With beaches like these, who needs anything else?
The Space Coast, Florida, is home to some of the state's best beaches. In fact, Cocoa Beach was named one of the state's top 10 beaches, with more than 70 miles of sand. The Space Coast waves are renowned for excellent surfing (but be careful of the sharks). Satellite Beach is a well known surfing destination, and the home to a handful of famous surfers. For more privacy on your waves, try the Playalinda Beach in the Canaveral National Seashore. But before you head out toward parking lot 13, know that this pocket of beach attracts nudists.
Beyond surfing and sand-castle-building, you can explore nature and wildlife at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Or for another perspective of the ocean, go deep-sea fishing at Port Canaveral, a busy cruise ship port.
Traveling with pets? Canova Beach is Brevard County's only dog-friendly beach (but your furry friends must remain on leash). Traveling with kids? We love the Millennium Park at the Indian Harbour Beach, with its large wooden playground, and Jetty Park is a clean, family-friendly beach with great camping – even with RV hook-ups, laundry facilities, hot showers, toilets and more. So you can get out in nature, but not sacrifice your family's comfort.