Cocoa Beach, Beachside Florida
Cocoa Beach is among Florida's most frequently visited beaches. With its white sand shore, tropical atmosphere, fresh seafood restaurants, bountiful shopping plazas, parks, and entertainment, it's virtually impossible to run out of things to do. This well known beach community is about an hour east of Orlando on the stunning Space Coast.
Residents and visitors of all demographics stay busy with the wide assortment of outdoor activities this city offers. Soar high above the ocean on an exhilarating parasailing ride, sun yourself on the beach or visit The Cocoa Beach Pier. Stretching 840 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, this historical landmark houses a fine collection of restaurant and shops. Not in the mood for what the restaurants are serving? You're welcome to fish for your own dinner right from the pier. Fishing is a popular sport here; you can charter a boat to go deep-sea fishing or visit the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon to try to hook some gator trout, snook, or monster redfish. On the Space Coast wildlife roams free, you may see dolphins in their natural habitat, and manatee if you visit Thousand Islands.
Board the trolley-esque buses that run from 13th Street in Cocoa Beach to Port Canaveral. Port Canaveral is the busy docking area of several major cruise lines such as Disney Cruise Line, Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. With the cruise lines so close by you can be capricious and sail off to the Caribbean on an impromptu trip. Port Canaveral also has a bunch of restaurants and lounges to grab a bite to eat while you take in the scenic views of the sea. If you're feeling lucky, climb aboard the SunCruz Casino Ship, which is docked onsite. Cruise the open waters, while you play the slots, Blackjack, Roulette
In addition to Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach has other popular attractions like the Kennedy Space Center, Brevard Zoo, and a number of nature parks where you'll have an amazing time discovering Florida's wildlife. Cocoa Beach's climate is a prime breeding ground for the most diverse ecosystems in the country. Wildlife is abundant here; the area is home to over 50 species of threatened and endangered animals. This area is so well known for its natural habitats and wildlife that The Wall Street Journal revered Brevard County's Space Coast Birding & Wildlife festival the 3rd best birding festival in the United States.
Another popular pastime here is golf, which is why there's no shortage of public and private courses to choose from. Cocoa Beach Country Club, Sam Snead Executive Golf Course, Manatee Cove Golf Club, and Viera East Golf Club are all great courses to play. There's also miniature golf in the area perfect for date night or some family fun. When night falls, Cocoa Beach's beachside bars and hopping jazz clubs provide a lively and entertaining scene. The fun never stops when you're in Cocoa Beach.