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March
14

Considered one of the best little beach towns in Florida, Vero Beach is a veritable jewel of Florida's Treasure Coast. The city embodies all of the best South Florida has to offer its residents and visitors. From thriving culture to breathtaking natural beauty, recreation to suit every type of enthusiast and cuisine to match any palate, Vero Beach delivers with effortless grace and sophistication. Whether you're planning a trip to this tiny beach town or you're hosting visitors and need suggestions of things to do, here is your complete guide to visiting Vero Beach.  

Where to Stay

First things first, you will need to make hotel arrangements. Either of these luxury resorts make an excellent home away from home during your visit to Vero Beach. Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa Vero Beach, FL

Photo Above + Header Image Courtesy of Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

Nestled along the ocean, Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is a rare and radiant gem. This resort gives you very little reason to stray from the premises, although it is centrally located, putting nearby attractions within reach. Lounge on the beach or by the heated oceanside pool, surrounded by two restaurants and a canopy of palm trees. The world-class spa and spacious accommodations at Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa make relaxation inevitable.

Costa d'Este Beach Resort & Spa

Costa d'Este Beach Resort & Spa is a chic beachfront hotel offering direct access to the azure waters of the Atlantic. Whether you are sipping coffee on your balcony, stretching at a sunrise yoga class, dipping your toes in the ocean waves, lounging by the pool, or relaxing at the spa, you will experience the ultimate in relaxed luxury at Costa d'Este.  

Where to Eat

Cobalt Vero Beach

Photo Courtesy of Cobalt

One of the most important elements of any vacation is the food. Thankfully, there is no shortage of desirable dining destinations in Vero Beach. Some of our favorite hotspots include… Cobalt — Oceanfront eatery serving local seafood and craft cocktails. The Tides — Upscale seafood restaurant with award-winning wine list. Osceola Bistro — Local gem with globally influenced + creative fare. Citrus Grillhouse — Casual American bistro-style seaside restaurant. Di Mare — French and Italian fine dining destination. Looking for more ideas? Consult our list of the best date night restaurants in Vero Beach for more fine dining destinations in Vero Beach!  

What to Do

Grab Coffee

Grind & Grape Vero Beach, FL

Photo Courtesy of Brandee Anthony via Grind & Grape

Any good day starts with a cup of coffee. And there's nothing quite like unwinding at the end of a full day with a glass of wine. You can do both at Grind & Grape, a unique coffee-shop-meets-wine-bar located just steps from the ocean. Stop by Grind & Grape for a cup of coffee and pastry to enjoy on the outdoor patio before your full day in Vero Beach begins. Then return in the evening for the perfect nightcap!  

Explore the Gardens

Vero Beach is known for its exceptional natural beauty. Admire the area's impeccable foliage and scenery at McKee Botanical Garden, a lush oasis teeming with plant life. Follow the garden's pathways through a grove of majestic palms as you pass tranquil streams accented with colorful waterlilies. The gardens are comprised of 18 acres of natural landscape preserved and restored to the vision of its founders. McKee Botanical Garden hosts a variety of programs each season, including world-class art exhibits, educational offerings, and special events.  

Visit an Art Museum

Vero Beach Museum of Art is the principal cultural arts facility of its kind on Florida's Treasure Coast. This renowned cultural attraction is situated on 7 acres within the 26-acre Riverside Park on the eastern bank of the Indian River Lagoon. The museum is a treasure trove of artistic expression, hosting art exhibitions, a sculpture garden, performances, an art research library, and much more. Visit the Vero Beach Museum of Art and get inspired by the work of some of the world's most talented artists from both near and far.  

Go To the Beach

Vero Beach Beaches If you've been to Vero Beach, you know you don't have to search far to find a pristine beach with warm sugar sands and serene ocean views. Simply head east to the Atlantic shore to step foot on some of the best beaches in Vero Beach, including Jaycee Beach, Humiston Park, Golden Sands Beach Park, and Avalon State Park. Or if you're lucky enough to stay at either of the two luxury hotels mentioned above, you won't have to travel far to access the sparkling white sand.  

