Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach is a family-friendly destination located 45 minutes east of Orlando and is easily the most recognized city on Florida’s Space Coast. This authentic beach town has the perfect combination of sun, sea and space for you to explore. From oceanfront happy hours to world-famous surfing, nature and monthly rocket launches from the Kennedy Space Center area, there's something for everyone here.

Orlando's Closest Beach

Cocoa Beach is only 45 minutes from Orlando International Airport and less than an hour from the world famous, central Florida theme parks. After a few days at the parks, visitors to Cocoa Beach consider the trip a vacation within a vacation.

Space Exploration

We call the area the Space Coast for a reason. From Cocoa Beach, you can visit attractions like the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex or American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame, all less than 30 minutes away. From here, you can take off on the Shuttle Launch Experience, marvel at the new Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit and get an "up close" look at the space program's launch pads. Not only can you experience wondrous exhibits of the past through the museum but you can watch real-time launches from the comfort of your room in Cocoa Beach. While oceanfront restaurants and the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier are popular places to view rockets take off for space, really any spot in Cocoa Beach is considered an excellent viewing area. You'll forever remember the trembling of the ground and the breathtaking sight of lift off.

World-famous Surfing

Cocoa Beach is the East Coast surfing capital with its world champion surfers, renown surfing competitions, world-famous Ron Jon Surf Shop and Florida Surf Museum, and Cocoa Beach Surf Company. Cocoa Beach is the perfect spot to learn how to surf with its easy-going surf and its many surfing schools, including the most popular, Ron Jon Surf School. Are you a daredevil? Take up kite surfing or parasailing with certified trainers an equipment rental on every corner!

Cocoa Beach is home to Kelly Slater, 11-time ASP World Tour Champion and considered one of the greatest surfers of all time. Take your picture next to his bronze statue where State Road A1A splits into one-way north and one-way south in Downtown Cocoa Beach.

Nature Calls

Take a kayaking trip around Cocoa Beach's Thousand Islands where hundreds of manatees, dolphins and other wildlife dwell. Many local kayaking trails are a birdwatcher's paradise. Cocoa Beach is also part of the largest sea turtle nesting grounds. In fact, we house the second largest population of nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtles in the world. Green and Leatherback Sea Turtles also nest here, and occasionally we see a Hawksbill or a Kemp's Ridley. When it's nesting season (and if you follow the rules - don't disturb: no flashlights, no flash photography) a limited number of guided walks are available for visitors to observe sea turtles creating life.

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Apr 26
Cape Canaveral
SpaceX Falcon 9 | CRS 17 | Rocket Launch April 26, 2019

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 19th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 17th operational cargo…

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Apr 27
Melbourne
32nd Annual 5k Flamingo Run April 27, 2019

THE 5K FLAMINGO RUN KICKS OFF THE MELBOURNE ART…

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Apr 27
Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach Uncorked April 27, 2019 - April 28, 2019

Cocoa Beach Uncorked celebrates the areas’ most celebrated chefs, restaurants, and…

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May 4
Melbourne
Space Coast Countdown to Fitness May 4, 2019

Timeline April 1, 2019: Registration OPENS for…

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May 27
Cape Canaveral
SpaceX Falcon 9 | Amos 17 | Rocket Launch May 27, 2019

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Amos 17 communications satellite. Built by Boeing and owned…

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$28 Boarding Coupon Victory Casino Cruises

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Fly, Stay and Cruise: Cocoa Beach Suites

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Fly, Stay and Cruise: Econo Lodge Cocoa Beach

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Fly, Stay and Cruise: Econolodge Hotel® Port Canaveral Area

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Fly, Stay and Cruise: Quality Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach

Make the boat on time with Quality Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach FLY, SNOOZE & CRUISE Package. This package…

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