Cocoa Beach is one of the top beach destinations in Florida. This authentic beach town boasts a beautiful coastline that attracts surfers, families, and even those who like casual strolls. It’s Orlando’s closest beach and great spot to land if you’re looking for a quick getaway.

After a few days in Orlando, you and your family will be ready for a change of scenery and relaxation. Cocoa Beach is only one hour from Orlando, and the traffic here is minimal in comparison. Not to mention, there are very few lines that last longer than 10 minutes (a relief after a 100-minute line at some of Disney’s attractions!)

Cocoa Beach has been called the ‘quintessential beach town’ for a reason. Get ready to have a great time at a pace that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Here are some things you don’t want to miss during your visit:

1. Surf Lessons

If you already love to surf or you’ve always wanted to learn, catch some lessons from the Cocoa Beach Surf Company (CBSC). They offer private and group lessons, as well as board rentals. Sure, you can catch a wave at one of Orlando’s water parks, but nothing compares to seeing and experiencing the real thing.

Surfing not your thing? Relax and hang out in the Shark Pit Bar & Grill inside CBSC and watch exotic fish and sharks in the giant aquarium.

 

2. Beach

Obviously, while you’re here you’ll want to spend time at the beach. Check out the famous Cocoa Beach Pier. Equipped with chair rentals, fresh water showers, and restaurants, all your beach needs are met here.

 

 

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3. Great Eats

Spending a day in the sun is bound to get you thirsty. For sunset drinks, head to the Beach Shack or the Sandbar. Both are right on the beach so you don’t have to go far, and they also line up nightly music talent. Another great place to check out is Fat Kahuna’s Beachside Grille. Consider ordering their awesome Shark Burger.

 

4. Exploration Tower

If you don’t want to hit the beach, then consider seeing it from up high in Exploration Tower. This architectural landmark lets visitors experience fun and education through hands on learning, observation decks, exhibits and more. Plus, it’s just 10-minutes from Cocoa Beach!

Grills Seafood and other great restaurants are located adjacent to the tower and offer freshly caught seafood and drink specials. Plus, many restaurants in The Cove offer nightly entertainment – the perfect way to end your day.

 

For those looking to break away from Orlando, Cocoa Beach is a great choice. Soak up Florida’s sunshine in an authentic environment free of long lines, traffic and noise. You’ll love the fresh seafood being served at the local’s favorite places, as well as the beach and scenery.

This beach town is waiting to welcome you, so make sure you’re ready for a few days of adventure. For more information about Cocoa Beach, click here.