Did you know that Disney has more than one awesome vacation destination in Florida? It’s true. Walt Disney World Resort may steal all the thunder, but it’s not the only Disney resort you can visit in the great State of Florida. If you’ve ever wished that you could get Disney’s legendary customer service and welcoming comfortable accommodations in a true Florida beachfront resort (I’m talking an actual saltwater beach here), then you’re in luck. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a relatively unknown yet quite awesome vacation destination that is a regular part of our family’s annual summer vacation.
Ideally Situated on Florida’s Treasure Coast
Located roughly midway between Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale on Florida’s Treasure Coast, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a great family vacation destination that offers everything you could want in a beach holiday. Here you really can enjoy sun, sand and surf with just the right amount of Disney magic to remind you that this is a Disney resort (without banging you over the head with it). Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) family of resort hotels, but anyone can stay here when rooms are available (there are usually some available). We first stayed here before becoming DVC members ourselves and in fact we were so impressed with the resort that it is one of the reasons that we ended up buying in to DVC. But that is another story.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a sprawling oceanfront property that offers everything from studio accommodations (with kitchenettes) all the way up to seaside villas (individual “homes”) that can sleep groups of 12 or more. The resort property is well positioned on a beautiful long stretch of sandy Florida beach directly on the mighty Atlantic Ocean and you will find that the beach is rarely ever anything approaching “crowded” (in fact we have never seen it crowded at all). This is due mainly to its location, which is away from any large-scale bustling communities, keeping the tourist traffic to a minimum.
Take Your Pick: Activities Galore or Sit Back and Relax
In terms of amenities, the resort offers just about everything. There is a table service restaurant, a poolside quick-service restaurant and bar/lounge that also serves food. There is a great pool with a large fun waterslide and only steps away is the Atlantic Ocean and a sandy beach where you can relax, swim or rent a jet ski and more. Close to the pool there is a pirate-ship-themed splash pad and a mini golf course as well. There is shuffleboard, bike rentals, archery lessons, tons of arts and crafts for the kids in the Community Hall and a great campfire sing-a-long on select nights of the weeks. The property is very tropical in feel and is very well maintained. The overall vibe of this resort is relaxing and low key compared to Walt Disney World, so you really can kick back and relax here with no outside pressures, line ups or schedules.
Getting to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
You will definitely need a car to stay here and it makes great sense to combine a Vero Beach vacation with a Walt Disney World vacation as well. We do this quite often, spending five nights at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and then three nights at Walt Disney World before catching a flight home out of Orlando airport.
Getting here is a breeze. You fly in to Orlando airport just as you would to visit Walt Disney World. Rent a car at the airport and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is an easy drive less than two hours from Orlando. On the way down, stop for groceries, as you will have a kitchen or kitchenette in your room. Having a car is not only necessary, but also quite convenient. There are a ton of great little restaurants and shops within 15 minutes of the property north and south. For starters, I would recommend trying Squid Lips in Sebastien to the north and Ocean Grill in Vero Beach to the south (both are located directly on the ocean). The town of Vero Beach is approximately a 30-minute drive south, handy if you want to go to places like the Outlet Mall if that interests you (maybe on a rainy day).
Overall, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is well worth a look if you enjoy the comfort and magic of Disney destinations and you’re looking to combine that with an upscale oceanfront Florida vacation.
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