When it comes time to plan your beach vacation, Florida comes to mind almost immediately. You and your family can enjoy plenty of the sunshine and white sandy beaches on the Florida coast. Choosing Vero Beach for your trip provides your family with tons of options for activities, relaxation, and accommodations. Select a condo on the beach, and wake up each morning to stunning sunrises, or pick a more modest family home a few blocks from the water. Located on the Treasure Coast, Vero Beach is just one of many coastal communities ready to make your vacation perfect. Here are the nine best locations to look for a vacation rental in Vero Beach.

1. Vero Beach

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Located in southeastern Florida, Vero Beach includes one of the barrier islands that sits on the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River. Take an afternoon to enjoy some shopping at the hottest locations when you visit Beachland Boulevard, Azalea Lane, and Ocean Drive to find something truly one-of-a-kind. Golf lovers can select from three 18-hole courses within the city limits and while away their mornings on the green practicing their swings. Fill your days by soaking up the sunshine on the beach, kayaking on the riverways, and snorkeling in the ocean.

2. Wabasso Beach

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Drive north up Highway A1A to the coastal community of Wabasso Beach, catching glimpses of the ocean and sound as you enjoy the scenery. Days pass slowly on the white sandy beaches as you enjoy splashing in the surf, boating, and paddle boarding. Stop by Hale Groves for fresh vegetables and fruits to make a farm-to-table dinner for your family at your vacation rental, or take the family out for a seafood dinner at the Riverfront Chill and Grill or a pie at Orchid Island Pizzeria.

3. Orchid

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A little further north is a town of Orchid, which nestles along the Indian River and its tributaries with a little area on the Atlantic Ocean. Relax on the river fishing, kayaking, boating, and jet skiing, or take an eco-tour to learn more about the natural ecosystem. On the Atlantic side of town is the Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, where you and your family can enjoy a few holes of golf, the pool, and tanning on the beach.

4. North Beach

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Experience a much slower pace of life when you find a vacation rental in the North Beach area. A lot of the surrounding area is part of the National Park Service and Florida Park Service, offering you the chance to explore unspoiled natural beauty by the beach and inland. The Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge has hiking trails, so it’s easy to navigate the park and view the unique bird habitats. Bring your binoculars to get a closer look at the birds’ nests without disturbing them.

5. Gifford

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North up Highway 1 from Vero Beach lies the town of Gifford, which borders the Indian River. Rent a condo or home close to the river, or venture further inland to save a little money. Start your morning with a sweet pastry from Anything Apple and More to provide you with energy to explore the town by bike or just walk by the riverfront. Out on the river, plan a day filled with fishing, boating, and swimming.

6. Winter Beach

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Despite its name, this small coastal town with its friendly locals welcomes tourists any time of the year. This community boasts an amazing golf course at the Bent Pine Golf Course where you can get in some exercise on the links as you try to beat your par score. Spend an afternoon meandering through the beauty of McKee Botanical Gardens, or put on your walking shoes to explore the hiking trails in the Round Island Beach Park.

7. Sebastian

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As you drive north up Highway 1, catch views of the Indian River to your right until you reach the town of Sebastian. Stop by the Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum to see the beautiful baubles from the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet. At Sebastian Inlet, you can try your hand at catching a few waves on your surfboard or fish for your supper to take home and grill on the deck of your vacation rental.

8. Roseland

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North of Vero Beach on the St. Sebastian River sits the coastal community of Roseland, where you and your family can feel time slow down once you check into your vacation rental. Fill your days by exploring the St. Sebastian River on a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. If you just want to kick back, cast your line in the river and wait for the fish to bite.

9. Micco

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The sleepy Micco community offers you and your family two riverfronts, the Indian River and the St. Sebastian River, to spend your days jet skiing, boating, fishing, and canoeing. When you need a break, stop by the Flip Flop Ice Cream Shop and Cafe for a scoop or two to cool off or a light lunch before going on to explore the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park.