No discussion of life in paradise (aka Vero Beach) would be complete without mention of Vero’s diverse and unique shopping and dining experiences.
Shopping: The barrier island is home to a charming retail district comprised of Ocean Drive, Cardinal Drive, and ancillary side streets. Chocked with a bevy of boutiques, eateries, galleries, shoe emporiums, and spas, offerings include everything from famed Lilly Pulitzer togs to shoes, designer duds, bathing suits, one of a kind jewelry, house wares, original artwork and pottery to beautify yourself and your home. An active merchants’ association hosts the popular Saturday’s Ocean Drive Farmer’s Market, a pet friendly community gathering of fine fruits, breads, fish and orchids from area merchants. The Association also hosts monthly free of charge Ocean Drive concerts and Christmas and St Patrick’s Day parades that offer fun for all ages. In addition to a host of restaurants offering fare from fine cuisine from across the globe to casual eateries with picnic tables, several gourmet grocers offer prepared foods, take out and fine wines.
Historic downtown Vero Beach on the mainland is home to a newly revitalized original downtown area home to many unique merchants such as Tea & Chi emporium, Faith, Hope & Chocolate, cafes, drinking & dining establishments with nightly music, clothing stores and more. An active merchants’ association hosts quarterly downtown Friday Night events, the popular April Hibiscus Festival and Friday Green Markets. Beyond the historic downtown area, Royal Palm Pointe is a dynamic region with shops, galleries and eateries.
“Miracle Mile” at 2oth St. and Indian River Boulevard is another popular shopping district home to the highly regarded Vero Beach Book Center and children’s depot, TJ Maxx, Publix, The Fresh Market, Panera Bread, Chico’s, several surf shops, eateries and several furnishings and clothing consignment shops with ever changing treasures.
The Indian River Mall is home to department stores like JC Penney, Dillard’s, Sears, Macy’s & Talbots with an array of specialty shops.
National Retailers & restaurants along US1 and SR 60 offering shopping and dining include Home Depot, Lowe’s, Pier One, Staples, Target, K-Mart, Walmart, SteinMart, Marshall’s & HomeGoods.
The Vero Premium Outlets off Vero’s I-95 interchange is a premium outlet mall attracting shoppers across the region with outlets from Polo Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Coach, J.Crew, Izod, Gap, Banana Republic & more.
Other regional malls within an easy drive include the PGA Gardens Mall, home to Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom & Neiman Marcus. And if you’re seeking Vuitton, Chanel, or Hermes, world famous Worth Avenue in Palm Beach is a wonderful day trip, filled with tony shops, exotic autos, and fine dining.