Cocoa Beach Vacations

It’s been called the quintessential beach town, and Cocoa Beach offers endless ways to enjoy recreation and leisure. Whether you are planning a family beach vacation, leisure travel, a business trip, a weekend getaway, or just a day at the beach, you’ll find everything you need in Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast area to make your stay one to remember.

One of the more affordable vacation spots in all of Florida, there is never a lack of exciting things to do and see in and around Cocoa Beach. Besides offering the best of “sun and fun” at the beach, while on the Space Coast you can do some deep sea fishing or take an eco-tour adventure on a kayak tour or airboat ride to get up close and personal with Florida’s awesome wildlife. You can visit the Kennedy Space Center, explore the area’s rich history by doing some sightseeing, or soak up some beach culture. You can enjoy the absolute best in wind and watersports. You can even drive just a short distance to all the Orlando attractions, then return to Cocoa Beach to enjoy dinner at one of the many awesome dining spots on the beach. After dark, kick back and enjoy the easy beach-style nightlife activities that run the gamut from cool jazz clubs to beach side cafes. Then stay overnight in your perfect hotel room and wake up to a spectacular sunrise on the beach.  Cocoa Beach Vacations offer an affordable beach vacation with the best of sun and fun.  So come to Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast of Florida!  Visit the beautiful beaches of Florida’s East Coast

Weather

Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 51°F to 90°F and is rarely below 39°F or above 92°F. The warm season lasts from June 2 to September 25 with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is August 5, with an average high of 90°F and low of 75°F.  The cold season lasts from December 8 to March 2 with an average daily high temperature below 73°F. The coldest day of the year is January 5, with an average low of 51°F and high of 69°F.

Airports

There are three airports close to Cocoa Beach.    Melbourne International Airport is located in Melbourne, and is approximately 45 minutes driving distance South from Cocoa Beach.  Orlando International Airport is located in Orlando, and is approximately 45 minutes driving distance North of Cocoa Beach.  Also there is Titusville Cocoa Airport Authority which is approximately 45 minutes driving distance North of Cocoa Beach.  To create a fair watch, go to AirFareWatchDog which will alert you when the flights are going down in price.  Also check my airfare tips on how to make sure you are getting the lowest fare.  For finding the lowest fare, go to CheapFlights.  I find them to be the best for flight comparison, and getting the best deal if you are ready to purchase.  Once you have your airfare, make sure you reserve your airport parking ahead of time.  You can Save On Airport Parking and not have the last minute hassle (been there) of trying to get parking reserved.

Melbourne International Airport

Orlando International Airport

Titusville Cocoa Airport Authoritys:

Car Rental

You should have a perfect vehicle to get you around Cocoa Beach no matter if you’re traveling for a business trip or a vacation. You should have a nifty set of wheels that will take you to the top landmarks around the city, and nevertheless look impressive in front of the hottest new club in town. Simply go to CarRentals.com for the best car for you.

When was the last time you took a vacation here? When was the last time you tried out a new dish, toured a new museum, went on a shopping spree, or saw live music? It is time to get ready for a trip, if you can’t remember. When you’re looking for a jaunt in a new place, Cocoa Beach is an ideal spot. With Cocoa Beach’s good food, good people, and several things to try, you’ll want to rent your car now. Get to know what this spot is all about when you book the ideal car for your holiday’s needs at CarRental.com.

Bars & Nightlife

Nolan's Irish Pub, Cocoa Beach Florida, Cocoa Beach Vacations, Cocoa Beach Beaches, Florida beachesNolan’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.  Contact them at 321-783-8499 or visit Nolan’s Irish Pub.

 

Longboards Tiki Beach Grille, Cocoa Beach Florida, Cocoa Beach Vacations, Cocoa Beach Beaches, Florida beachesLongboards 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!  Contact them at 321-799-0003 or visit Longboards Tiki Beach Grille.

Hogan's Irish Bar, Cocoa Beach Florida, Cocoa Beach Vacations, Cocoa Beach Beaches, Florida beachesHogan’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. Contact them at 321-613-3854 or visit Hogan’s Irish Bar.

Sandbar Sports Grill, Cocoa Beach Florida, Cocoa Beach Vacations, Cocoa Beach Beaches, Florida beachesSandbar 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.  Contact them at 321-799-2577 or visit Sandbar Sports Grill.

Preacher Bar, Cocoa Beach Florida, Cocoa Beach Vacations, Cocoa Beach Beaches, Florida beachesPreacher 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.  Contact them at 321-613-4629 or visit Preacher Bar.

Restaurants

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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!  Contact them at 321-613-5649 or visit them at 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.  Contact them at 321-783-6858 or visit Fat Kahunas.

Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster & Seafood Company

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.  Contact at 321-613-3993 or visit Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster & Seafood Company.

The Fat Snook

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.  Contact them at 321-784-1190 or visit The Fat Snook.

The Tiny Turtle

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”.   Contact them at 321-446-7361 or visit them on Facebook.

Things To Do

Cocoa Kayaking, Cocoa Beach Florida, Cocoa Beach Vacations, Cocoa Beach Beaches, Florida beachesCocoa 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.  For more information call 808-798-6630 or visit Cocoa Kayaking.

Wildlife Watersports, Cocoa Beach Florida, Cocoa Beach Vacations, Cocoa Beach Beaches, Florida beachesWildlife Water Sports

Wildlife Water Sports offers beach-themed setting located on a tranquil bay in Cocoa Beach’s Thousand Islands, Wildlife Watersports 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 paddleboards. Wildlife Watersports can accommodate individuals and groups seeking adventure and the serenity of Cocoa Beach’s pristine Banana River Lagoon. They provide an accommodating location equipped with private changing stations, lockers and all the amenities required for a relaxing day on the water!  For more information call 321-785-3244 or visit Wildlife Water Sports.

Ron Jon Surf School, Cocoa Beach Florida, Cocoa Beach Vacations, Cocoa Beach Beaches, Florida beachesRon 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.  For more information call 321-868-1980 or visit Ron Jon Surf School.

 

Fin & Fly Fishing Charters, Cocoa Beach Florida, Cocoa Beach Vacations, Cocoa Beach Beaches, Florida beachesFin & 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.  Whether you are a novice or an experienced angler, you guide has all the knowledge and tackle you’ll need to battle down these monstrous fish that lurk in the waters along the Space Coast of Florida.  For more information call 321-652-5903 or visit Fin & Fly Fishing Charters.

Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach Florida, Cocoa Beach Vacations, Cocoa Beach Beaches, Florida beachesLori 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.  For more information call 321-455-1380 or visit Lori Wilson Park.

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.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit The Resort on Cocoa Beach, a VRI Resort.

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.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral-Cocoa Beach.

South Beach Inn – Cocoa Beach

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. This Cocoa Beach, Florida ocean-front motel features a full kitchen and free Wi-Fi. The rooms and suites are next to Robert P. Murkshe Memorial Park.  Barbecue facilities and a gazebo are available throughout the stay at South Beach Inn. Other features include laundry facilities and a vending machine.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit South Beach Inn – Cocoa Beach.

Beach Place Guesthouses

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.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Beach Place Guesthouses.

 

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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