BREVARD'S ACTIVE SIDE
Brevard County's aesthetically-pleasing landscape and favorable climate make this a place everyone wants to work and play.
Sports-enthusiasts such as golfers, boaters, tennis players, fishermen, surfers... all fervently soak up the natural elements while partaking in their favorite pastimes. With the warm sun shining high over head and the refreshing, sparkling waters gliding beneath your boat or surf board, this place is a picture-perfect retreat. Leave all the work day's stress behind and indulge in Florida's little piece of paradise!
Surfers from all over come to ride Brevard's world-famous east coast waves. Though Cocoa Beach's and Melbourne Beach's crashing waves may be small in comparison to other parts of the world, they are consistent and have been happily ridden to hone the stellar surfing skills of world champions like Kelly Slater, C.J. and Damien Hobgood. The more skilled surfers make their way over to the Sebastian Inlet, which boasts world-class waves, and is home to highly-recognized professional surfing tournaments hosted throughout the year. To gear up for a day of surf and sun, be sure to stop by the world's largest surf shop: Ron Jon Surf Shop-opened 24 hours a day / 365 days a year. These areas are furnished with tons of shops fraught with new and used boards, the hottest beachwear, and all the equipment that you need to enhance your surfing experience.
GRAB YOUR RACQUET
For the avid tennis players as well as those who are looking to take the sport more seriously, there are several facilities that cater to residence's needs. Indian Harbour Beach's Kiwi Tennis Club, is a private establishment that features 13 lit courses --9 of them are clay. The prestigious property also offers private instruction, drills and group clinics, a modern fitness facility, casual to fine dining and a pro shop. The USTA Pro Tennis Classic hosts two professional tournaments: the USTA Pro Circuit Women's Tournament and the USTA Pro Circuit Men's Tournament.
The Cocoa Beach Country Club also boasts 12 tennis courts (2 lit clay courts and 10 hard courts, 4 lit). They offer league clinics, junior programs, group and private lessons, and have two USTA-certified professionals on their staff. Walk-ons are welcome.
If you're looking to play doubles tennis, in a team format, link up with the Space Coast Tennis League. Matches are organized for men, women, seniors and mixed doubles (men and women 19+). Ready to play? Here are some places in the area to check out:
FOR THE LOVE OF GOLF
Brevard County is a golfer's dream as it is punctuated with some of the most well-manicured and challenging grounds around, and might I add that the tropical climate is as gorgeous as the landscaping. The region is known as one of best places to tee off due to its reasonable cost --many traverse the globe to play these challenging and beautiful courses. There are over 25 private and public courses for varied skill levels at your fingertips located in Melbourne, Cocoa, Palm Bay and more... Grab a group, or a friend, and play 9 or 18 holes of golf at one of these impressive courses today.
ATHLETICS IN THE AREA
Organized sports are a significant part of Brevard County. The area boasts 108+ parks that cater to athletic activities like baseball, racquetball, biking, hiking... The county supports a variety of amateur baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball tournaments.
Melbourne and Cocoa residents observe college and professional sporting events throughout the year. The county is home to the Brevard County Manatees, the Class-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Viera's Space Coast Stadium hosts spring training for the Major League Baseball team the Washington Nationals. They also have a minor league football team, the Brevard Warriors. It is an extremely sports-oriented community.
Every year, the Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon - Florida's oldest marathon-- draws in thousands of eager and health-conscious participants. Runners and walkers have a view of the waterfront while conquering the courses. It's a fun and healthy way to experience Brevard's beautiful landscape.
LIVING IN A WATER WONDERLAND
35% of Brevard County's total mass is water in the form of lakes, lagoons, rivers, oceans-- which is why so many have the luxury of living right next to this refreshing resource, and taking to it frequently for recreational purposes. Boating, jet skiing, fishing, water skiing, and tubing are popular pastimes that the community enjoys. Residents can often be found on the water when the weekend rolls around, especially during the holidays.
Touting over 20 marinas, boat rentals and tours are conveniently available for your pleasure. Sail along the waterways or charter a boat for a fishing trip on the open sea. The area is home to some of the best freshwater, saltwater, and deep-sea fishing areas around. Tons and tons of fish are reeled in from the Atlantic Ocean and the neighboring lagoons, rivers and lakes. The ocean boasts blue marlins, while the Indian River Lagoon has bluefish. The St. Johns River is stocked with a variety of bluegill, largemouth bass, flounder, tarpon, redfish, red drum, and sea trout. Fishermen find redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon. And Sebastian Inlet and Port Canaveral harbor snook, tarpon and flounder.
There are a number of watercrafts to explore the area aloft. The St. John's River has airboat tours available, and the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and Turkey Creek Sanctuary offer kayaking tours so that explorers can view the natural wonders and wildlife of Brevard up close. Jet skis are always a fun and popular option to speed around on!