Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach
4.5
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Stroll the miles of powdery sand covered at Cocoa Beach and surf the crashing waves—there are lifeguards on duty watching over you while you’re in the water. Also, you can paddle kayaks in and around the mangrove islands and experience the Banana River with a dolphin tour or a sunset cruise. The pier is a popular destination with a range of dining options and shopping opportunities. Rent a bike and cycle around town to discover even more local gems. With Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center located nearby, Cocoa Beach is a great place to watch a shuttle launch. – Tripadvisor
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  • belinda m
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom542 contributions
    Fun in the sun
    Only an hour from Orlando if the traffic is kind, to get away from the parks for a day head to the beach. Boardwalk and pier with shops, food and drink with an end of pier tiki bar. Chairs and umbrellas to hire, close to toilets and a fully surf life guarded beach.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Michele S
    Holden, Maine7 contributions
    Coco Beach is beautiful!
    Great beach, great sand, great walking, great swimming. We got dropped off at the Ron Jon surf shop and walked down the road from there to the beach area. If going this way you will find a public parking area with a changing place. It has bathrooms, place to change and a foot wash area. We enjoyed several hours on the beach with swimming, walking and just hanging out. Make sure to check out the sandbar when you leave. It is a bar/restaurant not too far from the public parking that has great food and drinks.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2023
  • Tanya S
    Ottawa, Canada5 contributions
    Memorable Beach Days!
    Visited on a Monday and Wednesday in May, beautiful beach with strong waves and great overall peaceful atmosphere. Not crowded and so convenient to have chair and umbrella rentals right at Lori Wilson park. The sand is not as white as Miami or other South destinations but the darker sand gave it it's own special charm. We did not eat at RikiTiki tavern as it was too busy but the views from there are spectacular.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 31, 2023
  • LBrand22
    Merritt Island, Florida139 contributions
    The beach is cleaner and wider than I've ever seen it
    Walked the beach last week with my girlfriend. I've lived here since 1983 and was so happy to see how clean and wide the beach is now. We went on a weekday morning (8-9am) and were not alone, but it was not crowded. We walked up to our calves in the water and had a good aerobic workout. Thank you Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral for keeping our beach fabulous.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
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dennis2go
Alexandria, VA131 contributions
Feb 2020
This beach is wide and sandy. Packed sand near the water makes it easy to walk on the sand. Did not see many seashells. Surf was pretty strong with good sized waves. .Lifeguard station covers a section of the beach near the pier.

Did see several beautiful blue jellyfish washed up on the beach which a bit of googling identified as Portuguese Man of War. Definitely to be avoided. Their sting is known to be very very painful. Weather in early Feb 2020 was unseasonably warm, about mid-80s.

We walked near the Cocoa Beach Pier which provides the usual beach businesses on the pier. About a half dozen restaurants and gift shops. There is a $2 fee to go to the end of the pier to either fish or visit the tavern at the end of the pier.
Written February 13, 2020
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Jackie H
109 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Enjoyed a quick trip to Cocoa Beach. Parking was about $2.50 per hour or $10 for the entire day. The water was extremely cold. Bring your own beach chairs. The area that we visited didn't have chair rentals. Not crowded.
Written January 3, 2020
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Barry H
Cape Canaveral, FL10 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We have eaten at Luna a few times and have added it to our favorites. The restaurant is cozy but not fussy. The people are warm, knowledgeable and friendly.
The menu presents a creative selection of dishes which are presented beautifully. The food is delicious and a treat for the eyes. The accompanying sides live up to the quality and flavor of the entrees. I would like to see the wine list expanded but we never had trouble making a selection.
We have gladly added Luna to our list of special eateries.
Written February 11, 2020
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Becky C
Colfax83 contributions
Apr 2021
Where to start?? It was very crowded, and expensive. We paid 20$ for parking. Another $20 to rent an umbrella, which we could only use for a hour or so, then the wind was so strong, the rental company came and pulled all the umbrellas. No close place to use bathroom, or change clothes. There are life guards on duty, so that's a good thing...
Written April 15, 2021
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tpark44
Elmhurst, IL53 contributions
May 2020
Great beach to play at while excitedly waiting for a rocket launch! Soft sand, easy access (you can park at the pier for $20-25, and when you park you get a wristband to use the restrooms on the pier if needed. Lifeguards supervising some areas for those with younger kids. My teens enjoyed the boogie boarding, the waves were great.
Written July 2, 2020
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doctorbobster
Gainesville, FL987 contributions
May 2020
In Cocoa Beach for the SpaceX launch, we spent the day on the beach leaving me to think: why had I not come here before? Read on for details.

Easily accessible with multiple points of entry, Cocoa Beach is a fairly narrow strip of white sand puncuated by life guard stands. We staked out a socially separated site near the high-tide mark and kicked back. Before the beach filled up, my son and I tossed the frisbee without too much fear of getting in anybody's way. The water was comfortably warm and the surf enticing enough for body surfing.

What can I say? It was a great beach day and sort of beach I would return to.
Written June 3, 2020
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Explore151498
9 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
All my daughter wanted to do was go to the beach. My husband drove her there so she could go in the water. when they returned to our hotel she said she had to get in the shower right away. All it took was one look at her to see she had red stuff in her hair. She has very long blonde hair. She said that the water was full of red stuff floating in it. I asked both of them why they didn't get out and they said because there were people in the water. I was a bit furious because water should not have red stuff floating around in it and they both know better that if it doesn't look right it isn't right. It took over an hour for her to get it out of her hair and off of her body. She had to use a hair brush to get it out. After doing some research it appears it is bad for people who have respiratory issues. All I can say is YUCK. Find a different place to go to the beach. It seems to be red algae that kills fish.
Written July 23, 2022
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Sweetgeorgiacin... l
Dawsonville, GA115 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Beautiful Clean Beach. Pretty gray colored fine sand with lots of shells. Saw lots of surfers, paddle boards and skim boards. Families and children all over the place. People didn’t seem to mind the cooler February temperatures of the water. Bars and Restaurants at beach hotels.
Written February 18, 2023
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Kylee Kulow
11 contributions
Mar 2020
My husband and I spent a day at the beach here and set up our beach chairs and towels close to the Pier. The pier was fun to walk on once or twice, but was very congested with visitors and napkins flying everywhere. The Beach Vibe was great, and the beach itself with the Pier was beautiful. The bathrooms on the pier were gross and all out of toilet paper.
Written March 11, 2020
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JudyLuray_VA_
Luray, VA60 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We love visiting Cocoa Beach. We find that the beach is clean and everyone we meet is friendly. We were happy that there were plenty of umbrellas and beach chairs to rent at a reasonable price. It is a wonderful beach.
Written July 4, 2021
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