Although Cocoa Beach and the port get a lot of the tourist love, Melbourne, Fla., is one of the biggest cities on the Space Coast, Fla., and it's a great place to visit if you want to be in the heart of the action.
Melbourne boasts some of the best shopping, bars and restaurants in the region – and some of Melbourne's top hotels are within walking distance of the bustling downtown.
Of course, the Melbourne zoo is a hit among families, which makes hotels like the Days Inn a popular choice.
Or stay just east on the beach. Melbourne's beach, south of the more popular tourist beaches, is known for its pristine, powder sand, great surfing waves and less busy stretches – especially during off season. Our favorite beachside hotels include the Hilton, where every room has an ocean view, and the nearby Doubletree, with its upgraded suites and great balconies. The newly renovated Crown Plaza is another beachside hotel not to overlook.
Other hotels, like the Courtyard, may not be located right on the beach, but they are located near the airport or other popular attractions.
Melbourne also is home to some budget-friendly lodging options, such as the Fairfield Inn. It's not fancy, but it's convenient and a great price.