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Whether the preferred medium is oil, paint, sculpture, or photography, it is evident that members of Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club’s Art Club (OIAC) are inspired by the breathtaking nature thriving throughout their beloved private community as well as the nearby Environmental Learning Center (ELC). A new exhibit, “Nature at Its Best” is currently on display at the ELC for all to enjoy. Featuring more than 30 pieces of art, the exhibit is something local nature and art enthusiasts will not want to miss.

“Nature at Its Best” promotes the ELC Mission to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being. Near and dear to many Orchid Island residents, the ELC’s beauty has often served as inspiration for many members of OIAC. As one of Vero Beach’s hot spots, the ELC has long been the place for the community to explore the sights, sounds, reflections, and sweet breezes of this beautiful area. Show coordinator, Judy Stach, a frequenter of the ELC and past president of OIAC, once took her grandchildren on the evening pontoon boat ride and found an abundance of new subject matter, noting “flora and fauna enriches the artist’s spirit. This environment is unspoiled and unrivaled in its pure representation of simple pleasures that surround us all in a very tumultuous world.”

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OIAC is one of many special interest social clubs at Orchid Island. According to Stach, it “was formed in 2012 with a goal to include all who wanted to learn about art and create for themselves, and most importantly, to share their talents with each other.” Open to all Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club members, OIAC is an active membership hosting workshops and member exhibits yearly.

Seven Orchid Island Artisans

Judy Stach is among seven decorated artists featured in the gallery including Muci Clemens, Susan Atwood Daniels, Michele Henry, Lou Lower, Ruth Martin, and Cree Scudder. Judy’s work has appeared in several magazines nationwide, with her forty-year retrospective recently being the featured article in Jersey Shoe Magazine Spring Summer 2020. Cree has been a dedicated painter for over 25 years with experiences studying art in Princeton, NJ, La Jolla, CA, and our beloved Vero Beach, Fl. Susan Atwood Daniels has built a lasting career creating museum-quality Nantucket Lightship Baskets, handcrafted beaded jewelry, and acrylic paintings on stretched canvases in addition to watercolors, oil, and mixed media works. Moving full-time to Florida 10 years ago, Michele Henry began a new, more fun chapter in her life, recording the extraordinary scenery, wildlife, and waterways, making them her own. “Nature at Its Best” not only brings Vero’s unique surroundings to life, but the exhibit also embodies each Orchid Island artist’s storied past.

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Exhibition Hours

The Environmental Learning Center’s commitment for its artist series has put a wide variety of artists and artwork mediums on display, with many pieces priced for sale. The “Nature at Its Best” exhibit is available through April 5th, 7 days a week, from 8 am to 4 pm. Head to the Lagoon Room at the ELC and see our community’s unmatched beauty on display and support both Orchid Island artists and the Environmental Learning Center.

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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 carts makes getting to any of the amenities a fun and enjoyable experience, including the West Indies style 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 Audubon Certified habitat.

Luxury residential properties range from the $1 millions to over $8 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of the current real estate offerings at Orchid Island, visit OrchidIslandRealty.com.

Intrigued by this private golf and oceanfront club lifestyle? Request a copy of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine by filling out the form on this page and learn more about this amazing community and how the Vero Beach area embraces its natural wonderland.

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

After an unprecedented 2020, many learned to place personal health and well-being at the forefront. Wellness can encompass many areas whether it be eating healthier, going to the gym, or just a general awareness of one’s state of health. At Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club located in the Town of Orchid, in Vero Beach, residents are engulfed in a lifestyle that promotes health and wellness daily. The variety of activities keeps the devotion to a healthy life fresh and exciting. Here are six ways Orchid Island promotes a journey to wellness.

1. Physical Fitness

Fitness at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club is a way of life—and the Tennis & Fitness Center makes that easy. With over 11,000 square feet of space devoted to getting and staying fit, there’s something here for everyone. State-of-the-art machines to help build lean muscle or cardio fitness. More than 35 group exercise classes are offered as well as a Pilates studio, yoga and spinning room and private areas for stretching and cool-down exercises. Recently added options of Sun & Stretch classes, the Member Walking Club, and the Kayak Launch offer additional ways to enjoy the open-air while working on physical fitness.

