The “Beachside” area of Vero Beach.
In Vero Beach, the area known as “Beachside” comprises the barrier island which runs all along the east coast of central Florida. The “Beachside area is separated from the mainland portion of Vero Beach by the Indian River Lagoon, and is accessible by the Merrill Barber Bridge to the north, and the 17th Street Bridge to the south, which span the Indian River Lagoon within Vero Beach proper. Additional bridges are available to the north and south of town.
“Beachside” Vero Beach is bordered on the east by miles of white sandy beach along the shore of the Atlantic ocean. It is bordered on the west by the islands and shores of the Indian River Lagoon.
Indian River Shores
Incorporated on June 11, 1953, the Town of Indian River Shores is made up of of low-density, gated residential communities. The town’s 7 square miles lie along State Road A-1-A between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, adjacent and north of the City of Vero Beach.
The annual estimate of the Town’s population as of April 2014 is 3,962 for state revenue sharing purposes (published in January each following year). According to the 2010 Census, Indian River Shores is populated by 3,901 residents, with that figure nearly doubling during the peak season, which is roughly from October until Easter.
The town of Orchid, on the Barrier island in Indian River County, has a total area of 1.8 square miles and has a full-time population about 300. It is ranked sixth in Florida locations by per capita income.
Most of the town actually exists within a gated community called Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club. East of SR A1A, there is a beachfront condominium complex. The rest of Orchid is uninhabited islands. Some of the islands are Plug Island, Preachers Island, and Horseshoe Island. North of Horseshoe Island is Pelican Island, the first National Wildlife Refuge in the United States. Running along the town limits (mostly) is the historic, unpaved Jungle Trail.
Windsor (North Beach)
Windsor is a private residential community spanning 416 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Windsor lies within an area known as Indian River Shores which is also listed in Wikipedia as one of the highest per capita income areas in Florida.
Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in a style that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its unspoiled tropical setting.