Melbourne Beach Vacations

Surf’s up in Melbourne. Set beside the Indian River Lagoon along Florida’s Space Coast, Melbourne offers beaches, fishing, golf, snorkeling and many other outdoor activities. You can bask in the sunshine on miles and miles of unspoiled beaches by daylight or, at night, enjoy a romantic moonlit walk, complete with tropical breezes. You’ll find all types of shopping and restaurants in Historic Downtown Melbourne and elsewhere in and near town. Within an easy drive of the Kennedy Space Center, Melbourne also is the home of annual festivals such as the Independent Filmmaker’s Festival, Arts Festival, Aviation Day and Oktoberfest.  Enjoy our Melbourne Beach Vacations guide.  Visit the beautiful beaches of Florida’s East Coast

Melbourne Beach Weather – When to Visit

Average temperatures in Melbourne vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year.  The hottest months are July thru September.  Highs are regularly around 91°F  with temperatures rarely dropping below 75°F at night.  The busiest months February, March and July. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance.

Melbourne Beach Attractions

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Find the best restaurants and bars, the coolest markets and festivals, the quirky hipster spots and undiscovered hideaways on the pier. Try cappuccinos served in avocados, enjoy the best secret view of Melbourne, rummage through vintage stores or chill with some sun-loving penguins! Or explore lively Chinatown and get cultured at a festival.


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Archie-Carr-National-Wildlife-Refuge-300x110.jpgArchie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach is considered by biologist to be the most important nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles in the western hemisphere and the second most important nesting beach in the world.  Located in the heart of the refuge, the center offers exhibits, environmental education programs and tours, and auditorium with orientation/nature films, a gift shop, 3/4 mile foot trail and lagoon launch.

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Spessard Holland North Beach Park in Melbourne Beach is a 6.5-acre community beach side park with seasonal lifeguards. A popular family park featuring a 150′ boardwalk and two small pavilions, it provides easy beach access for surf fishing and beach goers. Additional amenities include public restrooms and outdoor showers.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Coconut-Point-Park-300x169.jpgCoconut Point Park

Coconut Point Park is a 36.9-acre community beach side park is a popular sea turtle nesting site. Also popular for surfing, beach combing and fishing, this Melbourne Beach park’s amenities include a picnic shelter, restrooms, and outside showers. One of the two dune crossovers is also wheelchair accessible. Coconut Point Park is also listed in state of Florida Great Florida Birding Trail’s. Shorebirds include Black-bellied Plover, Red Knots (winter); Gannet, Seabirds (offshore); Red-Throated Loons (winter).

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This 25.57-acre regional beach park features 2 beach crossovers, a small pavilion, restrooms, and parking.  The park commemorates the epic 1513 voyage of Juan Ponce de León and his landing near Melbourne Beach, Florida on April 2.



Things to Do in Melbourne Beach

SUP Eco Adventures

You will paddle in the mangroves off the main Indian River Lagoon, which provides rich wildlife and bird sightings. You may see manatee or dolphins in the area, since they are wild animals.  The launch facility has bathrooms, plenty of parking and is well maintained. In addition, the facility is listed as a Florida Historical Site.  Telephone:  321-507-6058  Web:  SUP Eco Adventures

Karen’s Kayaks

Guided nature/wildlife kayak tours & rentals. Mobile outfitter- we bring the equipment to you at no extra charge. Over 15 years of paddling experience, American Canoe Assoc (ACA) trained, Florida Professional Paddle-Sports Assoc. Specializing in small intimate groups (2 to 6 avg) to ensure a personal connection with the guide and higher probability of wildlife encounters.  Telephone:  321-848-8416 Web:  Karen’s Kayaks

At the Helm Sailing Charters

Sailing Charters And Sailing Lessons On The Indian River, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Melbourne Beach, Vero Beach, Sebastian, Ft Pierce, Brevard County.  Telephone:  321-720-8060  Web:  At The Helm Sailing Charters

321 Boat Rentals & Club

They have the largest and most diverse selection of boats and jet skis in Brevard County as well as Florida’s premier boat club. Whether you want to go dolphin watching, island exploring, tubing, fishing, skiing, out to dinner, or just having some family time, they have the right boat or jet ski for you.  Telephone:  321-507-5400  Web:  321 Boat Rentals & Club

Paddling Paradise

They offer Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boarding. ECO-Tours with the Manatees and Dolphins Stand Up Paddling is new, exciting, adventurous and peaceful all at the same time! Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) is easy and it’s fun!  They offer everything from On Site Storage, Lessons, Rentals, Sunset & Eco-tours, to SUP Parties & Corporate, Team Building Events!  Telephone:  321-258-4492  Web:  Paddling Paradise

