Indian River County: From the Boardroom to the Boardwalk

Indian River County is a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, yet geographically close to most of Florida’s top attractions. This quaint seaside county is surrounded by 26 miles of lush, unspoiled beaches, the Indian River Lagoon and Blue Cypress Lake.  The city of Vero Beach was recently named one of the “100 Great Towns in America” and the “The Perfect Beach Town” by national publications.

Easily accessible by air, 30 minutes from Melbourne International Airport and 90 minutes from Palm Beach and Orlando International Airports, Indian River County has recently enjoyed a renaissance and welcomes small to medium-sized groups with beautiful hotels, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and event venues.

Meeting professionals will find beautiful oceanfront hotels such as Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Gloria Estefan’s Costa d’Este Beach Resort, The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oceanside, the Caribbean Court Boutique Hotel and the Driftwood Resort.

The riverfront island ambience of Captain Hiram’s Inn & Resort is popular with planners, along with a host of meeting properties throughout the destination.

For sports-minded groups, Vero Beach Sports Village offers an Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis and basketball facilities, sand volleyball and a professional-quality fitness center.

On the Mainland, just minutes from the beach is the new Springhill Suites by Marriott.

Your group will discover excellent art and history museums, galleries and theaters that rival the most cosmopolitan cities and serve as unique event venues. The area also boasts five-star group dining with an interesting array of cuisine.

A multitude of nature, heritage and watersport activities are available to groups, from exploring the Pelican Island National Wildlife Visitor Complex to ocean fishing at Sebastian Inlet.

Nearby Sebastian is nestled quietly between Vero Beach and Melbourne on the Indian River Lagoon. Known for its excellent fishing, surfing and water sports, take a walk along Sebastian’s Riverfront takes you past old fish houses, dockside restaurants and marinas harboring pleasure boats of all sizes just waiting to take your group out on the water.

The Sebastian River area is also host to a multitude of nature-based activities. Groups can take private cruises led by local naturalists or kayaking tours through the Indian River Lagoon and spot giant loggerhead sea turtles, manatees and other marine life. The Environmental Learning Center’s boardwalk nature trail offers above-ground views of pine trees, mangroves and thousands of species of animals, fish and birds.