A Visit to Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Planning an end of summer vacation, but find yourself in a debate between a visit to Disney or soaking up some sun at the beach? Well, on Florida's Atlantic coast, there's a place that is the best of both worlds...Disney's Vero Beach Resort.

The Resort
On a secluded piece of beachfront heaven about 90 minutes from the Magic Kingdom lies Disney's Vero Beach Resort. A member of the DVC family, the resort is found, not amongst countless strip motels as with many Florida beaches, but rather a quiet oceanfront neighborhood. As such, the resort was designed to blend with the surrounding area, and feels less like a resort and more like a seaside cottage.

The resort features the traditional studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom villas found in all Disney Vacation Club properties. In lieu of a "Grand Villa," however, Vero Beach features a three-bedroom "Beachfront Cottage," which is essentially equivalent to having your own oceanfront home.

n addition, the resort's main building is home to both ocean and garden view "Inn Rooms." This most recent trip was our fourth visit to Vero Beach, and we have always opted for an "Ocean View Inn Room." These feature the same amenities of a studio, such as fridge, wet bar, and toaster, with the added guarantee of an ocean view, as well as two queen size beds.

These rooms are perfect for couples like us, or even families with children that prefer an actual bed to the pullout couch. Not to mention, having a balcony overlooking the ocean is heard to beat.

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The secluded location of Disney's Vero Beach Resort makes off-site dining a bit inconvenient, with the nearest restaurants being several miles away. Not to fear, however, because the resort features 5 options for dining, and surely there's something to please everyone's appetite.

Beside the pool you'll find the counter service option of Bleachers, which serves sandwiches, salads, and even peel-n-eat shrimp. Inside the Inn building those looking to enjoy an adult beverage and lighter fare should visit Green Cabin Room and it's amazing view.

If you're looking for a full sit down meal, the resort has two options in Shutters, and the more upscale Sonya's. Shutters features a wide range of land and sea dishes, as well as several different flatbread pizzas. Sonya's is what I would call the "Signature" dining experience for the resort, and is home to amazing steak and seafood, served in a more refined atmosphere.

Finally, those like me who are too sunburned to go out in public will find room service available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

There are plenty of great activities at the resort to keep kids and stir crazy adults entertained.

Ping Pong, bocce ball, shuffleboard, and my favorite, putt-putt, are all available as well as the customary video game room. The resort staff also puts on various activities like arts and crafts, and the always entertaining paper airplane contest.

The most popular activities at the resort, however, are the "turtle walks," which pair guests with a marine biologist for an educational search of nesting sea turtles. The turtle's role at the resort is always apparent, with countless nests roped off on the beach and the request to close room curtains after dark.

Beach and Pool
As with every great seaside resort, a big draw is naturally the ocean. Thanks to its secluded location, guests will find a nearly empty beach, with a feel more like Disney's private island Castaway Cay and less like Daytona.

Chairs, umbrellas, and mini-cabanas are available for rent, as well as jet-skis and sea kayaks. If you're weird like me and hate the feel of sand in your toes, the resort's pool is a great alternative to the beach. Plus, it has a slide, which always makes the pool better than the beach in my book.

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Disney's Vero Beach Resort blends a beautiful hotel, the beach, and the Mouse, for a combination that simply can't be beat. Where else can you watch the sun rise over the ocean and follow it up with Mickey waffles for breakfast?

Welcome WDWFG Guest Author, D.J. Jones! Jones is a lifelong Disney fan and resident of Central Florida. You can follow more of his travel adventures on his blog, The World of Deej, and we hope to see more of his writing here on WDWFG!

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