See a Show

If you time your visit to Vero Beach just right, you might be able to see a show at one of the city's many venues. Check the line-up for shows at Riverside Theatre and the Emerson Center and get your tickets in advance! Named America's largest small-town professional theater, Riverside Theatre hosts a variety of plays, lecture series, comedy shows, concerts, and other special events throughout the year. The Emerson Center is an 800+ seat public programs venue hosting a myriad of events, from lectures to concert series — such as Live! From Vero Beach, sponsored by Premier Estate Properties agent Cindy O'Dare!  

Sample Local Cuisine

Treasure Coast Culinary Tours Vero Beach, FL

Photo Courtesy of Treasure Coast Culinary Tours

Sample the robust flavors of Vero Beach cuisine with Treasure Coast Culinary Tours. Embark on a 2.5-hour adventure in food as you enjoy six delicious tastings, including wood-fired pizza, craft beer, traditional Irish fare, Southern comfort food, seafood, and more. On this educational walking tour, you will have time to sit and relax at each stop while savoring various dishes and drinks. It's like a multi-course meal featuring the best selection from a variety of venues! Book your tour with Treasure Coast Culinary Tours for a unique culinary experience you won't forget.  

Go on a Boat Ride

Florida Cracker Airboat Rides Vero Beach, FL

Photo Courtesy of Florida Cracker Airboat Rides

One of the best ways to experience Vero Beach is by cruising along the sparkling waterways the region is known for. Florida Cracker Airboat Rides offers the airboat ride of a lifetime second to none other in Vero Beach or along Florida's Treasure Coast. Witness nature's wonders as you glide along the St. Johns River in the only real airplane engine-powered touring airboat in Vero Beach. This exhilarating and intimate experience is a popular attraction for both visitors and locals alike!  

Practice Your Golf Game

South Florida is known all across the globe for its impeccable golf courses. A visit to Vero Beach is not complete without playing a round of golf at one of the many pristine courses in the city. Book your tee time at Sandridge Golf Club, a beautiful facility with two 18-hole championship layouts designed by Ron Garl. Their dedication to the sport has earned Sandridge Golf Club a reputation as one of the finest public golf destinations in Florida. Both serious and casual golfers alike are invited to experience a pleasant round of golf at Sandridge Golf Club.

 

Go Shopping

Vero Beach Outlets Vero Beach, FL Refresh your wardrobe with a visit to the Vero Beach Outlets, a collection of more than 60 leading designer and brand names with unparallelled prices. Brands include Banana Republic Factory Store, Gap Outlet, Coach Outlet, J.Crew Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, Restoration Hardware Outlet, Williams-Sonoma Outlet, and many more.  

Visit the Farmers' Market

Vero Beach Farmers' Market If your visit to Vero Beach falls on a Saturday, you're in luck! The Farmers' Market Oceanside takes over Ocean Drive at Humiston Park every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. This lively market features an array of products, including produce, citrus, seafood, fresh breads, pastries, botanicals, locally grown landscape plants, honey, spices, healthy drinks, homemade dog biscuits, and more. With local musicians playing and a variety of local shops and restaurants nearby, the farmers' market is the perfect place to spend your Saturday morning in Vero Beach.  

Enjoy your visit to Vero Beach!

