Last weekend, my friends and I stayed at a beautiful beachfront Vrbo (vacation rental by owner) property we booked in Indialantic, FL. It was a true hidden gem, so I wanted to share all the details and the link with you.
If you’re not familiar with Indialantic, it’s a very small beach town in Melbourne Beach on the eastern coast of Florida. This area is also referred to as the Space Coast because of Kennedy Space Center nearby in Cape Canaveral. It’s a casual and relaxed Florida beach town with a mix of old and new. The beaches are lush and clean, especially compared to nearby Cocoa Beach in my opinion.
Distance from Orlando
It was only about an hour and a half away from us in Orlando, which only added to the relaxation and ease of the getaway. I drove this route (408 to 417 to 528 to I-95) for years when I was going back and forth between Palm Beach and Orlando. If you take a similar route, be prepared for tolls! I have SunPass so it’s a breeze.
This townhouse rental property was simple, quaint, and made for such a much-needed relaxing weekend. It’s conveniently located steps away from the beach (as you can see in the photos), which is why we booked it! Going back and forth as needed was completely painless. We loved the views of the beach from the living room, back patio and master bedroom balcony – perfect for watching the sunrise or a rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center (we saw Space X!) and outdoor dining, which we did plenty of!
The kitchen was open and spacious enough to accommodate our group and buffet/bar setups. It was also well-equipped with all the necessary appliances and kitchen gadgets, though we did prefer to bring some of our own.
Besides food of course, things that we bought or brought and used a lot were our electric griddle, k-cups for the Keurig machine, extra paper towels, our own knives, water bottles, extra ice for the freezer, Yeti/Corkcicle cups for the beach and a frozen margarita machine.
The Bedrooms & Bathrooms
It was a 3 bedroom/3 bath home, which was perfectly comfortable for our three couples. One bedroom and bathroom was downstairs near the entrance, and the master, third bedroom and two additional bathrooms were upstairs. The non-master bedroom upstairs had a twin bed with a pull out twin below it. If you prefer to have one bigger bed, there’s enough room for an air mattress on the floor. All bedrooms had spacious closets (though not many hangers) and were well-equipped with linens, towels and blankets. There was also a washer and dryer in the upstairs bathroom. Overall, we found it very comfortable and suitable to our needs!
The Outdoor Amenities
We were so impressed by all the towels and beach chairs they provided, in addition to some beach games! The back patio had a nice table for 6 people with an umbrella, a grill, and an outdoor shower. We tried to eat every meal outside because it was so idyllic!
The condo townhouse property was connected to about 10 others, some of which were rental properties and others were being enjoyed by the owners themselves. The back patios are divided but you can still hear people, so it’s not meant to be a party house! There was another group of younger people like us, and a couple homes were young families. The beach was very spacious, so there were only up to a few groups around us at once. It felt very safe and for the most part very friendly as well.
Each townhome has a covered parking spot, enough room for a car behind that one, and a few shared parallel spots. I would be cautious of bringing multiple cars, especially at the same time. Apparently there is public parking down the street but it wouldn’t be very convenient. We got lucky and didn’t have a problem, and it helped that we rarely left the property.
Nearby Shops & Groceries
When I was researching Indialantic prior to our trip, I discovered local market, Djon’s Village Market. It’s local, charming and has EVERYTHING in a way that’s not overwhelming. By everything, I mean a bakery, gourmet market, homemade pizzas, coffee + juice bar, butcher shop, fish counter, beer, wine shop, wine bar, cigars, pantry staples, produce, meats/cheeses/antipasto, frozen goods, a couple restaurants and a rooftop bar. We were really impressed! Best of all, it was a 5-minute or less drive away from the Vrbo.
As for the bigger establishments, there was a Publix, CVS and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits all within a 5-minute drive as well.
Nearby Restaurants & Bars To Consider
As previously mentioned, I didn’t leave the property once we arrived (we went to Djon’s on our way in). It was actually wonderful! I’m usually go-go-go on vacations trying to see as many places as possible. If you did want to go out to eat or drink, these are a few places I looked up and saved. In no particular order…
- Indialantic Seafood Company – Both a fish market and dine-in for fresh fish baskets.
- Sand on the Beach – Classic tropical waterfront menu and drinks, as well as an oyster bar and smoke house
- Copperhead Tavern – Known for their fine ales and stouts, as well as their burgers. No liquor but some wines and a wide selection of local and not local beers. Other food highlights include wings, fried green tomatoes, patty melts, meatball sliders, reuben, mahi mahi, poutine, and more.
- Island’s Fish Grill – Steps away from the Indialantic boardwalk. Fresh catch entrees are closer to $30 in cost. Open for dinner only and closed Sundays.
- Ocean 302 – Easygoing spot with craft beers, burgers, brick oven pizzas, seafood and an open kitchen. Cheap happy hour deals M-F from 4-6pm.
- Sunnyside Cafe – Very classic cafe/diner menu and casual atmosphere.
- The Beachside Cafe – Similar to the above; no website.
- Cafe Surfinista – Lots of healthy options like avocado toast, acai bowls, granola, vegan swaps, smoothies, juices, lattes, etc.
- Robburitos – All their meat and fish items are fresh-smoked with hickory wood. Think beef brisket, pork, and fresh sauces, salsas and guacamole made daily in-house.
- The Original Bizzarro Famous NY Pizza – Can’t go wrong with a classic NY-inspired pizza spot!
- Skewers Mediterranean Grille – A big menu with authentic Turkish-type dishes and occasional belly dancing, if that’s your vibe.
- Lily’s Mediterranean Fresh Grill – Authentic dishes like falafel, grape leaves, baba ghanouj, kibbeh, and some more familiar dishes for the picky eaters too.
- Scott’s on Fifth – Named “most romantic restaurant” with a celebrity chef. Seasonal menu changes regularly.
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