10 Best Hotels in Cocoa Beach: From Beachside to Family-Friendly Stays

Cocoa Beach, Fla., is one of the Space Coast's most popular oceanfront playgrounds for travelers. It's the home of the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop, the exciting Cocoa Beach Pier, some of the region's most delicious restaurants and, of course, the sandy beach itself, with its great surfing waves. 

Because it's such a busy tourist destination, Cocoa and Cocoa Beach is not short of lodging options. You can find a hotel to fit whatever needs are your priority. 

Traveling with kids? Stay in the International Palms Resort, with its on-site water park and family-friendly rooms. Looking for luxury? The Inn at Cocoa Beach features steam baths, freshly baked muffins and a wine and cheese gathering every night. 

For an all-around great stay that feels like a home away from home, the Beach Place Guesthouse is our top pick. These private beach cottages are steps away from the sand, with fully appointed kitchens and separate living areas. Find a similar personal, homey feeling at the Discovery Beach Resort. These condos even have laundry rooms. 

If you prefer the predictability of a chain hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton on Cocoa Beach is a solid choice. It's especially ideal for the business traveler and features a large conference room.

Here are our 10 favorite places to stay on Cocoa Beach, Fla. 


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.

The Resort on Cocoa Beach, a VRI resort
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The Resort on Cocoa Beach features an exciting new kids' area and "fun center." Watch family-friendly movies in the cinema, cook out in the barbecue area, play in the game room and go wild on the kiddie playground. Kids will also enjoy organized events, such as ice-cream socials, crafts, scavenger hunts, juggling, hula-hoop contests and games in the pool. The Resort on Cocoa Beach is within a few minutes away from various must-see sites. These include the Kennedy Space Center, Brevard Zoo, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Cocoa Village, Cocoa Beach Pier and Port Canaveral. Several golf courses and restaurants are also close by. The resort features a tropical-style outdoor heated swimming pool with a sun deck. hot tub, a sauna, a fitness gym, various sports courts/facilities and free wireless Internet access. On-site dining options include a tiki bar and a restaurant and lounge.

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.

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.

The Inn at Cocoa Beach
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The Inn at Cocoa Beach is a European-influenced hotel that stands out for the details – from fresh-baked muffins in the morning to a wine and cheese gathering every evening. Relax in unique, individually-decorated rooms or exercise in the top-notch fitness facility. The Inn at Cocoa Beach also goes above and beyond to offer luxury-traveler favorites, such as a steam bath, a massage room and extra clean facilities. Although each room is beautiful in its own way, the ocean really steals the show. Every room has an oversized oceanfront balcony with breathtaking views. Relax in privacy to the lull of the ocean. Kick it up a notch with a Jacuzzi room.

International Palms Oceanfront Resort Cocoa Beach
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The International Palms Resort & Conference Center Cocoa Beach is situated along 13 acres of property along the ocean. Nearby scenic family-friendly destinations include the Brevard Zoo, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory. At the resort, your kids will love the pirate ship water park with slides. Stay in the special Family Fun Room, with two bunk beds and two different TVs (so you don't have to watch "Sponge Bob" every morning). Best of all: Kids 10 and younger eat breakfast for free, with the purchase of one adult breakfast. The International Palms Resort & Conference Center Cocoa Beach features plenty of other exciting recreational facilities, including another outdoor swimming pool, tennis and shuffleboard courts and two different restaurants on site.

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 Cocoa Beach 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.

3800 Ocean Beach Condo Vacation Rentals Cocoa Beach
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Vacation rentals at the 3800 Ocean Beach Condo Vacation Rentals Cocoa Beach come equipped with essential amenities. These include fully appointed kitchens, separate living and sleeping areas, sofa beds, cable televisions and private balconies with views of the ocean. Guests at the 3800 Ocean Beach Condo Vacation Rentals Cocoa Beach have easy access to various attractions. Among these are the Patrick Air Force Base, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona 500 Speedway, Bird Island, Brevard Zoo, Cocoa Beach Pier and the Cocoa Village. The 3800 Ocean Beach Condo Vacation Rentals Cocoa Beach offers guests with some complimentary treats. These include high-speed wireless Internet access and on-site vehicle parking. This property also provides an outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour security, elevators, laundry facilities and barbecue grills.

DoubleTree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
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This six-story hotel is a luxury-lover's dream because of it's ideal Cocoa Beach location and its stunning private beach. Guests enjoy the outdoor heated swimming pool, a fitness gym, a gift shop, laundry facilities and a multilingual staff. Unwind and dine at the on-site 3 Wishes Restaurant and Lounge. The Doubletree by Hilton, Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel is within a few minutes away from numerous scenic sites, including the Brevard Zoo, Cocoa Beach Pier and more. All guest rooms and suites here come with contemporary amenities, such as free wireless Internet, cable TV, kitchen appliances, work desks, ironing equipment, clock radios and dataport phones with voicemail features. Select units have balconies, wet bars and sofa beds. Also find a business center and a 10,000-square-foot conference center.

Beach Place Guesthouses
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Why stay in a hotel when you can stay in your own private cottage on the beach? All guesthouses at the Beach Place Guesthouse are just steps away from the beach. These are provided with fully appointed kitchens, dining sets, living areas, cable televisions and full bathrooms. Some units have washers, dryers and dishwashers. The Beach Place Guesthouse is near the Merritt Island Airport. The property is also close to the Cocoa Beach Pier, Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, Brevard Zoo, Space Coast Stadium and the Cocoa Village. The Beach Place Guesthouse features a meeting/event space that can hold up to 150 guests. This property also provides direct beach access, three ocean-view decks, wood-burning fireplaces, hammocks, barbecue grills, umbrellas and beach chairs and towels.


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