Monday, February 2, 2015

A Look at Vero Beach, a DVC Resort

By Andrew and Ann Cloud 

Editor's Note: Disney Musings would like to thank Andrew and Ann for joining us, and providing us with information and photographs looking at Disney's DVC Vero Beach Resort.-Barbie

The first photo is of a Vero Beach studio with an ocean view and here is our view.

This photo is taken from the balcony of The Green Door.  It's located on the ocean side of the resort.  There is indoor and outdoor seating.  It's our tradition (we have been there twice) to eat there on our first day.

This is a view from the beach of the main building of the resort. This houses the ocean views, the restaurants, front desk and gift shop.

These photos are of the rental area. There are no chairs provided on the beach. People either bring their own and carry them down to the beach or rent from a man who rents wave runners, chairs, chaise lounges, catamarans, umbrellas and beach tents.

Here is a close up of the main building and a photo of the main building from the ocean.

Here is the main building again, from the beach, but more importantly, take notice of the sand wall.  Think if it as a wall of graffiti, but with the carvings in sand. We were there in May 2014 and carved things in the sand. We knew better, but we were was honestly expecting our artwork to still be there when we returned several months later.  Alas, they were gone.

The resort is set up with all these out buildings.  They have no grand villas, but cottages, instead.  The cottages are separate buildings that sit on top of the hill, closest to the beach. The way the resort was described to me was the majority of the standard view rooms were located in off set buildings. When you go on line, the only room you can specify as an ocean view is a studio. That just seems odd to me.

We have never eaten at any of the other two restaurants on property. Only lunch and drinks at The Green Door. One restaurant does offer a character breakfast, but only on Sunday.

You will never come across a friendlier group of cast members as they have time to spend with you.
We have gotten pretty chummy with Marilyn just from the two times we have stayed there. The pool area has a pool table, ping pong table a small miniature golf course, hot tub, splash area and a slide housed inside of the lighthouse. There is a bar there that also serves light items. The pool has a key access gate and so does the walkway to the beach.

Several times a week they do camp sing alongs and S'mores at the fire pit area. There is an underground walkway to the other side of the road that takes you to a recreational area. There is a pond, basketball courts, and four BQ grills located on property. They offer a kids club, catch and release fishing, spa services, a typical community hall, bike rentals, tennis and volleyball.

Disney's Vero Beach is about two hours from WDW. We enjoy spending two nights there, any more and I think we would be unhappy. Its a wonderful place to unwind. You have the best of both worlds, ocean and pool.

The building is a pic of one of the cottages.

The ocean view studio was ten points a night. What a hoot is that?

We found an amazing pizza place that delivers. It's right on the corner, either delivery or take out. I think the name of it is Orchid Island Pizza. Our first trip they couldn't endorse the place enough. Lots of amazing places to eat dinner if you exit the property and go to the left. Any where from bars to fancy places. Close enough to ride a bike, we drove!

Just to show how they go the extra mile there, on our first trip we were celebrating our anniversary and Andrew's birthday. The first day when we got back to our room, these two cards were waiting for us, with the cutest hidden mickey pins attached to the outside of the envelopes!!!!

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