There is so much to do, see and taste in Vero Beach. What must-dos would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!
May
10

South Florida is one of the most accessible and popular ports for yachters, boaters and cruise lines. Perhaps the most accessible destination from Fort Lauderdale is Freeport, the main city of Grand Bahama, an island located in the northwest Bahamas. This lively and laid-back tropical city is not only close, but full of life, culture and luxurious attractions. Take your large boat or yacht into the open ocean waves for a short trip to Freeport, which you can reach in a matter of hours. Once you've arrived, step on shore to discover the many hidden gems of this town — from luxe resorts to boutique shopping, and of course, pristine white sand beaches. Travel Distance: 96.7 Miles Approximate Time: 4–5 Hours Yacht in Fort Lauderdale, FL

BEFORE YOU GO

Keep in mind that you will need the following items when entering the Bahamas:
  • Permit (Issued at your first Port of Call in the Bahamas)
  • Proof of Citizenship for Everyone on Board (Passport)
  • Fee During Visit With Bahamian Customs and Immigration
    • $150 per vessel 35 feet and under, for up to 4 persons ($15 per person after the first 4)
    • $300 per vessel 35 feet and over, for up to 4 persons ($15 per person after the first 4)

Need Repairs?

Bradford Marine is one of the most respected names for yacht repair and maintenance. Their expert staff provides technical support, drydocking, painting and engineering service. You may be familiar with this company, as Bradford Marine's main presence is in Fort Lauderdale.  

WHERE TO PARK

There are a number of places you may arrange to park your yacht upon your arrival to Freeport. Make sure you make a reservation in advance to ensure a spot at their dock! Bradford Marine Freeport, Bahamas

Photo Courtesy of Bradford Marine Bahamas

Port Lucaya Marina 190 Feet Maximum | Location | Fuel Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort 120 Feet Maximum | Location | No Fuel Bradford Marine Bahamas 400 Feet Maximum | Location | No Fuel Flamingo Bay Hotel & Marina 100 Feet Maximum | Location | Fuel (Gas and Diesel) Grand Bahamas Yacht Club 200 Feet Maximum | Location | Fuel (Gas and Diesel) Knowles Marine Yacht Services & Boatyard 75 Feet Maximum | Location | Fuel (Gas and Diesel) Sunrise Resort and Marina 110 Feet Maximum | Location | No Fuel  

WHERE TO STAY

If you opt out of spending the night in your yacht, you may enjoy a luxurious getaway at one of the following resorts. Might we recommend...

Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan Resort

Grand Lucayan Resort Freeport, Bahamas

Photos Courtesy of Grand Lucayan Resort

Stay at the Grand Lucayan Resort, located in the desirable Lucayan district just steps from local shops, restaurants and the Port Lucaya Marina. Lighthouse Pointe is the resort's newest all-inclusive seaside retreat, offering some of the best accommodations on the island in an unbeatable tropical setting. Choose from the Grand Lucayan's selection of restaurants and cocktail bars, and enjoy hours of relaxing in the sun, either by the infinity pool or on the warm sandy beach. Relax or rev up your workout at Grand Lucayan's Senses Spa & Fitness Center, featuring a luxurious spa and plenty of recreational options. Take it all in from your upscale room, facing the ocean, marina or land!  

Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach

Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is a spectacular all-inclusive resort located off the beaten path on the northern tip of Freeport directly along the coast. This 26-acre resort is teeming with tropical foliage, natural wildlife and pristine palm-tree-dotted beaches. Luxurious all-inclusive amenities include unlimited food and drinks in upscale restaurants and bars, a freshwater pool and jacuzzi, a theater, lighted tennis courts, a gymnasium, a sauna, boutique shops, a variety of water and land sports, and much more. Each guest room features a balcony or terrace offering breathtaking ocean or garden views.  

WHERE TO EAT

Breakfast: The Garden Cafe at the Garden of the Groves

Garden of the Groves Cafe Freeport, Bahamas

Photo Courtesy of Garden of the Groves

Start your day with a bite to eat at the casual and enchanting cafe at Garden of the Groves. You'll have to switch your mode of transportation from boat to car, as you make a short drive to these enchanting botanical gardens. Enjoy breakfast or brunch amidst a gorgeous tropical setting, as the deck overlooks the ponds and waterfalls teeming with lush greenery and wildlife.  

