The Space Coast Gets Romantic, from Piers to Cabins

For the ultimate romantic vacation, head to the Space Coast, Florida, where Mother Nature is your best wing man. We already know nature is the greatest romancer. Just think about her sunsets, soft sand, gentle waves, winding rivers and starry nights that literally go on forever. The Space Coast has it all, in perfect presentation. 

Cocoa Beach is our favorite place to kick off a romantic excursion, with its long pier that stretches out into the ocean, not far from quirky downtown shops and delicious seafood restaurants. Another secluded beach is Playalinda – but beware, or prepare (depending on how you roll): This quiet piece of sand is home to the Space Coast's nude beach. Canaveral National Seashore encompasses Playalinda with a handful of other (clothed) piers, as well as a self-guided wildlife tour. 

Other beaches not to miss include Indian Harbor and Jetty Park, which is great for camping.

Head to Exploration Tower and plan to stay late; sit on the seventh-floor deck and watch stars with telescopes. While on the port, watch ships drift in and out of Port Canaveral – and hop on one yourself, whether a cruise ship or a chartered boat. 

The romance is endless on the Space Coast. Here are our 10 favorite ways to spend time with your special love.

Canaveral National Seashore

Located midway down the Florida east coast between New Smyrna Beach and Titusville, the 24 miles of park is home to over 1,000 species of plants and 300 species of birds, including 14 threatened or endangered species. Sea turtles nest here. ...  Read More

Indian Harbour Beach
Photo courtesy of Flickr user jared422

Indian Harbour Beach is a small beachside community – only two square miles big – between the ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. Although primarily residential, it's worth a visit to walk through the 27-acre Gleason Park or have a picnic at...  Read More

Merritt Island
Banana River
Photo courtesy of Leonard J. DeFrancisci/Wikimedia Commons

The Banana River is a 31-mile-long lagoon stretching between Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island. It's the home to many marine critters, such as dolphins, manatees and stingrays, as well as plenty of waterfowl. Birdwatchers will be excited to see...  Read More

Cocoa Beach Kayaking
Photo courtesy of Cocoa Beach Kayaking

Whether you're an experienced kayaker or you've never sat in a boat before, a guided kayaking tour through the Space Coast's beautiful and interesting Thousand Islands Conservation Area in the Indian River Lagoon is an active way to see Cocoa...  Read More

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Photo courtesy of Flickr user cyanocorax

The refuge is 140,000 acres (or 22 square miles) of wetlands inhabited by more than 1,500 types of plants and animals, including more than 300 species of birds, ghost crabs, loggerhead and green sea turtles, reptiles, raccoons and bobcats. ...  Read More

Port Canaveral
Exploration Tower
Photo courtesy of Exploration Tower

One of the best views in Florida is from the new Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, on the Space Coast. This seven-story tower, which opened late 2013, boasts stellar views of the stunning ocean and port. The Observation Tower features two...  Read More

Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral
Photo courtesy of Flickr user tomsaint

Port Canaveral is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Even though millions of cruise passengers pass through her every year, the atmosphere remains relaxed. Located off A1A in Cape Canaveral, Port Canaveral serves as an industrial,...  Read More

Jetty Park Beach and Campground
Photo courtesy of Bradley Buhro

Jetty Park is one of the Space Coast's best beaches, and a great place to go camping and fishing, too. With many campsites (for different types of camping, from rugged to RV), picnic tables, laundry facilities, hot showers and toilets, electric...  Read More

Playalinda Beach
Photo courtesy of Flickr user brownpau

Playalinda Beach, in Titusville, is housed within a natural reserve, the Canaveral National Seashore. It is also known for its private, nude beach (around parking lot 13, the farthest pier). The people here tend to keep to themselves, so don't...  Read More

The Cocoa Beach Pier
Photo courtesy of Flickr user RyanCrierie

Half a mile north of 520, off A1A, you'll find The Pier, an exciting extension of the city of Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast. Take in live music (the pier has welcomed the bands such as the Beach Boys and UB40) as you dine several hundred feet...  Read More


Meet Aimee Heckel

Aimee Heckel’s passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the...  More About Aimee

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