vero’s under-the-radar charms make it the real vacation getaway. Oprah visited the town’s Ocean Drive shopping district in broad daylight and was completely unnoticed.
Vero Beach is on the east coast of Florida. It is the official beginning of South Florida. The centrally located beach community is only a few hours away from Orlando, Daytona, Miami, Tampa and other popular Florida destinations.
Vero Beach is the home of Historic Dodgertown. It was a Navy base and in 1953 it became the spring training camp for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It served as their spring home for more than 60 years. Dodgertown is now known as the Vero Beach Sports Village and is used for sports tournaments including baseball and football, concerts and other special events.
The Riverside Theatre was built in 1973 on a 54-acre tract of land. It’s a beautiful place along the Indian River with gorgeous mossy oak trees. In 1983, the Friends of Riverside Theatre started the Celebrity Series with an appearance by Ray Charles. There are free outdoor concerts on most weekends all year round. This is one of the best parks in town.
The Vero Beach Museum of Art was founded in 1978 by the Alliance for the Arts and teaching of the arts and humanities. It’s a world class museum on Florida’s Treasure coast. It’s located in Riverside Park along the scenic Indian River. The institution is recognized for its professionalism, quality of programming, exhibitions and community outreach. The museum truly is a “center” of high quality cultural education and enjoyment
The Vero Beach Environmental Learning Center is a 64 acre natural lagoon island preserve. It is located off the Wabasso Bridge and is an excellent place for the whole family to visit and learn about Florida’s complex intra-coastal ecosystem.
The first wildlife refuge in the United States was declared in Vero Beach. The beautiful Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is a 3-acre island. It includes an additional 2.5 acres of surrounding water and is part of the Indian River Lagoon. The Refuge was established by an executive order of President Theodore Roosevelt on March 14, 1903. Plume hunting caused many of Florida’s seabirds to near extinction. The Refuge was created to protect egrets and other birds from extinction. Today the three acre island remains a special sight, and the adjoining 900 acre Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge teems with the most beautiful and unusual variety of wild birds.
If you are thinking on a Florida vacation, consider Vero Beach. It is a charming community that caters to everyone from sing les to families, from billionaires to everyday people and a place where anyone can stay and feel right at home. It has all the makings of a perfect vacation or lifestyle.