Cocoa Beach is a family-friendly destination and is easily the most recognized city on Florida’s Space Coast. This authentic beach town has the perfect combination of sun, sea and space for you to explore. Families can find attractions that are fun for everyone, such as outer space adventures at Kennedy Space Center, the tastiest beach grub this side of the coast, and endless activities on the shore and in the water. Couples can visit Cocoa Beach for the ultimate romantic beach getaway with spa days, comfortable hotel rooms, exciting excursions and more. Cocoa Beach has something for everyone, so head to Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast of Florida! Visit the beautiful beaches of Florida’s East Coast
Cocoa Beach Weather – When to Visit
The best time to go to Cocoa Beach is in April when temperatures are still warm but accommodations are more affordable. Most people visit Cocoa Beach during the early spring. This is the busiest time so you can expect to pay more for your hotel accommodations. The Spring Break week (March 11th – 24th) and the Easter week (March 31st to April 8th) are also popular dates, and Cocoa Beach is very crowded during these times. In Cocoa Beach, it rains most days in July – September, so make sure to bring an umbrella if you decide to visit during that time.
Cocoa Beach Attractions
Lori Wilson Park
This 32.43-acre regional beach park featuring a maritime hammock is a popular site for events and group gatherings. The dunes and maritime hammock allow visitors to experience Florida’s natural coastline. Beach attractions include 3 pavilions along a 1,000’ boardwalk, 6 dune crossovers, year round lifeguards, onsite vendors, and surf fishing. Restrooms, 3 outdoor showers, drinking fountains, and parking lots are conveniently located on both the north and south sides of the hammock. Two medium pavilions, grills, a playground, an open grassy area, and a sand volleyball court are located on the north side. A grassy area and picnic tables are on the south side.
Cocoa Beach Pier
When vacationing to Cocoa Beach, you must visit this legendary landmark. It’s a great old-fashioned, woodsy pier you can walk over water on for some 800 yards. Along the way, you’ll pass funky restaurants, gift shops with unique items, and great local bands performing outside. There are also beach volleyball courts, and, in the waters around the pier, some of the best surfing (this area is called the “East Coast Surfing Capital”) and fishing in the United States.
Kennedy Space Center
On a barrier island just south of Cocoa Beach is the site of a glorious path of The Kennedy Space Center tells the story of humankind’s march into space – step by step, personality by personality, and mission-impossible by mission-impossible. The center not only offers us the opportunity to follow in that path but also to experience some of the sights and sounds, movements and sensations experienced by these pioneers, on interactive – and totally realistic – attractions.
Historic Cocoa Village
Historic Cocoa Village is a shopping and entertainment district that has retained its historic ambiance. This is a colorful, historic old-time village made for walking. You will find a wide variety of restaurants here, many wonderful gourmet gems. Be sure to visit the historic Cocoa Village Playhouse or the Florida Historical Society to discover more about this little piece of heaven.
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Ron Jon Surf Shop is the world’s biggest surf shop. If it’s related to surfing or water sports, and you can’t find it here, give up your search. Ron Jon is 52,000 square feet of water-sports goodies, and this store is not only the original but also the flagship of a 13-store chain now stretching into five states. Needless to say, wandering through this store will get you in the mood to hit the water. If so, you’re in luck – because the Ron Jon Watersports rental shop is right next door, and the waves are close by.
Things To Do In Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Kayaking tours is a way for all ages and family members to enjoy the ocean and its waterways both comfortably and efficiently. They offer safe guided tours through the Thousand Islands. Join them on a paddle experience of a lifetime! Beginners to advanced level paddlers are welcomed! They offer single and tandem kayaks on their guided tours. Life jackets and dry bags are provided and available for each and every customer prior to each launch. So, certainly bring your camera! As you paddle, they will navigate through Florida’s unbelievable and indescribable scenery. A surreal experience that you simply cannot get anywhere else. Telephone: 808-798-6630 Web: Cocoa Kayaking.
Wildlife Water Sports
Wildlife Water Sports offers beach-themed setting located on a tranquil bay in Cocoa Beach’s Thousand Islands, Wildlife Water Sports is an ideal environment for beginner and advanced level paddlers to enjoy viewing the area’s unique and abundant aquatic life up close. They offer glass bottom kayaks, CraigCat® Electric boats, Pontoon boats and a wide selection of modern stand up paddle boards. Telephone: 321-785-3244 Web: Wildlife Water Sports.
