Overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean, Vero Beach is split down the middle by Florida’s Indian River, making it a popular holiday destination for water sports and nature. This friendly city is also home to beachfront parks, art museums and a lively dining strip.
Things to do in Vero Beach
If you love Florida’s peaceful ambience, head straight to McKee Botanical Garden, where you can explore native and exotic plants, kick back with a book in the on-site library or enjoy coffee in the adjoining cafe. Combine the sandy shores of Florida’s beaches with forested walking paths and sheltered picnic areas at South Beach Park.
Do you enjoy watching wildlife in its natural habitat? Hundreds of sea turtles can be seen nesting on Vero’s beaches, with late-night turtle tours available to get you up close with these magnificent creatures. You can also see a wealth of migratory birds in the Indian River Aquatic Reserve or take an airboat tour through the Blue Cypress Conservation Area to spot alligators.
Explore the local art scene at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, where regional and state paintings and sculptures sit alongside nationally-recognised pieces of art. Afterwards, check out the local citrus industry at the Indian River Citrus Museum, which has fascinating exhibits on the old citrus pioneers.
The centre of Vero Beach, along 20th Street, is a dining hotspot filled with Asian restaurants and cocktail lounges. You can also grab an ice cream, baked goods and grilled seafood by the marina or dine on local produce and freshly-caught fish while admiring ocean views.
Getting around Vero Beach
Vero Beach is serviced by Vero Beach Regional Airport, about 10 minutes’ drive away. You can walk around the main beachfront, while taxis and hire cars are best for those looking for more flexibility.