If Disney is a huge part of why you moved to Florida, but you also want to explore other “staycation” options aside from Walt Disney World, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort might be a great option for you. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a Disney Vacation Club property located along the Treasure Coastline of Vero Beach, Florida. It’s about an hour and thirty minutes from Disney World and an hour and fifteen minutes from Port Canaveral (all depending on traffic). It is a beautiful resort with plenty of amenities with the perfect Disney touch we all know and love.
How to Book Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
You have a few options for visiting Vero Beach. If you are a DVC member, you can book with points. This is the easiest method. We found the rooms at Vero to be fairly cheap point-wise and if you book during non-peak times, the availability isn’t bad. We traveled with friends on our trip who are all DVC members. I was happy to find that we were separately able to book three Ocean View Inn Rooms at the 7-month booking window for a trip in May.
If you’re not a DVC member, you can rent DVC points from a reputable site like DVC Rental Store, or you can book through Disney’s Vero Beach website using cash. Dreams Unlimited Travel can help you with a cash booking. I don’t recommend trying to book Vero Beach as a last-minute stay. It is a small and well-loved resort and availability is better if you book in advance.
What We Love About Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
First and foremost, we are the type of people who feel very “at home” at Disney. And I’ve noticed this when we travel. We have experienced other cruise lines and hotels and had great experiences all over, but when we do a Disney experience, it just feels like home. This was the case with Disney Cruise Line, Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii, and Vero Beach. It’s a combination of the cast members, the decor & decorative touches, the background music, entertainment, and other offerings that make it feel special.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort was no exception. The resort, grounds, and room were beautiful and clean. The cast members were friendly and helpful. The pool and activities were fun. The whole resort is quiet and relaxing. We enjoyed the dining options both at the resort and the many wonderful restaurants around the area.
In addition to all the above, Disney cares very much about sea turtle conservation. Every morning, cast members cover a five-mile stretch on the beach along the resort to search out nests of turtle eggs in order to mark their location for protection and research. We were walking the beach one morning when a cast member stopped us and asked if we’d like to see the turtle eggs she just found. It was a cool experience to talk with her and learn about sea turtles and how they lay their eggs.
I definitely recommend making the trip to Disney’s Vero Beach resort if you have the chance. For us, it makes a perfect weekend getaway or a wonderful pre or post-cruise stay. It’s a great way to relax and unwind while still maintaining some of the Disney magic you feel at Disney World.
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