Aerial view of where the water meets the sand on the beach

Keep Cool at these 6 Beaches on Florida’s Space Coast

Beat the heat at one of these Space Coast beaches

It’s time for some fun in the sun where sandcastle creations are made, the golden glow of sun-kissed skin is the product of a little rest and relaxation, and plenty of time having a blast in or on the water. But in order to fully enjoy that experience, the weather must be warm and here on Florida’s Space Coast, warm weather is pretty much a year-round occurrence. But have you ever been on vacation and it just seems too hot to be outside all day? Yes, Florida has those days, especially if you venture off to the middle of the state where there is no breeze from a large body of water.

So that’s why coming to the Space Coast is appealing for so many. Not only does the area boast in 72-miles of pristine beaches with access to the Atlantic Ocean, there are several beaches that provide alternative ways to stay cool.

Playalinda Beach | Titusville

FL 406/402, Titusville | (321) 267-1110

Located inside Canaveral National Seashore, Playalinda Beach has become one of the go-to beaches here on the Space Coast. This undeveloped beach offers a welcome change from some of the other beaches. You can easily keep cool while enjoying this recreational paradise. This is also a great place to catch one of the many rocket launches taking place. There is a fee to access the beach, so bring some cash.

Amenities & Activities:

Backcountry camping, bird watching, boating, fishing, kayaking, picnic pavilions, and rocket launch viewing point. 


Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier | Cocoa Beach

401 Meade Avenue, Cocoa Beach | (321) 783-7549

A true Central Florida landmark, the historic Cocoa Beach Pier was built in 1962 and has become one of the popular places to stop and spend the day (or two) in order to kick back, relax, and take a load off. It’s a one-stop beach spot where you can stay full and hydrated with your drink of choice from several restaurants to choose from, shop ‘til you drop at the souvenir gift shop, and get your game on with a fun volleyball competition with the sand court available.

And when you’re done, shower off the salty sea water and sand and head down the pier to the Rikki Tiki Tavern to end the day creating memories with your family and take advantage of the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the cool breeze.

Amenities & Activities:

Fishing, covered restaurants, shopping, surfing, swimming, year-round lifeguards, outdoor showers and rentals.


Paradise Beach | Melbourne

2301 North Highway A1A, Melbourne | (321) 255-4400

For those of you looking for a beach that has something for everyone, then Paradise Beach is for you. With volleyball courts ready to serve up a lively competition and picnic facilities including grills for parties, not to mention a large playground for kids, this beach offers a beautiful natural landscape with plenty of shade, perfect for a whole day at the beach. And with free parking, you’ll definitely want to get there early, but what better reason to make a day of beaching it up in your own little paradise and keep cool at the same time?

Amenities & Activities:

Covered picnic pavilions, shaded areas and trails, surfing, playground, swimming, and outdoor showers.


James H. Nance Park at Indialantic Boardwalk | Indialantic

201 N. Miramar Avenue, Indialantic | (321) 723-2242

Located at the north-end of the Indialantic Boardwalk, this is a place that provides a perfect setting for outdoor get-togethers where you can enjoy a full day at the beach and other outdoor activities, but also a space to cool off in order to cook out and have a get-together with family and friends. Not too keen on cooking your own food, but still want a covered area to sit under while you watch the kids play, the park is close to several restaurants that you can easily pop over for a pick up. There’s even an ice cream shop nearby, which is the ultimate cool off treat!

Amenities & Activities:

ADA accessible, climbing wall, covered picnic pavilions, playground, outdoor showers, swimming, surfing and volleyball courts.

Sebastian Inlet State Park | Melbourne Beach

9700 South A1A, Melbourne Beach | (321) 984-4852

For a beach that doesn’t lack in amenities in order to beat the heat, then making a trip to our southern-most beach on the Space Coast is worth the visit. Located within a gorgeous barrier island along our coast where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian River Lagoon, enjoy the day on the water or indoor activities like perusing two museums and BG's Surfside Grill, you’ll easily be able to cool off so you can enjoy the whole day at the beach. There really is something for everyone.

Amenities & Activities:

Camping, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, shaded nature trails, picnic pavilions, snorkeling, and swimming.


There are many ways to stay cool at the beaches here on the Space Coast and to help you be prepared for those extra hot days, check out other ways to keep cool while on the Space Coast here. Need help planning our your vacation? Take a look at the Space Coast Vacation Planner or check out the links below to get you started and on your way.

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Vacation Planner for Florida’s Space Coast

The official Space Coast Vacation Planner Guide is now available. There are two ways to get yours: