Vero Beach and Indian River County
Perhaps the best way to describe Vero Beach is to listen to our new residents:
…is one of the few remaining Florida east coast places maintaining a small-town flavor
…drawn here for the climate, the arts, the wonderful sea breezes and the sunshine.
Ocean Drive is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. It offers a charming beachside setting with an oceanfront park, great restaurants of all ilks and excellent “retail therapy”. 14th Avenue, the center of the original mainland downtown, has enjoyed a fabulous resurgence over the last ten years. It is now dotted with restaurants and art galleries, and has now become a second destination for locals and visitors alike. On most evenings it is as busy as its beachside counterpart.
The Riverside Theater is the largest performing arts facility in a city the size of Vero Beach in the United States. The Riverside produces a series of shows each season, with tickets available for individual performances or for the entire series. The Theater does not import traveling show companies. The casts are auditioned and selected in New York, and the shows staged for Riverside. The results are quality performances that amaze local theater-goers year after year. The Riverside also offers an array of other options including a renowned Distinguished Lecture Series, a Comedy Club, and various live performances. Its main stage seats 1,100.
The Vero Beach Museum of Art houses regional, state and national art exhibits. Among its other offerings are a classic movie series, acclaimed art classes, lectures and seminars. In the museum’s own words, the “Vero Beach Museum of Art is the largest cultural arts facility of its kind on Florida’s Treasure Coast” and is a cultural admired and appreciated by residents and tourists alike”.
Some years ago, the Indian River Medical Center made the bold decision to joint venture their new cardiac care program with Duke University. Today, that decision looks like a master-stroke, with IRMC’s Cardiac Care consistently receiving top-marks in its field. That success led to the decision to repeat the process with the IRMC’s new Cancer-care facility. The new cancer wing was opened in early 2016, and early results indicate that the community will benefit greatly from this new affiliation with Duke as well.
Golf, tennis, boating, bridge and health club facilities are all top-tier. There’s even a great doggie park for our four-legged family members.
We have several great golf courses in the area for all skill-levels and pocket books. Our 36-hole Sandridge Golf Club is open to the public and features two great courses, named The Hills and The Lakes. They are as different as their names would indicate. Sandridge is a popular and friendly place. Its pro shop has more merchandise and clubs than most private clubs. They offer a very good driving range and great instruction.
Vero Beach is also blessed with great private clubs, several of which offer membership to non-residents. With great housing opportunities available, and with golf memberships available in many locations, finding the best real estate and club combination will most often take you outside the gates of the golf communities.“The town without high-rises” (we have 2 buildings of 13 stories that were built in the early 70’s), “The City of Trees” , Vero Beach has had many names in its proud history. Perhaps the most fitting is “the best place on earth”.