You can choose to stay on the mainland or on the beach. As you might expect, the beachfront accommodations are a bit more expensive -- but, we think, worth it. Thanks to the arrival of a couple new luxury beachfront hotels, what was once known as Zero Beach is now worthy of its proper name. A great spot to know, especially if you're planning to fish, is the Key West Inn at Captain Hiram's, 1580 U.S. Hwy. 1, Sebastian (www.hirams.com; tel. 772/388-8588), where 70 rooms are available adjacent to the restaurant and overlooking the water.
For those traveling with tots, though, we recommend just heading straight to Orlando, there's the newly renovated, all-inclusive Club Med Sandpiper Bay, 4500 SE Pine Valley (www.clubmed.us; tel. 800/CLUB-MED [258-2633] or 772/398-5100), featuring an array of family activities, three pools, tennis academy, fitness academy, and spa; and for true Disney fans who can't wait the 1 1/2-hour drive to Mousetown, there's also Disney's Vero Beach Resort, 9250 Island Grove Terrace (http://dvc.disney.go.com; tel. 407/939-7828), a Disney Vacation Club stay featuring vacation homes and beach cottages.
Comfortable and inexpensive chain options near the Horizon Outlet Center, off S.R. 60, include Holiday Inn Express (www.hiexpress.com; tel. 800/465-4329 or 772/567-2500) and Hampton Inn (www.hamptoninn.com; tel. 800/426-7866 or 772/770-4299). Rates for both run between $85 and $120, and include breakfast and local calls.
The Vero Beach and Sebastian areas of the Treasure Coast are popular with campers, who choose from nearly a dozen camping locations. If you aren't camping at the scenic and popular Sebastian Inlet State Park, then try the Vero Beach Kamp RV Park, 8850 U.S. 1, Wabasso (www.verobeachkamp.com; tel. 772/589-5665). This 120-site campground is 2 miles from the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, and a quarter-mile from the Indian River, a big draw for fishing fanatics. There's access to running water and electricity, as well as showers, a shop, and hookups for RVs. Rates are $48 per site including water, electric, and cable; $40 per site including just water and electric; and $30 for sites with no hookups. A $4-per-person charge for each additional person over 5 years old is also applied. Cabins are also available at $48 a night for two guests, and cottages are available for $60 a night for four guests. Bring your own linens. To get here, take I-95 to exit 69 East; at U.S. 1, turn left.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.