2. Outdoor Sports

Not only great physical workouts, golf and tennis also promote mental health through the enjoyment of skills-based outdoor activities. 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. Players of all skill levels will be challenged by this course that also holds an Audubon Certified Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. Tennis fans will find Orchid Island boasts a beautiful facility with 8 Har-Tru tennis courts and a variety of clinics to elevate level of play. Pickleball is quickly becoming a favorite among many members. Orchid Island has two pickleball courts for those who are enthusiasts or just want to try out a new activity.

3. Natural Surroundings

Seeing or being in large blue and green spaces has been known to make people happier. It’s true. Seeing or being in wildlife is a major boost to your mental health as well. Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club’s unique position between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon allows residents to enjoy full access to nearly a mile of private pristine beach just steps from the Atlantic Coast. In addition, access to the Indian River Lagoon, known as one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world, is readily available to residents who wish to explore the wonders of nature. Orchid Island is a certified Audubon Sanctuary. It is not uncommon to see the sights and sounds of many birds such as our famous White Pelicans, Ibis, Egret, and Roseate Spoonbill, just to name a few. Also spotted often are manatees, dolphins, and otters.

4. Relaxation through Spa Treatments

This is not simply a luxury amenity. Spa visits have been universally proven to relax and support a healthy lifestyle. Orchid Island members can indulge in an extensive selection of massage therapy or spa treatments at the Spa at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club. Situated by the pool at the Beach Club, the luxurious spa offers a generous menu of services such as rejuvenating facials, exfoliating body treatments, and deep-tissue massages by our experienced, professional staff. Orchid Island has exciting plans to upgrade our current Spa facilities to offer even more services to appeal to our members.

5. Personal Connections and Learning

Rich in activities and events, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club’s calendar provides many additional opportunities for fun and friendship. Ten “clubs within the Club” offer opportunities for members to get to know one another and forge close relationships through like interests. Events like the Member Art Show allow artists to showcase their talents while providing an opportunity for others in the community to delight in works of art right within the gates. The Garden Club also has monthly displays in the Card Room for everyone to enjoy. Chorus, Book, and Cinema Clubs are also available. From Bridge to Yachting there are many ways to be involved and make personal connections at Orchid Island.

6. Ease of Lifestyle

Everything the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club has to offer is minutes within reach thanks to the golf cart lifestyle at the private club community. After a round of golf, head to the Beach Club to relax by the seaside pool. Members who have worked up an appetite after kayaking in the lagoon all day are just a golf cart ride away to the Beach Club where they will enjoy a farm-to-table gourmet meal courtesy of Chef Sozio. This easygoing lifestyle is another example of how Orchid Island promotes a journey to wellness for its resident members.

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club 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. This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $8 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums. A limited number of homesites ranging from the $100s and up are also available for those who wish to build the residence of their dreams. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit OrchidIslandRealty.com

Intrigued by this private golf and oceanfront club lifestyle? 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, make a plan to 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.

To an outsider, a lot of the Country Clubs in Florida seem to be similar. They have the golf and the tennis and of course the big, fancy clubhouse. However, at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, located in the Town of Orchid, in Vero Beach, “club” means much, much more. This gated private club community tucked away on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon features ten “Clubs within the Club” with a full schedule of events for Members. The variety of special interest activities allows Members to get to know each other beyond the golf course and fitness center creating lasting friendships among Members, an attribute that makes this private community truly unique.

The Arts

Whatever the choice of medium, the Art Club fosters talents and appreciates varying levels of experience. From watercolor to photography, Members can enjoy sharing their ideas as well as learning something new with a variety of classes, lectures, and even trips to local museums. Art Club talents are also showcased in the Member Art Show. Those who have been part of a choral group in the past will be pleased to find the Chorus Club. Now in its tenth year, the Chorus Club is committed to creating joy through music whether it be performing across the Treasure Coast or at Orchid Island. Club Cinema is offered for those who like to spend an evening watching the big screen. There’s always time to get lost in a great book and participate in thought-provoking discussions surrounding monthly reads with the Book Club.

