MM 918.5 Melbourne Harbor Marina
We were not too impressed with this place. They required an imprint of a credit card for $30 (!!) for their restroom key. The dockmaster we talked to was an idiot who had a sort of semi-hostile jokey manner. They put us in a slip with barely 5 feet of water. He waited until we were halfway in to ask if we'd rather go to another slip. The area smelled of sewage (according to a local it always smells like that), there was a highway right behind us and a train trestles right behind that. Trains went through at all hours of the day and night - whistling continuously. You can get ice cheaper just up the stairs at the gas station next to the highway. Three bags at the marina is $4.50, and at the gas station 3 bags is $3.45. The price is $1.25/foot, but that includes electricity and cable. They did let me use the fax to download e-mail but I had to balance the computer on an open file drawer which wasn't too comfortable They have a restaurant (Chart House), but it is quite expensive. We walked up into town, and there is a deli that is open for lunch that is reasonable, and we went to Bella's for dinner which is about a block down.. Be careful crossing the street - the walk sign is only on for about 3 nanoseconds.
THE best Italian Food South of Little Italy!!!
Although I find Bella's to be a bit overpriced, I'm willing to pay it because it is the ONLY Italian restaurant in Melbourne (possibly Brevard County) worthy of a visit.
And not only that - but the food is absolutely delicious, and 100% Italian. Just ask Frank, the head chef and owner - or his wife Bella. They originally hail from New York City. For those of you who don't get it, that's AUTHENTIC.
I won't list a favorite dish here because they're all great - but I do recommend including a "Bella's Salad" (either the regular size or "baby" size) because it's full of lovely red onions, roasted red peppers, artichokes, olives and the best part - chunks of delicious, pungent Gorgonzola cheese. I'm salivating just thinking about it....
Full liquor bar and home made cannolis, too.
Tasty Chicken Kabobs
Believe it or not, Melbourne has a few Middle Eastern restaurants. This one is probably the nicest appointed one, and happens to be right by the beach in Indialantic.
If you're lucky, sometimes there's a belly-dancer or two for entertainment.
If you want to smoke the narghila pipe, you'll have to be tenacious in insisting they bring it out to you. If you ask, they're most likely going to tell you "no" at first. Persevere...it always works. Since I'm a vegetarian, I usually get the "greek" salad and some tahini and hummus. But I know the chicken dishes are great - plenty of garlic!
brevard museum of art
the brevard museum of art is located in the eau gallie arts district north of downtown melbourne. this museum hosts displays of local artists and travelling exhibitions. for those interested in art and florida culture the brevard museum of art is worth a stop in the melbourne area. see the attached web site for admission and times.
Melbourne and its Burbs....
Melbourne, Florida (and its burbs including Indialantic which is where I live), is home to approximately 75,000 residents (give or take the "snow-birds" who come down from the north for the winter) - and a favorite nesting site for the Green Sea Turtle and the Leatherback. Known as part of Florida's "Space Coast", Melbourne borders the warm waters of the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean, is about 60 miles east of Orlando and about 200 miles north of Miami.
Mickey Mouse and those numerous theme parks may be a little too close for comfort to some - but there's also the Kennedy Space Center 30 miles to the north at Cape Canaveral, with amazing rocket launches taking place throughout the year (and the reason for which this part of Florida is nicknamed "The Space Coast")
There's plenty of natural beauty to be found in Melbourne and the surrounding area, with both the lifestyle and the people an easy-going match.
Check out my tips for info on this lovely, understated area.
"The St. Johns River"
If you're into gators, you'll see plenty of them along the St. Johns River which is here in the neighborhood. The St. Johns is one of the few rivers that flows northward.
Check out my tips area and Airboat Travelogue for info on airboat rides. A fun way to see some Florida wildlife, up close and personal.
""This is the New Ocean"-JFK"
There are two main launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. The hangar is one mile away from the launch pad and it takes 8 hours to roll the shuttle to the pad. Heavy traffic or just bad gas mileage?
Check out my Kennedy Space Center tip. It's a MUST-SEE for this area!