Vera's White Sands Beach Club
Bar, Rental Facility & Restaurant
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Opened in 1960
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Mural near the front entrance at Vera's White Sands Beach Club in Lusby
July 2006, photo by Kevin Ruppenthal
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Vera's White Sands began in 1960 as a private club, White Sands Yacht Club, owned by Dr. Effrus Freeman and his wife, Vera, and opened on a small part of 800 acres of land they owned. As the years progressed and the area was developed, the once-private club was opened to the public, sometime in the '70s.
Vera's White Sands has varying seasonal hours, open more during the summer months, and slips are still available for rental. For many decades, the main attraction was Miss Vera herself (Dr. Freeman passed away in the '70s); the well-traveled woman added a touch of glamour and exotica to the proceedings, and played the perfect hostess to the guests. She passed away January 23, 2007, at the age of 93.
In 2006, Vera transferred ownership of Vera's White Sands to a new owner, who has removed many of the classic Polynesian Pop touches, in favor of a more Jimmy Buffet-flavored tropical scene; the changes have been poorly received in the tiki community.