Sea Horse Cottages Vero Beach

Looking for Old Florida? Sea Horse Cottages Is The Spot!

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Since 2020 has been a bust for travel, I decided I needed a couple of days out of the house. I had been sitting here for the past 9 months, patiently waiting for Covid to end, and I was over it. For two days, I looked up and down the east coast of Florida for a rustic oceanfront spot to stay, and I could not find what I wanted without it being a resort. I wanted to be on a beach that was pristine, private, and quiet. Then I remembered Sea Horse Cottages right here in Vero Beach.

Sea Horse Cottages is located on Vero’s, South Beach, and is a private oceanfront property. It offers four vintage cottages constructed in the 1950s, giving it that Old Florida nostalgic feel. Sea Horse Cottages come in one or two-bedrooms. The cottages have a private outdoor shower, beach chairs, beach towels, a kitchen, and a deck for eating, sitting, and sunbathing, and of course, direct beach access.

It was exactly what I was looking for!

Why I Love Sea Horse Cottages

I have not even given Sea Horse Cottages a thought in over 30 years. After all, this is considered prime oceanfront property. Any reasonable assumption would be that it would have been picked up by a developer and made into oceanfront condos like so many other parts of Vero Beach and Florida, for that matter.

Growing up here, the guys we were friends with always headed to Sea Horse to surf, and that was my main point of reference for the property. But after almost caving and renting a hotel room with a kitchen at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, it hit me, and I had the thought to look them up.

Not only were they still there, but the folks who originally purchased the property in the 1970s also still owned it. I know them from being local business owners in town, but I had no idea they owned the cottages too. I love keeping it local, so this was a bonus for me.

Sea Horse Cottages are rustic but clean and well maintained. They offered privacy, and most importantly, it is tranquil there. It was only the fisherman and me on the beach with a few walkers. There were no screaming kids, loud music, or other annoyances I was looking to avoid.

Check out our property tour!

South Beach

Nestled beyond the vegetation, you will find a spectacular beach at Sea Horse Cottages. It is just south of one of the largest public parks in Vero Beach, called South Beach. South Beach is known for its wide, white-sand beaches.

It can get crowded at South Beach Park, but Sea Horse is far enough away, at the end of Ocean Drive, that you will never even know it exists. You will see the colorful umbrellas from a distance, and maybe some walkers will pass by, but a residential neighborhood surrounds you for the most part.

Sea Horse Cottages has put in a boardwalk and deck for you to enjoy the beach when you are not interested in making your way to the beach. It is a nice reprieve from the wind on cooler days where the natural vegetation will protect you.

Sea Horse Cottages Vero Beach Florida
Boardwalk at Sea Horse Cottages

This area is also known for the surfing and fishing opportunities it offers. As you make your way through the dunes and eventually approach the beach, you will find plenty of people fishing for Pompano this time of year if it is still warm enough.

The only downside is, this also can mean sharks are nearby. It is too cold this time of year, at least for the locals, to fully get in the water. But if you do, you typically do not want to swim near people fishing even though this particular shark below is relatively harmless.

Sea Horse Cottages Shark
Local Fisherman who caught a shark at South Beach

The Rooms

Sea Horse Cottages offers 4 residences. All of them have a deck, kitchen, and outside shower. 2 of the cottages have 2 bedrooms, and the other 2 are 1 bedroom giving you a total of 4 cottages to choose from.

When I arrived, the cottages are immaculate and well maintained, even though they are older. With this much foliage and being on the beach, you would expect bugs and spiders to be an issue, but I was pleasantly surprised that I did not see more evidence of this.

Deck at Sea Horse Cottages Vero Beach
Outdoor Deck

They are air-conditioned and provide either a paddle fan or wall mounted oscillating fan, but with our perfect Florida winter weather, I kept the windows open the whole time. The linens and beds were also super comfortable with an extra thick memory foam topper, just like I have at home.

