That’s the question that I’ve seen asked a few times recently on Owning Your Magic, the Disney Vacation Club forum on the PassPorter message boards. Having been there a couple of times, I’ll see what I can do to answer that.
Where is the resort?
Firstly, the basics. Vero Beach is located about two hours drive to the southeast of Orlando. It’s easy enough to find, just follow the I-95 south to the SR 512 East, then head on to the US Route 1. From here, you turn right on to SR 510, then turn left to SR A1A, and the resort is literally right there on your left.
What is the accommodation like?
On both our stays, we’ve been in the deluxe inn rooms, because we enjoyed it so much the first time around. However, if you want a bit more privacy, and to escape away from it all even more, there are also clusters of vacation homes all around the resort, along with six beach cottages. All types of rooms are on offer here. As well as the deluxe inn rooms (you can pick from either a garden or ocean view), you can choose from studios, one-, or two-bedroom vacation homes or three-bedroom beach cottages. I’ve been lucky enough to have a look round one of those beach cottages, and oh boy, they are nice! Now if only I had enough points to afford a stay there…
What sort of facilities do they have here?
The facilities here are lovely. My personal favorite was the beach. To me, there’s nothing more relaxing (or romantic!) than wandering along a beach, with the waves lapping at your feet. Both our visits were in December, meaning there weren’t that many people staying at the resort, and we had the beach practically to ourselves, which was a real treat.
Because of the time of year we visited, it was too cold to sample the Mickey shaped pool, which is very nice looking. Nearby is a hot tub for the adults, and a water play area for kids, that is imaginatively themed, and when we first visited in 2004, seemed to be ahead of its time. Now a lot of other Disney resorts are catching up with similar fun filled areas.
Talking of fun, there’s also mini golf, and of course, being a Disney Vacation Club resort, there’s also a Community Hall, home to various activities, and excursions. The fitness center now has a spa, which I may just have to try the next time we’re back there, and if you’re feeling active, then you can always rent bicycles, or sports equipment from the wonderfully named Eb and Flo’s.
If you’re anything like us though, dining is more the attraction than working out, and there are two onsite restaurants. We absolutely adored the seafood buffet at Sonya’s on our first stay, although sadly during our most recent stay, it was closed, so we couldn’t reacquaint ourselves with that delicious offering. Instead, we ate in Shutter’s and found the food to be very good. The Green Cabin Room is also a great place to relax, and unwind, while enjoying a drink, and a light snack.
One thing that is worth knowing about Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is that it really is isolated. For us, a rental car was an absolute must. The resort is literally completely on its own and Vero Beach is 11 miles south. Sure, it’s got some nice facilities, but if you don’t have a car, be very sure that you’re happy to be spending all your time at the resort, as there are some great places to explore nearby.
Is it worth a visit?
I think that probably depends on you, and what your party enjoys. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is very much a getaway from it all destination, and it’s the perfect place to relax, and unwind either before or after a Disney vacation. But beware, it’s a very different pace of life to the Disney resorts you may be used to. However, there’s still the wonderful Disney magic you’d expect at any Disney resort, and that’s what makes Vero Beach a very special place to visit.
Have you visited Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, either as a Disney Vacation Club member or as a paying guest? What did you think of it?