A First Timer’s Guide to Port Canaveral

A First Timer’s Guide to Port Canaveral

A First Timer’s Guide to Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral may be the world’s second largest cruise port, but it’s so much more than a gateway to the sea. As a destination port, you can find all sorts of activities to keep you active and entertained while discovering what makes Port Canaveral unique. Whether you’re coming early for a cruise, staying after to unwind, or making it your primary destination, a day in Port Canaveral is a day well spent. Don’t miss a beat and soak in all that the port has to offer by following our guide to Port Canaveral. 


Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill 

Start your morning off right by enjoying the most important meal of the day. Zachary’s Restaurant is a family classic, loved for its savory, home-cooked food and cozy atmosphere.  Get your breakfast staples like eggs benedict, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, or a variety of omelets to choose from. If it’s Sunday, Fishlips brunch is calling your name. Inhale the ocean breeze on the waterfront bar and sip on a mimosa as you await one of the chef’s sea-inspired creations like smoked salmon potato pancakes or crab cakes benedict. Your action-packed day in Port Canaveral is just getting started.


Jetty Park Campgrounds

A beautiful day by the port is not one to spend indoors. Fly above the waves at Cocoa Beach Parasailing or explore the shore on a Space Coast Segway Tour. Outdoorsy types head to Jetty Park Beach and Campgrounds where you can park a chair in the sand, catch a fish off the 1,200 foot fishing pier, or stay overnight at a campsite or cabin. You’re likely to see everything from rocket launches and submarines to rich wildlife at Jetty Park. 


Crackers Island Grille

After a long morning of adventure, your stomach is sure to be rumbling again. Head to Crackers Island Grille for a classic beachside bite. Proud of their “relaxed food” and “Island style,” Crackers will give you a taste of the city and the sea at a great price. 


Time & Tide Tours’ Taste of the Port Sunset Cruise

If you’re awaiting your cruise or just got back, you’re most likely in full relaxation mode. Good thing you’re in just the right place. Visit Cocoa Beach Spa for a detoxifying and rejuvenating experience in the vintage, beachy atmosphere. If you’re not setting sail on a major cruise line take a mini trip on a Sunset Cruise for a night of live music, food, drinks, and fun!


Grills Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar

You haven’t fully experienced Florida’s Space Coast until you’ve been to Grills Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar. With a unique island atmosphere, amazing dinner entrees and drinks, and the chance to see a rocket launch or passing cruises, Grills is everything you want out of your Port Canaveral trip. 


Preacher Bar 

It’s been a long day at the port but that’s not going to stop you from heading out for a night on the town. Craft beer enthusiasts rejoice because Port Canaveral is home to Florida Beer Company Brewery, offering activities every week. Tours and tastings, Thursday trivia night, and Cider Sunday are just a few ways you can expand your craft beer palate. Or for a classic tiki party, head to Rusty’s Seafood and Oyster Bar right on the water, complete with live entertainment, cold brews and cocktails. Stay out later at Preacher Bar if you want to try more than 40 kinds of beer, sangria, housemade cocktails, and wine in a strange and almost eerie atmosphere. 


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