Lunch: Banana Bay

Not only does Banana Bay serve an excellent selection of lunch food, their location is unbeatable. Located on Fortune Beach with miles of white sandy beach all around, this secluded and relaxed atmosphere provides a wonderful setting to enjoy one of their delicious meals, including Bahamian and American cuisine. Make sure you try their homemade banana bread for a special sweet treat.  

Dinner: Sabor Restaurant and Bar

Sabor Restaurant and Bar Freeport, Bahamas

Photo Courtesy of Mark Da Cunha via Sabor Restaurant and Bar

Sabor is one of the island's hottest and most innovative restaurants, with direct views of the yachts lining the Port Lucaya marina. You can expect gourmet meals from this swanky eatery, as their expert chefs create plates using only the best seasonal catches and ingredients. Pair your selection off their innovative fusion menu with a glass of wine, or top off the night with a specialty cocktail. Whatever you decide, dining at Sabor is an unforgettable experience!  

WHAT TO DO

Explore the Town

The oceanfront Lucaya district is an eclectic and lively area, with a marketplace hosting local shops, authentic restaurants along the water, popular beaches, upscale resorts and much more. The energy of the marketplace is full of excitement and activity, and the area is extremely walkable. Stroll from shop to shop, grab a cup of refreshing iced tea or a bite to eat, and spend a pleasant afternoon in the Lucaya district.

Go Snorkeling

Marine Life You may have experienced the breathtaking vistas of the ocean from above water, but there is an entire underwater world worth exploring. The clear teal waters of Freeport (and the Bahamas as a whole) create the perfect environment for observing marine life. Paradise Cove is one of the most desirable destinations for underwater adventure enthusiasts. This secluded beach enjoys direct access to Deadman's Reef, one of the area's most popular places to go snorkeling.

Relax on the Beach

While the entirety of the Grand Bahamas island is lined with pristine beaches, there is something special about Gold Rock Beach. This peaceful and secluded beach requires a drive out of town, but the traveling is well worth it. This hidden gem is absolutely breathtaking to behold, and is untouched by restaurants, tourists and other establishments. However, Gold Rock Beach is no stranger to stardom, as parts of Pirates of the Caribbean and James Bond movies were filmed there.

Go Golfing

Grand Lucayan Golf Course Freeport, Bahamas

Photo Courtesy of Reef Course & Country Club

The Bahamas is amongst one of the best settings to enjoy a game of golf (with South Florida at the top of the list, of course). Pack your clubs before your trip and hit the course at any of the area's pristine golf clubs. Local favorites include Reef Course & Country Club at the Grand Lucayan, Ruby Golf Course and Fortune Hills Golf & Country Club.

Experience Nature

The nearby Lucayan National Park is a 40-acre national park hosting one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world. Two caves are open to the public, although a special permit is required for diving. Travel the gorgeous park by foot on a network of nature trails or embark on an adventurous kayaking tour. Additionally, you may travel along the path leading to the beautiful Gold Rock Beach (mentioned above) for a picnic, sunbathing, swimming or a sunset walk.
March
22

We are fortunate to be surrounded by gorgeous tropical scenery in South Florida, where you will encounter ocean vistas, green foliage, cool breezes, and an abundance of sunshine. You don't have to go anywhere at all to experience a luxurious resort-style vacation at home, whether you're relaxing in your outdoor lanai or socializing by the pool at a neighborhood country club. However, when the opportunity arises, these luxurious travel destinations are worth adding to your bucket list. They provide a change of scenery, as you cross-country ski through the Swiss Alps or sip on wine in Napa Valley. Likewise, the familiar tropical destinations allow you to fully relax in the sun while experiencing the beauty of another culture, climate and region.  

