Cocoa Beach Travel Guide

  • Ron Jon's Surf Shop - Can't Miss It!
    Ron Jon's Surf Shop - Can't Miss It!
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Cocoa Beach Highlights

  • Pro
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    shohman says…

     nice and relaxing, fun crowd 

  • Con
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    lovinoz says…

     Water is kind of murky and beaches can get crowded 

  • In a nutshell
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    easterntrekker says…

     A wonderful beach and a Kennedy Space Center is around the corner 

Cocoa Beach Things to Do

  • Kayaking in Cocoa Beach

    My wife and I and another couple spent a week in Cocoa Beach and decided to go kayaking. We called Adventure Kayak at Cocoa Beach and made reservations. We had a wonderful time. The tour took us through the mangrove channels around the Thousand Islands area of the Banana River and out into the estuary. We were out a little over 2 1/2 hours, led by...

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  • Gotta check out Ron Jon's

    This store is hugh and should be visited if you have the time. I've heard a lot about this store from the Travel Channel and Discovery Channel. I'm not a surfer but I'm willing to bet this is the place to be, it looks like they have every thing you could want and more!

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  • Kayak with manatee (eco-tour)

    Kayaking the Thousand Islands with Manatee, Dolphin, and many species of birds while in the heart of the tropical Mangroves.We had a great time on this informative tour. Tim is passionate about animals and nature and sharing them with people but without causing disruption to their lives or habitat. This is a gentle kayak ride where you patiently...

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Cocoa Beach Restaurants

  • Pastaria

    We went to this Italian Restaurant for dinner I had the chicken scallopini and Bob had spaghetti and meatballs.

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  • Cocoa Beach Locals hang out

    After spending two full days immersed in the Disney Culture, fate would have it that it was time to go head East and go see Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. Patty took us to a local haunt called "Coconuts on the Beach." We decided since we were going to have a large meal for dinner we would just get appetitizers and drinks. We sat out on the deck...

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  • Thumann's Deli Meat( in Florida!!)

    We picked this little place because we could sit outside to enjoy our sandwich under their umbrella with our dog, but it turned out to be really good . I had the Meat Lover sub and the meat was plentiful and good with fresh vegetables and even it had bag of chips on the side. Who could complain at $4.99. We didn't know the Thumann's name but they...

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Cocoa Beach Nightlife

  • Wonderful Jazz

    We thought we'd try this place , not knowing if it would be a dud or not . We weren't disappointed . The music was great , they played lots of old jazz favorites and had no problem playing the numerous requests that were made also. No admittance fee and youo can have a bite or just a drink . It is a german place and the food is really good which...

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  • Start in a pub and end on the dance...

    The Dog and Bone is two clubs in one, the pub is downstairs and upstairs is a dance club. The dance club is called 9 Stone Club, it is small on size but, big on fun. The 9 Stone Club had karaoke, dancing and a stripper pole.

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  • Beach Patio Party Place

    Mild mannered gawkers phlock hear by day to view beach volleyball players, surf fishing, and and occasional surfer wipeout. Locals phlock her at night to see the cabana sparkle and glitter with live music and binkini contests. No coat and tie, ever.

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Cocoa Beach Transportation

  • Hertz rent-a-car- cruise convenience!

    We couldn't decide how best to travel from Orlando to Port Canaveral, staying one night in Cocoa Beach prior to our cruise. We looked into shuttle buses of some sort, but they charge by the person, so it becomes quite expensive for four people. We used Hertz rent-a-car, for a one day rental prior to our cruise- and it's a good thing we did, since I...

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  • Trolley service

    Space Coast Area Transit (SCAT) .The service runs Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 9:00pm and on Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm from Port Canaveral to 13th Street in Cocoa Beach. A ride on the trolley costs $1.00 with a special rate of .50 for seniors, disabled and students. There is no charge for children under 5 or for transfers to fixed...

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  • Cocoa Beach to Orlando

    A Full - Service Ground Transportation CompanyJust 35 miles east of Orlando, you'll find 72 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches known as Florida's Space Coast. Along this impressive stretch of coastline, unspoiled nature preserves exist in perfect harmony with the space-age attractions of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Port Canaveral and the...

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Cocoa Beach Shopping

  • A must see and do experience in Cocoa...

    This place never closes! Open 365 days a year and 24 hours each day! You can find the billboard advertizing on every Interstate freeway in the southeast USA and find Ron Jon at 18 different locations including airports, Mexico etc.Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach is the largest Surf Shop in the world and the flagship store in Florida and was...

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  • Some cool gift ideas for your pet

    This shop in the Cocoa Village had some wonderful ideas for pet gifts. Our favorite was the little sun hat we got for our dog . He seemed to enjoy it too.They had a nice selection of collars and leashes too! Worth a visit. A little expensive.

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  • A trip down luxury lane

    Crystal, lace, and linen could define this store . Such fun to browse around and perfect if you want to treat yourself or buy a special gift. Its definately pricey though at $500.00 for a pair of simple window sheers. Wonderful things like candles and crystal lamps.

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Cocoa Beach Local Customs

  • Key Lime Pie

    I'm a sucker for Key Lime Pie , so when when I spotted the sign for the frozen version, chocolate covered on a stick I couldn't resist. I recommend trying it . It's delicious!!We bought them at the Village in Cocoa.

