FAQ

WHERE IS FLORIDA'S SPACE COAST?

On Florida's East Coast, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, just one hour from Orlando.  Space Coast cities include Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Melbourne Beaches, Palm Bay, Port Canaveral, Titusville and Viera.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Florida's Space Coast offers many fun, exciting activities for the whole family.  Miles of public beaches, national wildlife refuges, a national seashore, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Port Canaveral cruises, an interactive Zoo experience, golf, fishing and more await you.

WHY ARE YOU ALL CALLED THE SPACE COAST?  

We're the home of America's Manned Space Program.  Starting in the 1950s when the Air Force developed the Eastern Test Range at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to modern day Kennedy Space Center, all the important milestones of the space program started here.

HOW FAR BACK CAN YOU TRACE THE AREA'S HISTORY?

Juan Ponce de Leon landed off the coast of Melbourne Beach in 1513

An Ais Indian village on what is now The Ulamay Wildlife Sanctuary in Merritt Island was mapped in 1605 by Lt. Alvaro Mexia. 

The last naval battle of the American Revolutionary War was fought off the shores of Cape Canaveral in 1783, between the USS Alliance and the HMS Sybill.

Founded by fisherman, the first families arrived in Cocoa in 1860.  Once known as "Indian River City", Cocoa's first families arrived in 1860.  The town's official name was adopted in 1884 after one of its citizens received inspiration from a box of Baker's Cocoa. 

Colonel Henry Titus arrived in 1867 with intentions to build a town on land owned by his wife. The community was named Titusville in 1873 after Colonel Titus won a card game.  

Melbourne was founded in the late 1860s by former slaves and named in honor of its first postmaster, Cornthwaite John Hector, an Englishman who had spent much of his life in Melbourne, Australia.

WHAT CAN A NATURE LOVER DO?

There's plenty of things for nature lover to do with over a hundred public parks, 250 square miles of protected sanctuaries, and 72  miles of Atlantic coastline and fresh water tributaries.   

 

I'M TAKING A CRUISE FROM PORT CANAVERAL, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR PARKING MY CAR?

You have many options including Cruise Packages at local hotels.  You can also find more information about cruise parking at portcanaveral.com.

ARE THERE ANY FESTIVALS OR SPECIAL EVENTS I CAN PLAN MY VACATION AROUND?

Depending on the time of the year, you can catch beads tossed from a carnival float during Cocoa's Annual Mardi Gras parade, photograph rare bird species in the Nikon Birding & Wildlife festival or witness a world champion surfer in one of a half dozen AST sponsored surfing competitions. See what's going on now Calendar of Events

WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATIONS CAN I EXPECT?

Florida's Space Coast boasts more than 10,000 hotel rooms, but we also have condominium and apartment rentals, vacation homes, campground and RV parks.  Many are oceanfront or riverfront and some are inland along the highways.  

I'M A LOCAL HOMEOWNER. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO RENT MY HOME AS A SHORT TERM VACATION UNIT?

On April 1, 2014, The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners enacted changes to the Local Option Tourist Development Act (Florida Statute 125.0104), amending Section 102-116 and creating new sections 102-124 requiring persons renting living quarters and vacation rentals to obtain a tourist development tax account. For more information, please read the official letter on collection of the Tourism Development Tax. To apply for a Tourist Tax Account or register to omit tourist tax online.

HERE FOR BUSINESS? Our hotels offer more than 300,000 Square feet of combined meeting space. But don't expect the ordinary! Of course, you can host your meeting in a traditional conference room, but why not try one on the beach, underneath a real Space Shuttle, or with the giraffes at the zoo? Whatever you choose, groups are always guaranteed a unique venue on Florida's Space Coast.

WHAT IF I'M REALLY INTO TASTING THE LOCAL FLAVOR?

"More than 1,400 restaurants dot the Space Coast with fresh from the sea...."  Browse area restaurants here.

WHAT KIND OF WEATHER CAN I EXPECT?

Due to our location, you can expect pleasant weather generally all year round.

Spring

High

82°F/28°C

Low

59°F/15°C

Summer

High

91°F/33°C

Low

72°F/22°C

Fall

High

82°F/28°C

Low

64°F/18°C

Winter

High

73°/23°C

Low

54°F/12°C

HOW DO I GET THERE BY CAR?

From Orlando drive East on State Road 528, The Beachline Expressway.  From Kissimmee drive East on US 192.  From Jacksonville to the North or Miami to the South, takes Exits 173 through 231 off Interstate 95.  

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS IF I PLAN TO FLY?

Orlando-Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is served by Delta Airlines, US Airways, Elite Air and Baer Air.  

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is served by 37 major airlines and is located just 35 miles from the Space Coast.  

Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) is served by domestic carrier Allegiant Airlines and several international airlines including charters. 

HOW CAN I RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPACE COAST?

To order a vacation guide

To speak with someone regarding the area, please call 1-877-57-BEACH

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Atlas V- EchoStar 19- Rocket Launch December 16, 2016

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Surfin' Santas December 24, 2016

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Falcon 9- EchoStar 23- Rocket Launch January 8, 2017

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Atlas V- SBIRS GEO 3- Rocket Launch January 19, 2017

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