Where is a public access for the beach? Traveling from Miami to Orlando and want to stop in for a few hours. Thanks.
If you're driving, you can exit at Stuart (somewhat complex route) to Hutchinson Island or exit at Ft Pierce (State Road 70/Okeechobee Blvd to Virginia Ave, then left onto US1 north, then right onto A1A north).
Should you approach via Ft Pierce, there's Ft. Pierce Inlet State Park and the little Avalon State Park to its north. The very nice (free) Round Island Park is just north of the county line in Indian River County. From Round Island, you can continue north on A1A to Vero Beach (17th Street is the first traffic signal in town).
Should you come via I-95 and State Road 60 into Vero (with lingering construction on the way into town), continue east on SR 60 until you reach Indian River Drive. Turn south (right), then left at the next traffic signal to cross the 17th Street Bridge. Continue straight ahead, through the A1A traffic signal; 17th Street ends at South Beach Park, the best of Vero Beach's city parks for beach activities, swimming, etc. Food is a bit limited, but the small/busy South Beach Pizzeria is just south of the park.
The other way to the beach is also to take SR 60, but go north on Indian River Drive to the bridge. This route has limited construction going on, on the mainland side (sewers and rebuilding an intersection). Once on the bridge, continue due east on Beachland Blvd until you reach its end at Sexton Plaza, more or less the heart of the beachside shopping area. There's two parks: Humiston is about a quarter-mile to the south, Conn boardwalk/Jaycee Park somewhat farther to the north.
Humiston is relatively small and has pizza, ice cream, and other meal possibilities around its edges.
Conn is a boardwalk with ice cream and sandwiches available. Jaycee has restrooms, breakfast/lunch, and lifeguard services (which are also at Humiston, South Beach, and Round Island).
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