Carefully manicured and lovingly preserved, Vero Beach feels like a throwback to old Florida, a place with white-sand beaches, waving sea grass, and a cozy metro area. Vacations to Vero Beach might not necessarily be high-octane affairs, but they're rich in exactly what weary travelers want—rest and relaxation.
After selecting from various flights to West Palm Beach and checking in at one of the hotels in Vero Beach, FL, get ready to see what the city has to offer. You can take in a century's worth of historical sights in an afternoon—everything from the McKee Botanical Gardens (a prime tourist destination during the Roaring Twenties) to the Hallstrom Farmstead (a onetime plantation turned museum) to the Vero Theatre (the area's first cinema). The Vero Beach Museum of Art is a great stop for culture buffs, while those looking for a little shopping should visit the outlet malls on State Road 60 just west of I-95, or check out the boutiques along Ocean Drive (aka "Miracle Mile"). Want a little fun in the sun? The Indian River Lagoon is the perfect place for swimming, kayaking, boating, and water skiing.
When the day draws to an end and hunger beckons, you could always eat at one of the nearby Vero Beach hotels or instead cruise along Ocean Drive, where you'll discover restaurants offering fresh seafood, barbecue ribs, Caribbean-inspired cuisine, Italian mainstays, and even top-it-yourself ice cream. Look for Mexican fare, paninis, pizza, and sushi around Royal Palm Pointe. If you want a drink, downtown offers an array of inexpensive dives, while the barrier islands along Highway A1A feature ritzier bars, including a piano bar.
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