10Best Spots to Shop in Cocoa Beach, Florida

Take a bit of the Space Coast home with you, when you hit up the shops in Florida's fantastic Cocoa Beach. 

Cocoa Beach is a tourist hotspot for the excellent waves, so some of the best shops in the area are surf-centric. Ron Jon Surf Shop is the best known. In fact, it claims to be the largest surf shop in the world. Not far behind is the Cocoa Beach Surf Company, where you can not only find boards, but also an in-shop shark tank and waterfall. 

Other popular surf shops in Cocoa Beach are smaller, but retain that special Space Coast vibe: 3A Rides is a great place for bikes and paddleboards, too. And Catalyst backs up to the Atlantic, so you can rent or buy a board on site and take it straight out to the water. 

Cocoa Beach is also known for its artsy, quirky charm, which Cocoa Village exudes. Also look for fun art shops, like RJK Designs, which recently opened a new Cocoa shop, and galleries, like the Rick Piper Gallery. Bring home a colorful print of an ocean scene, or just browse Piper's beautiful creations in the shop – and in the form of murals throughout the region. 

Here are our favorite 10 places to shop when we visit Cocoa Beach. 

Cocoa Beach has a long reputation as a surf destination, and one of the best places to fill your surfer needs is at 3A Rides. This Cocoa Beach-based shop opened in 2005, as a place to get rental and retail gear for surfing, skating, biking and...  Read More

Caroline's House of Records
Photo courtesy of Caroline's House of Records

Music lovers, history buffs and retro revivalists can find a home at Caroline's House of Records – and most likely find whatever vinyl they're looking for, too, as this locally owned shop carries more than 40,000 different LPs and 45s....  Read More

The Cocoa Beach Pier
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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...  Read More

Beachwave Beachwear

Although Beachwave Beachwear is a bit of a drive past Port Canaveral, it's the best place to pick up some swimwear if you're on a budget. The drive is worth the money you will save. In fact, Beachwave Beachwear was founded in 1991, in response...  Read More

Rick Piper Gallery
Photo courtesy of Rick Piper

Cocoa Beach in Florida is home to many great artists, so it would be a sin to exclude art galleries and shops from the region's best shopping. One local artist who rises to the forefront is Rick Piper, whose colorful art is often centered around...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Catalyst

Cocoa Beach is the hottest spot on the Space Coast to find surf gear and rentals, which is no surprise, since the waves here are a major destination for water activity. Catalyst is another locally owned, popular surf shop in downtown Cocoa...  Read More

RJK Studio
Photo courtesy of RJK Studio

Space Coast-based RJK Studio makes fused and stained glass creations, including a variety of beautiful glass pendants decorated with turtles. You can also pick up glass pendants in a variety of colors and designs, such as sugar skulls. Also...  Read More

This massive, multi-level surf shop claims to be the world's largest surf complex. It boasts everything you could need under one roof for a surf and beach adventure. Here, you can browse more than 1,500 surfboards, a variety of unique...  Read More

Ron Jon Surf Shop is the world's most famous surf shop, with a location in Cocoa Beach. You can find Ron Jon stores along the coast, from New Jersey to Maryland, but it's popular tourist attraction in the Space Coast, too. In fact, Ron Jon's...  Read More

On the Indian River, this quaint, historic, little town is rich with old-fashioned charm. Cocoa Village is easily the best place to shop on the Space Coast, and one of the region's most popular destinations for visitors, too. Stroll down...  Read More


Meet Aimee Heckel

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