Vero Beach is a charming and quaint little Florida seaside town unspoiled by crowds and high rises, and is the perfect destination for someone who wants a sophisticated but low-key beach wedding while still providing traveling guests easy access to all of the main attractions (Disney World is only two hours away). Kimpton recently took over the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, giving it the brand’s perks we love (like the daily free wine happy hour) combined with local flare.
The hotel’s beach is nothing short of pristine, and their lounge chairs, cozy fire pits and patio bar/restaurant make it almost too easy to spend the entire day there. And for those getting married, the beach laws are extremely flexible, so you can pretty much do whatever you want design-wise (a very rare treat!).
But you’ll definitely want to set your pina colada down to partake in some of the town’s experiences. Stroll their high-end shopping or visit their art galleries in the village’s adorable downtown. Perfect for a fun welcome party or morning-of activity, hit some golf balls at Big Shots Golf where you have your own climate-controlled tee box and enjoy full-service restaurant and bar menu offerings, brought straight to your box.
Take advantage of the area’s unique location on the Indian River Lagoon, the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem in Earth’s Northern hemisphere, and enjoy kayaking or paddleboarding with Paddles by the Sea. Afterwards, watch the sunset over the water with a crisp beer and apps at Riverside Café, conveniently located right on the dock.
And if you’re staying at the Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, you’ll have the town’s hottest nightlife scene happening just a few steps away — DJs spin on Friday nights and Saturdays host live music.
Photography by Brittny Drye, Love Inc.