While the hustle and bustle of the more social beaches are attractive to some, other people are looking for a more laid-back place to relax and escape for a while. Florida’s Space Coast has some serene beaches that are striking for their natural beauty; here are a few great options:
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge – Melbourne Beach
On your hunt for serene beaches, Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge is a must. This beach’s allure can be attributed to the immense turtle population. In fact, Archie Carr was just named the most significant area for loggerhead sea turtle nesting in the world – right here on Florida’s Space Coast. Along with loggerheads, green sea turtles and leatherbacks are commonly seen nesting on this shoreline. Most say that Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge is the best beach on the Space Coast to relax, get in touch with nature and hopefully see a turtle or two.
If you spot a sea turtle, keep these tips in mind:
Playalinda Beach – Titusville
Playalinda Beach at the Canaveral National Seashore is 24 miles of undeveloped, beautiful shoreline. It could be summed up in one word: natural. From tanning by the waves to bird watching and shelling, this beach is a hidden gem on the Space Coast. Playalinda Beach also houses the Space Coast’s only clothing-optional beach on lots 12 and 13 (but don’t worry, you won’t encounter it unless you try.) There is something for everyone, so come ready to relax and enjoy the Space Coast’s natural beauty. If you are looking for a serene and panoramic getaway, Playalinda Beach in Titusville is a perfect choice.
16th Street - Cocoa Beach
This spot is full of gorgeous greenery along with a breath-taking beach, perfect for those looking to watch the sunrise. When you first get to 16th Street, there is a parking lot with plenty of spaces and it’s free. The free parking sets this street apart from its neighboring streets that have hourly meters.
Most mornings the beach is almost always quiet and secluded except for a few surfers headed out for dawn patrol. Sea grapes frame the boardwalk to the beach, casting shadows on the walkway, which is stunning both in photos and in person. As it gets later in the day, however, 16th Street gets more popular for families and surfers – probably due to the fact that there are lifeguards on duty seasonally. So, while 16th Street can get populous mid-day, it is a beautiful, tranquil location for watching the sunrise and soaking up the morning ambiance.
Juan Ponce de Leon Landing – Melbourne Beach
Located in Melbourne Beach, Juan Ponce de Leon Landing is a quiet getaway with a little bit of history. What makes this beach so special is that it monumentalizes the voyage of Ponce de Leon and his colonization of America; the park even has a large statue of Leon, a celebrated photo opportunity. This regional beach park is known to be quiet and peaceful, a great place to clear your head, hang out by the shore, and remember the beginning of America. Grab your beach bag and get ready to relax among the stunning scenery of Juan Ponce de Leon Landing.
From fun, social locations to natural, serene getaways, every beach on the Space Coast is different. For the days when you are looking for a quiet place to escape reality, there are some great options. To learn more about Florida’s Space Coast’s beaches, click here.