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The easiest way to get to Cocoa Beach is to fly into Orlando International Airport (MCO), which is about an hour away. More than 30 airlines offer flights into the major hub from domestic and international cities. Just over 30 minutes from Cocoa Beach, Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) offers connecting flights on two airlines, and there are three additional private airports in the area.
If you plan on spending most of your visit relaxing at the beach, you can easily take a taxi or rideshare from either airport to your accommodation and rent a beach cruiser to get around town. There’s also a public bus system in Brevard County. However, if you plan on visiting the theme parks in Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center, or any nearby parks and conservation areas, you’ll want to rent a car.
With consistently warm and sunny days, beach weather here lasts all year. Summers are hot and humid — perfect for taking a dip in the ocean — and temperatures hover around 85 degrees Fahrenheit, sometimes climbing to 90. Like other subtropical destinations, Cocoa Beach has passing summer storms and the occasional hurricane from June through November, but the skies usually clear quickly after the rain. Floridians will tell you that winters here get chilly, but if you live in a colder climate, you might find that the 70-degree temperatures in December and January are downright balmy. Still, it can dip into the low 50s at night, so pack layers for evenings. Summer brings vacationing families, and the warm winters attract snowbirds, so visit in spring and fall if you prefer fewer crowds.
No trip to Cocoa Beach is complete without a stroll along the Cocoa Beach Pier. Jutting 800 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, the pier is lined with restaurants and shops and often hosts live music. The beach here has volleyball courts, and it’s considered one of the best places in town to surf.
The sands and surf of Cocoa Beach often get all the attention, but the tranquil saltwater marshes and mangroves of the Thousand Islands Conservation Area are equally beautiful. Book a kayaking tour to experience them best.
Named after the famous astronaut, this five-acre oceanfront park is one of the best places in town to watch a space launch. But even if there’s nothing on the Kennedy Space Center’s calendar, Shepard Park is a great place to spend a beach day, with a playground, 10 picnic pavilions, additional covered picnic tables, and shower and restroom facilities.