1. Velaa Private Island

Velaa Private Island

Photo Courtesy of Velaa Private Island

You simply cannot get more exclusive and luxurious than a visit to a private island. Velaa Private Island provides the ultimate escape, as you encounter the stunning beauty of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. Select from their beach villas located along the water or their floating villas stretching out over the ocean, and bask in the sun in your private pool and terrace. Get the royal treatment at the spa, go diving to experience stunning marine life, stay active at their sports facilities, stretch your body, mind and spirit at yoga, enjoy exceptional wines at the island's tower-like cellar, and cruise around the island. Choose from their wide selection of water sports, including sailing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, parasailing, kite surfing and more. Between all of these action-packed activities, indulge in the creative plates at Velaa's collection of eateries.  

2. Los Cabos, Mexico

Las Ventanas al Paraiso | Los Cabos, Mexico

Photo Courtesy of Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort

Las Ventanas al Paraiso is the ultimate tropical getaway, offering a wide range of accommodations along the white-sand beaches of Los Cabos. In addition to the desirable services offered to all resort guests, there are a number of upscale amenities available at an additional charge, including golf, a spa, tennis instruction, beach cabanas, desert excursions, horseback riding, a beach cinema, yachting, surfing, sailing, sunset cocktail cruises, pets' luxury programs, a Mini Cooper rental, and much more. Experience these amazing features within a three-bedroom oceanview suite, three-bedroom oceanview villa, or even the Ty Warner Mansion. This 28,000-square-foot mansion is poised directly on the water's edge, offering panoramic views overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Ty Warner guests enjoy the services of a round-the-clock staff, including a personal assistant and butler.  

3. Cavtat, Croatia

Croatia has become a popular travel destination as of late, especially in Dubrovnik, a walled historic city along the sea. Look out over turquoise waters teeming with colorful sailboats, run your finger along ancient buildings, and take in the cool ocean breeze on the beach's white sand. Escape from this bustling city to Hotel Croatia Cavtat located on a pine-forested peninsula overlooking the unspoilt Cavtat Bay just thirty minutes south of Dubrovnik. This exquisite resort hosts two private beaches, an outdoor pool, a spa, and five upscale restaurants. Take it all in by booking the Ambassador Suite, offering sea views and an expansive terrace.

 

4. Venice, Italy

Corte di Gabriela | Venice, Italy

Photo Courtesy of Corte di Gabriela

Walk through the cobblestone streets of Venice, Italy, surrounded by charming canals teeming with gondolas. Enjoy your visit in this captivating and romantic city to the fullest with a stay at Corte di Gabriela, a luxury hotel set in a distinguished 19th century palace in the heart of Venice. Corte di Gabriela hosts 11 exclusive suites, featuring exquisitely furnished rooms that offer a refreshing blend of historic and modern design. Book your stay in one of the luxury rooms, where you'll find meaningful and attention-grabbing decor pieces and beautiful touches of design by Philippe Starck or Mies Van Der Rhoe. Get swept away by the captivating charm of Venetian culture within your temporary home in the heart of the city.  

5. Helena Bay, New Zealand

Helena Bay Resort | Helena Bay, New Zealand

Photo Courtesy of Helena Bay Resort

If you have yet to visit New Zealand, it should be added to your travel bucket list immediately. This large island nation in the Pacific Ocean is filled with majestic mountains, rolling hills, bright green vegetation, teal blue waters, and exotic wildlife. Become immersed in the area's natural beauty at Helena Bay Resort, an exclusive oasis along the pristine coastline of New Zealand's North Island. In fact, Helena Bay Resort was named the best new hotel in the world by the luxury global research group, Luxury Travel Intelligence. Experience this world-renowned hotel with a stay in one of their villa suites or junior suites. The two villa suites have extensive balconies with views overlooking the ocean, fireplaces, a minibar, a separate living room, and much more.  

