You can tell a lot about a community by its local shops. So to get the full Space Coast experience, you've got to hit up a few Brevard County businesses. Cocoa Village is the place to go if you seek a quirky and unique gift in a region with plenty of character. Downtown Melbourne is a hotspot for locally made goodies, such as handmade soaps and candles. If you're looking for the touristy memorabilia, try the Cocoa Beach Pier. Of course, there are the standard American malls, too, like Merritt Square. And it wouldn't be a visit to the Space Coast without popping in Ron Jon Surf Shop, the world's largest surf store.
Aimee Heckel’s passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not covering Colorado for Fodor’s Travel Guides and... Read More