I am so excited that I had the opportunity to stay at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and to share our experience with you! What an amazing and breathtaking place!
When we arrived, we were greeted by the crocodile from Peter Pan! I LOVED that there were stepping stones in the form of east coast sand dollars which are very different from the ones we see on the west coast. So cool!
Sorry guys, I only got one pic of the inside of our room and this was it! I loved the white furniture in there. It was really beautiful.
We were on the 3rd floor and we had a great view! Getting our luggage up to our room was a breeze because there was underground parking right under our building and luggage carts right there for guests to use. So convenient!
The beach was beautiful! The sand was rather “shelly” if ya know what I mean. Also, just so you know, the guys pick up the beach chairs and tie down the umbrellas promptly at 5pm so they don’t disturb the turtles! The sea turtles nest on Vero Beach and the resort actually has a Conservancy Program! Check out the Tour de Turtles article on the Disney Parks blog! Also, there are 380 loggerhead sea turtle nests along the 7 km stretch of shoreline RIGHT NOW! The great Cast Members over at Disney’s Ever After Blog shared some great pictures of these little cuties today!
We spent more time at the pool here than anywhere else! It was a really big pool and the water slide was awesome! The whole purpose of our visit was EXTREME rest and relaxation!
We had dinner at one of the onsite restaurants, Sonya’s, and it was great. They had a buffet option with characters at Shutters, which was right next door. We decided against the buffet because it was rather pricey. The hostess was so wonderful, she saw that the kids were sort of bummed and she came over to our table and told us that she would come get the kids when the “Pirate Dance” went on so they could come play as long as it was okay with us, which, of course, it was!
Our youngest ran out and got some great shots with the characters and had a fabulous time playing, dancing, and collecting Pirate Booty while we enjoyed a nice, quiet dinner in the other dining room!
I grabbed this shot on our way to the campfire before the sun went down. On the other side of the path, closer to the beach, there were cottages available! Can you imagine having a big family get together in your own cottage? How fun and such a pretty resort!
They had one of these little beauties which was pretty cool too:
Ok, if you read my review on Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, you’d know that we didn’t get to attend their campfire because it wasn’t held on the nights we were there. We did however; get to attend the one here at Vero Beach! It was sooo much fun! The kids had a blast singing fun campfire songs and LOVED it when Grandma was chosen to do the Hokey Pokey! She did such a great job that she won “first in line” for s’mores for all of us! Woo Hoo!
The Cast Members at Vero Beach were so wonderful. I asked someone at the pool where to go for dinner and she wasn’t sure but she radioed someone else who lived there to come chat with us. I was so excited when she came over to me, still in the pool mind you, and showed me a few of her very favorite local restaurants on a map she brought with her! Then she even went and put the map on our table for me so I wouldn’t have to get out of the pool! The restaurants she recommended were awesome! We went to Mr. Manatees for lunch one day and to Mulligan’s Beach House for breakfast on our way out of town. Mulligan’s has two locations…one right on the beach in town and another right on the beach on the way out of town heading north. We didn’t eat at the one in town but we sat in their adirondack chairs for a couple hours while the kids enjoyed the beach. Here’s our view…
This is the one we had breakfast at and our view!!
She also recommended a great ice cream place. She said it was a little off the beaten path, but that it was well worth going to AND it was right across from the beach. The name of the place was Boardwalk Cafe and Ice Cream just in case you go to Vero Beach! Unbelievable…really, you won’t want to miss it. Great homemade ice cream like none I’ve ever tasted! Mmmmm…… We learned something really fun while we were there too. We sat outside on their porch eating our cones when one of my kids looked up and saw this:
Interesting, right? I was thinking that whoever the lucky person was that happened to be sitting underneath that when it broke would get a free cone or something, I mean, notice the red thumb tacks? I didn’t think ziploc bags were that sturdy! We finally gave up on guessing and asked the girl who worked at the ice cream shop what it was for. Turns out that it’s a deterrent for wasps! When they fly near it, they see their own reflection in it and it looks like a big eyeball to them, so they stay away from it! Pretty nifty, huh? Okay…back to the Cast Members…
The Cast Member who checked us in told me to be sure we saw the Peter Pan Tunnel before we left. We had such a nice time relaxing at the pool and hanging out downtown that we didn’t stop to walk through it until our last day. I’m so glad we did, it was adorable! Here are some pics I took while we walked through.
And when we came through the other side of the tunnel, there was a very sweet Cast Member who offered to take our picture next to the Resort’s sign! There is a lake over there along with tennis and basketball courts!
We really had an amazing time. One of my favorite things about the Vero Beach Resort was how respectful they are of the turtles. There was more information about them in our room but I forgot to take a pic of it! You’ll really need to just go there and see it for yourself, you won’t be sorry! Disney’s Vero Beach gets two thumbs up from us! There are lots of activities and excursions at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort too! Check them out!