Take 5: Melbourne & The Beaches
Good things come in fives. So, we decided to put together a few five packs of knowledge for those thinking of visiting the beautiful shores of Melbourne & The Beaches on Florida’s Space Coast. Melbourne, located in the southern end of Florida’s Space Coast, with the beaches jetting off to the south and north, is a hidden gem that hasn’t changed all that much over the years. This is a positive, as you’ll see below.
5 Must-Sees When Visiting Melbourne & The Beaches
Let’s start with five things you must see about when visiting Melbourne & The Beaches.
- Explore Our Waterways - For one, you’ve got to spend some time on the water. The area is a water sports capital for a reason, and you can start your journey by exploring the placid lagoon in the calm comfort of a gliding paddle board with SUP Eco Adventures. Located in the rural beauty of Melbourne’s southern beaches, this SUP adventure factory will put you on top of the water with ease, whether you’re an expert paddle boarder or simply a beginner. Mornings and evenings are often the best and most scenic.
- Experience Fishing - Another idea to explore the lagoon is to get in a kayak with Reel Kayak Fishing Charters. Dee Kaminski is an expert local angler who will take you to the perfect hidden spots along the coast for sea trout, redfish, flounder, and more.
- Explore Diverse Habitats - While you’re down on the picturesque south beaches, add to your five must-sees a stop at the oceanfront Barrier Island Sanctuary.
- Sea Turtles - After you’ve learned the depth of environmental treasures Florida’s Space Coast has to offer, see them yourself by scheduling a turtle walk with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society. The guided tours take place at night from June through July and are the best way to see endangered loggerhead sea turtles nesting under the warm moonlight. Dress lightly, wear bug spray, and enjoy.
- Beaches - To round off that grouping of five things to see, let us go with the obvious: the beaches. Surrounding Melbourne are some of the best beaches on the coast, stretching from the laid back vibe of Satellite Beach to the remote grandeur of Melbourne Beach and points south, your trip will not be complete until you’ve spent some days with your toes planted firmly on the sand.
- While at those beaches, you should know that you can camp beachside at Sebastian Inlet State Park (SBI). Be sure to make reservations beforehand.
- Snorkel at SBI’s placid tidal pool, which is often swimming-pool clear in the calm summer months.
- Party many weekends at the sandbar located in the lagoon at the mouth of the inlet. You’ll need a boat, but the water is knee-deep, or less, once out there.
- For those with pooches in tow, Canova Beach Park, right at the end of the Eau Gallie Causeway, is the most frequented by locals and tourists alike.
- One final must know to round off our five is a bit unknown to most, but kayaking at night around the Thousand’s Islands in the lagoon near Cocoa Beach is an experience. Peak times of bioluminescent glow are hard to predict but usually occur mid-summer. And when they do, you can easily launch a kayak or canoe at the end of Ramp Road in Cocoa beach to enter the conservation area. The glow from the water on moonless nights looks otherworldly.
5 Reasons to Come to Melbourne & The Beaches
Wait, what are five good reasons I should visit Melbourne & The Beaches on Florida’s Space coast, you ask? Glad you did:
- It’s fun (see above).
- Top-notch dining and fresh seafood.
- It’s always family-friendly.
- It’s filled with waves. Our 11-time world champion and the greatest surfer to ever live, Kelly Slater, didn’t grow up on a lake.
- It’s easy, in terms of access. Our beaches, lagoons, and environments are outstanding as there’s no traffic, no gates, and, particularly in the summer, few crowds.
Remote and beautiful: Melbourne & The Beaches is a jewel of Florida’s Space Coast for five reasons and 500 more.