6. Galápagos Islands

If you're looking for a true escape, you can't get much more secluded than a trip to the Galápagos Islands located off the coast of Ecuador in the vast Pacific Ocean. Experience the tranquility, sunshine and beauty of these breathtaking volcanic islands straddling the equator. Maximize the serenity and beauty of this area at Pikaia Lodge, one of the most advanced eco-friendly structures in the entire world. Their contemporary and state-of-the-art accommodations ensure a comfortable stay, including panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, terraces, private pools, luxurious bathtubs, and many more desirable features. As a Pikaia Lodge guest, you can enjoy guided land and marine programs, wildlife sightings, and access to some of the finest beaches of the Galápagos Islands.  

7. Papagayo, Costa Rica

Escape to the serenity and beauty of Costa Rica's isolated Peninsula Papagayo within Villa Manzu, an eight-suite estate with two swimming pools, a spa, a theater room, an expansive bar, and much more. The attentive staff at Villa Manzu will enrich your experience, as they prepare incredible meals, provide butler and maid services, educate you about the area and its attractions, and even drive you around in a Range Rover, Ford Explorer SUV, or a Jeep Wrangler. The estate is located just minutes from a golf course, tennis courts, a marina, and several hiking paths that lead from the villa to several nearby beaches.  

8. Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Conservatorium | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Photo Courtesy of The Conservatorium

Experience the breathtaking architecture and enchanting culture of Amsterdam, a city laced with historic canals, bicycles, flower stands, houseboats, and tall, skinny seventeenth-century buildings. Dwell in the midst of it all at The Conservatorium, crowned the number one luxury hotel in the Netherlands. Located in the Museum Square district, The Conservatorium offers immediate access to the Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark and Amsterdam's most indulgent upscale shopping. The hotel itself is a work of art, featuring Art Nouveau interiors and eye-catching contemporary design by designer Piero Lissoni. Indulge at the hotel's impeccable eateries and bars, and relax at the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre with a spa, fitness center, lounge bar, and more.  

9. Napa Valley, California

With a trip to Napa Valley, you can experience one of the world's most desirable destinations without packing your passport. This renowned wine region hosts a myriad of vineyards, resorts, spas, hot springs, upscale eateries, and many more luxurious attractions. Experience the wonders of this area with a stay at Bardessono, a contemporary luxury resort nestled in the heart of Yountville, which is completely surrounded by vineyards. Your comfort and satisfaction is the utmost priority at this hospitable hotel, and every one of their 62 rooms was designed with the guest experience in mind. Your stay is maximized with in-room spa services, an on-site restaurant with farm-fresh ingredients, a rooftop pool, gardens, and much more.

 

10. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Necker Island | British Virgin Islands

Photo Courtesy of Virgin Limited Edition

Necker Island is a private island paradise amongst the British Virgin Islands. Experience the wonders of the Caribbean in this gorgeous, exclusive setting — whether you book an individual room or reserve the entire island. During select weeks throughout the year, the island has "Celebration Weeks," where you may book an individual room and share the island with other couples and families. Otherwise, you may reserve the entirety of Necker Island for 34 people total, in which you will have access to the Great House with eight bedrooms and one master suite, sleeping a total of 18 guests. Further accommodation includes a bunk room, six Balinese-style houses, and two Temple Houses. This is the perfect arrangement for a large family reunion, wedding, or a private getaway event.  

11. Swiss Alps

Chedi Andermatt | Swiss Alps

Photo Courtesy of The Chedi Andermatt

For a change of scenery, head to the Swiss Alps for a cozy vacation amidst a beautiful mountain setting. The Chedi Andermatt is a luxe hotel nestled in the Alps just 2 minutes from the ski lifts at Naetschen and 4 minutes from Gemsstock Mountain. Experience the ultimate in luxury within the hotel's gorgeous interior combining Alpine chic with Asian expression. The posh accommodations feature wood, leather and stone accents to create a cozy environment for guests. After an active day spent at the slopes or exploring the many attractions of this scenic area, unwind at the spa and grab a bite to eat at any of the Chedi's extraordinary restaurants.

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