24 Hours in Cocoa Beach

24 hrs in Cocoa Beach

If you’re short on time but still looking to have the time of your life, then welcome to Cocoa Beach! This authentic beach town has endless sunshine, waves, and space for you to explore. Cocoa Beach will also offer you and your friends a good time you’ll never want to end.

Things to do in Cocoa Beach for a 24 Hour Visit

Start your day early with a visit to a beachside breakfast spot. Hang beachside, take a helicopter ride to get the best views of Cocoa Beach and kick back for happy hour at oceanfront restaurants while indulging in some of the best beach grub this side of Florida.  End the day with a walk on the beach and slow down from the exciting events in the day. Make a stop at the famous Cocoa Beach Pier and gaze out at the vast ocean waters and keep an eye open for marine life! It only takes 24 hours to make memories of a lifetime, and we want to make yours to count.

If science and space exploration is an interest of yours, spend the day at Kennedy Space Center instead! Sign up for a lunch with an astronaut, mesmerize over space memorabilia, and eat the only ice cream that wouldn’t melt in space! Bus tours transport visitors to launch pads and give them a personal experience they can happily look back on. And if you plan your visit right, you may catch a rocket launch. With a multitude of launch viewing areas on the shores of Cocoa Beach, visitors will have lots of options to get the best view.

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Jetty Park

Some choose to start their day at Jetty Park watching the cruise ships arrive at Port Canaveral. Others choose to go after the sun rises to enjoy a variety of recreation activities. Whether you prefer relaxing beachside or splashing in the waves, Jetty Park offers daily rentals including chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and more. Jetty...

Millennials watch a cruise ship depart from Jetty Park in Port Canaveral
Juice 'N Java

Locals and visitors alike visit Juice N Java not only for their coffee but also their fantastic menu, which includes all-natural fruit smoothies, bagel sandwiches, breakfast wraps, Panini sandwiches, soups and salads. The ambience there is much like a coffee house and is the perfect place to stop by to refuel. 

Fresh coffee from Juice N Java in Downtown Cocoa Beach
Minutemen Causeway Beach

On the east side of Minutemen Causeway is beach access in the heart of Downtown Cocoa Beach. Beach goers love this part of Cocoa Beach for its ambiance and access to nearby restaurants including Coconuts on the Beach, the Tiny Turtle, Tropics, Bizzaro's Cocoa Beach and so much more!

Millennials walking onto Minuteman Causeway Beach in Downtown Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach Helicopters

See Florida's Space Coast from above with an aerial tour. Cocoa Beach Helicopters offers daily aerial tours including 15, 30, and 45-minute scenic rides, as well as romantic sunset flights.

a photographer in a helicopter takes an image of sunset over the water
Cocoa Beach Murals

Art is everywhere in Cocoa Beach! A quick stroll around Downtown Cocoa Beach will reveal massive works of art around every corner. 

cocoa beach mural
Family Fun!

Cocoa Beach is a family's dream vacation. When your littles or teens are done with the beach for the day there are plenty of other air-conditioned places to play! Stop at Lighthouse Cove Mini GolfThe Dinosaur Store and Museum of Ancient Cultures, the Wizard of Oz MuseumCocoa Beach Aerial Aventures and Golf'n'Gator for some wholesome...

Millennials playing miniature golf at Lighthouse Cove Mini Golf
Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill

From burgers and beer to fish and fine wine, there’s something for everyone at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill. This waterfront dining venue offers casual dining both inside and outside on a covered patio. Fishlips serves lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends.

Nightlife and fresh seafood at Fishlips in Port Canaveral
Eco Tours in the Lagoon

It's easy to get out on the water in Cocoa Beach. From kayaks, boats, jetskis, sail boats, paddle boards, craig-cats, and more your family will love their time spent on the Indian River Lagoon!

couple kaking in the lagoon
Ron Jon Surf Shop

With 52,000 square feet filled floor-to-ceiling with merchandise, you will find everything for the beach lifestyle! Whether this is your first beach vacation experience or you're a well-seasoned beach bum, you’ll find the best selection of surf, skate, swim and beach essentials.

Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach

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