Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach
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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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  • AgateJoe
    184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach
    With the dark colored sand, I can see why they call it Cocoa Beach. We were there at the end of January so the beach wasn’t too crowded and the water was fairly cool. Lots of small shells for anyone who wants to collect a few. We noticed a couple of Man of Wars had washed up on the beach so you might want to make sure to keep an eye on small kids so they don’t go poking at them. Lots of people fish here and we saw someone catch a Bonnethead shark. Overall, a nice beach to walk along and watch the waves come crashing in.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 20, 2024
  • HKJ
    Ayr, United Kingdom143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach
    Nice clean beach with a nice pier. Paid Parking lot available located right at the pier which was handy. Stopped in at the rikki tiki tavern for some drinks. Cocktails were great.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 6, 2024
  • Kswett
    Flint, Michigan1,270 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sandy beach
    Took the kids multiple days, both to the pier and down farther. Down at the pier there’s restaurants, and a couple of shops, pay for parking in the lot right out front. There are also public beach entrances all down Ridgewood Drive, some u paid for some not (there’s an app to download and pay). If you’re going for a launch at the space center you have a pretty good view from here, anywhere along the space coast really. It’s a MUST to visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 29, 2024
  • Tressia
    United States52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much more than just a beach.
    Always a great time! The best part is seeing rockets go off and cruise ships go out to sea all while enjoying the sun and sand. If you enjoy a sunrise over the ocean cocoa beach definitely has some of the most beautiful one I’ve seen!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2024
  • Katie H
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Beach!! Grab a good book and sit on beach while kids ride the waves!!
    Beautiful Beach!! Great place to hunt sea shells! The kids enjoyed riding the waves and digging for sand crabs. Recommend staying at a VRBO that has beach accessories available for use otherwise renting will get expensive!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2024
  • ceerob
    Los Angeles, California115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect day on the beach
    We are from sunny southern California and live 15 minutes from some great beaches in MDR and Santa Monica…BUT nothing comes close to one of the most picturesque beaches on earth… COCO BEACH 🏖️! From parking feet from the beach and walking on some beautiful white sand, the whole environment was breathtaking! What we all loved the most and especially my children was the WARM Atlantic ocean! It felt like warm bathwater! To top it off the salt content didn’t hurt our eyes (we forgot our goggles) and the floor of the sea was as smooth as the beach. No big rocks, and plenty of sea shells to be collected. Fun had by all… BUT please reserve a chair with umbrella for rent already set up, or make sure to bring your own umbrella and chair… it gets HOT 🥵 in July!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2024
  • Christa H
    Lomax, Illinois16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want things to do on the beach, e.g. shopping, boardwalk choose another beach.
    Nice sand, not a lot directly on the beach or pier to do. Fair amount of shopping on road nearby. Parking fee, but not excessive. Marion Rd showers bathrooms were ok, not great. Umbrella chair rentals available but close fairly early.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2024
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dennis2go
Alexandria, VA120 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Enjoyed a quick trip to Cocoa Beach. Parking was about $2.50 per hour or $10 for the entire day. The water was extremely cold. Bring your own beach chairs. The area that we visited didn't have chair rentals. Not crowded.
Written January 3, 2020
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Barry H
Cape Canaveral, FL9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We have eaten at Luna a few times and have added it to our favorites. The restaurant is cozy but not fussy. The people are warm, knowledgeable and friendly.
The menu presents a creative selection of dishes which are presented beautifully. The food is delicious and a treat for the eyes. The accompanying sides live up to the quality and flavor of the entrees. I would like to see the wine list expanded but we never had trouble making a selection.
We have gladly added Luna to our list of special eateries.
Written February 11, 2020
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Becky C
Colfax76 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Where to start?? It was very crowded, and expensive. We paid 20$ 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, IL66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, FL974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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AgateJoe
Saint Paul, Minnesota184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
With the dark colored sand, I can see why they call it Cocoa Beach. We were there at the end of January so the beach wasn’t too crowded and the water was fairly cool. Lots of small shells for anyone who wants to collect a few. We noticed a couple of Man of Wars had washed up on the beach so you might want to make sure to keep an eye on small kids so they don’t go poking at them. Lots of people fish here and we saw someone catch a Bonnethead shark. Overall, a nice beach to walk along and watch the waves come crashing in.
Written February 20, 2024
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Sweetgeorgiacin... l
Dawsonville, GA119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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