The Driftwood Resort
3150 Ocean Drive
Vero Beach, Florida 32963
The first two buildings of the historic Driftwood Inn and Restaurant were completed in 1937. Waldo Sexton was the eccentric genius who created this masterpiece from weathered wood he found on the beach. Sexton was an early pioneer in the development of Vero Beach. The buildings, directly on the Atlantic Ocean, were originally Waldo's home.
Shortly after the Sexton's moved in, they began renting rooms and cooking meals for their guests. Today's operation has grown from that first venture. The resort has been expanded several times over the years, and the new buildings preserve the original beach comber theme that gives the place such charm.
The Driftwood Resort has an assortment of guest rooms for nightly stays along with apartments for longer visits. There is a large swimming pool in the center of the complex convenient to all rooms and to Waldo's Restaurant. You can dine inside or outside by the pool and enjoy the ocean view.
This resort is a people watching experience. You will see many families and children having a great time. In 1979 all of the apartments and rooms were converted to interval ownership, and the resort is now operated by a management company.
In 1994, The Driftwood Inn and Waldo's Restaurant were added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.