Cards & Mah Jongg

There are many Bridge Clubs featured at Orchid Island including Monday Summer Club, Couples and Seasonal Bridge. Seasonal Bridge is sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). The clubs are for lovers of the game as well as those looking for a fun night with their neighbors. Newly formed in 2020, the Canasta Club invites players of all skill levels to join in on this fun card game. Mah Jongg, an ancient Chinese game with pre-set hands and tiles is another game of skill with a following at Orchid Island.

Gardening

The Garden Club is always looking to grow its membership. Those looking to learn about the flora and fauna unique to Florida, or how to grow an herb garden will find opportunity in this club. In its fifth season, the Garden Club holds events on campus, including monthly displays in the Card Room, as well as taking field trips to local farms and other beautiful places.

Sporting

With three quail plantations approximately an hour away, and a sporting clay facility nearby, the Gun Club offers opportunities for the outdoor sportsperson. For those who prefer to get out on the water, the Orchid Island Yacht Club (OIYC) offers a waterside event or a nautical outing as ways to find fun with these maritime enthusiasts. No boat is required to join this group that has grown to more than 100 members since 2002.

At Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, “Clubs within the Club” allow more than 750 Members to share their passions with other Members on a more personal level through an array of activities. Camaraderie is built among neighbors with common interests in this private seaside community.

With more than 1,500 species of Florida’s migratory birds and wildlife in the area, it is not uncommon to happen upon white pelicans, ospreys, river otters, and spoonbills as a regular part of the day at Orchid Island. As an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary 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 style 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 $8 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 private golf and oceanfront club lifestyle? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine to learn more about this amazing community and how the Vero Beach area embraces its natural wonderland.

If in the area, plan to 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 a world that continues to challenge us in many ways, relaxation or simple pleasures are more important than ever. On this coastal barrier Island near Vero Beach, Florida, resident members at Orchid Island are taking time to unwind in a beautiful natural sanctuary. Here are 5 simple ways to live an island state of mind:

Find Your Beach

The serenity of the waves rolling on the shoreline, watching the pelicans soar along the coast and the sand between your toes — these sensory experiences are just the beginning of a relaxed Florida lifestyle. With over a mile of private beach and a West Indies inspired private Beach Club, Orchid Island is the ideal choice to enjoy the simplicity of a tropical oasis. Just over the picturesque dune, a private pool and cabanas, popular Turtle Bar with tasty libations, and poolside grille service add the conveniences that create the ultimate beachside pleasures.

Tee Off in an Audubon Sanctuary

Another great way to preserve an island state of mind is by getting out on the links to enjoy the warm ocean breeze and unique landscape of Orchid Island’s championship golf course. The Arnold Palmer designed course provides a memorable experience for Members of every skill level and enjoys the extraordinary distinction of being a Certified Audubon Sanctuary. The lakes and fairways throughout the course are often gathering places for the area’s most beautiful neighbors, including the rare white pelican and roseate spoonbill.

Healthy Living

The island state of mind is all about relaxing while enjoying the pleasures of life including your fitness routine and healthy lifestyle. The Orchid Island culinary team prepares menus with healthy options throughout its various dining venues. The Pool Grille and Golf Clubhouse are both popular casual lunches with family and friends. The diverse menu boasts many options, from a light salad to mouth- watering burgers or the local catch of the day. The Turtle Bar offers an easy – going tropical poolside setting to kick back and relax with one of their frozen signature cocktails. Fine dining and special events are held at the Oceanfront Beach Club as well as the Golf Clubhouse.

Unwind and Be Pampered

After all the outdoor adventures, fresh air and sunshine, what better way to unwind than enjoying the services of the Spa at Orchid Island. Rejuvenating facials, exfoliating body treatments and deep tissue massages are provided in a luxurious setting by the experienced, Orchid Island professional staff. With these services available just a golf cart ride away from home, resident members can integrate spa treatments into their year-round lifestyle.

Immerse Yourself in Nature

For those who want to get close to nature, Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club’s new kayak launch is the perfect way to embark on a natural adventure. The community is located on a barrier island, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon. Bird watchers, photography buffs and fitness enthusiasts celebrate the tremendous variety of local wildlife including the gentle manatees, playful otters and friendly porpoise, to name a few. It’s one of the most diverse ecosystems in the northern hemisphere. On land, Indian River County’s historic Jungle Trail meanders through Orchid Island, creating an opportunity for additional exploration of the natural surroundings.