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  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

    Fresh produce is part of Florida's culture. I love that there is actually a place here called Plant City, which of course is rich with farmland . All around Florida you see these stands selling fresh fruits and vegetables. The quality is good but the prices can be a little more expensive.I love them though and they always take me make to a time...

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  • East Coast Surfing Culture

    Here on Cocoa Beach is found the premier beach for surfing. Ron Jon's surf shop is 10 mintures from the beaches.

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Cocoa Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • Sea turtles

    One of the great things about Cocoa is that large sea turtles will lay their eggs here. Please do not do anything to disturb them. The beach will try to build small enclosures to let the eggs hatch. The survival rate for the baby turtles is shockingly low. Consider this: if the egg is not eaten by any number of predators and a baby turtle does...

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  • Riptides

    Riptides are incredibly dangerous and will sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea if they aren't careful. Cocoa has riptides very often and the beach patrol is very good about posting. If you do find yourself caught in one, swim parralel to the shore until you are out of the rip.Parents: never take your eyes off you kids. EVER.

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  • Land Sharks

    During spring break land sharks from various colleges and universities inhabit the local beach pubs. If you're a female who likes sharks, you'll see fins to the left and fins to the right, and you'll know you're the beach bait. Hammerheads are hardly ever seen.On the shore fisherman will cast long lines with big hooks. Don't walk near them when...

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Cocoa Beach Tourist Traps

  • Ron Jon's surf shop - get your souvenirs...

    Since I'm not a surfer I can't say for sure, but I think if you're a real surfer, Ron Jon's isn't a tourist trap for you. However, if, like me, you were with a bus full of high school kids from the Midwest, most of whom have never seen the ocean before, it's the perfect place to buy your beach-related souvenirs. And since we didn't end up getting...

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  • Kennedy Space Center

    My wife and I and another couple spent a week in Cocoa Beach and decided to try to visit the Kennedy Space Center. What a rip off. They charge you $10 to park and then, when you get to the front gate you find out admission is $50 and another $25 if you want to take a bus ride, plus extra charges if you want to experience other things at the Center....

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  • Why Would I go to a Surf Shop??

    Why Would I go to a Surf Shop? Because it is WORLD FAMOUS...Ron Jon's. the Mother Lode of surf shops.Everytime I get near Cocoa Beach, FL I stop at least once at Ron Jon's BE aware that you can find much cheaper t-Shirts elsewhere -- even in the local Walgreens' drug stores. But if you want to see the most famous Surf Shop in the World... don't...

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Cocoa Beach What to Pack

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    by DUNK67 Updated Jun 10, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Well as in most resorts in Florida a hat would be a good idea and a T-shirt to cover-up to block the suns harmful rays.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: For the same reason above a good sunblock and aftersun are essential.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: the usual beach wear : shorts , trunks , swimming costume/bikini , t-shirt , sarong.

    Miscellaneous: I can't really comment too much as we only went on a day trip but I presume most things are available in resort.

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Cocoa Beach Off The Beaten Path

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    by cobrioc Updated Aug 30, 2002

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    This 22- acre tract of land was a dying wetland until the Zoo.One of the highlights of the Zoo, and one of its newest attractions, is the Wetlands Outspost Habitat.
    Don't be surprised if you see a four-foot alligator sunning himself in the weeds, or a white-tailed deer snacking on some of the foliage.

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Cocoa Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • Grab your fishin' gear!

    This is not your average fishin' pier, it's huge and you can find plenty to do here from gift shops, restaurants, bars, Live music, Bikini contests, beach rentals, surfing, swimiming and did I mention the fishing and much more. Built in 1962 it spans 800 feet over the ocean, the pier has turned into a local landmark. I would suggest checking out...

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  • Atlantic Coast Surfing

    Riding the breakers is something to try when you visit here, whether trying a boogie board or a long board. You can even attend a surf school and buy gear and be on the beach and in the waves within 10 minutes! Ron Jon's Surf Shop is at the end of Causeway Boulevard, and the back parking lot is across from the beach entrance.

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  • Lagooner Fishing Trips & Guides

    Expert fishing guide with local knowledge and expert service. This guy can put you on the fish and help you improve your fishing skills (even if you don't have any).Don't take my advice check out his website (www.lagooner.com). This guide is full equipped however if you want to bring your favorite fly rod(s), it would be appropriate.

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Cocoa Beach Favorites

  • I Dream of Jeannie

    "I Dream of Jeannie", a sitcom that ran from 1965-1970 and then in syndication, was set in Cocoa Beach Florida, Jeannie's master, Major Nelson, was a NASA astronaut. We all think VTs very own emom, Stephanie, looks just like Barbara Eden who played Jeannie on the show so Patty snapped this photo in a local gift shop.As we were driving north from...

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  • Relocating to the Space Coast?

    If you buy a home & relocate out here, there are some things we've discovered which ight prove useful to you: Yard maintenance ~ Yard service is a dime a dozen and everyone has their yards cut every week. Things grow like crazy out here, so don't be surprised if your trees & bushes are overgrown in a very short period of time. For the really big...

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  • SPACE COAST , Cocoa, Cocoa Beach,...

    Brevard Zoo isn't your average zoo. Raised bordwalks carry visitors through thick canopies of trees.The zoo is divided into three distictive zones.Native Florida, Latin America and Australia. The Native Florida area features white-tailed deer, waterfowl,aquatic turtles, wild turkeys,bobcats, red foxes, river otters and bald eagles. Tha Latin...

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