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Where to stay when kids are playing at Dodgertown?

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Where to stay when kids are playing at Dodgertown?

In the Spring of 2015, we are looking for a house or condo to rent for up to a week. Ours kids are training at Dodgertown, so we want easy access to see their games. I see there are homes on the River and then some on the Ocean. What are the advantages of each location. Can you swim in the River? We will have children with us ranging from age 10-15.

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1. Re: Where to stay when kids are playing at Dodgertown?

The river is ok to swim in but I prefer the ocean. If you do swim or even wade around you must have water shoes. There are old oyster shells and broken glass and all kinds of things on the river bottom. Some areas may be mucky, which means the bottom has more silt there and you kind of sink down in it. Because you are not near an inlet you don't get as much water transference there so at times the water will not be clear. If you are in a protected area like a canal then the water will be calmer for kayaks or canoes but less clear for swimming. There is supposedly a campaign to clean up the river but haven't heard much about it since elections are over.

With the ocean the kids would be able to enjoy some boogie boards or skim boards. I believe there are rentals at Jaycee Beach. They could try fishing at either area. The river would have trout & redfish and possibly snook to catch but you do have to have a visitors fishing license and make sure you know the rules of what you can keep unless you are just tossing them back.

As far as distance to Dodger town it depends on which side of the river you are speaking of. From the beach its only about a 20 minute drive to Dodgertown.

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2. Re: Where to stay when kids are playing at Dodgertown?

Until the last few months, the City of Vero Beach rather tightly restricted short-term rentals, so there may be more outside of city limits. I've never looked at VRBO or other sources, so don't have a good idea of the market. Spring is the busiest time, so you're wise to be thinking about arrangements now.

With few exceptions, the oceanfront will be high cost. I suspect condos will be mostly the row near South Beach Park, a smattering in the central Ocean Drive area, then more from the Boardwalk and Jaycee Park to Tracking Station Park.

There's lots of attractive riverfront properties, some relatively modest (such as next to the local electric power plant and sewage plant at the 17th Street bridge). While the Indian River is mostly relatively clean, there are still septic tanks and bacteria counts can be high. The ocean beaches have never had bad bacteria counts (and monitoring has stepped up in the past several years).

There are some differences among beaches. Riomar Cove, the indentation that includes South Beach Park, lacks the rock reefs that are typical of the county and has a bit more surf (which is still invariably less than what you'd see on the same day in Brevard County to our north). Also unlike Brevard, our beaches tend to have small but pounding shore break, and can be a bit more hazardous than they look. On a surfy day, it can be worth going to one of the parks, especially South Beach or Round Island, when the lifeguards are working and can provide a bit of guidance. South Beach is notably good for bodyboards, including the cheap ones from Publix or Walmart. Water temperatures will be cool, and relatively inexpensive wetsuit jackets or whatnot could be useful. You can get some idea of what to expect by searching YouTube for "Vero Beach surf" or something similar.

I live near Historic Dodgertown, and it's a 20 minute drive to South Beach Park or Ocean Drive. The Art Museum is about 15 minutes.

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