*[Cocoa Beach is most famous for being the home to one of the most exciting era’s known in our U.S. History, America’s Space Program. During the 1960’s, the city was buzzing with the arrival of the pioneering Mercury astronauts fondly known as the Original Seven. Since that time, many employees of the space program and their families have remained in the area. The John F. Kennedy Space Center is located approximately 15 miles away and is the permanent home to the KSC Visitors Complex and the Space Shuttle Atlantis attracting visitors from all over the world. If you hear a rumble in the air, look to the northeast towards Cape Canaveral for a rocket launch lighting up the sky. An inspirational sign that our defense, technology and aerospace industries are thriving!
The warm tropical climate offers a haven for snowbirds and young families alike. Eco-adventures, year round fishing]*, windsurfing, sailing and more! There is something for all ages! Slide your doors open in your beach house or oceanfront condo and let the sea breeze in. Begin your day sipping your coffee relaxing on your ocean front deck or a jog along the glistening shoreline. Choose to become a local residing along one of the countless Thousand Islands’ canals. The natural mangrove islands and hidden hammocks of the canals are magical. Herds of manatees, graceful bottlenose dolphins and a variety of native birds call this paradise home. Launch your kayak or canoe from your back yard and become entranced with the natural beauty that surrounds you.
The closest beach to Walt Disney World, Cocoa Beach is the perfect destination for the best surfing on the East Coast. Cocoa Beach native and eleven times Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour Champion Kelly Slater began his amazing career surfing on these beaches. There is six miles of oceanfront bliss, 3 oceanfront parks (Lori Wilson Park, Fischer Park & Murkshe Memorial Park) and the famous Cocoa Beach Pier first constructed in 1962 and stretching 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Amenities available at the Cocoa Beach Pier include beach rentals, fresh water showers, fishing equipment, regulation beach volleyball courts, and year round lifeguards. Cast a fishing line off the pier, with no need to worry about catching dinner. Fresh seafood is caught locally and served in many of the areas restaurants. Riverfront dining and dazzling sunsets are a local favorite at Florida Seafood Bar & Grill. Watch the cruise ships come and go out of nearby Port Canaveral, sample some fresh seafood and tap your feet to live entertainment at Coconuts on the Beach on their huge, outdoor tiki deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Shop the world famous Ron Jon Surf Shop, take in a game of golf at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, spend a long weekend at the Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort or a plan impromptu getaway on one of the many cruise lines departing from Port Canaveral. If you are looking for a recreational fun, adventure and excitement, Cocoa Beach is a great place to start. The close proximity to Port Canaveral and SR528/Beachline provides easy access to the Orlando International Airport and Orlando area attractions making Cocoa Beach a prime vacation destination and place to call home!
Nestled between the Banana River and the Atlantic Ocean, there is something for everyone!