Leaving Stuart, we headed north up to Vero Beach. Again the weather was being cooperative so we went on the outside at Port St. Lucie, back in at Fort Pierce and continued up the Indian River to Vero. We really didn’t know what to expect when we got there. We reserved a slip at the Vero Beach City Marina. It is a quaint little marina situated just off the Intracoastal on the Indian River in a very protected setting. There were several sailboats moored nearby looking serene and picturesque! After getting the QM situated, we started to head in to town to check things out when a big rainstorm decided to settle in. After the rain cleared we went into town and had dinner at the Tides restaurant. It was an old house turned restaurant and the atmosphere was lively and the food delicious!!
The next morning we lowered the tender into the water and set off sightseeing on the Indian River. Our tour led us down a canal that would eventually dead end at the A1A. We tied the tender off to a deserted pier and took an Uber to the heart of downtown Vero which is right on the beach. The area is small but has lots of fun shopping; however, it was Sunday and all the stores were closed. Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill had live band playing so we walked over to have some lunch and great cocktails while listening to the music. We rented an umbrella and a couple of chairs on the beach and enjoyed this scene for about 3 hrs before late afternoon showers returned. We hopped back into the tender and was headed back to the boat when we spotted the Riverside Cafe which was right down the river. It was a happening place. We ordered tuna nachos as an appetizer. That’s right! TUNA NACHOS…and they were delicious! Yellowfin tuna tartar over a seaweed salad on crispy wontons (need more of these) sweet soy glaze and a cucumber and wasabi cream. I’d go back there just to get these again.
This tree was located in the park right by the marina. It was amazing!
Cruising in the tender up the Indian River.
Mulligans bar and restaurant downtown Vero Beach
At Mulligan’s, you just raise your flag and they come take your order! How cool is that!
The water was slick as glass heading back to Stuart.
Side note – On the dock next to us was a family of four (mom,dad, and two boys ages 11 and 8) who were heading out the next morning to the Abacos in the Bahamas for a week on their 32′ World Cat “Free Spear It”. His parents were also joining them for the ride. We visited with them for quite a while as they were loading up their boat with the necessary provisions for the journey. We left the next morning before they did and touched base with them on the radio wishing them a safe trip. The seas that morning were like glass and the wind extremely light. A very nice day for their crossing and our journey back to Stuart.