Cocoa Beach Vacations

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

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Lori-Wilson-Park-300x200.jpgLori 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.

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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.

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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.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Historic-Cocoa-Village-300x141.jpgHistoric 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.

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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

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 Kahunas

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

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

32 Comments

  1. Gareth

    Wow what a site it is full of information that you would need in booking a holiday of a lifetime, i love the fact that you even put airfares and hotels and restaurants and also bars irish bars as well, the guild to activities is brilliant very informative, you have captured the serenity of cocoa beach. As it is my wedding anniversary this year i am looking for something special, i would follow your recommendations,
    I will bookmark this site for future reference

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Gareth, and if you need any help in planning, just let me know. Florida is a great destination with wonderful beaches and chalk full of things to do. Plus you can’t beat the climate or the fact that it is very reasonable pricewise to travel to.

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  2. Jayden

    Thank you for your article!
    Your tips are very informative!
    Next week I will go for vacation! I will definitely follow some of your tips and recommendation!
    Jayden

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed Jayden and glad you can use my information on Cocoa Beach!

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  3. Dave

    Great article Leahre! When I make my way to the States next time Cocoa Bay will definitely be on my list to visit. I wonder if there is actually a thousands islands out there? It would be cool to visit some of them! Definitely interested in learning how to surf, been meaning to try if for the longest time!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No, there is not thousands of islands dang it…but thank goodness because then I would have to review all of them 🙂 Cocoa Beach is a wonderful area, the whole Space Coast is awesome!

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  4. Sean Dean

    Hi Leahrae,

    Sounds like a great place for a holiday, weather sounds amazing! The kayaking and surfing look like they’d be great fun too!

    Happy new year!

    Sean

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Happy New Year Sean and thanks for visiting Cocoa Beach Vacations. Yes, I’d say it is an amazing place!

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  5. Patrick Ginise

    You had me at deep sea fishing and wind and water sports! What a fun filled destination. I may have to rethink the family’s yearly Hawaii trip and plan a visit to Cocoa Beach instead. With all the information you have provided, I know we can find plenty of things to keep us busy. You have done all the heavy lifting for us. I always find great vacation ideas here at your site. Keep up the great work.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know Cocoa Beach is much cheaper than Hawaii and has so much to offer. It is a very laid back great place. There are so many beaches in the area, not to mention things to do. You and your family would really enjoy it.

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  6. Evie

    I’ve only ever visited a beach on the west coast of the US (a really cute place called Seaside). To be honest I wished that I had visited more areas of the US over the last 10 years and I think Florida is an interesting start. The list of seafood restaurants almost made my mouth water and as here in the UK we are currently languishing with very cold weather and thick fog (I hate damp fog) I can sit and dream about far off beaches and warm weather.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes you can Evie 🙂 Florida beaches are actually quite awesome, and they have the largest coastline in the U.S.

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  7. Santosh

    Great info. I’ve never been to the USA, but my brother lives in Chicago. So sometime in the future, I hope I will make it. The Cocoa Kayaking sounds exciting for me. I once went kayaking somewhere in Austria and it was so much fun. Also I’ve lived in Vietnam for over 9 years and should you ever intend going there, let me know and I’ll tell you some cool places.

    I must commend you for the quality of information you have got. Great research I suppose. Thanks for the knowledge transfer.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Santosh and I am glad you enjoyed reading about Cocoa Beach.

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  8. Kathy

    Hi Leahrae! The beach looks beautiful. I haven’t been to Florida but seeing this makes me want to add this to my bucket list. I love beaches and we try to make it a point to go to every so often if our vacation schedules permit. And I love it that you’ve written a complete guide to Cocoa Beach. Makes planning the itinerary easier. I have bookmarked your site to reference later on. Can I contact you later when we have firmed up our plans? Thanks.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Most definitely Kathy. I would love to help 🙂 Let me know when you are ready!

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  9. Steph Hill

    I love Cocoa Beach. I have been there many times. I went to college at Florida Tech in Melbourne so I was lucky enough to spend four wonderful years on the Space Coast. It was fabulous. I love the restaurants and activities that are available to you. In addition to Cocoa Beach, another great beach on the Space Coast is Vero Beach. Do you have an article about Vero Beach?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am actually doing an article right now on Vero Beach 🙂 You are right, it is also a wonderful Florida beach!

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  10. Adam

    Hi Leahrae,

    Thank you for this extremely thorough post. I think Fat Kahunas has my vote, after a spot of glass bottom kayaking. I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Florida, but the beaches do appear to have a distinctly different feel to those we have here in Australia. I look forward to visiting a number of destinations in the US very soon and your site is an excellent resource.

    Cheers,
    Adam.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Adam, and please come back again 🙂 If I can help you in any way just let me know. Florida beaches are pretty awesome!

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  11. Jackie

    A great site with lots of information!! I’ve never been to the States before but I’m planning on going to Florida in the near future. I have booked this website as a reference!!!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Jackie. If you need any assistance or have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Cocoa Beach is awesome!

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  12. Roxen

    nice article and complete, i love traveling, and i wish i could see the entire world, i didn’t knew about this place but it seems very nice, thank you for all these details, you are doing a great job

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Roxen 🙂 Yes, Cocoa Beach in Florida is wonderful! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

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  13. Craig | UK TV Services Abroad

    Hi Leahrae,

    Some great tips here and a wonderful insight into Cocoa Beach. I have never been but we are considering it for our next trip. I was at Daytona Beach but that was a long time ago. The town itself was a bit of a dump but I’m guessing that’s because it’s effectively built around the race track.

    Coca Beach reminds me a bit of South Padre island in the Gulf of Mexico, near the Mexican border. It’s a long strip like that and just a wonderful place. Nothing like Daytona.

    I see you have listed Flipkey as a place to find vacation homes. Would this option be more expensive than renting a hotel for 2 weeks? We would likely be planning a trip around June.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I live in Texas so I know all about South Padre Island 🙂 Hands down no comparison in Florida. Once I started going, I never went back to any Texas beaches 🙂 And no, Flip Key is the BEST alternative and you can find some really great rates. I recently stayed in Clearwater, Florida (high rent area) using a Flip Key reservation, and it was way way less 🙂

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  14. Tar

    Hi there,

    I am quite curious as to whether there is a strong Irish connection historically with regards to the pubs over there. I am guessing there are quite a handful number of European tourists relaxing, having a pint or two over there.

    I also would like to know if there is any heat wave occurred over there? Probably in August as you mentioned it. I believe there are people prefer the hottest time as they enjoy sipping a very cold cocktail while sunbathing.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I for one love the heat and enjoy a good margarita while lounging around. I don’t know what more you could ask for 🙂 I don’t know about the Irish connection, and I did some research. There just appears to be a lot of Irish places there, and they are all good! Thanks for visiting Cocoa Beach Tar.

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  15. Leita

    This is truly an awesome post and site that shows your research and passion for beach travel. You have done an excellent job. From describing the area to providing commentary on sites, restaurants, things to do, hotels and car rentals, you cover all the points any traveler needs. How long have you been running this site and what got you interested in beach travel? I have bookmarked your site for reference for when I travel.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Leita, thank you for the very nice comments. I guess my love for the beach is what got me started. I wanted to share my experiences and help people have everything they need. I know with my first trip, I could have used information like this. Thank you for reading Cocoa Beach Vacations!

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  16. Leita

    I love your site and all your excellent research.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Leita!

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