Space Coast Beaches
Ahh, the Space Coast. So named because of the our biggest passion … SPACE! The COAST is 60 miles of wide, safe, beautiful, sandy beaches. With all there is to do along Cocoa Beach, visitors regularly report that the top reason they visit the Space Coast is for the beach itself. With millions coming annually, it’s a good thing Space Coast beaches remain friendly and safe, clean and inviting. Early-morning beach walkers enjoy year-round quiet times as the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean, and late-night strollers, flashlights in hand, marvel at the spectacular moonrises and the haunting effect of a nighttime visit. Mid-day, especially in the summer months, the beach takes on a new energy while families and singles, young and old, relish in America’s favorite pastime. Here’s a look at some of our favorite things to do on the beach:
Little has changed since visitors first began to vacation at the beach. The bathing suits have become a bit more revealing, but fun in the sun has always meant playtime. Frisbee, Volleyball, Bocce Ball, and playing catch with a football or baseball remain tops in beach gaming, but a few new kids on the block may be here to stay: Ladderball, Frisbee Golf, Cornhole and new favorites show up each summer. Enjoy!
Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world!” The Beach Boys first sang that line in the 1960s as America’s surfing craze kicked into high gear. No surfboard? No problem. You can get much the same experience by grabbing a body board at the closest beachwear store for $5-10 and good swimmers can even master the art of body surfing — using your body to surf the front of a wave. Cocoa Beach is the Small Wave Capital of the World.
Building a Sandcastle
Large or small, simple or complex, few activities can surpass the simple joy of building a sandcastle on the Space Coast. Though the art of building sandcastles is often lost on adults, occasionally some big kid,” will be seen working on a monster. Professional sandcastle builders visit the Cocoa Beach for competitions and amaze with artistic and engineering skills. Try building one yourself, you know you want to, and it’s free!
Beachcombers have long scoured the sand for that one perfect shell, but along the Space Coast it can be tricky; it’s all in timing. Go early before all the best shells are gone, and at low tide you’ll have more sand to sift through. After storms and during full moons, when tides are stronger, the shelling may be better. Keep your eye peeled for the not so rare, but hard to spot, shark’s teeth.
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5th Avenue Boardwalk (Indialantic)
One of the most popular beaches on the SpaceCoast, Serving Melbourne, West Melbourne, Palm Bay, Bayside, EauGallie, & North Melbourne. One of the most popular beaches on the SpaceCoast, Serving Melbourne, West Melbourne, Palm Bay, Bayside, EauGallie, & North Melbourne.1
Hangars Beach (Patrick Air Foce Base)
Bicentennial Beach (Indian Harbour Beach)
Canova Beach Dog Park (Indian Harbour Beach)
This 9.1-acre community beach park includes a small pavilion, grill, picnic shelter, benches along crossover, restrooms, drinking fountain and outside showers. One of the 3 dune crossovers is wheelchair accessible. Canova Beach Park is home to Brevard County's only dog-friendly beach. All dogs must be on a leash and must wear tags showing their current license and vaccinations. There is no cost to use the Dog Beach, however owners must pick up after their pets. Waste bags and proper receptacles are available.
Hightower Beach Park (Satellite Beach)
North End of Satellite Beach with Bathrooms
Howard E. Futch Memorial Park At Paradise Beach (Indialantic)
Concession and Bathrooms.
James A. Nance Park (Indialantic)
Just North of Indialantic's Fifth Avenue
Pelican Beach (Satellite Beach)
Seagull Park (South Pathrick Shores)
Sebastian Inlet State Park (Melbourne Beach)
Sebastian Inlet State Park is a Florida State Park located 10 miles south of Melbourne Beach and 6 miles north of Vero Beach, Florida. The park lies on both sides of the Sebastian Inlet, which forms the boundary between Brevard and Indian River counties. The land for the park was acquired by the state of Florida in 1971. In 2010, it was the second most visited state park in Florida.GeographyThe park occupies 755acre on the barrier island on the Atlantic coast of Brevard County, at a point where a channel links the Indian River intracoastal waterway with the Atlantic. Part of the Park is south of the Inlet on Orchid Island in Indian River CountyHistory. A Spanish fleet was wrecked in this area in 1715.
Shepard Park (Cocoa Beach)
Parking Fees. Bathrooms.
Sidney Fischer Park (Cocoa Beach)
Parking Fees. Bathrooms.
SPRA Park (South Patrick Shores)
Spessard Holland North & South Beaches (Melbourne Beach)
Sun, surf, sand!Spessard Holland South Beach ParkThis 6.5-acre community beach park with seasonal lifeguards is popular for family outings. It features a 100' dune boardwalk and small pavilions. Dune crossovers provide access for surf fishing, surfing, and beachgoers. Amenities include restrooms, drinking fountain, outdoor showers and 2 indoor showers. Activities:Fishing (surf)PicnicsSurfingSwimming (Unguarded & Guarded seasons) Sun, surf, sand!