Orchid Island offers a one-of-a-kind lifestyle for those who appreciate the unique combination of beach, golf and natural surroundings. Members and residents enjoy the convenience of a golf cart lifestyle and relish the private Club lifestyle while surrounded by West Indies inspired architecture. This private community is committed to providing an extraordinary level of service.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $8 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums.
For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, see our current listings here.

Intrigued by this private golf and oceanfront club lifestyle? Request your copy of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine to learn more about this amazing community and how the Vero Beach area embraces its natural wonderland.

If you’re in the area, make a plan to 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.

From the upscale to the casual, Vero Beach has a culinary culture that drives gastronomes wild. Within the same area, you can sample everything from Latin fusion to comforting classics. While all of the restaurants here are worthy of a visit, we picked five of our favorites below to try. Each of them is unique in character and style.

The Wave

 Emilio and Gloria Estefan are well versed in the nature of mixing things together. It stands to reason that their Costa D’este hotel restaurant, The Wave, would use the flavors of Cuban food to accentuate classic American dishes. The inside reflects as much, with the sharp edges of postmodern American styles meeting the warm woods and sumptuous detail of Havana’s finest residences. The depth of Cuban cooking is on full display here, with dishes such as Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Salsa Verde and the Paella a la Costa made in the traditional style and studded throughout with calamari, scallops, and chorizo. Cheekily named drinks such as the Vitamin Water (Grey Goose Le Citron, Pama, blueberries, and lemon juice) top off the experience, making it a tropical vacation.

Southern Social Kitchen and Bar

The owners of this restaurant call their technique ‘rustic meets refined’, and it’s an approach that follows throughout every part of their business. Customers get a taste of it as soon as they enter, where they’re met with large tables to suit large parties, unfinished wood lining the walls, and simple wall art decorating the area. It’s clear that the chefs here have done their research regarding Southern cooking’s roots, as proved in the Deviled Eggs served Southern style for an appetizer, and Hogfish with collard greens and fried mashed potatoes. Finish off your dinner with a traditional Hummingbird Cake, layered high with pineapples and cherries.

The Kilted Mermaid

When the residents of Vero Beach look to unwind after a long day of fun in the sun, they come to Kilted Mermaid. The Kilted Mermaid serves as the middle ground between the new and old guard of cuisine and alcohol. The proof is in the product. The servers will tell you what wine pairings go best with each dish, the menu describes the flavor profile of certain cheeses, and the bands that play here range from The Leftovers to Wild and Blue. Stop by after a few rounds of golf for the Manchego Pesto Fondue with chicken and bread skewers, served with a Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale.

The Lemon Tree

Sometimes, a sign that something is truly good is that it never really changes. While the rest of the world feels like it needs to catch up with its neighbors, there are certain restaurants that retain their small town charm and great cooking. You’ll find such an example at The Lemon Tree. This diner has been serving up plates to locals for ages. The chefs here don’t feel the need to experiment with tried-and-true menu options. Classics such as Buttermilk Pancakes and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches are served alongside the chef’s take on familiar favorites. The next time that you stop by, grab the Local Mahi Sandwich with Dijon Vinaigrette – you won’t find a fish any fresher than the ones caught locally and served here. Feel free to spend some time here with a cup of coffee, a conversation with a good friend, and a plate of their complimentary muffins.

Waldo’s

 Waldo’s calls itself ‘The last of the great American hangouts.’ Said to have once been the Driftwood Inn, the building is constructed nearly entirely out of wood and retains a quirky, Old Florida aesthetic. True to Waldo’s nature, the extensive menu is of a different theme than the restaurant’s exterior, filled with options such as Southern Style Fish Tacos and Beer Battered Dolphin Fingers. These dining options represent the restaurant’s style: ostentatious, a little brash, but definitely loveable. Top off dinner with one of their over-the-top cocktails, such as their Malibu Confusion or a Pomegranate Martini.

