Cocoa Beach

Travel Guide
Cocoa Beach

As the gateway to the Kennedy Space Center and home to cruisey beach piers and parks, this coastal playground is a great place to escape to from bustling Orlando.

The Florida city of Cocoa Beach is just an hour from the theme parks of Orlando, but feels like a world away. That’s mainly because it’s all about sea, sun and sand here. Oh, and about space travel, of course.

Before you aim for the moon and stars, enjoy a quiet morning at the beach in Lori Wilson Park with its shallow waters and gentle waves. Swim, learn how to surf or have a picnic in one of the beachside pavilions. The park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, so bring your binoculars to look for the colorful painted buntings and other species as you follow the boardwalk through the hammock forest.

The surf around the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is also consistent and fishing here can be pretty rewarding too. The pier with shops and restaurants has brightly painted rocking chairs to relax on and a Hawaiian-style tavern at its end. Rent surfing gear or beach umbrellas from the beach below the pier.

Get into the surfing spirit at the Florida Surf Museum inside the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop in town. The museum is partly dedicated to local surfing legend Kelly Slater. While in the area, treat the kids to a tour of the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures and the next-door Dinosaur Store. Have fun in its Adventure Zone, discover skeletons and other treasure from the Jurassic period and delve into the ancient cultures of Egypt, China and MesoAmerica.

Cocoa Beach city sits just south of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Spend a day in the interactive Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on nearby Merritt Island. Learn how to fly a space shuttle in a simulator and partake in other fun and educational training sessions as a “space cadet.” See the spot where the Apollo 11 spaceflight took off for the moon in 1969 and visit its hall of fame to commemorate the astronauts who lost their lives aboard the fateful Challenger space journey in 1986.

If you are the adventurous type, don’t leave Cocoa Beach before you’ve played mini golf with the alligators at Golf N Gator or have conquered the elevated trails of the adjacent Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures play park.

Where to stay in Cocoa Beach

International Palms Oceanfront Resort Cocoa Beach
International Palms Oceanfront Resort Cocoa Beach
3 out of 5
1300 N Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32913
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $126 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Cocoa Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
2.9/5 (2,552 reviews)
"Nice place to stay"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

International Palms Oceanfront Resort Cocoa Beach
Beachside Hotel & Suites
Beachside Hotel & Suites
3.5 out of 5
3901 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931
The price is CA $185 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Cocoa Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,180 reviews)
"The property seems older but the rooms were very nice and cozy. They offer a great breakfast and the staff went over and beyond to assist"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Beachside Hotel & Suites
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
3.5 out of 5
1550 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931
The price is CA $238 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Cocoa Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and 2 beach bars. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (982 reviews)
"I didn't appreciate the lack of "ocean view" as described during my reservation vs what the view actually was...the parking lot and neighboring resort, with a glimpse of the ocean through the corner of the window."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Coco Sands Beachside Cottages
Coco Sands Beachside Cottages
4 out of 5
1473 S Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931
The price is CA $205 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Cocoa Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Cocoa Beach Pier and Cocoa Beach are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (165 reviews)
"I loved that we had our own private beach . Enjoyed it so much.nice quiet relaxing without the added noise or crowds. The cottage was so cute and cozy as well.."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Coco Sands Beachside Cottages
Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort
Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort
4 out of 5
3550 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931
The price is CA $397 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4-star beach condo in Cocoa Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (285 reviews)
"We loved our stay at Westgate Cocoa Beach. Everyone was incredibly friendly, probably more friendly than any other place I have stayed. Our group consisted of me, my husband, my newly 21-year-old daughter, my 14-year-old son, my 3.5-year-old son, and my 20-month-old twin girls. We rented 2 adjoining ..."

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort
The Resort on Cocoa Beach, a VRI resort
The Resort on Cocoa Beach, a VRI resort
3.5 out of 5
1600 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in Cocoa Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (301 reviews)
"This was our second stay and we would definitely choose this resort again for our next vacation."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

The Resort on Cocoa Beach, a VRI resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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