If you're headed to the Space Coast in Florida and not sure where to stay, Cape Canaveral is an easy pick. This community is located near all of the county's best tourist destinations: Port Canaveral, with its cruise ships drifting in and out; Cocoa Beach, with its exciting pier and soft sand; and the Kennedy Space Center, where the occasional rocket is still launched.
Cape Canaveral offers a variety of different places to stay the night, each with its own benefit. Some, like the Radisson Resort on the Port (with its lighted tennis courts) and the Residence Inn Cape Canaveral (with large rooms and free breakfast), are ideally located right near the port. For a newer hotel near the port, we love the Country Inns & Suites by Carlson.
Others are closer to or in Cocoa Beach, which is only a short drive from Cape Canaveral. Cocoa Beach tends to be more lively, with beachside bars, surfers and sometimes crowded sand.
For a Cape Canaveral stay that is a little more upscale and also private, the Royal Mansions' condos are like a home away from home. They are not far from the ocean and feature fully equipped kitchens.
Here are our 10 favorite places to stay in and near Cape Canaveral.