The Community We Love
Named the gateway to the tropics, Vero Beach is centrally located on Florida’s beautiful east coast. With a balmy average temperature of 73 degrees, outdoor activities can be enjoyed all year round. In addition, there are endless opportunities for shopping, dining, entertainment, recreation and perhaps best of all, casual lounging and simple enjoyment of the gorgeous tropical surroundings. And…oh those surroundings! There are 26 miles of pristine beaches, the transcendent appeal of the Atlantic Ocean, the serene beauty of the Sebastian and Indian Rivers and seemingly endless woodlands for nature enthusiasts. There simply isn’t a more appealing or satisfying way to live the active adult Florida lifestyle than in the oceanside community of Vero Beach.
Cultural and Entertainment Venues
In 1994, Vero Beach was named in the book The 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America by John Villiani, and it’s easy to see why. Vero Beach was included in this publication in part because of the tremendous number of cultural activities available here, its festivals and galleries, and the positive opinion of local artists who belong to the community. The Vero Beach Theater Guild and the Riverside Theater stage regular theatrical productions, and The Vero Beach Museum of Art provides 55,000 sq. ft. to house treasures of the art world, as well as being home to the Vero Beach Art Club.
Shopping and Dining
For the food lover, Indian River County is home to a cornucopia of dining venues from popular chain restaurants to chef owned bistros located along the sandy oceanfront, picturesque riverfront and quaint downtown. So whether you prefer fine dining or more casual cuisine, you’ll find culinary delights to please every palate.
There are tons of independently owned boutiques and shops along the miles of beaches, and downtown Vero Beach is also home to some popular and quaint shops and eateries that are relatively free from the throngs of tourists. When you want to visit the larger shopping malls to browse, these can be reached by driving a short distance to I-95.
In September of 2014, Indian River State College was named one of the 10 best community colleges in America by the Aspen Institute, and its location in Fort Pierce, Florida makes it accessible to students from the surrounding counties of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee. It has a branch location in Vero Beach that provides opportunity for locals to pursue the lifelong learning goals they have always aspired to.
All the traditional water sports are available from numerous providers in the Vero Beach area, including fishing, boating, scuba diving, and airboat tours. There are 19 public and private golf courses for those who enjoy that sport, and tennis facilities abound in the area. For nature enthusiasts, there are hiking and biking trails, camping along riversides, and oceanside picnic facilities. If kayaks or canoeing are your thing, there are plenty of rental establishments in the area, as well as facilities for skating, archery, martial arts, and even garden centers. In short, just about every kind of recreational activity you can think of is available to residents of the Vero Beach area.
Indian River County is home to about 150,000 residents of all ages, 30% of which are aged 65 or greater. Overall, the population is 52% female, 48% male, and is 87% Caucasian in makeup. The size of Indian River county is 502 sq. mi. and includes 274 people per sq. mi., which is nearly 100 people less per sq. mi. than the state average.
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