By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com Staff October 14, 2015
Cocoa Beach is one of America’s top surf spots, located just 45 miles from Orlando. Famed for the popular TV series, I Dream of Jeannie, Cocoa Beach appeals to families and individual beach lovers alike, featuring first-class facilities, attractions, restaurants, hotels, and activities for all ages.
As one of the best known beaches in the world, Cocoa Beach stretches for six miles, and is several hundred feet wide in places. There are parks, pools, golf courses, boat ramps, and hundreds of shops and eateries. And to top it off, this resort town has great accommodations and amenities that are affordable for every budget.
The beach is fantastic, while also providing excellent access from the mainland, along with extensive beachside facilities that include showers, changing rooms, playgrounds, and picnic spots. Cocoa Beach boasts a great area for jogging, walking and cycling too, while hotels run from affordable chains and small motels to timeshare units.
Cocoa Beach has been voted as one of the best restored beaches in the USA, partly because of locals who daily clean and maintain the beach. Everyone visiting the beach is encouraged to also make sure the beach is maintained by observing a few rules, such as not allowing animals on the beach except for leashed service dogs, not feeding wild birds, not having fires except with a permit, not taking glass on the beach, not camping or digging large holes, and not leaving trash on the beach.
Water Activities, and Other Things To Do
Surfing is popular on Cocoa Beach, as well as surf fishing, most all water sports, and beach volleyball.
If you have children with you, the Jungle Village, Brevard Zoo, and nearby Kennedy Space Center are huge hits. Nature lovers also enjoy the Canaveral National Seashore, which is a long barrier island beach with great canoeing and bird watching. You can also kayak the Banana River Lagoon or visit the Historic Cocoa Village with its shops and galleries.
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Ron Jon Surf Shop has become a national institution, with signs throughout Florida advertising their Cocoa Beach store, attracting surfers and tourists from all over Florida and the U.S. And with Cocoa Beach's reputation for surfing, it's no wonder Ron Jon Surf Shop's store in Cocoa Beach is the largest surfing shop in the world.
Even if you don't surf, you have to visit Ron Jon Surf Shop. Besides having everything you need to surf, they have the clothing and merchandise you need to enjoy your stay in Cocoa Beach.
Cocoa Beach Pier
Just south of Cape Canaveral, the Cocoa Beach Pier is popular with visitors and locals. The pier stretches 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, and is a destination with outstanding restaurants and shops all around. The bustling beach around the pier features live entertainment, fishing, fishing equipment rentals, beach rentals, showers, volleyball, and lifeguards.
Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center is just up the road from the Cocoa Beach Pier, and is a fascinating and fun place to visit.
The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour is an easy way to tour the space center, while seeing some of the most iconic NASA landmarks. Also enjoy meeting a veteran NASA astronaut at the live Astronaut Encounter show, seeing historic rockets at the Rocket Garden, watching breath-taking shows at the IMAX Theater, learn about NASA's exploration of Mars, visit the Astronaut Memorial, and let young explorers play in the Children's Play Dome.
Cocoa Beach is less than an hour’s drive from the Orlando International Airport. I-95 passes by Cocoa Beach within a few miles, connecting with A1A which runs the length of the beach. Space Coast Area buses serve the beach and town, and there are bicycle lanes and sidewalks galore.
The subtropical climate can be rather hot in the summer, but the ocean breeze makes being outside very pleasant. Visiting during the cooler winter months is very popular, which drives prices up slightly during the winter high season. So when planning a vacation, think about visiting during warmer months to save on expenses.