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One of the 100 Best Art Towns in America
The Vero Beach Museum of Art is the largest cultural
arts facility of its kind on Florida’s Treasure Coast. This
beautiful neoclassical structure is located in Riverside Park
on the Indian River Lagoon. The museum’s galleries feature local, regional, national, and international artists in a
myriad of mediums, subjects and styles.
Under The Oaks is a prestigious fine art show that takes
place under the majestic live oaks next to the Vero Beach
Museum of Art. Approximately 210 artists are invited to
participate in the show each year, with ribbons and monetary awards presented in eight categories. This three-day
show draws over 80,000 visitors each year, and is among
America’s best art events.
Live Performances—Music, Theater, and Opera
The performing arts are a celebrated part of the Vero
Beach community, and visitors and residents alike can
choose from a variety of live performances to attend.
Each year the Atlantic Classical Orchestra offers a full
season of concerts in the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra has a reputation as a world–class
performing arts organization dedicated to presenting both
orchestral and chamber music.
In a typical season, the Indian River Symphonic Association presents seven concerts given by such renowned orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, the Russian National
Orchestra, the German State Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Theater lovers can enjoy a full season of Broadway-style
musicals at the Riverside Theatre. With close to 300 performances on two stages each year, Riverside Theatre is the
area’s only professional, not-for-profit theatre.
The Vero Beach Theatre Guild offers a mix of theater
and musicals in a community theater setting. For those with
a taste for opera, Vero Beach Opera offers a full season of
performances in addition to master classes, conducted by
world-class opera singers.
Delicious Dining Destinations
After a night at the theater or opera, you can delight in a
meal at one of Vero Beach’s fabulous restaurants.
At the Caribbean Court Boutique Hotel, you’ll discover
the award-winning Maison Martinique Restaurant featuring
extraordinary French cuisine with a Caribbean flair. Enjoy a
fabulous meal in the casually elegant dining rooms, or join
the lively crowd at Havana Nights Piano Bar located atop
The Vero Beach Hotel and Spa provides two exciting
dining experiences: Cobalt and Heaton’s Reef. Cobalt offers
ocean inspired and locally raised cuisine, along with breathtaking coastal views. Heaton’s Reef is a poolside bar and grill
where the food and drink are as spectacular as the view.
Overlooking the Indian River, the Riverside Café is a
great place to watch the sunset while you enjoy seafood,
burgers, and sandwiches from the popular menu. There’s a
boat dock for customers who come to the restaurant via the
Intracoastal Waterway, and you can dance the night away to
The landmark restaurant, Ocean Grill, is known for its
precarious perch over the Atlantic Ocean. Built by Waldo
Sexton, Vero Beach’s eccentric entrepreneur, the restaurant
was constructed on a sand dune 200 yards from the rolling Atlantic. The Ocean Grill offers excellent seafood and
Beautiful, relaxed Vero Beach is an idyllic choice for retirement. Come to this wonderful part of Florida’s Treasure
Coast and make your retirement dreams come true!
State-of-the-Art Medical Facilities
Access to great healthcare is also a benefit to retirees who
live in Vero Beach. The Indian River Medical Center (IRMC)
is a 335-bed hospital with physicians representing 40 different specialties. Affiliated with DukeMedicine, IRMC’s Heart
Center is consistently rated as one of the top 10 heart centers in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Vero Beach Garners Accolades
In addition to being named an appealing low-tax town,
Vero Beach has also been named by Money magazine as one
of the “Top Beach Towns,” as well as one of the “Top 10
Cities to Buy Now.”
Cities Ranked and Rated placed Vero Beach in its list of
“Top 10 of Emerging Places,” and America’s Guide to Small
Towns ranked the locale as the “Best Small Town in Florida,”
and 12th overall in the nation.
Low Taxes and Real Estate Values
Vero Beach offers retirees year-round warm weather and
is also a low-tax town. Retirees can save thousands of dollars because Florida has no state income tax and relatively
low property taxes.
Along with lower-than-average taxes, Vero Beach provides affordable housing options, including beautiful master-planned communities.
This appealing small beach town has attracted the mega
wealthy, who reside on the barrier island (Orchid Island), as
well as budget conscious retirees who find bargains on the