Bedroom at Sea Horse Cottages

You are provided towels for the shower and beach towels to use along with your beach chairs. I never used the indoor shower. There is nothing better than coming home after the beach and taking a shower out on the deck.

Outdoor Shower Sea Horse Cottages Vero Beach
Outdoor Shower

Most of the fixtures are original except for the appliances and furniture, keeping with the feel of the 1950s Old Florida theme. Each room has a vaulted wood ceiling with lots of light coming into the cottage.

Sea Horse Living Room

Things to Do

Since this is a residential neighborhood, there is nothing immediately in the area other than the natural beauty and outdoor activities the area offers. However, there are several great restaurants within walking distance and a block or two from the property. I can tell you that I have eaten at every single one and all of them are excellent.

  • Di Mare – French and Italian
  • Havana Nights – Small Plates, Salads, Seafood, Piano Bar
  • Dario Trattoria – Italian
  • South Beach Pizzeria – Italian, sub, pizza, calzones, counter service
  • Johnny D’s Market & Bistro – Italian and Mediterranean

I also noticed that there was a bike outside of my cottage. I am going to assume it is for guest use since it is such a nice quiet neighborhood to pedal around in.

You can check out other cool stuff to do in Vero Beach here. Central Beach is less than a 5-minute drive away, where you will find shopping, music, Riverside Theater, and Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Wrap Up

If you are looking for a pool and restaurant resort, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a secret, oceanfront spot that is quiet and offers an authentic Old Florida feel, then this is your place. You can not get any better than Sea Horse Cottages. They are truly a hidden gem that is a rare find in Florida these days.

  • Oceanfront
  • Private, secluded
  • Small, low key
  • Rustic, authentic, Old Florida.
  • Fishing, Kayaking, Surfing, Skim Boarding, SUP, Swimming, Biking, Walking

I did not see their information on any of the normal booking sites for Sea Horse. You can call directly to see about availability.

Check out the Sea Horse Cottages website and call directly to make a reservation. (772) 231-6402.

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66 responses to “Looking for Old Florida? Sea Horse Cottages Is The Spot!”

  1. heather Avatar

    Seah Horse Cottages sound and look perfect. What a charming place to stay. It looks like the perfect weekend getaway.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It was for me at that time. Quiet was what the doctor ordered!

  2. Tiffany Avatar

    These look adorable! The ocean always so calming – cannot wait to travel again!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I hear you! A staycation right in my back yard in Vero Beach was the perfect get away!

  3. Maya Avatar

    What a perfect place to step out the quarantine mood. Love the outdoor shower idea & the beautiful beaches.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Exactly! Sea Horse Cottages in Vero was the perfect way to escape!

  4. Danielle Ardizzone Avatar
    Danielle Ardizzone

    Looks like a great time! That shark picture had me do a double-take, lol.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Haha! Yes it is always exciting to see the local wildlife!

  5. Julie Gazdecki Avatar
    Julie Gazdecki

    Such a cute place to stay and enjoy Old Florida.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I love Old Florida! Takes me back to my youth!

  6. Melissa Jones Avatar
    Melissa Jones

    That is absolutely amazing! My husband and I are thinking about getting a beach house in Florida and this is definitely a place I want to check into!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You will love it if you are not looking for a resort. With only 4 cottages it is the perfect beach home!

  7. Trisha Avatar

    These cottages are absolutely adorable! I love the outdoor shower. I will be checking these out when we visit Vero Beach.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      The outdoor shower was my favorite part! Taking a shower with the stars and moon is the best!

  8. Marianne Avatar

    They look really cute. I would give anything to be on a beach right now! LOL

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Come on down! This is a great time to visit. No crowds!

  9. Barbara Avatar

    I could sit in the Florida sunshine and drink that glass of wine right now! 🙂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Everybody loves Florida in the winter!

  10. Lisa Avatar

    We have not visited this side of Florida, but want to go now! Thank you so much for sharing this cozy cottage! Love the outdoor shower and beach access!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Come on over to the other side! So many differences all in one state.

