Hanging out at Vero Beach

Vero Beach City Marina — View from our bow. Nice place to hang out for a week.

Vero Beach City Marina — View from our bow. Nice place to hang out for a week.


Wednesday, January 21
— We rented a slip for a week to check out Vero and see friends in the area. The city marina is a nice facility with many slips and a large mooring field. The wifi was sketchy, making it very difficult to work. Many of the boats look like they haven’t moved in awhile. Talking with some of the cruisers here — mostly older, retired sailors — we learned that many snowbirds come here year after year and go no further south, hence the earned nickname “Velcro Beach.”  Boaters love this place.

Vero’s an interesting area with a modern beachfront and nice-looking beach. There’s obviously a lot of well-heeled people living here, at least on the beach side.

View from our cockpit at the marina in Gifford Cut,

View from our cockpit at the marina in Gifford Cut,

Inland across the ICW, it’s typical suburban Florida with mile after mile of shopping malls. We found a few quaint sections, but were mostly disappointed. Nightlife seems nonexistent. Saturday night we visited four bars. Best was the Kilted Mermaid, a small fun Irish bar and restaurant with acoustic music. Other places had tons a TVs for the 20-something blue-collar crowd, and then there was an overly priced piano bar where the average age seemed to be in the triple digitals. Well, this is Florida, after all.

The weather during our stay was sunny and warm (70s). We took one day to explore the area by dinghy. There are many islands, inlets and parks to see for several miles. To the north there are miles of mangroves.

Another highlight of our stay was visiting our friends, Vic and Judy, who took us on a tour of the Sebastian River in their Cabo powerboat. Beautiful scenery with many different birds, fish jumping and at least one manatee.

As our week came to an end, we were more than ready to move on. Next stop: Stewart, about 33 nautical miles to the south.

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