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Old 02-07-2010, 04:20 AM   #1
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Don't Stop - the Florida road trip section UPDATED 3/16

Welcome to the next installment of my trip report from our December 2009 vacation.

If you're joining this anew, then you can find the pre-trip report here and you can find the first installment of our first segment of Disney here.

You join us as we start out on our nearly week-long Florida road trip from Walt Disney World all the way down to Key West...
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Monday 14 December part five: out of the Disney bubble to go back in again!

With the address in the sat nav, we were off and five minutes into the journey and Mark managed to ignore the sat nav and take the wrong turn. A U-turn later and we were back on track again.

The drive was pretty straight forward, with not much scenery until we got close to our destination. I was behind in my trip report writing, so spent much of the journey catching up. Mark said it was the quietest journey hed known, as usually Im busy snapping away. I did still manage to get a few shots as you can see:



Busy improving the road network

The sky looked beautiful...

The sight of palm trees always reminds me Im in Florida

Getting close!

Mooooo!!


Citrus fruit on the trees

These were odd looking trees

A lovely little place by the side of the road

Beach-bound!




Going over Indian River

A glimpse of the Mickey topiary as you turn into the road with Vero Beach on it

Best of all, the burning feeling subsided and there was no sign of any sunburn. I guess the redness was down to the Grand Marnier Slush then...

We made it to Vero Beach at around 3.30 and, as with the last time we visited here, the second you arrive, you feel like youre in a Disney bubble. Its a nice feeling.











We checked in and there was no-one else in sight in the lobby. It was actually a bit freaky and I did start to wonder if we would be the guests here. Of course we werent, but wouldnt that have been cool?








We got out room keys and headed downstairs to their underground garage.




We grabbed a luggage cart, with Mark doing his best bell services impression and headed for the second floor of the main building. We had booked a room with an ocean view, which at least gave an idea of which side we would be on. We were literally just a couple of paces from the lobby very convenient.



We went in and immediately we were hit by just how much these rooms have changed in the five years since we were last here, with completely new bedspreads and drapes. We would find out more about those later, but Im getting ahead of myself at this stage....

I really liked what they had done with the place. There was nothing wrong with it before, but it looked much better now. We took lots of photos, both of the room and our view of the ocean outside. It was lovely and so much nicer weather than when we were last her. Then it had been 26 December 2004, the day of the tsunami half a world away and then the ocean had suddenly seemed a lot more threatening. The weather had also been freezing the whole time we were here. Very different today, as it was still hot and humid, despite the fact that it was now the late afternoon.



























Next: sunset on the beach
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Gorgeous!! I love all the Disney parts of the trips, but I am SO excited about the upcoming photos of ocean!!! Absolutely beautiful!
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Ah - the property all looks so beautiful - and pristine. I was thinking it looked strangely deserted as well!
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That is a beautiful place! I'll have to look into it!
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Vero Beach looks great!! Curious- about how long of a drive was it from Disney to Vero??
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Wow! Gorgeous view, lovely lobby, love the chairs on the porch. Is Vero Beach just a DVC property?
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Vero Beach looks great!! Curious- about how long of a drive was it from Disney to Vero??
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Wow! Gorgeous view, lovely lobby, love the chairs on the porch. Is Vero Beach just a DVC property?
It is a DVC resort, but like all DVC resorts, they will accept cash reservations as well.
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Very beautiful resort! The views are lovely. Where is everyone?
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Very beautiful resort! The views are lovely. Where is everyone?
I know! Obviously not at Vero Beach...
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