My favorite place in the whole world is Cocoa Beach, Florida. It’s a personal thing for me as this place makes me soul feel happy inside and out.
The first time we visited Cocoa Beach was in August of 2001. We had just sold our RV, which was our summer vacation vehicle. We needed someplace special for our summer vacation. My husband’s boss (and family friend) had visited here previously and shared his insights into the location. It sounded nice to us so we bought our plane tickets and booked a hotel and off we went.
When traveling to Cocoa Beach, you fly into the Orlando airport. This is a straight direct flight for us from the Boston area so getting here is easy. Our first time though, we had arrived late due to weather. But we finally arrived and checked into a motel close to the airport for the night. We had planned to spend our first day in Orlando and visited a park at Universal Studios with our two youngest daughters. After our day in the park, we drove the 45 minutes on Rt 528 East to Cocoa Beach.
Cocoa Beach is a small beach community big on surfing and other beach activities. It is home to Ron Jon Surf Shop (very big around the country and open 24 hours a day) plus a lot of other beach specialty stores. There are also lots of hotels and motels and restaurants. Port Canaveral is just down the road a bit so it’s a great destination for pre and post cruising.
The beaches of Cocoa Beach, in my opinion, are the best anywhere. You have clean, soft sand, no seaweed and waves for fun, be it for swimming, surfing, boogie boarding or skim boarding. The water temperatures are comfortable and the beach goes on for miles.
One of the biggest draws to the area is the Cocoa Beach Pier which was originally built in 1962. It stretches out 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and is home to some shops, a couple of bars and a restaurant and also a perfect spot for fishing.
Cocoa Beach is a special place that for “those that visit our boardwalk planks leave here with a smile, a touch of sunshine in their pockets, and the smell of the ocean breeze close to their hearts”.