Vistana's Beach Club


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Mike/Olivia on July 12, 2005

Best Things Nearby:
The beach is near, of course, and it’s within driving range of West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Vero Beach, and maybe Orlando. Downtown Jensen Beach does have entertainment and quality restaurants.

Best Things About the Resort:
There is a dedicated and friendly staff, it is non-congested, and you have the feeling of it being a remote area.

Resort Experience:
Maybe because of 2004 hurricane damage, there is absolutely no room that has a blocked view of the ocean. No units are below the second floor, and any bushes that are higher than 12 feet, if there were really any, likely were wiped out. The boardwalk was repaired by Memorial Day weekend 2005, when the beginning of the restoration of the landscaping along the resort's shoreline occurred.

However, the pools and other facilities are superb for the small size of this resort, with approximately 73 units. Poolside or activity-center activities are scheduled each day. Remember, to get the oceanfront units, you need a Friday check-in date, and the ocean-view units (overlooking pool area, but only about 125 diagonal feet back) have the Saturday check-in date. The oceanfront units do require the five units on each floor to share the free washer and dryers, while the ocean-view units have them in the room. The decks on the ocean-view units are at least half the size of the decks on the oceanfront building, but we rarely noticed the decks being used to capacity as it was. The pool, gazebo, or beach appeared to be the gathering spots. The resort is beginning to show its 28-year age in the bathroom tiles, but the units are meticulously cleaned, complete with a mid-stay linen change, vacuuming, and tidying up.

The only complaint with the location is that the millions of seashells on the beach made it miserable to walk barefoot on the beach. It is recommend to at least wear flip-flops or walk in the wave lines to avoid the discomfort of the shells (perhaps the hurricanes brought too many in at once to create this situation). Grainy sand, such that at Daytona, or white powder, such as that at Tampa, it is not!

Crawdaddy's is decent Cajun restaurant nearby in Jensen's Beach. The Islander Café, within walking distance, reflects the local culture. Both serve generous portions with a good value. The resort will not be appealing to those that need to be in an urban environment to enjoy themselves.

Also, do not follow MapQuest directions from Orlando to get to the resort. Instead of the Cracker or Orange Road exit to Ft. Pierce, remain on I-95 until exit 142, Port Lucia, to avoid the depressing and longer Ft. Pierce route.

Vistanas Beach Club
10740 S. Ocean Drive
Jensen Beach, Florida, 34957
(772) 229-9200

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