🇺🇸 Vero Beach is a city in and the seat of Indian River County, Florida, United States. It is thirty-four miles south of Melbourne. Vero Beach is home to general aviation manufacturer Piper Aircraft, which is the largest private employer in Indian River County. Piper employs approximately 750 people. Aside from Piper, the bulk of commercial activity in Vero Beach centres around tourism, the citrus industry and service activities.
There are two shopping malls: the Indian River Mall, and the Vero Beach Outlets just west of I-95 on State Road 60. There are small speciality shops along Ocean Drive on the barrier island. There are also a set of shops directly inland in what is called "Miracle Mile". The Historic Downtown is a newly revitalised area of shopping, dining, antique stores, and art galleries.
The beaches in Vero Beach are part of Florida's Treasure Coast. Vero's three main public beaches are South Beach, accessible at the eastern end of Florida State Road 656 at the eastern end of 17th Street; Humiston Park, in Vero's Central Beach Business District on Ocean Drive and Jaycee Park which is adjacent to Conn Beach. There are 26 miles (42 km) of oceanfront shore in Indian River County. Vero Beach also has other free public access trails and walkways with beach access, such as Riomar Beach, Sea Cove, Sea Grape Trail, Sexton Plaza, and Turtle Trail. The Indian River Lagoon, passing through Vero Beach, forms a significant portion of the Intracoastal Waterway, and is a hub for boating, fishing, water skiing, diving, kayaking and other small-craft waterborne activities. Disney's Vero Beach Resort is officially located in Wabasso, a small town north of Vero Beach.
Vero Beach is home to Historic Dodgertown, which initially started operations during World War II as a U.S. Naval Air Station, and later served as the Spring Training facility of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, until 2008. After the team's departure for a new Spring home in Arizona in 2008, it has served as a year-round multipurpose facility for athletes of all ages. As of January 2, 2019, MLB has assumed control of the historic facilities with plans to expand the complex and rename it The Jackie Robinson Training Complex. This is to honour both the late Jackie Robinson and the site's history as the first racially integrated spring-training centre in the American South.
Vero Beach has a population of over 15,220 people.