The things that make a great meal vary between every person. One might say that they would need ingredients of the highest caliber or something made with the most advanced tools. Someone else might point out that they like to try new foods and new flavors, or that they like a mix of things. Even then, someone else might say that all they need is a good sandwich and someone to share it with. There’s no argument that Vero Beach knows how to serve up a great plate, no matter what’s on the menu. This isn’t limited to cooking. This ‘Hibiscus City’ has a reputation for offering the best in quality for everything, from shopping to living options. But there’s one neighborhood that puts the best of everything together.

With an amazing history of its own, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club has been proudly serving members for over twenty-five years. Members love to call this place home. The West-Indies style Beach Club serves as a gathering place for families and friends to reunite. Private club events and holidays are held in the dining room, and families enjoy fun in the sun along the Atlantic Ocean. Championship golf and amenities such as tennis, pickle ball, and a fitness center make it even better. Orchid Island spans from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Indian River.

This private community is committed to providing an unparalleled level of service. Golf is an experience, as the Arnold Palmer designed, 18-hole course is renowned as an Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary or its commitment to natural preservation. Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club was also the proud host of 2018’s 57th Annual U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Love the Vero Beach location and thinking of making it your home? 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 orchidislandfl.com/real-estate/.

Step behind the gates to learn more about this one-of-a-kind community through the pages of the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine.  To request your copy, click here.

If you’re in the area, stop by the oceanfront Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772.388.3888 to schedule an appointment or for more information visit OrchidIslandFL.com.

Vero Beach has an extensive and storied history on Florida’s Treasure Coast. From its role as the home to many orange orchards to its current status as an island vacation destination, this city has had a busy past 100 years for this city have been busy! Residents at Orchid Island are lucky enough to call this place home. To celebrate, the month of October 2018 is dedicated to honoring the Vero Beach Centennial. Everything from fun festivals to celebratory centennial beer will be here—the only question is, will you?

 

Centennial Chili Challenge

Do you have what it takes to make up the best bowl of chili—or better yet, eat all of it? Find out at the Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach Centennial Chili Challenge! On October 27, 2018 over 30 competitors will cook up their special renditions of this classic dish in an attempt to win the challenge. Beer trucks and food vendors will be there, so make sure to sample everything!

 

Time Capsule Burial

One of the most exciting things that we can do as a society is to show the people of the future what the past was like through a time capsule. Be a part of it on October 27, 2018, when a horse drawn carriage will carry a time capsule full of things that represent Vero Beach best to its burial place under the flagpole in front of Waldo’s Restaurant. An antique car show and musical accompaniment by the Indian River Charter High School Band will follow.

 

Countryside Centennial Corn Maze

The famed Countryside Corn Maze is teaming up with Vero Beach to bring everyone a fantastic fall festival! You can expect the titular corn maze to be there, alongside kiddie train rides, a nature trail to hike, hayrides and even a corn cannon! Food and drink vendors will be there, so come by with family members and welcome in the fall season while celebrating Vero Beach’s 100 years! Partial proceeds will go toward renovations for McWilliams Park, so help support your community and come on by!

 

With an amazing history of its own, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club has been proudly serving members for over 25 years. Members here are even luckier still to call this amazing place home. The West-Indies style Beach Club serves as a gathering place for families and friends to reunite. Private club events and holiday gatherings are held in the dining room, and families enjoy fun in the sun along the Atlantic Ocean. Not to mention the resort-style pool and amenities such as tennis, pickleball, and a fitness center available to members.

Even better, Orchid Island stretches from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Indian River.

This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer-designed, 18-hole course not only is renowned among courses but also holds Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club was also the proud host of the 57th Annual U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, October 6-11, 2018.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and the Town of Orchid and how nature coexists with the residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages and oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit our Real Estate Page.

 

It’s hard to believe all of the fun that awaits you at Orchid Island. Between the championship golf, private beach and island lifestyle, there’s something for everyone. We’re happy to share some secrets with a fun game of “Three Truths and a Myth”—see if you can guess them!

You can get anywhere within Orchid Island by golf cart

It’s true! Golf carts are the preferred method of travel within the neighborhood—even though the community is big enough to grant residents the space that they want, all of its amenities can be reached within golf cart driving distance. Whether you want to enjoy some fun in the sun at the beach or pool, dine out or go for a workout at the Tennis & Fitness Center, you simply get in your own golf cart and you’re where you want to be in a matter of five minutes or less. And that also means you can keep your set of golf clubs in your cart so when you’re ready to hit a ball or two, you can just hop in and head on over to the putting green, driving range or 1st tee!

