Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Cocoa Beach, FL
Cocoa Beach is a city in Brevard County, FL and a key destination on the Space Coast. Tourists are drawn to the beach town in large part by surfing and surfing festivals such as the annual Easter Surfing Festival that began in 1964. The city has 37 canals as well as 17 miles of channels, as it is almost entirely surrounded by water with the Banana River on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.
Things to do in Cocoa Beach
Head in to space!
To the north of Cocoa Beach is Cape Canaveral, home of the launch site for many space-faring missions. Launch details can be found here, if you are lucky enough to be in the area for one it is not to be missed. If not, there is still plenty of out-of-this-world experiences to be had. On Merritt Island, just west of Cocoa Beach, is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, an interactive celebration of the history (and future) of space travel on Florida’s Space Coast.
Visit Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier
Stretching 800 feet into the Atlantic, the historic Space Coast landmark was originally known as Canaveral Pier. There are 5 spots for food and drink, rental equipment for a spot of fishing, and surfing lessons (with surfboard supplied).
Look for Manatees
Banana River lies between Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island, is the only lagoon not included in the Intracoastal Waterway, and contains an area of protected Manatee habitat. The boardwalk offers visitors a chance to see the endangered, and adorable, sea creatures.
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