Uncrowded Beaches of the Florida's Space Coast
Find your space in the sun
You want to go to the beach, but you also want to avoid the crowds. On the Space Coast, that’s an easy order. While Cocoa Beach is by far our most popular and well-known beach, there are 72 miles of shoreline for you to explore here. Check out some of our favorite uncrowded Space Coast Beaches.
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Sebastian Inlet State Park is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Space Coast and maybe all of Florida. This natural inlet features surf-worthy crystal blue waves to the east and an island speckled lagoon to the west. Here you can experience the best of the beach and the Indian River Lagoon without moving the car! It is located at the southernmost end of the Space Coast, and well worth the drive. Check out the fishing pier, splash in the swimming cove, rent a boat or kayak and check out a few spoil islands or just hang out on the beach for a crowd-free getaway full of adventure. Depending on availability, campsites including full-hookup and primitive campsites, are available for an extended stay so you can experience everything Sebastian Inlet State Park has to offer!
How to Get to Sebastian Inlet State Park:
Take the A1A south and don’t stop until you get to the bridge. Entrance to the park is marked by a sign just before the bridge.
Patrick Air Force Base Beaches
Patrick Airforce Base is directly south of Cocoa Beach and a great option for travelers looking to escape the crowds without venturing too far from their hotel in Cocoa Beach or Cape Canaveral. From Tables Beach to Pineda Beach Park you’ll be able to pull off the A1A for a scenic slice of Space Coast paradise. This stretch of beach is clear of condos and hotels, as the Air Force Base is just over the dunes. It’s a prime spot for shelling, surfing, and easy access to the local businesses, restaurants, and shops of Cocoa Beach to the north and Satellite Beach to the south. The proximity to Patrick Airforce Base also affords the opportunity to see some incredible jets, helicopters, and other unique aircraft preparing for landing as you’re lounging under your umbrella
How to Access Patrick Airforce Base Beaches:
Head south on A1A from Cocoa Beach and turn left into designated parking lots.
Number of Beach Access Areas with Parking Lots:
Free, however spaces are limited
No, you will find many local eateries to the north in Cocoa Beach, and south in Satellite Beach
Indian Harbor Beach/ Indialantic
You’ll also find some sparsely populated beaches further south on the Space Coast when you stop in Indian Harbor Beach and Indialantic. Located, conveniently, at the end of two causeways, the Eau Gallie and 192 Causeways respectively, these two Space Coast beaches provide a reprieve from crowds and local charm you can only find on the Space Coast. With a dog-friendly beach, Canova Beach, and a picturesque boardwalk in Indialantic surrounded by local shops serving up home-made ice cream, pizza, and cold craft beers, these two beaches are perfect for experiencing the Space Coast while socially distancing yourself under an umbrella.
How to Get to Indian Harbor Beach:
From Highway 1 - Head south on Highway 1 to FL-518, Take the Eau Gallie Causeway and drive until you hit the beach!
From A1A - Head south until you get to FL-518, turn Left at Canova Park. Follow A1A further South and stop in at any of the beach parking lots.
How to Get to Indiatlantic:
From Highway 1 - Head south on Highway 1 to FL-192, Take the 192 Causeway and drive until you hit the beach.
From A1A - Head south until you get to FL-192, turn Left at Indiatlantic Boardwalk. Follow A1A further South and stop in at any of the beach parking lots.
Canaveral National Seashore
*Disclaimer the Canaveral National Seashore is beginning a phased approach to reopening. More details here.
**Since opening in a limited capacity, visitors have commented on long wait times to gain entrance to this National Park. It is wise to call before your trip to understand the operating procedures and learn what to expect.
The Canaveral National Seashore is the northernmost point of the Space Coast. This pristine national park is one of the best beaches in the United States and there’s no question why. Because there are no homes, condos, or hotels on this stretch of beach, you can expect to see sea turtle tracks (in season of course), undisturbed dunes, and native shorelife thriving here. The waves beacon surfers looking to paddle out alone, beach anglers seeking seclusion, and small groups of families in search of a crowd-free beach experience. Further, the Canaveral National Seashore is surrounded by the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Giving you another opportunity to explore native Florida, away from crowds, on your trip. Check out manatees and dolphins swimming in the lagoon, alligators basking in the sun, and more unique migratory and native birds than you could ever imagine. If you’re looking for some space in sand and sun, Canaveral National Seashore is the Space Coast Beach for you!
How to get to Canaveral National Seashore:
From I-95: Take exit 220 onto FL 406. Merge onto FL-402 and follow signs to Canaveral National Seashore
Vehicle Entrance Fee - $20.00/per vehicle (cars, mini-vans, etc..), valid for 7 days.
Motorcycles - $15.00/per motorcycle, valid for 7 days.
Walk-in/Bicycle-in Per Person - $10.00
Pedestrians entering the park on foot or bicycle will pay $10 per person. Valid for 7 days.
On the Space Coast, there are 72 miles of beach to social distance on. If you feel a beach is too busy for your taste, just keep driving and pull off at the next beach access point. There’s plenty of Space for you here!