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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.

In Vero Beach, Florida, you’ll discover the best of both worlds. That’s because Vero is at the eastern edge of the demarcation line that separates Florida into two different climate zones. North of Vero is a subtropical climate, and south of it is tropical. That’s why Vero Beach is known as the “Gateway to the Tropics” and is graced with a unique mix of vegetation. Growing here are coconut palms and bright tropical flowers that won’t grow even a few miles north. Alongside these tropical wonders, you’ll find a beautiful, rich landscape made up of ancient oak hammocks and dense pine forests. Add to that the area’s beautiful beaches and the citrus trees that thrive here, giving the area the title of “Citrus Capital of the World.” With all this environmental diversity, it’s easy to see why Vero Beach has so much natural appeal.

For many generations, Vero Beach and its surrounding areas were known as the benchmark for quality citrus production and shipment. People all over the world enjoyed the juicy Indian River citrus grown here. It wasn’t until Edwin Llwyd Ecclestone Sr. purchased the 3000-acre estate on John’s Island that the Vero Beach area began to thrive as a resort destination. Ecclestone and his team recruited Fortune 500 CEOs and entrepreneurs from up north to create a golf community that drew top tier individuals to this area. Ground was broken in 1969, and the first of three golf courses opened the next year.

In 1987, Orchid Island, north of John’s Island, followed suit, when it was sold to Robert Haines III of Avon, Connecticut, and a small group of limited partners. At that time, the town of Orchid had only seven inhabitants. Haines’ vision was to build a few hundred British West Indies–style homes overlooking the ocean, the Indian River and a spectacular golf course. Ground was broken on Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club in 1988. Just like on John’s Island, this spectacular community became a draw, attracting high-end individuals to this stunning oasis.

Soon, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club was attracting people from every part of the country, as it had quickly become one of the most desirable oceanfront properties on the Treasure Coast, with one of Florida’s few barrier island golf courses. Throughout the generations of settlers in the Vero Beach area, there has always been a common thread—conservation and respect for the land. This long-standing culture began in the early 20th century, when Pelican Island in the Indian River Lagoon was designated as the country’s first wildlife refuge. The area has always been developed thoughtfully and with care. Instead of the urban sprawl that defines other parts of Florida, this area was planned in an organized fashion, taking green spaces into account and preserving beautiful, historic structures, allowing it to retain a charming, small-town flavor. 

For those who want to get close to nature and enjoy the creature comforts of home, 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 private beach access and what are even better, Orchid Island spans from 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 is not only renowned among courses, but also holds an Audubon Certified Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area 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, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit OrchidIslandFL.com

 

What should you be looking for when shopping for residential property? When you’re searching for property in Florida, keep a few of these tips in mind. Orchid Island Realty has been dispensing invaluable real estate advice for years. Exclusively selling homes in Orchid Island, they help homebuyers find their perfect home at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club. It’s secluded location, peaceful atmosphere, and direct oceanfront access make it a big draw to many homebuyers. The Beach Club, Golf Club and other amenities are second to none. When asked about the major influencing factor that Florida homebuyers should search for, Scott Oberlink, head broker for Orchid Island Realty had one thing to say.

“One of the top three questions we’re asked by prospective buyers is, ’How much are the taxes?’” Oberlink said. “It is an easily answered question, usually followed by, “Is that all?” But that’s not all.”

He knows that homebuyers are coming to Florida for many different reasons. “When considering relocating or retirement, buyers are searching for more than just better weather, beautiful homes, and lifestyle options. Many are looking for relief from some of their bills as well. That’s exactly what we offer here in Orchid Island.” Indeed, Florida’s other tax laws make the state a popular place for retirees, too.

“We enjoy some of the lowest county taxes in the coastal regions of the state, and the Town of Orchid lowered taxes this year,” Oberlink continued. “Florida has no state income tax, which means Social Security retirement benefits, pension income, and income from an IRA or 401(k) are all untaxed. Florida has no estate or inheritance tax either.” News like that makes areas like Orchid Island seem even more appealing.

Members of Orchid Island are even luckier still to call this amazing place home. 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, 18 hole course is not only renowned among courses, but also holds an Audubon Certified 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 holidays are held in the dining room, and families enjoy fun in the sun along the Atlantic Ocean. Residents even have their choice of beach to enjoy, with the club hosting over a mile of private beachfront.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area 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 up to $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 our Real Estate page.