Cocoa Beach in Florida is the closest beach to Orlando and a great option for those who want to spend a few days on the Space Coast where the Kennedy Space Center is located or even make a beat and return from Orlando between one park and another. It is only 95 km and a single road, with a toll of $3.25 in total that takes the beach in just under 1 hour.
On my first visit to the Space Coast at the end of April, I stayed at Merrit Island which is very close to Cocoa Beach and at the first opportunity, we went there to get some sun. And the beach, with little more than 10km of extension, pleases those who want to relax, who want to take a walk along the beach, spend the day with their family and even surf.
And surfing is serious business around here. Besides hosting the largest and most famous surf shop in the world, RON JON, the city is also proud to be the hometown of Kelly Slater the 8 times world champion surfer.
Even in the coldest months in Orlando, Cocoa Beach, which is in a privileged area on the coast, maintains mild temperatures. See below for maximum and minimum temperatures in the past year in Cocoa Beach, Florida
January – 22,0 °C 10,0 °C
February – 23,0 °C 11,0 °C
March – 25,0 °C 13,0 °C
April – 27,0 °C 16,0 °C
May – 29,0 °C 19,0 °C
June – 32,0 °C 22,0 °C
July – 33,0 °C 22,0 °C
August – 32,0 °C 23,0 °C
September – 31,0 °C 22,0 °C
October – 28,0 °C 19,0 °C
November – 26,0 °C 16,0 °C
December – 23.0 °C 12.0 °C
We decided to stay close to Ron Jon and park next to the store in the Four Points Hotel building, which has free parking.
Ron Jon is an attraction in her own right. The store, the largest surf shop in the country, is open 24 hours a day and is the headquarters of a successful worldwide chain. From bikinis (American models!) to surf shorts of the most famous brands, beach outings and souvenirs, here is the place to take that little souvenir from Florida.
One of the attractions of the store is the collection of surfboards that enchant surfers and admirers.
And if you want to rent any equipment, be it board, kayak, bodyboarding or start your surf lessons, this is the place! Ron Jon has a surf school that’s just a few meters from the beach.
But we’re going to the beach… two blocks after Ron Jon, that runway leads to Cocoa Beach.
And if you forgot your chair, parasol or board, a trailer on the beach rents it out for you.
In this area of the beach the sea is calm, with some waves and the ground is beaten.
The beach is just over 10 km long, but it changes from one extension to another. In the left corner, the pier area is also the paradise for surfers, or for admirers of surfers who can watch everything without getting their feet wet.
There are several parks on the beach, which is where the bathrooms, showers and parking lots are located:
ALAN SHEPARD PARK – Located at the end of the east side of Highway 520, this area is where you have the best view of Cocoa Beach for space launches. This area has restrooms, showers, picnic tables and parking that cost $7 during the week and $10 on weekends.
SIDNEY FISCHER PARK – Located in block number 2100 of Highway A1A, this park is very frequented by families, has parking, picnic tables and bathrooms and showers that were recently renovated.
LORI WILSON PARK – Located at number 1500 of N. Atlantic Ave, this park has an area for dogs, bathrooms, tables for picnics, parking and a sidewalk (board walk) with three pavilions.
ROBERT P. MURKSHE MEMORIAL PARK – Located at the intersection of Highway A1A and 16th St. South which also has showers, toilets, picnic tables, parking and a boardwalk style area to walk along the beach.
So you know… when you plan your next trip to Orlando, if you are in the area to visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex or even to see the launch of a rocket or space shuttle, include a stop at Cocoa Beach to relax.