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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Vero Beach, Florida

Vero Beach is a popular community of 17,000 that supports a much larger community outside of its borders. Located in the middle of Florida’s Atlantic Coast, the town is in several parts – a ‘beach” area on the barrier island with a resort feel, and a large downtown across the bay on the mainland. The beaches on the barrier island are extraordinary - long and wide with great surf. Route 1 is quite busy with a considerable number of strip malls and retail businesses. Vero Beach has a more relaxed and uncrowded feel than many other towns on Florida's east coast. Photo of old train station courtesy of Wikipedia and Robert Lawton.

Where to Retire in Vero Beach and Home Prices

There are countless active adult developments and planned communities to choose from with a wide range of costs and types of facilities, including 55+ and active seniors communities (see Active Communities link at top left). For active adult communities in Vero Beach see link at top left.The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price of a home in the Sebastian-Vero Beach area was $374,700 during the 3rd quarter of 2022. However, since the Vero Beach area is very large, prices will vary greatly by neighborhood, type of housing, and proximity to the ocean.

What Is Special about Vero Beach

• Barrier island beaches • Riverside Park has public boat launches, tennis courts, barbecue areas • Water everywhere for fishing, boating, swimming• Wide range of housing opportunities • Warm winters

What Is Not Special about Vero Beach

• There is lot traffic near the beach in winter • Hot, humid summers • Severe hurricanes in 2004 (Frances and Jean) • Transportation is difficult

Climate and Physical Environment

Vero Beach is situated on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the town is located on a barrier island; the economic center is located across the Intercoastal on the mainland. The land is flat with many bays and an ample coastline. It is not near any large cities. The climate is sub-tropical.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The public library is well-funded. Riverside Park has plays, concerts, and speakers’ forums. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is well regarded.  McKee Botanical Garden is another local attraction. The expanded and rebuilt Riverside Theatre provides a permanent home for the Second Stage.


The crime rate is slightly below average.

Medical Facilities

Indian River Memorial Hospital and the Healthsouth Treasure Coast Rehab Hospital are here.


Melbourne International (36 Miles) offers service from several airlines including American. For people with their own planes the Vero Beach Airport is a nice airport as well. Elite Airways offers non-stop service to Newark, NJ and Portland, ME from Vero Beach.

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