About Canaveral National Seashore Good Place to Visit

About Canaveral National Seashore, Be Sure To Visit

Florida’s Canaveral National Seashore is a 23 mile stretch of beaches that eschews progress for beauty. What you lose in that equation is the usual proliferation of surf shops, condos, motels, and beach parties.

What you gain is what nature intended. The trade-off for this peacefulness is that you will need to bring in any food or drink yourself and you should be aware of where the limited number restrooms are before you wonder about. Most visitors feel this is a small price to pay for the experience. So, let me tell you what I know about Canaveral National Seashore


PLAYALINDA is a series of 13 separate beaches along a natural seashore, unspoiled by commerce. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the East coast, it is reminiscent of what Florida used to be like. Quiet and unspoiled, you can walk for miles along the water’s edge, stop for a picnic, take amazing photos and nap on the dunes.

Be forewarned that beaches 11-13 are clothing optional. You may want to stay within beaches 1-10 if that concerns you. It is considered bad manners to walk down to those areas with binoculars and camera at the ready, so be considerate.

If you are seeking a peaceful, uncrowded retreat, the beaches of Playalinda are for you. (Note that the beach closes during launch preparations at Kennedy Space Center.)


BANANA River is actually a lagoon situated between Port Canaveral and Merritt Island. It is notable as a wintering home to many migratory waterfowl as well as a residence for a diverse population that includes a wide range of species from bald eagles to egrets. In addition, the sport fishing is world class, making the lagoon a perfect resting spot for nature lovers. You should also visit Kelly Park on the Banana River Dive at the #528


TITUSVILLE is where nature and progress coexist. Sea turtles nest alongside rocket launch pads. With that in mind, visit the American Space Museum followed by some quiet time bird watching. The town also has an abundance of museums, an art gallery, quaint restaurants and antique shops. There really is something for everyone here.


PORT CANAVERAL is cruise central, home to the industry’s top cruise lines. It is also an important cargo port and has many fishing charters all of which can be viewed from the many waterfront dining establishments. It’s also an excellent spot to do a little shoreline fishing with your kids.

If you are in the area around 5.00 PM, you will be able to see the cruise ships head out to sea. Its quite an experence to be able to have a close up view.

It is said that Port Canaveral serves some of the freshest seafood in Florida. The port’s entertainment district, known as “The Cove”, features shopping, dining and live music. This videos below will give you an idea of the restaurants and bars in the area.

BLACK POINT WILDLIFE DRIVE is a self-guided seven-mile drive along a dike road that takes you through marshland and flatwoods. It is an excellent place to observe waterfowl, alligators and even bobcats among scores of other natural inhabitants.

About Canaveral National Seashore

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