  11. Sandi Barrett Avatar
    Sandi Barrett

    Very Beach is so beautiful. I love visiting coastal Florida.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I am always grateful I live here.

  12. Amy Irvin Avatar
    Amy Irvin

    This looks like a beautiful experience. I’m pinning your post. Thanks.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Sea Horse Cottages is a unique place for sure. Thanks!

  13. Misskorang Avatar

    This cottage sounds awesome. I would love to go hide there with a good book

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Exactly! Perfect spot for that.

  14. Larissa Li Avatar
    Larissa Li

    Ah! What a cozy little place. Reminded me Beverly Hills 90210:).

    I think it’s perfect for a weekend getaway and bike ride.


    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It was perfect! I am ready to move in! Lol

  15. Sydney Avatar

    Wow, this is the perfect vacation to me!! I will have to keep it in mind!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Yes, it is not for everyone. It is definitely a niche property in Vero.

  16. Tiffany Avatar

    This sounds like my kind of place!

  17. kmf Avatar

    These Seahorse Cottages on Vero Beach in Florida look and sound perfect for me. Love that they are oceanfront, quiet and private – and locally owned!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Exactly! Great place if you want to relax, read and totally quiet!

  18. Melissa Avatar

    What a neat place to stay! I would love to have a getaway like that right about now!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I am ready to go back! Sea Horse Cottages will always be a special place!

  19. Suz @ Avatar
    Suz @

    Sea Horse Cottages sounds like my kind of place! I have certain places on the Gulf Coast of Florida that I really like – no high-rises, and feels like the 50’s…but I ain’t saying where! 😉

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      People here in Vero do that too. They claim we are full! LOL

  20. Debbie Avatar

    Sounds like a wonderful place. Will have to remember this.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Pin it for later! Thanks!

  21. Suzan Avatar

    What a quaint property and certainly a testament to the owners for such a long run operating it for so long.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Yes. They are an asset to our community here in Vero Beach.

  22. Keirsten Avatar

    Poor Shark 🙁 Sounds like a fun trip otherwise. My dad lives in Fort Lauderdale so I’ve spent a bunch of time in Florida, more so as a kid. Definitely missing that warm weather now!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      The shark was humanely returned to its home. We love our wildlife in Florida!

  23. Alexis Farmer Avatar
    Alexis Farmer

    Sea Horse Cottages look adorable! Love your pictures and property tour.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Alexis! Hopefully, you will get to experience it someday!

  24. Sabrina DeWalt Avatar
    Sabrina DeWalt

    This sounds like the perfect beach getaway.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It was for me at that time. It was exactly what I needed!

  25. Cynthia Avatar

    This place looks amazing. I appreciate your details and the great video tour!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Cynthia! I was happy to take them and show off this hidden gem!

  26. Laura Avatar

    I love quaint places like this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Me too. Off the beaten path is my middle name!

  27. Holly Avatar

    I love this area, but have never stayed here! Next time I’m in town I’m going to try it out! Thank you!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! You will love the area.

  28. Cindy Avatar

    I would love staying in one of these secluded cottages! Sounds perfect.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It was awesome! There is nothing better than Old Florida!

  29. Barbara Avatar

    What a quaint way to enjoy Florida! Great recommendation!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      If you want quiet, this is perfect!

  30. Karen Avatar

    I love pristine, quiet and private! These Seahorse Cottages sound perfect! Will need to check them out!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I can’t wait to hear about it!

  31. stacy Avatar

    That’s great you found a perfect place on the beach to quarantine.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Well, I was not quarantining. But it was perfect!

  32. Lisa Manderino Avatar
    Lisa Manderino

    Seaside cottages sound like the perfect way to enjoy the beach!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It was very homey and totally peaceful. I really enjoyed my time there.

  33. Pam Avatar

    What a fun place for a weekend getaway – looks like there is so much character.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Exactly. Not your typical resort but I am glad about that. No crowds!

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