Orchid Island Natural Beauty
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Orchid Island is a place of true beauty and natural wonder. Perfectly situated between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club is a hidden mecca for local wildlife. A variety of natural neighbors call this place home and the members here are committed to protecting the area’s natural beauty. From its status as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary to its pristine private shore, the Club recognizes that its animal neighbors, like turtles, white pelicans, and otters, are as much part of the community as the residents themselves.

One reason why Orchid Island has so many animal visitors is because of its location. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River, it boasts a mile of private beach and it’s not uncommon to see dolphins swimming in the clear greenish-blue water or sandpipers scouring along while strolling the shoreline. Come May through October, many loggerhead turtles call this beach home and lay their eggs as it’s one of the best places in the world for turtle hatchlings.

The Indian River is known as one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world and this natural neighborhood is home to many different species of fish, birds and so much more. From the red mangroves that hug the shoreline to the seagrass beds that lie under the surface, the wildlife here is unmatched. Rare white pelicans and rosette spoonbills are known to call this place home as well as friendly manatees.

And not to be left out, the golf course at Orchid Island is also home to many varieties of wildlife. From playful otters to birds such as the white pelicans and ospreys, members here enjoy the daily sightings of the unique wildlife. The Club has also installed specialty bird boxes throughout the course and many new “members” are born here each year – including screech owls.

Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life not only for the natural neighbors who live in the area but for the people who live here as well. Members and residents enjoy the convenience of a golf cart lifestyle. Traveling the community via golf cart makes getting to any of the amenities a fun and enjoyable experience, including the West Indies, styled private Beach Club, which overlooks a private beach just for residents and their families to take pleasure in.

This private community is committed to providing an extraordinary level of service. Golf here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer-designed, 18-hole course is not only revered as one of the best in the region but also considered a picturesque nature walk throughout this unique habitat.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums.

For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit OrchidIslandRealty.com.

Intrigued by this one-of-a-kind destination? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about this amazing community and how the Vero Beach area embraces its natural wonderland.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Realty office and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 to schedule a private appointment or visit OrchidIslandFL.com for more information.

In the unique City of Vero Beach as well as all of Indian River County, the locals have a saying: “sunrises, not high rises.” It means that the residents work to preserve local wildlife through extensive and intricate means and they care about the environment. People travel from all over to experience Vero Beach’s uncluttered beaches, bright blue waters, detailed mangrove paths through the rivers and waterfronts, and collection of flora and fauna. For members of Orchid Island, a private oceanfront golf and beach club community just comes naturally. Honestly, what’s more special than that?

With the rise of ecotourism, Vero Beach and the Treasure Coast have begun to appear on a many travelers’ short lists. Who can resist having nearly 26 miles of beach to explore? The secluded and exclusive area’s way of life serves as more than just a draw to those seeking to get away from it all. It attracts residents who appreciate the unique opportunity to live and grow side-by-side with nature.

The area has a few rules in place to protect the surrounding wildlife and its history. The city of Vero Beach recognizes that its future lies in the past as much as it does in the present, and they work to preserve all three through their actions. The end result is everything from beautiful works of architecture, to now historical roads have had an effect on the area’s past. Stop by Gloria Estefan’s renowned hotel, Costa d’Este, for a taste of today’s vibrant energy. Or, while you’re here, take some time to jog or stroll down the Historic Jungle Trail. More than just a dirt road, it was the original A1A and the key to how the city dominated the fruit juice industry for years.

Vero Beach’s carefully forged balance between man, nature, and history is one of the few ways that makes this coastal region so desirable. It’s how venues such as the Orchid Island Brewery can coexist alongside the Atlantic Ocean, or how the McKee Botanical Garden has evolved into one of the top botanical destinations in the state, as well as an important entry on the National Register of Historic Places.

For a community like Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, it’s more than just trading in skyscrapers for sunsets. When you’re located just a short distance from Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, seeing white pelicans along the lakes and on the golf course is common. When loggerhead sea turtles and slow-moving manatees make their homes in the waterways and when your golf course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary–you’re well versed in tending to nature. What’s really special is how Orchid Island has fostered an environment for families to establish their own traditions, and leave something to pass down to future generations.

For those who want to get close to nature, the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club amenities are second to none. Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life for, not only the natural neighbors who live on the Treasure Coast, but the residents as well. Members and residents also enjoy the convenience of a golf cart lifestyle. Traveling the community via golf cart makes getting to any of the amenities a fun and enjoyable experience, including the West Indies styled private Beach Club, which overlooks a private beach just for residents and their families to take pleasure in.

This private community is committed to providing an extraordinary level of service. Golf here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer designed; 18-hole course is not only revered as one of the best in the region, but considered a picturesque nature walk throughout this unique habitat. Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit OrchidIslandRealty.com

Intrigued by this one-of-a-kind destination? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about this amazing community and how the Vero Beach area embraces its natural wonderland.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Realty office and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 to schedule a private appointment.

 

 

 

Orchid Island’s commitment to preserving the beautiful natural habitats that surround the Club means the area is teeming with wildlife. Here’s a short list of just a few of the many species that you may encounter while enjoying your time here at Orchid Island.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
This big, beautiful bird uses its mouth to scoop up fish for dinner. The white pelican is far more rare than brown pelicans unless you’re at Orchid Island where you can spot them on the golf course lakes. They certainly flock together in our many nature preserves. Do you think they know that the golf course is part of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program?

SEA TURTLES
Did you know that loggerhead sea turtles return to the same nesting beaches for generations? As a result, every year from May to October, we find turtle tracks on the beach at first light. Loggerheads, green sea turtles, and the occasional leatherback turtle return to our shores to lay their eggs, and their nests are highly protected by state law. Keep your eyes peeled and you might see the turtle babies escaping from the sand, making their first journey to the sea! It’s truly unforgettable.

OSPREYS
Ospreys are known to be incredibly adaptable—they can be found living throughout the U.S., from the mountains of Montana to the shores of South Florida. The Florida ospreys are most prevalent along the waterfront, which serves as vibrant fishing grounds for this majestic bird. You’ll find them soaring high above the community, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River.

RIVER OTTERS
It’s always exciting to find river otters sliding in and out of the mangrove areas along the Indian River shoreline and throughout the community. The way that they call to each other and swim through the water is so engaging! River otters tend to stick together in pairs. It’s best to watch them from a distance—when you spot one, you can be sure that there’s another nearby.

MANATEES
These gentle giants are also known as sea cows. The slow-moving mammals are often seen in the shallow waters of the Indian River estuary, grazing on river grass. Drawn to the warm Florida waters, manatees are very friendly and often interact with the neighbors who are merely human. Did you know that manatees are a close genetic cousin of elephants? They may not have the ears, but they do have the familiar gray, wrinkly skin!

GREAT EGRETS
You probably recognize these slim, white birds wading around the mangroves, walking through yards and strolling the golf course. The National Audubon Society was founded to help protect these and other birds over the past century. The organization has done a wonderful job, which is why they are so prevalent throughout Florida today.

Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life not only for the natural neighbors who live in the area but for the people who live here as well. The Club’s intimate layout creates the perfect environment for these creatures to thrive in concert with our members. The Arnold Palmer-designed golf course is proudly Audubon certified and the secluded beach offers more than a mile of private oceanfront. For those who want to get close to nature and still enjoy the creature comforts of home, the Beach Club and country club amenities are second to none.

Love the Vero location? Click here to download the Golf Community Comparison Guide to see how Orchid Island stacks up against the other clubs in the area. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit our Real Estate page.

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