Sunset in the Virgins

Vero Beach Municipal Marina

After traveling up and down the east coast this year between Miami, FL, and Deltaville, VA, we’ve found only a handful of places to which we’d like to return some day. Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA, Jekyll Island, GA, and St. Augustine, FL, top the list. But the place we found that’s easiest to just stay and stay is Vero Beach, FL. The marina’s draws are many, the primary ones being the inexpensive mooring balls in a well-protected creek, the exceptionally friendly staff, and the free bus service to just about anywhere a cruiser wants or needs to go. We spent a week there on the way north, and 2½ weeks heading south. We could easily stay longer, and many cruisers do. In fact, there’s apparently a fair-sized contingent of ex-cruisers living in the town. We don’t think we’d ever completely forsake southwest Florida, our primary cruising ground, but Vero Beach Municipal Marina is definitely the crown jewel of Florida’s east coast harbors.

Posted Monday February 13, 2006

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