Free things to do in cocoa beach

Cocoa Beach (11,000 inhabitants) is part of the so-called Space Beaches in eastern Florida on the Atlantic Ocean.

It is located in Brevard Country and is a popular destination for locals and especially international tourists, due to its location on the beach. It is closely linked to the Space Center, located on Cape Canaveral in the north.

Cocoa Beach itself is predominantly a residential area for wealthier pensioners. Due to the proximity to NASA’s Space Station, the Space Beaches, including Cocoa Beach, have the area code 3-2-1.


Cocoa Beach is 100 km east of Orlando and 320 km north of Miami.

Cocoa Beach is served by several roads. The 520 & 528 cross the Indian River and Merritt Island off Interstate 95. The A1A runs from the south parallel to the East Coast.

Since Cocoa Beach is located on an island, it is also accessible by rental boat.

Beaches in Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach has a total of 9 km (5.6 miles) of Atlantic Ocean beach. The entire beach is public and nowhere privately owned. Every year, about 2.4 million visitors come, which also brings a parking problem.

There are just 1,780 parking spaces and 600 places along the street of downtown near the beach. They all have metered parking. But there is the Space Coast Area Transit, a local bus service.

He stops at over 30 stations and drives all the important points.

Besides beach volleyball, fishing and just sunbathing, surfing is very popular.

Lifeguards (LifeGuard) are available year-round from 10:00 to 17:00 at Jetty Park, Cocoa Beach Pier, Shepard Park, Lori Wilson Park, Minutemen Causeway, and Paradise / Futch Park.

Environmental Protection

It is not forbidden, but dunes should not be entered off the beaten path. Also, distance to the turtles should be kept. It happens again and again that mammals, like dolphins or other sea creatures, get lost on the beach. These animals do not try to bring themselves back to the sea.

Instead, call the 911 and ask someone to drop by Seaworld. But in time you should water the animal.

The pier in Cocoa Beach

The number 1 tourist attraction in Cocoa Beach is the pier built in 1962. Here you will find everything that visitors are looking for such as bars, restaurants, and shops, as well as lenders.

On Cocoa Beach is also the surfer’s world famous and largest Ron Jon’s Surf shop the world. Every year, 2 million visit the surf shop. He also hosts the annual Easter Surfing Festival at Easter, with about 50-100,000 visitors.

On Cocoa Beach is also the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame. Every year in May is the Beach Fest and in June the Pirate Fest. The end of November is the Space Coast Art Festival.

TIP: Four blocks south is free public parking behind the Sand Bar Restaurant.

Lori Wilson Park

The Lori Wilson Park is popular with locals and more and more visitors besides the pier. The park is beautifully equipped with amenities such as toilets, showers, changing rooms and picnic areas (including BBQ) and shady gazebos and has direct access to the beach.

The main reason why he is so popular is the over 270 free parking spaces in front of the park, which lead over six dune accesses to the beach.

The pier is about 45 minutes along the beach. At Lori, Wilson is two lifeguard stations. The park closes in the dark.

1500 N. Atlantic Ave.

Alan Shepard Park

The Alan Shepard Park is located at the east end of State Road 520. It is also right on the beach and has showers and toilets.

From him, you can see very well the rocket launches at Cape Canaveral. Many picnic tables and pavilions are set up. Lifeguards are not available year-round. Many tourist shops are within walking distance.

State Road 520 beach end

Sidney Fisher Park

Also in the Sidney Fischer Park, there are showers and toilets and is located directly on the sea. There are about 200 parking spaces that cost $ 5.

The park closes at dusk. He is popular with families because of his playground.

2100 block on State Road A1A

Robert P. Murkshe Memorial Park

Another park by the sea is the Robert P. Murkshe Memorial Park. Here are also some picnic areas, showers and toilets. Parking is available

State Road A1A and 16th St. South

Further access to the beach

In addition to the parks, there are about 40 “stub-end” roads in Cocoa Beach with access to the sea, east of the A1A.

Parking meters are partially set up on these roads and you can reach the beach via a dune. Unfortunately, there are no showers to wash off the salt water. But who does not want to swim, can find some nice quiet places.

Banana River / Thousand Islands

On the west side of Cocoa Beach is the Banana River, which formed the Thousand Islands due to hurricanes. The area is best explored with one of the tours on the boat or even with a kayak.

There are dolphins, manatees, many birds, such as the famous pink pelicans of Florida, and in the late summer, many fireflies in the mangroves.

The Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge can also be reached by boat.

Space launches at Cape Canaveral

As already mentioned, Cocoa Beach is closely connected to the Space Center in Cape Canaveral due to its location.

From the beaches, you can follow the launches very well. And after every known start, a parade takes place. Even today, people from all over come to this start.

Probably because the launches have lately become less. Unfortunately, the prices are also soaring around the dates extremely.

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