Restaurants on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida

Vero Beach gives retirees oceanside living and warm weather without the crowds.

Vero Beach is a small coastal city on the Atlantic Ocean and part of Florida’s Treasure Coast. The region isn’t as well-known as its neighbors like Daytona Beach to the north or Miami to the south, but it has its own charm and advantages. There’s plenty of shoreline for fishing, boating, and sunbathing. Parks and wildlife habitats are easy to find, and there’s also a lot of golf, shopping, art, and culture.

Buyers looking for retirement communities in Florida might want to shine the spotlight on this part of the central Atlantic. These are some of the best Vero Beach neighborhoods for active adults.

Harmony Reserve

Mid $200s - Low $300s

New construction and a couple of resale homes are available at Harmony Reserve, one of Vero Beach’s newest 55+ communities. It’s an excellent option for buyers who appreciate nature as the homes are built adjacent to a preserve with views of wetlands and marsh.

Builders plan to complete 299 single-family homes and 98 attached villas, and there are several floor plans and models to explore. The villas have between 1,219 and 1,415 square feet and two or three bedrooms with two bathrooms. Single-family homes have 1,508 to 2,756 square feet and two to four bedrooms, as well as outdoor space.

The amenities start at the 15,000 square-foot clubhouse, where there’s a fitness center and movement studio as well as a banquet room, card room, and catering kitchen. Residents enjoy an outdoor pool and patio as well as four tennis courts and pickleball courts.

With six lakes and ponds scattered all over the community, it’s easy to imagine peaceful, scenic living in Vero Beach. Neighbors plan cooking classes, day trips, and parties regularly, so buyers will enjoy this community if they enjoy socializing with others.

Vista Del Mar

High $100s - Low $300s

Condo living on the beach describes what many people view as the perfect Florida retirement, and it’s provided by Vista Del Mar. Ocean views, a private piece of coastline, and low-maintenance living are hard to beat and surprisingly affordable at this 55+ community. It’s right on the Atlantic Ocean and close to the Indian River.

Condos are between 800 and 2,000 square feet with two bedrooms, Florida rooms, and private balconies with views that are hard to beat. The homeowners' association services include exterior maintenance, insurance, cable, water, sewer, and trash removal.

In addition to private beach access, residents enjoy amenities like a pool and patio, shuffleboard, bocce, and trails for walking, biking, or jogging. There’s a clubhouse with a multi-purpose room, billiards, and a library. Residents enjoy parties, picnics, and special events, and the small size of this community ensures that everyone gets to know their neighbors.

Just south of this Vero Beach community is North Hutchinson Island, which has nature trails, a bit of military history, and Sharky’s, the perfect beach restaurant with a variety of umbrella drinks and appetizers on the menu.

Woodfield

High $100s - Mid $300s

It’s all about location at Woodfield, especially for active adults who appreciate the chance to leave the car behind and walk to dinner or shopping. This 55+ community has easy access to grocery stores, retailers, and other points of convenience.

It’s also a pleasant place to live, with resort-style amenities and ongoing social and club activities. A full-time activities director helps with the planning for social events, live performances, and movie nights.

Woodfield is a collection of single-family homes and attached villas available on a resale basis. The villas are two- or three-bedroom models with between 1,382 and 1,727 square feet. Single-family homes come in over a dozen models, with three or four bedrooms and two or three bathrooms. Attached two-car garages are also included.

Vero Beach, Florida Real Estate for All Ages

It’s not all 55+ communities in Vero Beach. There are also a number of neighborhoods without age restrictions, which are ideal for active adult buyers who may want to move in with family members or enjoy the benefits that can come with inter-generational living.

If you don’t want to surround yourself with your own age group, consider some of these desirable communities in Vero Beach:

Lakes at Waterway Village, where new construction single-family homes are available in six spacious and comfortable models. Prices start in the mid $200s and homes are between 1,542 and 2,589 square feet. An outdoor barefoot bar is located right near the pool.

Isles at Waterway Village is another option, with 462 single-family and attached homes taking up 696 acres of a master-planned community. A heated swimming pool, tennis courts, and a modern fitness center are some of the best amenities this community has to offer.

Old Orchid offers luxury, security, and a large selection of spacious, comfortable single-family homes. The architecture throughout the community is inspired by the Mediterranean seaside, giving residents the sense that they’re on a permanent vacation.

Segovia Lakes is a small and intimate community close to the airport and Interstate 95. With only 82 single-family homes that are new construction, buyers can choose customized floor plans and upgraded finishes.  

Cove at Waterway Village is another cozy and intimate neighborhood, and it’s extremely social and welcoming. Properties at this community have one single-family floor plan, and upgrades like granite counters and energy-efficient lighting and appliances are included.

10 miles from the beach is The Willows, new construction that’s affordable and low-maintenance. Single-family homes have two bedrooms and dens, and there are lots of parks and walking trails throughout the community.

Seasons at Orchid is for buyers who don’t mind spending a little more to get exactly what they want. These resale homes start at half a million dollars but provide between 2,458 and 2,956 square feet of living space as well as a private location on a barrier island in the Atlantic.