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Your guide to Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach is best known for three things: sun, spacecraft, and surfing. Located on Florida’s Space Coast, just south of Cape Canaveral, this quintessential beach town has front-row seats to Kennedy Space Center launches. Fans of astronautics come to tour the site, visit the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, and train in shuttle simulators.
Back in town, it’s all about fun in the sun on the clean, wide beaches — but watch out for nesting sea turtles between March and September. Book a surfing lesson or paddle out on your own — Cocoa Beach is widely considered one of the best surf spots in Florida. It’s home to the Florida Surf Museum and the world’s largest surf shop. For outdoor adventurers, there are also several parks in town with beach access, nature trails, and boardwalks. The River Lakes Conservation Area, Canaveral National Seashore, and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge are all less than an hour away.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Cocoa Beach?
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 book one of the area’s vacation rentals for spring and fall if you prefer fewer crowds.
What are the top things to do in Cocoa Beach?
Cocoa Beach Pier
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.
Thousand Islands Conservation Area
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.
Alan Shepard Park
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.