Best Melbourne Beach Restaurants

Cafe Coconut Cove  $11 – 30

Café Coconut Cove is a family-owned German restaurant with gorgeous views of the Indian River. In addition to its savory meat-focused dishes, they have a warm, intimate atmosphere and are located about 10 minutes south of us on A1A. They were even featured on chef Emeril Lagasse’s Florida highlights show on the Cooking Channel!  Telephone:  321-727-3133  Web:  Cafe Coconut Cove

Djon’s Steak & Lobster House  $31 – 60

Djon’s has a great atmosphere (live music by way of a piano player or 3 piece jazz ensemble), a more casual patio with sunset views of the Indian River, and terrific food. Both the Manager, David, and Rebecca in the lounge keep a special eye out for Port d’Hiver guests to ensure a fabulous time! Telephone:  321-722-2737  Web:  Djon’s Steak & Lobster House

Matt’s Casbah  $11 – 30

Matt’s Casbah has great sushi and a festive nightlife – there’s always a live band on their front porch! Matt’s is in historic downtown Melbourne, home to fun bars, shops and restaurants, and just a 10 minute drive across the river.  Telephone:  321-579-1099  Web:  Matt’s Casbah

Scott’s On Fifth  $31 – 60

They have a small and personal atmosphere with only about 10 tables, and occasional live music. Not only is the food amazing – Scott is somewhat of a celebrity chef & used to have his own cooking show – but their staff is also attentive and accommodating. Click here to read, rave review by USA Today.  Telephone:  321-729-9779  Web:  Scott’s On Fifth

The Chart House  $31 – 60

Dine on top-of-the-catch seafood, succulent steaks, and decadent desserts while overlooking the Indian River. The Chart House also goes above and beyond for our guests – usually including a complimentary Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert!  Telephone:  321-729-6558  Web:  The Chart House

The Dove III  $11 – 30

The Dove III has the absolute best homemade Italian cuisine in town and an intimate, dark atmosphere. Not only is their staff attentive, but even the chef has been known to make one-of-a-kind dishes special for our guests! It is also located in historic, Downtown Melbourne.  Telephone:  321-725-3683  Web:  The Dove III

Melbourne Beach Nightlife

Malabar Mo’s Bar & Grill

Stop in for South Brevard’s best live music, food, mood and late night dining with full dinner service until 11 p.m.  Drink ice cold beer and full liquor bar on their shady outdoor decks.  Great fun, food and atmosphere!  For more information contact 321-725-8374 or visit Malabar Mo’s Bar & Grill.

The Broken Barrel Tavern

The Broken Barrel Tavern, your new favorite spot in Palm Bay, FL.  They offer hundreds of bottled beers, 41 draughts, full liquor, and made-from-scratch BBQ 7 days a week.  You can play pool, darts, or Golden Tee…whatever makes you happy!  Telephone: 321-728-4755  Web:  The Broken Barrel Tavern.

Hell n’ Blazes Brewing

Located in Historic Downtown Melbourne, FL, Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company operates out of fully renovated 120 year-old former hardware and farm supply store. This family-and-friends microbrewery is known for traditional brews as well as the adventurous spirit that defines craft beer!  Consistently pouring 12-16 unique house beers, with a 25-bottle wine list, the taproom pairs the old Florida lifestyle with the comfort of your own living room!  Telephone:  321-821-4052  Web:  Hell n’ Blazes Brewing.

Ole’ Fire Grill

The bar features tapas, a happy hour menu and quick lunches for the business crowd.  Great Jalapeño margarita, you have to try it!  Go for All-Can-Drink Margarita Monday’s and Happy Hour 1-7 with Food Specials.  Telephone: 321-728-5950  Web:   Ole’ Fire Grill.

Outriggers Bar & Grill

Outriggers Bar and Grill is a quaint little restaurant nestled in between the Sebastian and Indian River.  You’ll get a great view of the incoming fishing boats, and local wildlife native to the area.  You can sit on their waterfront outside deck or the inside patio, and even feed the fish while you eat!  They fully support their local musicians, and have live entertainment every weekend.  They also purchase a plethora of food from fresh, local vendors right in Indian River country.  They are a dog friendly restaurant, so feel free to bring the pup!  And if you didn’t know, they have the best wings and coldest beer in town!  Telephone:  321-664-1112  Web: Outriggers Bar & Grill.

Top Melbourne Beach Hotels

Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast

Located across from Ocean Park and just a short walk from the beach, this Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast features a daily gourmet breakfast that includes Italian strata and fresh-baked scones.  Free covered parking and room service are available at Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast. Guests can also enjoy access to a heated swimming pool, as well as free snacks and refreshments throughout the day.

