About Vacationing in Cocoa Beach Things to Do

About Vacationing in Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Space Coast

Cocoa Beach is one of the most reasonable price vacation spots in all of Florida. You will find plenty of exciting things to do and see in Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral.

The cocoa beach area doesn’t get the credits like Daytona Beach. Situated forty-five minutes on the #528 heading east from Orlando. It offers limitless ways to enjoy recreation with your family. Are you thinking of a family beach vacation or a weekend getaway? You will find everything you need in Cocoa Beach Florida. In this post, I will be sharing with you all you need to know about vacationing in Cocoa Beach!

Dining on Yummy Food

When you think of a nice relaxing beach vacation I am sure that you also think of dining on yummy food too! Cocoa Beach has some really delicious restaurants throughout the area.

Sunset Waterfront Grill and Bar offers American-style seafood and has beautiful water views. If you are looking for a waterfront restaurant in the area with a fun laid back atmosphere this restaurant should be at the top of your list.

If you prefer a tropical indoor setting, Florida’s Seafood Bar and Grill is a fun choice! The restaurant even has cool tiki inspired decor and sea life throughout. Around the restaurant, you will find beautiful fish tanks to give it even more of that fun tropical feel.

If you feel like mixing it up a bit, La Catrina Mexican Restaurant has delicious and authentic Mexican food in a traditional and fun Mexican-style setting.

Merritt Island also offers a wide selection of fine dining. The three areas Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, and Merritt Island are easily confused because they are all within the same area.

Public Parking on Cocoa Beach

If you have a car, then your set. You don’t need to depend on hotels to enjoy the beach.  The public beach stretches 16 miles from Cape Canaveral through Cocoa Beach. It continues all the way Patrick Air Force Base and beyond. The choice is yours take your pick. Over this route, there is frequent public access many with free parking.

The A1A, also called Atlantic Avenue or Astronaut Blvd runs parallel to the beach. At some points, it’s 1-4 blocks away. Heading south towards Patrick Air Force Base, it’s one block away. You should have no trouble finding free parking.

If you want to visit Cocoa Beach Pier or the famous Minute Man causeway, you will have to pay for parking. At the busier sections, the parking is in paid lots or at parking meters.

Make certain to visit the Cocoa Beach Pier; it offers nightlife, spots to eat and drink as you view the ocean. If you love fishing, you can fish from the pier. It also offers plenty of paid parking.

Area Attractions

There is even more to Cocoa Beach than just visiting the beautiful beaches the city has to offer. Cocoa Beach offers some attractions for people of all ages!
kennedy space centerOne of the most popular attractions in the area is the Kennedy Space Center. It is such an amazing experience to visit this actual spot. It’s where NASA has their primary spaceflight launch center! The Space Center also has IMAX films, shuttle launch simulations, and some astronaut memorabilia. This area attraction would make for the perfect day trip!

Another fun attraction is The Dinosaur Store and Museum. The Museum has a cool collection of fossils and minerals that you won’t want to miss! This attraction, in particular, is excellent for kids. The museum also has a fun, Adventure Zone. Kids can uncover fossils and even control the movement of dinosaurs!
If you are looking for adventure, Cocoa Beach offers fantastic helicopter tours. The tours provide beautiful views of Port Canaveral and the beaches.
Be sure to visit historic Cocoa Village, Cape Canaveral, and of course Ron Jon Surf Shop. Are you are a nature lover? Brevard Zoo and a trip to Canaveral National Seashore should be on your list.

Make certain to visit the Cocoa Beach Pier; it offers nightlife, spots to eat and drink as you view the ocean. If you love fishing, you can fish from the pier. It also offers plenty of parking.

Even More To Do

In addition to the fun and sun, you can also go deep-sea fishing, kayaking, and surfing.

You can also go gambling on the casino cruise from Port Canaveral or dine in one of the many restaurants at the port.

You can likewise take a day outing to the amusement parks in Orlando. It’s only forty-five minutes away.

If you are lucky, experience a live spacecraft rocket launch from the space center or the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). Or you can witness a bird’s eye view of one of the many launches from playalinda beach.


Are you a golfer? Cocoa Beach has many spectacular golf courses in the area to play a couple of rounds. Plus you have a wide selection of excellent restaurants including most of the major chains.

You can put on your wetsuit and experience windsurfing on the beach or at Kelley Park on the Banana River.

Places to Stay

No matter if you are looking for a long vacation or just a weekend getaway, Cocoa Beach has beautiful and affordable hotels that will make your vacation one to remember!

The Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort is a favorite in the area. The resort offers beautifully appointed rooms with tropical decor. There are even suite options with full kitchens if you are bringing the whole family. The kids will enjoy the fun tiki inspired water park and pool the resort offers as well!

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort is a great choice in the area. The resort offers a large pool, lazy river, and fun water slide. The rooms are very elegantly appointed and offer gorgeous ocean views. This is a top choice if you plan to stay in the area for a while.

If you are looking for a relaxed and fun tropical hotel the Radisson Resort at the Port is a great choice! This resort offers a large tropical pool with outdoor lounge. The grounds of the resort are beautiful as well and offer waterfalls and tropical foliage throughout.

Vacation Rental Home

Cocoa Beach Vacation HomeAll of the above options are ok. But, if you want to hit it out of the park, you should rent this vacation home. You will enjoy the comforts of home. Consider this three bedroom pool house.

You don’t have to leave Fido in a kennel. Your pets are part of your family. You don’t have to put up with the sound of an elevator or, other people kids running up and down the hall. Have coffee on the deck of your private pool. Can’t do that in a hotel. Lots of rooms in this house. Sixteen hundred square feet and a two car garage. You can watch TV as late as you wish without disturbing the kids. I can go on, but you get my point. Read more why vacation homes are better than hotels.

If you are considering visiting the Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island area and in need of accommodations consider staying at this vacation rental. You can also reserve this property on VRBO & Airbnb. Got questions? Contact us.

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