It’s no surprise that even here in Florida we must move with the seasons and change how we interact with the great outdoors, so how can you make the best of each season in Florida? Here in Vero Beach we are lucky to be surrounded by diverse ecosystems and a community that prioritizes getting outdoors and spending time being active. Check out the list below to learn more about how you can have fun outside year-round in Vero Beach Florida!
What to do in the springtime in Florida
Hiking – as you can imagine, hiking in florida is casual and great for beginners! With next to no incline you can cover a lot of land by simply following a beaten trail for a few hours. If you’re interested in finding the best paths to follow click here and check out some of the more popular trails. Be sure to take plenty of water and eco friendly bug spray, and don’t be surprised if the trail is a little wet. We recommend rain gear and waterproof shoes for optimal comfort!
Stand Up Paddle Boarding – We may be bias, but who doesn’t love a refreshing paddle on the Indian River Lagoon? If you’ve never tried paddle boarding before don’t fret, our staff is specifically trained to help you feel comfortable and confident on the water no matter your experience level. In the spring time we recommend heading out on your journey around 10:30AM as to beat the heat but not be too cold!
Fishing the Indian River Lagoon – Our sister company Vero Tackle & Watersports has been providing Vero Beach five star access to some of the best local fishing spots on the Indian River Lagoon for years. If you’ve never hired a captain to lead you on a fishing charter now’s the time to do it. Though they offer fishing charters year round, spring seems to be the time of year fish bite best. Put this statement to the test yourself and book your trip with them now!
Strolling through a Garden – One of our local gems here in Vero Beach Florida is the McKee Botanical Garden and we highly recommend taking time to explore all they have to offer. From gardening classes, to rare flowers and foliage, these gardens are full of life and opportunity. Spot butterflies and bees, birds, and other florida wildlife too! It’s a great spot for photographers to work on their macro portfolios and play with light too.
Snorkel the S.S. Breconshire – One of our most popular eco tours happens during a small window of time during the summer season here in Florida! Between late May and early August or our first tropical storm (whichever comes first) marks the ideal dive season for good visibility and calm oceans here in Vero. Just 100 yards offshore lies the S.S. Breconshire a shipping vessel that sunk in 1894. Paddle out with one of our tour guides on a SUP or kayak anchor down and hop in! You can expect to see sea turtles, tropical fish, sport fish like snook and tarpon, and on chillier days nurse sharks! A guide isn’t required to be with you to go explore the wreck but it helps to have someone with you to point out wildlife that can be harder to spot on your first dive on the Breconshire.
Be sure to wear reef safe sunscreen (no oxybenzone), and if you have your own dive gear we recommend bringing mask, snorkel, and fins!
Ocean Paddle – grab a kayak or stand up paddle board and head out on Lake Atlantic! Summer time brings out the calmest weather and west winds necessary to turn our ocean front home into what many refer to as a lake! Great for beginner paddlers, and super ideal for snorkeling. We keep the beach in front of the Kimpton and Holiday Inn stocked with tandem kayaks and SUPs ready for you to rent! Simply stop in to either beach location, reserve online, or call to book yours!
Be a Beach Bum – on the same beaches mentioned above we also provide beach lounge chair and umbrella rentals! Grab a drink and snack from Heaton’s Reef Bar and Grill at the Kimpton or from Mulligan’s beside Holiday Inn and relax! Enjoy the beautiful views of the atlantic ocean, look for sea turtles popping their head up for a breath, dolphins cruising down the coast line, and jumping sport fish and rays! You can’t go wrong with a day spent on the sandy coastline of Vero Beach Florida.
Historic Jungle Trail – another hidden gem in Vero Beach is the Historic Jungle Trail! This sand and dirt road holds a lot of history and even more lush greenery. Bike, walk, run, or drive the 8 miles of scenic road. We recommend going around 6pm to really feel the full effect of streaming florida sunshine through the lush trees and native bushes.
Kayak – if paddle boarding isn’t your thing, we’ve got you covered. Fall is a great time to paddle the Indian River Lagoon at any time during the day or evening. Rent a single or tandem (or three) and bring the whole family on the water for a day well spent with nature. Be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen though, don’t let the slightly cooler breeze fool you, sunscreen is a vital part of Florida living year round! Please be sure to use reef safe sunscreens like the ones we sell inside the Vero Tackle & Watersports tackle shop!
Camp – a short paddle from our dock lies several spoiler islands perfect for an overnight camping trip! Bring your own board or boat and find yourself on an island for a unique experience not many get to indulge in. Be sure to check local regulations and restrictions to better understand how you can enjoy your camping trip to its fullest.
Fish – Fishing is something you can enjoy year round in florida but during the fall spotted sea trout, snook, red drum, king mackerel, and grouper are all biting! Onshore and off, opportunity to land your dream catch is there! Stop into Vero Tackle & Watersports to grab your live bait, tackle, and more importantly ICE.
Bird Watching – A haven for birds and bird lovers alike, the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge offers a scenic experience for everyone involved. Public use areas are open from 7:30am – sunset every day, but please visit their website to plan your trip.
Surfing – Surf picks up in Vero Beach as soon as we have tropical storms in the Atlantic, but remains a bit more consistent during our winter season. If you’ve never tried surfing before be sure to hire a professional to help you learn the ropes! We recommend hitting up Surf City Surf Shop to see who is available to get you started. Paddles By The Sea also offers surf lessons through the beach division. Check out surf lessons here.
Run – If you’re an avid runner you’ll find good weather year round, but if you’re someone who just moved to Florida, or visiting for the winter this is the best time of year to start. Riverside park is a great place to start, and the Meril P Barber bridge is easily accessible from here as well.
Stargaze On The Beach – Stargazing on the beach is a simple but effective way to feel astonished by nature. Bring a blanket, and wear your winter coat though because the wind on the beach in the winter time can be bitter! Lay back and admire the open seas and skies our coastline has to offer with minimal light and noise pollution.
This is just an idea of what Vero Beach FL has to offer throughout the year, what else would you add to the list?