We spent five days at the resort and had an outstanding time. Most of my thoughts are consistent with other comments so I will stick to just my observations that are unique.
Kayaking - My son and I did the kayaking "excursion." This is a must do, however, it is 4 hours, 3 of which are spent in the water. If you are not in good physical shape, it can be a bit tiring. Plus, we were fortunate enough to have some cloud cover and a breeze so it was a bit cooler. If you do it on a cloudless day, the heat will get you. That said, the payoff was well worth it. The area where they take you has numerous manatees and we were fortunate enough to have a couple swim right up to the kayaks where we were able to rub there bellies. Also, we did not see any dolphins, but the guide said it is not uncommon to get close to dolphins. You really don't learn any of this unless you get out and do it.
Sea turtles - The beach in front of the resort has a huge population of sea turtles. During the summer months they come ashore at night to lay eggs. And if you are lucky you might get to some hatch. What is not well publicized around the resort is that during the day the turtles hang out just offshore. If you rent a kayak or a waverunner and go out a little bit you will be able to see them coming up for air. Its difficult to get close with the waverunner though.
Restaurants - I too recommend Captain Hirams and Squid Lips. Both of these restaurants were great for the kids. Because of how close they are to the water, the kids were able to feed to numerous catfish looking for handouts. I also recommend Mulligans which is right on the beach in downtown Vero Beach. Great atmosphere there. If you are looking for Italian, Bella Napoli was also great. For southern BBQ, go to Sonnys. Yes we love to eat out. The nice thing is that there was never a wait for a table even at prime dining times.
Indian River mall is a waste of time. Plenty of Wal-Marts and Targets nearby to get necessities cheap. No-seeums are a small problem, however, if you live in area with mosquitos, there is not much difference. One mosquito bite equals five noseeum bites. Bug spray was ineffective in my opinion. You mainly get bit at the campfires and the movie nights by the pool. So I would just recommend wearing long sleeves and pants if possible to those events.
Great place for star gazing if you are into that sort of thing.
Played golf at Sanderling. Great public course at a reasonable price. $48 for greens fees, cart and rental clubs. The dunes course, although short, is very tight. So bring plenty of balls.
Character breakfast was nice but a bit overpriced. $16.99 a head for adults. Basically its just a continental breakfast with eggs and bacon. They should at least throw in some salmon and other choices for that price. The one good deal was the $12.50 refillable mug. For the one time fee, you get all the soft drinks and coffee (in the morning) you can drink.
No real complaints. The rooms could use some freshening up. It would also be good to have wireless internet extend to the rooms. You can only get a connect in the lobby or in the center areas. Lots of shell pieces on the beach. Not a huge problem but bring pool shoes if you or your kids have sensitive feet.
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- Relax on warm sand and play in the sparkling blue waters of Disney's Vero Beach Resort. Just 2 hours southeast of Walt Disney World Resort, this elegant old-fashioned hideaway is located on Florida's scenic Atlantic Treasure Coast near the charming community of Vero Beach. Get away from it all in spacious lodgings that provide the comforts of home with an idyllic beach practically at your doorstep. ... more less
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