From the Port to the Beach: 10Best Hotels Near Cape Canaveral



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. 



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The Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach is within 40 minutes away from Orlando International Airport. Among the nearby attractions are the Kennedy Space Center, Brevard Zoo, Port Canaveral, Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory and the Patrick Airforce Base. Several corporate, shopping, dining and entertainment locations are also close by. All guest rooms and suites at the Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach are furnished with contemporary amenities. These include LCD televisions, free high-speed Internet connections, ironing facilities, coffee makers, refrigerators, microwave ovens, desks and telephones with free local calls. Separate living rooms and whirlpool tubs can be found in certain suites. The Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach is home to the Shark Pit Cafe and Lounge, which features 5,600-gallon saltwater aquarium. This five-storey hotel also provides an outdoor heated swimming pool, a fitness room, a 24-hour business center, a meeting space and a specialty shop.


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Discovery Beach Resort, a VRI resort
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For guests looking for a more personal, home-away-from-home feeling that you can't find in most hotels, the Discovery Beach Resort in Cape Canaveral is a top choice. Condos here all feature full kitchens, separate living room areas, cable TV and laundry. The heart of this resort is its outdoor, heated pool. Stretch out on the sun deck, or take a dip in the hot tub. Looking for entertainment? The Discovery Beach Resort plans activities throughout the day, such as poolside bingo, movies, children's events, a game room, arts and crafts and sports contests. Guests can also use the fitness club, tennis courts, basketball courts, game room and sauna. Tip: If you're traveling with a big family, reserve a three-bedroom condo with a full kitchen.


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The La Quinta Inn Cocoa Beach is in close proximity to a host of popular sites. Among these are the Astronaut Hall of Fame, Cocoa Expo Sports Center, Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Several corporate, shopping and dining locations are likewise within easy reach. There are 127 guest rooms at the La Quinta Inn Cocoa Beach. All units are outfitted with free wireless Internet connections, cable televisions, hair dryers, ironing facilities, alarm clocks and dataport phones with voicemail features. Coffee makers, microwave ovens and refrigerators are also included. Leisure facilities at the La Quinta Inn Cocoa Beach include an outdoor heated swimming pool and a shuffleboard court. This two-storey property also provides a restaurant, laundry facilities and airport shuttle services. Complimentary treats include a daily breakfast, vehicle parking and access to a nearby 21,000-square-foot fitness center.


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Days Inn Cocoa Beach - Port Canaveral
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The Days Inn is just steps to the beach and a short distance to Port Canaveral; its the location and affordable price that set this hotel apart. Rooms here are standard: free Internet, cable TV, refrigerators and microwaves. Some rooms have balconies. As would be expected in Florida, the Days Inn features and outdoor, heated pool and sun desk. Traveling with pets? This is one of the more pet-friendly accommodations. Planning a cruise? Ask the Days Inn about its special, discounted port parking. Traveling with kids? All children under 17 stay for free with an adult. All guests get a free continental breakfast and newspaper in the morning.


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Best Western Cocoa Beach Hotel & Suites
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The Best Western Ocean Beach offers two things that no other hotels in the area do. First, it's the closest beach hotel to Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios. Second, it offers a 40 percent discount on parking at the port. The eight-story "Beachside Tower" is also a highlight. These rooms tower above the beach, rolling out breathtaking views of the ocean. Ask for a room with a private balcony. Traveling with kids? Book a room in the designated Family Suites Building, specially designed for the traveling family. All rooms here all have free Internet and a complimentary hot breakfast in the morning, as well as a microwave and refrigerator.


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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort
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The Holiday Inn at the port is a resort for active travelers who want easy access to the beach, directly from the hotel. Splash down the water slide in the pool, drift the day away in the sun in the lazy river and watch the cruise ships slowly drift by. This resort is near the fishing pier and Jetty Park, where you can catch some of the port's most interesting views. The Holiday Inn is not far from all of the Space Coast's best sites, from the Kennedy Space Center to the markets at The Cove. Back at the hotel, guests can stay active in the fitness club, play basketball, play mini golf and hit tennis balls. Then relax at the on-site movie theater – a unique and fun way to cool down for visitors of all ages. The on-site Surf Grill will keep you energized for the resort's water sports.


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Royal Mansions Resort


 

Royal Mansions is the most luxurious place to stay near Port Canaveral, although it's far from stuffy. This resort is cheery, elegant, spacious and private – great for longer stays. Royal Mansions is a collection of beachfront condominiums located in a peaceful, residential part of town. Right out the doors (the resort is oceanfront, but the units are not) stretches clear waters and a surprisingly quiet, private beach – the perfect getaway from the hustle of the port. The beautiful, air-conditioned rooms are uniquely decorated French-Caribbean, and feature everything you could need: fully equipped kitchens (down to dishwashers and garbage disposals). Traveling with a group or large family? Ask about the two-story, 1,150-square-foot penthouse condo with an ocean view.


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Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach
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The Residence Inn by Marriott in Cape Canaveral is arguably the most ideally located hotel on the port. It's one of the closest places to stay near Port Canaveral – and it's the closest all-suite hotel to the famous Kennedy Space Center. Because let's be honest: A trip to the Space Coast isn't complete without visiting both. All guests here enjoy suites that are 50 percent bigger than other typical rooms. Your Key West-style suite has various living areas, air conditioning and soundproof windows. Before heading to the port, fuel up with the Residence Inn's free, hot breakfast buffet. And in the evening, wind down with the hotel's happy hour, complete with snacks, beer and wine.


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Radisson Resort at the Port
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The Radisson Resort at the Port in Cape Canaveral is a top pick for its location: just across the street from Port Canaveral. In fact, the Radisson is one of the closest hotels to the cruise ship terminals, so it's a favorite among travelers. It's also reasonably priced – and features a heated, outdoor, waterfall pool and poolside tiki bar. Guests can play in the game room or hit balls in the lighted tennis court. It's also convenient, with a full-service restaurant and lounge. No need to drive around looking for somewhere to eat. Rooms are pretty standard, with free Internet access. Some rooms feature Sleep Number beds, refrigerators and microwaves, too. Traveling with animals? The Radisson offers pet-friendly rooms. The Radisson is about 40 miles from the Orlando International Airport.


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The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Canaveral
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The Country Inns, one of the newer hotels on the port, feels like a tropical retreat, with two pools, an on-site fitness center and even shuttle service to the port – a huge bonus. The Country Inns is set up to make your cruise adventure seamless; ask about special cruise packages and parking. Rooms here have free Internet, microwaves and refrigerators, and guests get a free, hot breakfast in the morning and beer, wine and snacks during the Monday and Tuesday evening social hours. Tip: Ask about the jacuzzi suites! Business travelers will appreciate the various meeting rooms. The Country Inns is great for families, too, featuring a separate kiddie pool.


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