Sporting a year-round subtropical climate, Cocoa Beach, FL is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or an exciting family vacation. Offering a little something for visitors of all ages, this fun and affordable destination boasts multiple beaches, parks, a 27-hole public golf course, unique shopping opportunities, terrific restaurants, and plenty of nightlife.
Established back in 1925, the city offers visitors a blend of early 20th century and seaside charm with modern features, businesses, and sensibilities. Guests of our Cocoa Beach vacation rentals are sure to enjoy every sun-soaked moment of their stay.
Where is Cocoa Beach, FL?
Located just 65 miles east of Orlando (home to both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios), Cocoa Beach is situated right off the coast between the Banana River to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Easily accessed via the West Cocoa Beach Causeway (Hwy 520) or Scenic A1A, Cocoa Beach is conveniently close to the mainland and just 24 miles away from the Kennedy Space Center.
Things to do in Cocoa Beach, FL
For many, Cocoa Beach was made famous as the setting of the 1960s sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie. Today, visitors to this fair city quickly discover the many opportunities for their own fun adventures, all within a short drive or even a walk from the front door of their vacation home.
Spend some time on the terrific beaches around the area including those accessed through Sidney Fischer Park, Lori Wilson Park, and Robert P. Murkshe Memorial Park. Alan Shepard Park, named after astronaut Alan Shepard and located right at the end of Hwy 520, is a five-acre, ocean-front park with picnic, shower, and restroom facilities. Rocket launches are visible from this park, so check the Kennedy Space Center launch calendar, pack a lunch, and have a literal blast at the beach!
Another unmissable Cocoa Beach highlight is the historic Cocoa Beach Pier, formerly known as the Cape Canaveral Pier, built in 1962. Extending 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the pier is home to restaurants and gift shops. Eager anglers will want to rent some gear and drop a line or two off the pier for red fish, whiting, snapper, wahoo, flounder, and more. In addition to great fishing, Cocoa Beach Pier also offers showers, beach volleyball courts, and some of the best surfing on the East Coast!
Golfers will be thrilled with the challenge of the three nine-hole courses of the Cocoa Beach Country Club, a city-run facility open to the public located on a peninsula surrounded by the Banana River Lagoon. This facility also houses a tennis complex featuring two lighted clay courts and 10 hard courts. Lessons are available as well as a pro shop for all your apparel and equipment needs.
Downtown also offers a number of options for family-friendly fun including a miniature golf course, escape rooms, and the Cocoa Beach Surf Museum and East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame. There are also a number of restaurants, unique shops, and spas for relaxing afternoons close to your vacation rental.
Day Trips from Cocoa Beach, FL
Not far from the heart of Cocoa Beach is the Kennedy Space Center, where you can take an interactive journey back through time and learn the history of our role in outer space or look to the future and see what's in store for the first manned mission to Mars!
Just 25 miles west, pack a lunch, your camera, and your fishing gear and plan a visit to the River Lakes Conservation Area for hiking, picnicking, camping, and canoeing. Birdwatchers will want to look for a number of native species including wood storks, bald eagles, and Florida sandhill cranes. Be sure to keep your eyes on the water for playful river otters and several varieties of fish.
For the ultimate family day trips, both Universal Orlando (home of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter) and Walt Disney World are only 65 miles away! If you're on a longer vacation, you might consider making the 200-mile drive down the coast to bustling Miami, or about 80 miles up to the speedways and resorts of Daytona Beach.
Whether you're visiting in winter to take a break from the snow or sunning yourself on the beaches during the summer months, Cocoa Beach is a perfect home away from home for that next Florida vacation with the whole family or that certain special someone.
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