Disney’s Vero Beach Resort: Disney’s Treasure on Florida’s Treasure Coast
Disney’s Oceanfront Beach Resort in Florida
Are you a Disney fan dreaming of a Florida beach vacation?
Or are you searching for a family-friendly Florida oceanfront beach resort for your next family vacation?
If so, then you’re in luck, because the magic of Disney awaits you at the fabulous Disney’s Vero Beach Resort on Florida’s Treasure Coast. I have stayed at this resort every summer with my family for the past seven summers. It has become a big part of our regular summer vacation schedule and in this post I will tell you why.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort: Family-Friendly Deluxe Disney Oceanfront Accommodations
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a Deluxe Disney property that is part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) group of Disney Resort properties. DVC is Disney’s time share program, however, non-members are free to book deluxe accommodations at any DVC Resort (space permitting). Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is definitely one of those properties worth considering. In fact, after staying here you may just look into joining DVC for yourself!
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is made up of a main Inn building, along with several outbuildings and oceanfront cottages. The Inn includes the main lobby, shopping, a spa, dining and guest rooms on the upper floors. The outer buildings and cottages are all in close proximity to the main Inn along the sprawling beachfront Disney Resort property. You can choose between studio, one- and two-bedroom villas. The studio villas have kitchenettes, while the one- and two-bedroom villas come with full kitchen facilities and laundry in the suite. There are cost-free washers and driers in the fourth-floor laundry room in the main Inn as well, so guests in studios can still do laundry if they wish.
The rooms themselves recently went through a redesign and refurbish (2016) and have a very nice and casual upscale beach feel to them. Given that this is an oceanfront resort where sand is inevitable, the rooms have been designed to strike a balance between a fresh design and the practical requirements and realities of being a family beachfront resort. Disney has hit the right balance here in this regard.
Disney Theming of Pirates and Sea Turtles
While Disney’s Vero Beach Resort doesn’t go overboard with the glitz and bright lights of the Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Disney Imagineers did do an excellent job of incorporating two of the area’s most important local topics as resort themes:
- pirates and shipwrecks, and
- sea turtles.
Given its location on Florida’s Treasure Coast, the shipwrecks and pirates theme can be seen integrated into the resort in both decor and activities. This includes a few interesting artifacts and nautical references, children’s activities and a pirate-themed character party held once a week (the only time you will likely see Disney characters at the resort).
Since the beaches here are the nesting grounds of at least four different species of sea turtles, the sea turtle theme is also prevalent at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. It is also made fun and educational, with a variety of interactive options to learn more about sea turtle nesting habits in the local area–including some up close and personal experiences. Very popular with kids and adults alike.
Activities at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
There is so much to do at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort that I could almost fill a book if I were to write about all of it (instead I will cover it over several blog posts).
The grounds of Disney’s Vero Beach Resort are pure Florida. Disney has done an outstanding job of Imagineering the resort and it is very easy to walk the property without feeling that it is too big (although it is quite large, especially when you include the large recreation area across the street). There is private carded access to both the pool area and the pristine ocean beach (with many marked turtle nests during the nesting season) and there is a very large number of activities available for both little guests and bigger guests alike. Most of this can be booked (for a very nominal fee) at the poolside activity center called Eb & Flo’s (including bike rentals, tons of crafting activities, basketball, tennis and more). There is also shuffleboard, ping pong, mini golf and much more, all onsite within the larger pool area.
The pool itself is a good size and handles capacity very well, even during the busiest of times. It is anchored by a large spiral water slide (loved by kids and adults equally). Next to the pool is a pirate-ship themed splash pad area with a mini slide and water canons for the little one. Next to all of this on the other side of the pool area is the Wind & Waves Market and Bar area, where you can pick up quick service meals, snacks (including a Dole Whip) and drinks, along with big kid drinks in the licensed bar area.
The Atlantic Ocean Awaits
Of course one of the big attractions at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is the Atlantic Ocean. Steps away from the pool is access to the beach through a few carded gates. While this is not a private beach, for all intents and purposes it might as well be since the resort is well positioned in a non-busy area meaning the beach is rarely (if ever) crowded to the point of being a nuisance. The surf here is a lot of fun and suitable for body boarding and skim boarding, with occasional surf-size waves when the conditions are right. You can also rent jet skis, a banana boat ride, a catamaran, ocean kayaks and more. Sun, surf and sand are definitely the name of the game at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort!
Ideally Located on Florida’s Treasure Coast
One of the other great benefits of Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is that it is ideally located between Vero Beach to the south and Sebastian to the north. There are tons of great day excursions that you can take from the resort and we have had a lot of fun over the years getting to know the local area, including the best in dining and things to do.
Speaking of dining, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort offers a good variety of dining for those who want to dine onsite. You can find everything from quick service dining, to table service, to bar food and tapas in the lounge. There is even one character dining meal each week (a Goofy pirate-themed event), just to ensure that a little Disney pixie dust remains at the resort. But none of the hustle and bustle of Disney Parks will be found at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. While it is less than two hours from Orlando by car (very convenient), it may as well be a world away in terms of pace.
You Will Need a Car to Get Here and to Get the Most from Your Stay
Unlike Walt Disney World, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort really requires that you have a car to get to the resort conveniently and to explore the area in general when you are here (there are lots of things to see and do). Other than Orchid Island Pizza nearby (worth a visit), there isn’t much that you can walk to from the Resort. However, part of its charm comes from the fact that the Resort is a little off the beaten path. You’ll appreciate that in the form of less crowded beaches in particular.
Our standard approach is to fly to Orlando, rent a car at the airport and then drive to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort from there. It is an easy drive of less than two hours, mainly down I-95. There is plenty of free parking at the resort and you will make good use of your car to explore to the greater Vero Beach and Sebastian areas.
Disney’s Vero Beach: AAA Four Diamond Resort
We have always known that this resort is something special, so it came as no surprise to us that in June 2017 Disney’s Vero Beach Resort was awarded the coveted AAA Four Diamond rating, distinguishing it as a property that is “refined and stylish, providing upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.”
If you are searching for a Florida resort on the Atlantic Ocean, then Disney’s Vero Beach Resort deserves you serious consideration.
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Mike Belobradic: The Finer Side of Disney Travel
Luxury Travel Blogger – Deluxe Disney Travel Specialist
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