Space Coast Boasts Some of the Best Beaches on the East Coast

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. 

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

Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral
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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

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

Canova Beach
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Ricardo Mangual


Canova Beach Park is a 9-acre beach park that is best known for attracting four-legged surfers. Canova is Brevard County's only dog-friendly beach. This small but sweet stretch of beach always seems to be full of dogs catching balls on the sand...  Read More

Melbourne Beach
Melbourne Beach
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Ricardo Mangual


Melbourne Beach stretches across 33 miles of gorgeous, undeveloped sand, perfect for a walk walks or a jog along the water. The waves here offer nice surfing and snorkeling, and the bars regularly bounce with live music. Melbourne is a...  Read More

Satellite Beach
Satellite Beach
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Ricardo Mangual


Satellite Beach is perhaps most known for its surfing, in particular the north dune crossover, where several of the most famous surfers have learned how to surf. Satellite Beach's sand is not known for its peaceful privacy, but it's still laid...  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

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

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

Cocoa Beach
Photo courtesy of Photo by Flickr user Bryan Shrode


The Space Coast boasts more than 70 miles of sand – most of which are free and open to the public. Build a sand castle, cool off in the waves and enjoy the sunshine, all without needing to drop a penny. Toss out a fishing line and maybe you...  Read More


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