Ron Jon Surf School
Florida’s largest surfing school, Ron Jon Surf School is conveniently located in the heart of Cocoa Beach! Since 1993 they have offered surfers of all levels world-class private and group lessons and kids summer camps. They also offer IKO Certified Kiteboarding and Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) instructions. Telephone: 321-868-1980 Web: Ron Jon Surf School.
Fin & Fly Fishing Charters
The Space Coast is know as the Redfish Capital of the World. Along the Banana River Lagoon from Cocoa Beach to Cape Canaveral and the Indian River Lagoon from the Titusville-Space Center area to the world famous Mosquito Lagoon, they cover all the world class inshore and nearshore fishing available. Telephone: 321-652-5903 Web: Fin & Fly Fishing Charters.
Twisted Air Boat Rides
Twister Airboat Rides, deep in the interior at Lone Cabbage Fish Camp, will whiz you along the Saint John’s River and Lake Poinsett. You’ll have an intimate look at an ecosystem and its hundreds of plant and animal species that most people see only from afar. Your boat captain will slow down when he spots wildlife, so you can see it and take pictures. You’ll most likely see some American alligators, bald eagles, and wading birds, and you may even see rarer species such as wild hogs. Telephone: 321-632-4199 Web: Twisted Air Boat Rides
Best Cocoa Beach Restaurants
Florida’s Fresh Grill
They specialize in Fresh Seafood, Steaks, Salads, Homemade Sauces, Award Winning Soups, and Desserts all in a ” Florida Upscale Casual ” atmosphere. With many years of restaurant experience, they understand the importance of being more than a restaurant you can celebrate life’s special moments, but also the everyday dining occasion restaurant. Their goal at Florida’s Fresh Grill is to be your favorite restaurant! Telephone: 321-613-5649 Web: Florida’s Fresh Grill.
Fat Kahuna’s Beachside Grille offers seafood, steak, chicken, pulled pork, gourmet burgers, soft tacos, jumbo shrimp, and many more dishes to delight any appetite. From their “sushi-grade” tuna, to their coconut shrimp, shark au-poivre, bacon cheddar burger, to their melt in your mouth calamari, they have it all. All of their sauces are original, and made from scratch, and they prep their food fresh to order, with unique and original recipes. Top this off with a kiss of aloha and this will be a meal to remember. Telephone: 321-783-6858 Web: Fat Kahunas.
Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster & Seafood Company $11 – 30
Jazzy’s Market is the premier fresh seafood market in Cocoa Beach. Featuring Live Maine Lobsters, Mussels, Clams, Fresh Catches, and whatever they think is the best tasting seafood on the planet. Call them to see what’s in today or check Facebook for updates. Telephone: 321-613-3993 Web: Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster & Seafood Company.
The Fat Snook $31 – 60
They are a casual beachside restaurant packed with a tremendous passion for fresh, local seafood, top quality seasonal ingredients, and hand selected boutique-style wines and craft beers from across the world. Telephone: 321-784-1190 Web: The Fat Snook.
The Tiny Turtle Under $10
Inspired by his Grandmother’s and Mother’s cooking, the flavorful Sofrito base of Puerto Rico, and his own restaurant experiences, Chef Moises has created a menu and environment that will transport you to an island experience full of flavor and a laid back feeling. Opening during the famed Art Show that happens every year in Downtown Cocoa Beach as what was called Food Truck Style, being just a kitchen on the back of a building with a patio and picnic tables for seating, it has now evolved into a full service restaurant but still giving that feeling of a small local “Hidden Gem”. Telephone: 321-446-7361 Web: The Tiny Turtle
Best Cocoa Beach Bars & Nightlife
Nolan’s Irish Pub
A Traditional Irish Pub in Cocoa Beach, complete with 3 cozy snugs and the warmth and hospitality you’d expect from the Irish. Irish Entertainment, restaurant, and pub. Great Irish food and Beers. Large selection of craft beers, imported and domestic. Try the Shepherds Pie and Bangers and Mash. Telephone: 321-783-8499 Web: Nolan’s Irish Pub.