Sea View Inn

Showcasing a barbecue and sun terrace, Sea View Inn is located in Melbourne Beach in the region of Florida. Free private parking is available on site.  Each room at this inn is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some units have a sitting area where you can relax. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom fitted with a shower.

Sea Glass Inn Bed and Breakfast

This property is a 4-minute walk from the beach. Located 1.6 miles from Sea Turtle Preservation Society Melbourne Beach in Melbourne Beach, Sea Glass Inn Bed and Breakfast features free WiFi access and free private parking.  Every room has a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms include a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. Certain rooms feature views of the pool or river. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and free toiletries.

Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Situated 3 miles from the Brevard Art Museum, this hotel offers private beach access, a heated outdoor pool, and water sport rentals. Each suite includes free WiFi and a private balcony.  Guests at the Oceanfront Radisson Suite Hotel can dine at Lena’s Café for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Enjoy some light meals and cocktails outdoors at Down Under Pub and Pool Bar or indoors at Nick’s Lounge. Room service is also available.  Jet skis, surfboards, and beach cabanas are available to rent at the hotel. For guests who want to work out, the spacious on-site fitness center overlooks Melbourne’s beaches.

Windemere Inn by the Sea

Guests at this Indialantic bed and breakfast can look forward to a full hot breakfast and lounging on a private beach. Restaurants like Skewers Mediterranean Grille are 8 minutes’ walk away.  An en suite bathroom and telephone are included in all individually decorated rooms. A spa bath, balcony, and ocean view are included in select Windemere Inn by the Sea rooms. Children can be accommodated in select rooms.


  1. Jenny

    Great post. I too thought you were talking about Melbourne Australia. Never knew there was a Melbourne in Florida. I love the tips about finding cheaper airfare, I didn’t know about the sites you mentioned and will have to check them out next time I travel. I also like how you mentioned a dog friendly restaurant, this is good to know as I am a dog owner and love taking my dog with me.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, dog friendly restaurants are awesome! I just move to Florida a year ago, and have not found any close to me yet 🙁 Thanks for visit Melbourne Beach Vacations!

  2. Jenny

    Also, would you recommend flying into Orlando and staying a few days before driving to Melbourne? Do you have a post on Orlando?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      There is a lot to see and do in Orlando. I am personally not into the Disney options as they are over priced and crowded. I do not have a post on Orlando, since it is not a beach destination. But I just did a google and there is a ton of information. Orlando Airport fares are going to be cheaper, generally. So you could save on the fares and then enjoy Orlando for a few days 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions.

  3. Kat

    When I started reading this post, I thought you were talking about Melbourne Australia, as I live in Australia. Little did I know that there’s also a Melbourne in Florida! I’ve learnt something new lol! Your post is very thorough and and I can envision a relaxed vibe there! You’ve covered so many aspects of visiting, well done!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you 🙂 I live in Florida, so I know about Melbourne beach. I do have a post on Melbourne Australia as well 🙂 Thanks for visiting Melbourne Beach Vacations!

  4. Timotheus

    Wow! I didn’t know Melbourne has so many activities by the sea! I’ve visited the place years ago, but never explored the beaches. Next time I’m there, I am definitely going to come back to your website, read up and improve my itinerary. I find your information very helpful.
    Thanks so much! I’ll be bookmarking this site and exploring more! 🙂

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much. Glad the information was useful 🙂 Melbourne Beach Florida is awesome!

  5. Helen Vella

    Great post with some great suggestions. I have visited Melbourne before many years ago and I am sure it has changed a lot, so this would help me find my way around.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed reading Helen. Thanks for reading about Melbourne beach!

  6. Steve & Kris

    I just read your article on The Best Beach Gear. Thank you for this information. I was especially fond of the underwater cameras and umbrella reviews. We are planning a summer vacation, and I have been doing some reviews on both items, so this is very relevant for me right now. It looks like you have done a lot of research, and I appreciate that. You have made my job a lot easier!

    Underwater cameras sure have come a long way. In the past, we have used the disposable kind, and the pictures just don’t come out all that great. We are really thinking about stepping up to an underwater digital camera.

    Thanks again for this, very timely.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am telling you that the camera I recommended is really a great choice. Affordable and you get great pictures, as well it is easy to operate 🙂 Thanks for visiting Steve.

