The Barrier Island That Is Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach

By: Stephanie Haile

Cocoa Beach is about a 45 minute drive down the Beach Line from the attractions in Orlando.? It is a barrier island about six miles long and less than a mile wide in most spots with the Banana River on one side and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean on the other.

Cocoa Beach has been recognized as the surf capitol of the East Coast and some famous and extraordinary surfers still call this area home. The Annual Easter Surf Festival is an event that no beach and surf lover should miss.

Beach area parking runs all along the strip. Shepard, Fischer, and Lori Wilson Parks offer convenient access to the World Famous Beach. Jetty Park, just a few miles north of Shepard, is also an excellent day at the beach complete with camping sites for a more lengthy stay.

The beaches here like no other, with their coquina sand, fickle waves, and brilliant sunrises.

Natives seem to continually get called back and visitors take home memories of one of the favorite destination spots ever travelled.

While the beach offers days filled with swimming, surfing, surf cast fishing, and just plain relaxing in the sun, there is much more fun to be had along the Space Coast .? Viewing a launch from Jetty Park is spectacular. Whether it is the Space Shuttle or Atlas rocket, it is a site not to be forgotten. The residents windows shake as you hear the roar of the engines. Then, shooting through the sky, with a fireball and a tail of thick white smoke, emerges the rocket. The crowds eyes glued to the sky and mouths hanging open in awe until it ascends out of sight.

Venture over to the river side of the island and take a trip in a kayak and watch the Manatee play, take in a round of mini golf, tour Historic Cocoa Village, learn to windsurf, or visit the legendary Ron Jon's Surf Shop.

The dining choices are second to none and include everything from Italian, Greek, Steak, of course luscious Sea Food, German, Cuban, both English and Irish Pub style, BBQ, to on the go varieties of fast food and coffee shops.

With over 2400 rooms, there is no shortage of hotel and motel accommodation in the City of Cocoa Beach. Most everything is within walking distance and there is a trolley bus available seven days a week for transportation needs.

A barrier island full of coquina sand, space travel, and beautiful vistas. An adventure in travel and a brilliant place to live.

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