Pack Your Shopping Bags at the Port

After spending the day watching the cruise ships slowly dance into the port and then grabbing a bite to eat in one of Port Canaveral’s most delicious restaurants, round out your trip to this corner of the Space Coast with some shopping.

Whether you’re looking to stock up on some goodies to take on your next beach adventure – be it fishing, swimming or surfing – you can find what you need near the port. Ron Jon’s famous surf shop is one of the top tourist hotspots; it claims to be the largest surf shop in the world, and also an excellent place to find swimwear and surfboards.

If you’re on a budget, check out the Beachwave Beachwear shop, a lesser-known gem that sells swimwear for reasonable prices. In fact, Beachwave started in response to the hefty prices of other beach shops in the area. It's a local fave, and it also has a solid online shop. 

Pick up souvenirs at the Cove Marketplace, which is an open-air market featuring unique, local artisans, and in Cocoa Village, located just 15 minutes from the port. Cocoa Village is one of the most charming districts in the Space Coast. It's well worth setting aside an entire day to stroll through Cocoa Village's streets and browse the unique boutiques. 

The Avenue Viera
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One of the Space Coast's newer shopping destinations, The Avenue Viera is an enormous open air center that has a pedestrian-friendly look and layout – one that entices shoppers to linger in the attractive commons and take their time as they...  Read More

Caroline's House of Records
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Music lovers, history buffs and retro revivalists can find a home at Caroline's House of Records – and most likely find whatever vinyl they're looking for, too, as this locally owned shop carries more than 40,000 different LPs and 45s....  Read More

Beachwave Beachwear


Although Beachwave Beachwear is a bit of a drive past Port Canaveral, it's the best place to pick up some swimwear if you're on a budget. The drive is worth the money you will save. In fact, Beachwave Beachwear was founded in 1991, in response...  Read More

RJK Studio
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Space Coast-based RJK Studio makes fused and stained glass creations, including a variety of beautiful glass pendants decorated with turtles. You can also pick up glass pendants in a variety of colors and designs, such as sugar skulls. Also...  Read More

Cape Canaveral
Cove Marketplace
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The Cove is the waterfront area at Port Canaveral, featuring restaurants, a casino ship, shops and more. The open-air, village-style Cove Marketplace here features unique, locally made arts and crafts. Shop for jewelry, paintings, pottery,...  Read More



This massive, multi-level surf shop claims to be the world's largest surf complex. It boasts everything you could need under one roof for a surf and beach adventure. Here, you can browse more than 1,500 surfboards, a variety of unique...  Read More

Merritt Island
Merritt Square Mall


Located right on the Banana River, this island mall is a fun, comfortable place to spend your time – and money. More than 80 brand name and specialty shops have outposts here, from Sephora inside JCPenny to Champs Sports and Aeropostale,...  Read More



On the Indian River, this quaint, historic, little town is rich with old-fashioned charm. Cocoa Village is easily the best place to shop on the Space Coast, and one of the region's most popular destinations for visitors, too. Stroll down...  Read More

Cape Canaveral
SuperVillian Comics
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This comic shop first opened as a tiny 400-square-foot shop in Texas in 2004, and quickly began growing. In 2013, SuperVillian Comics opened doors in Cocoa Beach, Fla., conveniently across the street from the Ron Jon Surf Shop. But that location...  Read More



Ron Jon Surf Shop is the world's most famous surf shop, with a location in Cocoa Beach. You can find Ron Jon stores along the coast, from New Jersey to Maryland, but it's popular tourist attraction in the Space Coast, too. In fact, Ron Jon's...  Read More


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