Orchid Island has over a mile of its own private beach

It’s not hard to appreciate Florida’s natural beauty when you have over a mile of secluded beach to enjoy. Orchid Island residents can swim, sunbathe and surf the day away at the private oceanfront overlooks by the Beach Club and just on the other side of our oceanfront residents’ backyards. Lucky visitors have even caught sight of dolphins, sea turtles and white pelicans!

Residents enjoy a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer.

Residents and their guests can enjoy playing on a golf course that was designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. He designed the unique course so that players of all skill sets can find their difficulty curve. Fun fact—the course is also part of Orchid Island’s Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program. Keep your eye on the ball—and out for wildlife!

Orchid Island’s signature drink is the White Orchid

When residents are looking to cool off from playing in the sun all day, they head to the Turtle Bar located poolside at the Beach Club and order a freshly shaken cocktail of their liking. Bartenders might not recognize a White Orchid, but they love to mix up the signature drink of the Club, which is the very yummy and refreshing Thirsty Turtle! Mixing in sweet and tangy, this drink highlights the flavors of Florida!

For those who want to get close to nature and still enjoy the creature comforts of home, the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club’s amenities are second to none. Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life for, not only for the natural neighbors who live on the island, but for the residents as well. Members enjoy a mile of private beach access and what’s even better, Orchid Island sits between the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River

This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer-designed, 18-hole course not only is renowned among courses, but also holds an Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club was also the proud host of the year’s 57th Annual U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, October 6-11, 2018.

Love the Vero Beach location? Then you’ll love Orchid Island. Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles magazine here to learn more about the Town of Orchid and nearby Vero Beach area, and how nature coexists with its residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information or visit OrchidIslandRealty.com and check out the Featured Properties page.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages and oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit our Real Estate page.

 

When people want to get away from it all, they head to Florida. And it’s no wonder—with fantastic weather and year-round fun, this place has it all. Vero Beach is a special hidden gem. The idyllic nature is hard to turn down, and the area gets a lot of repeat visitors. Indeed, once guests leave, they’re already planning their return trip. Orchid Island especially has a way of casting its spell.

The quaint seaside area is charming and eclectic. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the peace and nature here. Orchid Island residents know this state of relaxation well, whether they’re enjoying an afternoon with friends at the Beach Club pool or playing a round of golf on the Arnold Palmer—designed course.

This area holds a vast history behind it as well. From its role in Florida’s economy as a fruit grove sanctuary to the historic sites around town, there’s always a story to discover. Make sure to check out the Historic Jungle Trail for a piece of history that you can walk or bike along! There’s an entrance right next to the Orchid Island entry.

Residents of this private community get to be physical as much as they want, whether it’s by enjoying the private beach, working up a sweat at the fitness center or playing a match of tennis or pickleball.

Members of Orchid Island are lucky enough to call this amazing place home. Having served members and their families for over 25 years, this private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the 18-hole, Arnold Palmer—designed course not only is renowned among courses but also holds Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. The recently renovated Beach Club serves as a gathering place for families and friends to reunite. Private club events and holiday celebrations are held in the dining room, and families enjoy fun in the sun along the Atlantic Ocean. Not to mention the resort-style pool and amenities such as tennis, pickleball, and a fitness center available to members. Even better, Orchid Island stretches from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Indian River.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area, the Town of Orchid and how nature coexists with the residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information or visit OrchidIslandFL.com.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages and oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate at Orchid Island, visit our Real Estate page.

 

 

 

 

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club (OIGBC) and the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) have different landscapes when it comes to business, but they have one big thing in common: they care about the environment and its effect on wildlife. With both located between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, there is no denying the beauty that surrounds them. The Indian River Lagoon is known as one of the most biodiverse estuaries in North America. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean with all its marine life, including many species of migratory whales, making it an ecologically important area.

The mission of the ELC is “to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being.” This mission ties into OIGBC’s environmental stewardship as part of its commitment as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Since 2005, the Club has achieved and maintained this distinction through a high degree of environmental quality in the following categories: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.

