Cocoa Beach Holidays
Centre of the spectacular Space Coast
Cocoa Beach offers visitors the perfect Florida beach resort and is found in the very heart of Florida’s wonderful “Space Coast” - 70 miles of fabulous, broad, white sandy beaches. Cocoa Beach itself is a 6 mile long island with 12 miles of superb beaches and a marvellous climate. Holidays here feature one of Florida’s foremost attractions, the Kennedy Space Centre, a hugely entertaining and informative homage to NASA space exploration. Cocoa Beach also offers plenty for the wildlife enthusiast, the highlight being the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, a vast park featuring alligators, manatees and endangered species like the bald eagle and loggerhead turtle.
Cocoa Beach makes a superb characterful beach base from which to visit Orlando with its world-famous theme parks, amazing thrills and non-stop entertainment. Orlando is just an hour’s drive west of Cocoa Beach. As well as the beach and the Kennedy Space Centre, your holiday could also include visits to the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, a great zoo, fine cinemas and excellent bowling. Most trips to Cocoa Beach are simply not long enough to take full advantage of the myriad attractions in the region. Popular excursions include wildlife sanctuary boat trips, cruises, fishing trips and floating casinos that leave from nearby Port Canaveral.
Cocoa Beach enjoys a casual beach resort atmosphere with a nice mix of ages from elderly sun worshippers to the trendy surf scene (the resort is immensely popular with surfers). Cocoa Beach is famous for its fabulous beach and the long historic pier and clued-up visitors can make good use of an efficient beach trolley bus to explore the long attractive beach promenade. Holidays here offer visitors excellent accommodation and a great selection of world cuisines to suit all budgets. There is also plenty of fine shopping in historic Cocoa Village, Merritt Square and along the seafront. The shops here are something of a mecca for surfers. Nightlife is varied and lively, ranging from family-orientated entertainment to live music and fashionable nightclubs.
There are two seasons in Cocoa Beach - a dry warm season running from November to April, and a hot rainy season from May to October. Winter sees temperatures of 20C - 23C, and 7-8 hours of sunshine, whilst the spring is an excellent time to visit Cocoa Beach, with highs of 26C - 28C, and 9 hours of sun. A major surfing centre, the waters of Cocoa Beach reach warm temperatures of 24C - 26C in the spring and winter, and rise to 29C during the summer. Winters are the driest time in Cocoa Beach, receiving 45mm - 80mm from December to February.
Known as one of Florida's more affordable resorts, all inclusive holidays in Cocoa Beach can offer excellent value for money, ideal for those keen to soak up the Florida sunshine whilst enjoying all the facilities available - all at one convenient price. With just one price to pay and no hidden extras to worry about, guests can discover the vast appeal of this cost-effective form of accommodation, on their all inclusive holiday in Cocoa Beach this year.
Kennedy Space Centre
The Visitor's Complex showcases NASA's exploration in space, and with tours of the launch area, and features such as the Shuttle Launch Experience, an intergalactic gallery and showings of IMAX films, the centre is a major tourist attraction. Lucky visitors can actually get to see a shuttle launch if scheduled, and there are ample viewing points around the whole Cocoa Beach area. Other space-related attractions include an Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory, and the U.S Astronaut Hall of Fame, where visitors can experience zero gravity.
The area has 6 miles of beaches, and is a lively family-friendly resort on Florida's Space Coast, with plenty of facilities, hotels, shops, bars and restaurants. As well as sunbathing and swimming, water sports to try on Cocoa Beach include scuba-diving and snorkelling, kayaking and canoeing, and there are some fantastic deep-sea fishing trips available.
Cocoa Beach is one of the best places to surf on the East Coast of Florida; with the resorts huge waves the major attraction for the many avid surfers who visit, as well as a wide range of surf shops, including the world-famous Ron Jon Surf Shop. The resort is also a popular spot for kite surfing.
Like most of Florida, there is plenty of opportunity for a round of golf in the Florida sunshine, and the resort boasts 6 local courses, including Cocoa Beach Country Club, with many more in the surrounding area.
Horse riding and bike rental is available, as is tennis, volleyball and parasailing, and for kids, the resort offers bowling, mini-golf and an adventure park with to go-karting, laser tag and bumper cars.
Cocoa Beach is home to a number of national parks such as Merritt Island Refuge, Blue Spring, De Leon Spring and Tomoka State Parks - all offering a natural setting of preserved wetlands and scrublands, and full of an array of local wildlife and flora, including alligators, bobcats, eagles, kites, herons, tortoises and manatees. There are trails for hiking and fishing, and canoeing is permitted in the lakes, springs and lagoons.
Local attractions feature a jungle cruise around an alligator farm, Brevard Zoo, a floating casino cruise and the Botanical Gardens. A trip to Disneyworld, Universal Studios or SeaWorld in Orlando is easily accessible, and Daytona Beach is just an hour away.