Vero Beach, FL Barrier Island VS Mainland


Welcome to our in-depth guide comparing the Barrier Island and Mainland areas of Vero Beach, Florida. Whether you're considering moving to Vero Beach or investing in property here, this blog will help you understand the unique attributes of each area. Additionally, we have featured listings for both the Barrier Island and Mainland, showcasing the best of what Vero Beach real estate has to offer.

The Barrier Island, Zip Code 32963

Castaway Cove, Vero Beach, FL aerial

Overview: The Barrier Island is a long, narrow strip of land that runs parallel to the mainland, separated by the Indian River Lagoon. So homes can be along the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal. So whether you enjoy sunrises, sunbathing & shelling or sunsets,  boating & fishing, there is a coastline for you. There is only one zip code, 32963, so the area is sometimes referred to by its zip code. This barrier island is known for its stunning beaches, both upscale and beach cottage living, and laid-back outdoor vibe. It's a paradise for those who love coastal living and the sound of the ocean waves.


  • Beachfront Living: Residents enjoy direct access to pristine sandy beaches and beautiful ocean views.
  • Riverfront Living: Boating enthusiasts can dock their boat in their backyard or community slips after a day of fishing, waterskiing or relaxing on the river. Access to the ocean is provided by either the Sebastian Inlet to the north or Ft. Pierce Inlet to the south.
  • Luxury Amenities: The island boasts high-end resortsgourmet restaurants, and exclusive shops and botiques. 
  • Outdoor Activities: Ideal for water sports enthusiasts, with opportunities for boating, fishing, and kayaking.
  • Quiet and Secluded: The Barrier Island offers a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Real Estate: The real estate market on the Barrier Island consists of luxurious oceanfront and non-oceanfront estates, upscale & quaint charming condos, and beautiful waterfront properties. The architectural styles range from modern masterpieces to charming coastal cottages. Some of the older homes are being renovated or torn down and replaced with coastal contemporary homes. Gated communities line the north and south end of the island while Central Beach lies in between and is known for its diverse home styles and walkability to Ocean Drive amenities. 

View Island Homes and Condos For Sale Here.

Featured Listings on the Barrier Island:

Central Beach Home - 780 Bougainvillea

780 Bougainvillea Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32963

Reimagined Central Beach Home with dual master suites and pool. Just one block to dining hotspots such as The Tides and Pomodoro Grill.
4 Bed | 3 Bath 


Central Beach Home - 600 Honeysuckle

600 Honeysuckle Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32963

Modern coastal home feels like it is straight out of a design magazine and perfectly located in coveted Central Beach. Fenced backyard and refreshing lap pool.
3 Bed | 2 Bath


Barrier Island - 9340 Seagrape

9340 Seagrape Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32963

Furnished coastal pool home just 2 blocks from the beach, no HOA!
3 Bed | 2 Bath 


The Mainland

Pointe West, Vero Beach, FL aerial

Overview: The Mainland area of Vero Beach is vibrant and diverse, offering a mix of residential neighborhoods, commercial centers, and recreational facilities. There are non-gated areas with no HOA's where it is acceptable to porch your RV or boat in the yard. Conversely, you will find gated communities with HOA's that offer everything from a clubhouse, fitness facilities, pool, tennis courts and putting greens. There are several options it you are looking for 55+ communities offering numerous amenities and an activity schedule tailored to its residents. Boaters love the waterfront communities such as Vero Isles and River Shores where you can dock your boat in your backyard after a day out on the Indian River Lagoon. Shopping malls, grocery stores, dining, medical facilities, county parks and recreation fill the spaces in between. It provides a more urban feel compared to the laid-back atmosphere of the Barrier Island.


Real Estate: Real estate on the Mainland includes a variety of properties suitable for different lifestyles and budgets. You can find everything from charming starter homes to sprawling estates, often with larger lots than those on the Barrier Island. There are several communities such as Bent Pine, Grand Harbor, Indian River Club that surround golf courses making morning tee-times a way of life. Condo communities are also a popular choice for those who are looking for maintenance-free living. 

View Mainland Homes and Condos For Sale Here.

Featured Listings on the Mainland:

Mainland home -1212 25th Terrace SW

1212 25th Terrace SW, Vero Beach, Florida 32968

Thoughtfully designed lakefront home in Majestic Oaks! Searching for more space?
4 Bed | 2.5 Bath


Mainland home -445 E Waverly Place

 445 E Waverly Place Unit #6D, Vero Beach, Florida 32960

 This coastal-style home greets you with its inviting atmosphere.
 2 Bed | 2.5 Bath 


Mainland home - 5990 Bearberry

5990 Bearberry Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32967

Stunning 2020-built home on a sizable corner lot (.31 acre) boasting an ideal open layout for gatherings.
3 Bed | 2 Bath 


Comparing the Barrier Island and Mainland

Pros of Living on the Barrier Island:

  • Scenic beauty and direct beach and river access
  • Exclusive and upscale or beach cottage living environment
  • Peaceful and quiet atmosphere
  • Walk, bike, golf cart with ease

Cons of Living on the Barrier Island:

  • Higher cost of living and real estate prices
  • Limited commercial and entertainment options

Pros of Living on the Mainland:

  • Greater variety of amenities and services
  • More affordable housing options
  • Vibrant community life with cultural and recreational activities
  • Acreage and larger homesites are available
  • Quicker access to I-95

Cons of Living on the Mainland:

  • Less scenic compared to the Barrier Island
  • More hustle and bustle, which may not suit those seeking tranquility


Both the Barrier Island and Mainland of Vero Beach offer unique lifestyles and benefits. Whether you prefer the luxury and serenity of the Barrier Island or the convenience and community feel of the Mainland, Vero Beach has something for everyone. Explore our featured listings to find your dream home in this beautiful coastal city.

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For more information or to schedule a viewing of our featured properties, please contact us at 772.321.2113

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