  7. Mary G.P.

    I have never heard of Melbourne Beach, Florida. I love the travel information you provided, not only did you provide the standard travel information like getting there and where to stay. You gave me information about weather, the nightlife and what we can do. I am adding this to one of the places I want to go on my bucket list.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed reading! Melbourne Beach is actually a great place to vacation to in Florida. You would enjoy going for sure 🙂

  8. Robin

    What a great post, lots of information! I have never been to Melbourne Beach (of course I thought you were talking about Australia at first) but would love to visit there sometime. You have covered all the information that a person needs to know before going there. Thanks for all your hard work.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed reading Robin and found the information useful. Yeah, maybe I should have had Melbourne Florida in the post :/. Just might have to fix that 🙂

  9. Jonathan

    I like this kind of post, because when I research a destination place one of few things I start to look for are places to visit and eat. Special like the advice on airport parking, and that you need to secure it ahead of time. Melbourne looks amazing from the pictures and detailed weather information and recommendations. When is the best time to Visit Melbourne? I want to visit when there is less visitors yet the weather is great.

    Thank you

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The best time to avoid crowds is going to be anytime except the summer months. Of course the water might be a little chilly at the end of November thru the beginning of January. I like spring or fall personally 🙂 Thanks for visiting Melbourne Beach Vacations!

  10. Peter

    Hi Leahrae! Thanks for your wonderful description of Melbourne Florida! The reason I checked out your article is because I’m from Melbourne Australia and was looking for some beach fun and it looks like I’ve certainly found it (even if it is miles across the ocean)! I am planning a trip to the states later this year (happy new year by the way!) and I think I’m going to have to put your Melbourne on the itinerary. Peace and best wishes.


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Peter and Happy New Year to you too! Hope you enjoyed reading and you can visit soon!

  11. rebecca kosmidou

    Wow, Leahrae! What a review of Melbourne! I think that I have already visited Melbourne through your eyes! Here in Greece, we have always white Christmas but I think that after that reading Melbourne will be my first choice vacation for next Christmas!
    Happy New Year and Best wishes,

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Happy New Year to you as well Rebecca. Thanks so much for visiting Melbourne Beach 🙂 I hope I have inspired you to plan a trip here. It is truly an exceptional place!

  12. Arthur Siew

    To be honest, I don’t remember Melbourne (Australia) to be this sunny lol and stimulating (to be fair, Australia is quite boring). After closer examination, I realise it is Meblourne in Florida lol.

    I always wanted to go to Sunny Florida for beach and the great BBQ.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, at first I am thinking hmmm this is not Australia, however I did do a post on that beach location as well. I kind of favor the East coast, especially the Florida beaches. So laid back and fun!

  13. Katie

    I’m definitely going to keep this in mind for my next vacation! Thanks to you, now I know about OneTravel and hopefully I can get some cheap deals! Ole’ Fire Grill also sounds great for a bite to eat. Thanks for all the great information about things to do there as well.

    Awesome post! 🙂

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks so much Katie. You would love vacationing here. Florida beaches are awesome, not just the fact that they have so much to do!

  14. AJ

    I freaking love this page. Reading the first part made me want to go the beach SO SO BAD. Its funny but me and my wife where talking about that the other day about how nice it would be. This was extremely helpful, gave me quit a few good ideas of what I can really do when we go. Surfing FOE SHOW LOL. Nice Post.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks so much AJ for reading. You and your wife would really enjoy Melbourne Beach Florida….so a beautiful and fun place!

  15. Nnamdi

    Wow, this is an interesting post and a beautiful sight as well. Melbourne Beach is indeed a place to be! I love the way your article covered all the questions one concerning visiting Melbourne Beach. You said all there is to be said about the flight ticket price to the closest airport to the best car rental and so much more. You indeed took out time to put this piece together and a lot of people will thank you for it. Merely looking at the Melbourne beach would make one make an impromptu trip to it, it’s beautiful.


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks so much for visiting and glad you enjoyed reading about Melbourne Beach, Florida!

  16. aishahomemadecupcakerecipes

    Really really like this post on your website. I’ve been fascinated with Australia forever, but I live in the UK and it is so far and expensive to get to – but one day I will! I’ve heard Melbourne’s beautiful. Your post is so thorough and helpful and tells me everything I may need to know – especially good places to eat! Actually I think the whole Beach Travel Destinations idea is great. Keep up the hard work, you’ve put lots in to this post!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed reading~!

  17. Marc

    Great collection of info–everything I was looking for while researching my trip to Melbourne Beach! Most other sites focused on hotels or sights/activities but you’ve got all that plus weather, restaurants, and more. Is Outriggers a family friendly place? I’ll be travelling with two small kids. Thanks for the post. If you ever need some input feel free to contact me back, or just reply to this comment. I will be sure to check back soon!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Outriggers is family friendly. I am glad my information was of help! Thanks for visiting Melbourne Beach vacations.


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