The common thread between OIGBC and the ELC is their connection with nature. Protection and conservation come naturally as they both take extra steps daily to make sure that their green spaces are sensitive to wildlife, so they can thrive. The ELC is a 64-acre lagoon island nature center with a strong focus on connecting people with nature, conservation education and leadership, research and the importance of being outside in nature for human health. The ELC is a sanctuary for the habitat and wildlife of the Indian River Lagoon. As neighbors, OIGBC and the ELC have much in common and are leading the charge to be active leaders, conservation innovators and educational stewards of the lagoon. A portion of the proceeds raised from the 2018
U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship will be directly used to continue to educate children and adults about environmental science and conservation stewardship and to create new nature experiences at the ELC.

The ELC and the OIGBC are also active conservationists, doing innovative programs like water recycling, bird nest monitoring, wildlife education and more. “We’re excited to learn from each other as conservationists of our Indian River Lagoon and as neighbors,” said Molly Steinwald, ELC executive director. “We’re so grateful to have been chosen as the designated charitable beneficiary of the Championship and we truly look forward to more collaborations with such a wonderful like-minded organization.”

As a part of the conservation and lagoon stewardship theme, Orchid Island’s golf superintendent, Matt Boyd, uses “best management practices” that are good for the environment as well as being cost-effective. Matt shared that many golf courses, like Orchid Island, partake in being environmentally conscious, and they’re the green spaces that no one really thinks about. “We’re not just a golf course, we’re a sanctuary, because green spaces are limited and Orchid Island is being very active in the protection and preservation of green spaces,” said Boyd. Wildlife is naturally attracted to areas that provide a healthy habitat and clean water. One way OIGBC keeps its water clean is by using natural methods instead of pesticides and toxic chemicals to treat the golf course. Matt also maintains no-spray buffer zones around all the lakes on the property, with deep-rooted vegetation, 4-5 inches tall. These buffers help with the color of the water, which shades the penetration of light and is beneficial for aquatic vegetation and fish.

Some other innovative projects Orchid Island has done to maintain its Audubon Certification include water recycling, water conservation including reuse of stormwater runoff, a recycling program, a birding trail for education and outreach, a butterfly garden, and fish stocking in the golf course lakes.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the ELC has a big vision for the next 10 years. Already being an Audubon Certified Wildlife Habitat and holding Green Globe certifications for some campus buildings, ELC’s master plan includes adding more visitor experiences, including a new multiuse interpretive center, a butterfly pavilion and pollinator garden, and an education and events pavilion including an area for special private-occasion rentals or ELC-sponsored events. Also included will be a teaching shade house including a horticultural therapy classroom, children’s nature fun zone and more unique nature experiences for all ages from children to senior adults.

With the ELC’s major focus on driving the message home that we’re all in this together locally and globally to be the solution to environmental concerns for the betterment of our lives and our world, OIGBC couldn’t have chosen a more perfect charity beneficiary for the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Our members love owning their own golf carts. Why you ask? Well, mainly, this masterstroke of convenience means one thing: island living without the hustle and bustle of traffic, pollution and noise. Yes, that’s right. You don’t need a car to get around here. Whether you want to enjoy some fun in the sun at the beach or pool, dine out or go for a workout at the Tennis & Fitness Center, you simply get in your own golf cart and you’re where you want to be in a matter of five minutes or less. And that also means you can keep your set of golf clubs in your cart so when you’re ready to hit a ball or two, you can just hop in and head on over to the putting green, driving range or 1st tee!

Convenience aside, there is nothing more enjoyable than taking an open-air ride amid some of Florida’s most diverse landscapes. Along the way, chances are high that you will get to see white pelicans along the lakes or an otter family crossing the road. Every turn welcomes another view of the peaceful, natural surroundings as you pass and exchange waves with your friendly neighbors.

If you’re someone who wants to get close to nature and still enjoy the creature comforts of home, then Orchid Island is the place for you. The 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 for its members as well. What’s even better, Orchid Island stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River, and members enjoy more than a mile of private beach access.

This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer designed, 18-hole course holds Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation.

If this island lifestyle sounds like it is right up your alley, you can request your copy of the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and all that it has to offer.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to up to $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages and oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate at Orchid Island, visit our Real Estate page.