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Beaches

Bringing some teenagers to Melbourne in February. Is the beach there a scene that teens would enjoy or is there a nearby community that they might prefer? And can we anticipate being able to have "beach like" weather in the coming weeks? Thanks for your help!

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Orlando
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1. Re: Beaches

Maybe.

Sunday was beautiful, last week was horrible.

"A beach scene". It depends on their interests.

The beach area of Melbourne is a laid-back area. There are several, small surf shops and a few good places to eat. The busier beach area is right at US 192.

They may like parts of Cocoa Beach too near the pier.

new jersey
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2. Re: Beaches

Thank you...And cocoa beach is not far, right? How has the water temps been?

Orlando
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Cocoa Beach is about 20 miles north of Indiatlantic/Indian Harbour Beach (the beaches on the island directly off the city of Melbourne)

How is the water?

Cold

forecast.weather.gov/product.php…

Cocoa Beach, Florida
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4. Re: Beaches

The water is at its coldest in January and February all over Florida, but it's still warmer than some northern places in the summer. Typically, water temperatures around Melbourne and Cocoa Beach will be around 70-72 degrees this time of year and there will be numerous people (more tourists and surfers than local swimmers) in the water unless the weather is cold, cloudy and windy (which has been more frequent this particular winter). The Cocoa Beach Pier is a popular beach and is open and life-guarded year around. Other popular beaches are Lori Wilson Park and Jetty Park. These are all about a half hour north of Melbourne via highway A1A, or 45-60 minutes from Orlando via the Beachline Expressway.

See …noaa.gov/data/sst/contour/usatlant.cf.gif for a current map of the water temperatures. Because of the currents from the Caribbean, the water is warmer on the Atlantic side than on the Gulf side of Florida, and a few degrees warmer around Miami-Dade and Broward counties in SE Florida. In the summer, the water will be almost like bathwater, up in the 85 degree range.

Melbourne, Florida
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The boardwalk at Indialantic (end of 192) is the most popular place. There are lifeguards there and the beach has a designated surfers area away from the regular swimmers. There is a pizza place, ice cream shop, & Wendys at the boardwalk and a few other shops and restaurants in walking distance.

Further north is Paradise Beach park which is newly redone with new playground a beach walkways.

Photo has a good list for Cocoa Beach which is about a 30 minute drive north.

Across the causeway and south on Babcock St. is Andretti thrill park with several go cart tracks and an arcade. 2 multi pled movie theaters west of town, Brevard Zoo which also has zip lining in the Viera (North Melbourne) off I-95 area.

My cousin comes here from Chicago and thinks nothing of swimming in the ocean hear pretty much any time of year. For those of us who live here it has to be a lot warmer for us to put a toe in!!

One other place further south which is good for a day trip is Sebastian Inlet which has jettys where the fisherman are, you can sometimes see snook and other fish swimming when the water is clear and the occasional manatee hangs out there. Surfers love this place and there is a calm lagoon for swimming. It is a state park so there is an access charge and take a picnic lunch as there is only 1 little snack bar there and vending machines.

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