Fodor's Expert Review The Driftwood Resort

3150 Ocean Dr., Vero Beach, Florida, 32963, USA

On the National Register of Historic Places, the two original buildings of this 1935 inn were built entirely from ocean-washed timbers with no blueprints; over time more buildings were added, and all are now decorated with such artifacts as ship's bells, Spanish tiles, a cannon from a 16th-century Spanish galleon, and plenty of wrought iron, which create a quirky, utterly charming landscape. The resort operates as both a time-share and a regular hotel (the website is just for informational purposes, so you must call to book rooms), and the complex has nine buildings on the beach with both modern and historic rooms and two swimming pools. It attracts guests from around the world, who sit in wooden rockers facing the beach, and extended-length stays are available. Waldo's restaurant and bar are on property, with several other choices across the street as well. Live music on weekends draws crowds to the pool.


  • central location and right on the beach
  • free Wi-Fi
  • laundry facilities
  • weekly treasure hunt is a blast


  • older property
  • rooms can be musty
  • no-frills furnishings


On the beach
Local Flavor


Phones: 772-231–0550


100 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals
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