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Vero Beach Hotel walking distance

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Vero Beach Hotel walking distance

We will be staying at the Vero Beach Hotel for a friends wedding in September. Any good ideas for inexpensive - or less expensive at least- places walking distance for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and maybe a cool place to hang out with darts, pool etc.? Anyplace on the water? Thanks!

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The Vero Beach Hotel & Spa? Yes, its' deluxe. Partly a one-time Doubletree rebuilt after 2004, partly new. This hotel is at the north end of the beachside 'downtown' with its proliferation of mostly expensive eating places. Casey's is the place for cheap lunch, next to the post office.

Next door is the Ocean Reef Resort, a condo thing. Rates look reasonable. Rooms over or near Bobbys restaurant may get a good deal of steak-cooking exhaust. Extensively refurbished after 2004.

http://reefoceanresort.com/timeshare.asp

Almost next door to Ocean Reef is the Holiday Inn. It's an old fashioned building without interior corridors. It's on Sexton Plaza, the ocean terminus of State Road 60, with the hotel's own busy Mulligan's bar and eatery, with Ocean Grill on the other side.

Continuing south, Gloria Estefan's Costa d'Este. Rebuilt from the skeleton of a hotel ruined in 2004. Worth dropping by just to see how the front and parking are lighted. Weekday rates seem reasonable. Busy on weekends.

http://www.costadeste.com/default.asp

Appears reasonable on weekdays.

Driftwood Resort. Prices higher than Costa??? It's a mishmash of old and not-quite-so-old buildings. People seem to like it.

http://www.thedriftwood.com/

Sea Turtle Inn is one block from the ocean very close to Holiday and Costa. Quiet location. Not sure about pool.

http://www.seaturtleinn.net/

Islander Inn, across Ocean Drive from Driftwood, is a modest place. Their picture shows Driftwood in the rear. Pool is right on the street.

http://islanderinnvero.com/

South Beach is at the ocean end of 17th Street (bridge), about a mile south of the other places. It has a cluster of motels, a pizza place, and at least two upscale restaurants (I'm thinking Ti Amo Sempre and http://mtschophouse.com/vero/ which is definitely upscale.

I visit South Beach Park regularly but don't walk or drive the street south of the park.

The beach itself is vastly nicer than downtown Vero's. It has the great good fortune to be growing seaward, so there's real dune vegetation and a nice swath of sand between buildings and ocean. The beach is usually lacking in surf. When surf happens, it tends to break right on the beach--even 5' waves. Crunch!

magicseaweed.com/Vero-Beach-Surf-Report/727/

South Beach places to stay:

South Beach Place is inconspicuous. Across the street from popular South Beach Park but away from traffic.

http://www.southbeachplacevero.com/

Sea Spray Gardens is a tiny two-story, the exterior looking immaculately maintained. I haven't spotted a pool.

http://seaspraygardensinn.com/

Caribbean Court looks out-of-price-range

http://www.thecaribbeancourt.com/

Aquarius Oceanfront Resort is one of a string of "tall" buildings (maybe 4 stories--the city and county forbade anything taller after the first high condo went up). Very quiet location.

http://www.aquariusverobeach.com/

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2. Re: Vero Beach Hotel walking distance

Thanks for all the info, is Casey's the only reasonable place to eat nearby?

I'm really just looking for places we could fairly quickly walk to for a bite to eat since I've heard the food at the Vero Beach Hotel is pretty expensive.

Also be interested in any fun hangouts where there might be pool, darts, etc.

Thanks

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3. Re: Vero Beach Hotel walking distance

I misread you about finding economical places to eat vs. possibly changing hotels. My fault--I was sleepy and preoccupied, a bad combination.

Casey's is a little walk-up sandwich place. People journey from the mainland.

Cravings (opposite Costa d'Este) is ice cream and bakery stuff. They open quite early, I think before seven, for pastry and such.

Almost a mile N from the VB Hotel is breakfast and lunch at Kiwanis Park, on the ocean. A bit short of them, Red Onion has lunch and evening sandwiches and so forth.

Lemon Tree, opposite Costa, has dinner but I need to check whether they've re-opened.

Mulligans is affordable, I think Waldo's (at Driftwood Resort). You can check the menu at Bobby's. It tends toward Big Meat.

Most other beachfront eateries are expensive. This partly reflects the area's wealth, partly the high, maybe exorbitant, rents.

For what it's worth, the Bill swell is reshaping the beaches today.

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4. Re: Vero Beach Hotel walking distance

Oh, hangouts are something of a problem. Think of the affluent 70-year-old demographic.

The primary hiding place for white-collar working stiffs is Riverside, on the Indian River nearly under the bridge to the barrier island in Riverside Park. There's a few others deeper into the mainland.

The mainland downtown (State Road 60 and 14th Ave) has a bunch of affordable eating places. Undertow, a block east of 14th at the north end of Old Dixie Highway, seems to have reopened after a long summer break. Decor runs to broken surfboards. Full bar.

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5. Re: Vero Beach Hotel walking distance

Thanks, that should help! Now everyone just needs to do a no-hurricane dance for us and we should be fine :)

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6. Re: Vero Beach Hotel walking distance

Here are my suggestions

In addition to Casey's try Nino's. Italian, pizza, sandwiches,etc. Inexpensive. (see reviews on T/A)

Lemon Tree - good spot for breakfast, lunch & dinner (also see T/A reviews)

Mulligans for Drinks ONLY!

There are no listed places on the island for pool, darts, except for The Riverside, however just over the bridge on the Mainland is What-A-Tavern 58 Royal Palm Pointe. I would check with the Concierge at the hotel. The hotel may have a van or can arrange a taxi or transport for a group of you for little cost. We often do this when we're with a group.

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7. Re: Vero Beach Hotel walking distance

Ninos is currently a bit obscured by construction in the adjoining park. They are very popular with locals; a new inland location seems to be doing well.

A block inland in a grandiose palace of a building is http://www.pomodorogrilltrattoria.com/

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