Longboards Tiki Beach Grille
Sit back and relax on their oceanfront tiki deck with one of their delicious signature cocktails. Even your tiniest turtles will find something they love like their cheeseburger sliders and fries. Try the Ahi Tuna, Peel n Shrimp and Hang Ten Beef Sliders….all favorites! Telephone: 321-799-0003 Web: Longboards Tiki Beach Grille.
Hogan’s Irish Bar
Serving the finest selection of craft beer since 2012, Hogan’s Irish Bar is a melting pot of locals and those just passing through the Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral area. Conversation flows about just as steady as the beer. Shoot some pool or shoot some darts. The warm atmosphere at Hogan’s resonates from each antique piece of furniture, which Paudie Hogan, the owner of this fine establishment, had shipped across the pond from his previous pub in Ballina, Co. Mayo in Ireland. Some antiques are over 200 years old, all have their own unique story. Telephone: 321-613-3854 Web: Hogan’s Irish Bar.
Sandbar Sports Grill
For over ten years, Cocoa Beach’s Sandbar Sports Grill has been the must-stop-destination for both locals and visitors to grab a fish taco, enjoy a cold beverage, and hear stellar live music–all within view of the beach. Located adjacent to Alan Shepard Park where 520 meets the beach and right on the ocean behind Ron Jon Surf Shop and the Cocoa Beach Surf Company, Sandbar Sports Grill is the perfect piece of paradise to start your day on the Space Coast. You can go to catch a game on one of ther 20 HDTVs or just taking a break from the sun, their come-as-you-are beachside location is family friendly until 10pm. Fill up here or take it with you, either way you’ll love their amazing menu. Telephone: 321-799-2577 Web: Sandbar Sports Grill.
Preacher Bar’s atmosphere is casual and family friendly yet upscale with handmade cocktails and a mouthwatering menu unlike any establishment on the Space Coast. The funky mix of background music is kept low enough to converse over and ranges from classics like the Eurythmics to current pop and electronic dance. They have over 40 craft, import and domestic beers both on tap and in bottles. Their selection of beer changes monthly which means there’s almost always a new beer new to tempt your taste buds. Their extensive wine selection includes reds, whites, sparkling wines and blends from California to Italy, Argentina and New Zealand. No matter your preference, there is sure to be a wine selection you’ll fall in love with. Telephone: 321-613-4629 Web: Preacher Bar.
Top Cocoa Beach Hotels
The Resort on Cocoa Beach, a VRI resort
Nestled along Cocoa Beach and a short distance from area attractions and activities, this resort features a fitness center with a tennis and basketball court. An outdoor pool and hot tub are available as well. Spacious accommodations at the Resort on Cocoa Beach are furnished with full kitchens, plasma-screen TVs and washers and dryers. Guests can also enjoy a game room, shuffleboard, and an indoor children’s play area. The resort also features an on-site movie theater.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral-Cocoa Beach
Located in Cape Canaveral in the region of Florida, 1.2 miles from Port Canaveral, Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral-Cocoa Beach features a year-round outdoor pool and fitness center.
Discovery Beach Resort
The 66-room resort offers large condos with fully equipped kitchens, washers/dryers, coffeemakers, and balconies with seating and wonderful ocean or city views. The quiet beach area is the top highlight along with the outdoor pool and hot tub, and there is an on-site restaurant and bar, a sauna, a fitness center, and a game room. Free Wi-Fi and covered parking are provided.
Beach Place Guesthouses is situated just 1.9 miles from Cocoa Beach city center and within 5 minutes’ drive of the public beaches, yet feels secluded. This boutique oceanfront property boasts 3 terraces with fire pits and ocean views. Guests can unwind under the palm trees in one of the many hammocks on site. Wood burning fireplaces and over-sized lounges are also available. Barbecue facilities can be enjoyed as well as views of the lushly landscaped property.
The Inn at Cocoa Beach
Encompassed in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, The Inn at Cocoa Beach offers the finest in oceanfront comfort. A European-styled hotel with individually decorated rooms and large oceanfront balconies. Enjoy a fresh-baked breakfast every morning, and Wine & Cheese Social every evening.