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Old 09-07-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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Is Cocoa Beach safe for families with young kids? I have read in previous posts that Cocoa is not safe. Are we talking about Cocoa Beach? Or Cocoa, FL?

I posted a previous thread about living in Cocoa Beach and I saw that it got about 40+ views but no one responded so I thought I would be more general in an effort get any information about Cocoa Beach.

Anything any one has to add would be appreciated. There has to be some people that have something to say about Cocoa Beach, FL! I don't care if its good or bad. Any feedback is appreciated at this point!

Thanks
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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Big diff between Cocoa and Cocoa Beach. You are correct. I would never live in Cocoa, but Cocoa Beach is nice, with great schools.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:27 AM
 
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Long-time Cocoa Beach resident here. I love my town. Small enough (<12,000 souls) that wherever I go, grocery store, golf course, restaurants or coffee shops, I see friendly neighbors. I feel like I know everyone. I love seeing the stream of school kids walking, on skateboards and bikes going to and from school on the long sidewalk along the river on Minutemen. I love that the City sees fit to occasionally block off the stretch of road by City Hall to have street parties for the residents. People, kids, dogs live music, food, etc. I love seeing on my drive to the office, residents with their first cup of coffee walking across the road to the beach to check the sunrise and surf. I love how many people get around by bicycle in my town. I love that nowhere in Cocoa Beach is the speed limit greater than 35 MPH. I love that for $10 per year as a resident I can get a parking decal that allows me to park anywhere in the city without feeding a meter or paying. I love that to my east is the Atlantic Ocean and just a stone's throw to my west in most places is the Banana River. Like Earth and the human body, Cocoa Beach is 70% water. Our population has not grown by a single person in over 40 years.

Those who identify Cocoa Beach with the tourist area around Ron Jons and the Pier or Coconuts on the weekend have missed the real town. There is a friendly close-knit community that is not apparent at first glance or if one is looking in the north end of town. Oh yeah, the #18 rated junior/senior high school in the state. Rocket launches. Catching snook, tarpon, pompano, etc. from the beach. Redfish, snook and trout among the Thousand Islands in the river. Manatees and dolphins anytime you want to see one. Public country club with 27 holes of excellent golf along the Banana River at crazy low prices and a superb tennis facility with clay and hard courts and the largest outdoor public swimming pool in the state. Yep, I sorta like it here. Just my take, I suspect there are those who will find my town not to their liking.
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:22 PM
 
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I've been to both Cocoa and Cocoa Beach (having lived in Merritt Island for a short time.) I highly prefer Cocoa Beach to Cocoa.

Cocoa can get dodgy quickly, whereas Cocoa Beach is really nice. I love all the restaurants there and while living on Merritt Island, I would spend the bulk of my free time in Cocoa Beach. (I didn't particularly care for Merritt Island.)
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:29 AM
 
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1insider-That is EXACTLY the lifestyle that my family is searching for right now. Thanks for the feedback. Greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:18 AM
 
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Like others have said, tread lightly in Cocoa.

Cocoa Beach is a nice town. I've been there primarily as a tourist, but have played many rounds at my favorite golf courses there. Great neighborhoods in that area too. The town is fairly clean, lots to do, good restaurants, recreation. It's fairly unique amongst Florida coastal towns, so you'll either like it or not.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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Long-time Cocoa Beach resident here. I love my town. Small enough (<12,000 souls) that wherever I go, grocery store, golf course, restaurants or coffee shops, I see friendly neighbors. I feel like I know everyone. I love seeing the stream of school kids walking, on skateboards and bikes going to and from school on the long sidewalk along the river on Minutemen. I love that the City sees fit to occasionally block off the stretch of road by City Hall to have street parties for the residents. People, kids, dogs live music, food, etc. I love seeing on my drive to the office, residents with their first cup of coffee walking across the road to the beach to check the sunrise and surf. I love how many people get around by bicycle in my town. I love that nowhere in Cocoa Beach is the speed limit greater than 35 MPH. I love that for $10 per year as a resident I can get a parking decal that allows me to park anywhere in the city without feeding a meter or paying. I love that to my east is the Atlantic Ocean and just a stone's throw to my west in most places is the Banana River. Like Earth and the human body, Cocoa Beach is 70% water. Our population has not grown by a single person in over 40 years.

Those who identify Cocoa Beach with the tourist area around Ron Jons and the Pier or Coconuts on the weekend have missed the real town. There is a friendly close-knit community that is not apparent at first glance or if one is looking in the north end of town. Oh yeah, the #18 rated junior/senior high school in the state. Rocket launches. Catching snook, tarpon, pompano, etc. from the beach. Redfish, snook and trout among the Thousand Islands in the river. Manatees and dolphins anytime you want to see one. Public country club with 27 holes of excellent golf along the Banana River at crazy low prices and a superb tennis facility with clay and hard courts and the largest outdoor public swimming pool in the state. Yep, I sorta like it here. Just my take, I suspect there are those who will find my town not to their liking.
I'm looking to relocate to the Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Viera area or around, any suggestions on a safe, good neighborhood with at least some night life and a little close to the beach. So confused, coming from WI in Dec. But I'm confused as where is the best to rent. 51 year old in need of some advice. Thank you Not sure how to use this site yet, but you can email me if you have time, dbaginski2006@yahoo.com can you lead me in a great place to rent there?
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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I'm looking to relocate to the Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Viera area or around, any suggestions on a safe, good neighborhood with at least some night life and a little close to the beach. So confused, coming from WI in Dec. But I'm confused as where is the best to rent. 51 year old in need of some advice. Thank you Not sure how to use this site yet, but you can email me if you have time, dbaginski2006@yahoo.com can you lead me in a great place to rent there?
Hi dee

I responded to your other post on the other thread but this post has more detail.

If you want beachside you should still be able to get something good for up to 750 rent per month.

Give me more detail and I will go to the MLS and hunt for you. Do you have to have 2 bedrooms and 2 baths or are you flexible? Can it be an apartment or do you want a mobile home or a concrete block house?

Try to give as much detail as you feel comfortable with.
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Old 10-12-2015, 05:51 PM
 
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I'm considering accepting a position in Cocoa Fl. I've read all the different responses of Cocoa vs Cocoa Beach and now I'm kind of nervous about the Cocoa area. Being from the Midwest I know very little about Florida. Is Cocoa a bad / unsafe place? How far is Cocoa Beach from Cocoa (could a person live in Cocoa Beach and work in Cocoa). Also the cost of Apartments, what is the average costs of 2 bedroom apts (in Cocoa Beach and in a nice area / complex?
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Old 10-12-2015, 06:57 PM
 
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It's over a bridge. Minutes away. Not sure about costs
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