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Old 09-04-2018, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Outskirts of Gray Court, and love it!
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School me on Cocoa Beach! Things to do, places to eat, fast food type places, crowds in June, temps in June, etc, etc.....Family is thinking of doing vacation there next year.
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:21 PM
 
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Cocoa is a dump in my opinion. It’s a nice break for Orlando visitors wanting to spend the day at the beach within driving distance. However, it’s one of the worst Florida beaches in my opinion.

Food sucks, nothing to do besides the beach, water is dark color, etc.
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Merritt Island, Fl
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Cocoa is a dump in my opinion. It’s a nice break for Orlando visitors wanting to spend the day at the beach within driving distance. However, it’s one of the worst Florida beaches in my opinion.

Food sucks, nothing to do besides the beach, water is dark color, etc.
I think we had this debate already some months ago.
There are many good restaurants in the Cocoa Beach area and Brevard in general. I have listed several in the past, feel free to look them up in previous posts (Florida Seafood for sweat white shrimp and always fresh seafood, The Fat Snook if you want high end, Cafe Margo in Cocoa Village for very good French, Nippon Thai in Sataliute Beach for great Thai and Sushi, and many more throughout Brevard.
Yes the water is darker and not blue in color. You will need to go further south (Jupitor and down) to get the warmer, bluer waters.
I still think Cocoa a Beach has nice, not too crowded beaches most of the year. The waves are great and beach generally clean.
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:10 AM
 
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--To start off with, it'll be summer in Florida.....hot and muggy, afternoon storms. If your planning on spending a lot of time on the beach, by the pool, or on the water, then this will be a good thing.
--I always find the crowds(tourists) no matter what season in Cocoa Beach over-crowded. I would recommend staying in South Cocoa Beach if you can. Less touristy and more relaxed. Away from it all if you want more peace and quiet (You might not want that though). You can always just drive 10 minutes to Ron Jons, the pier, ect.
--Downtown Cocoa across the causeway is a neat little downtown with some good restaurants and bars.
--Kennedy Space Center is just up the road, great experience.
--Downtown Melbourne has some cool restaurants and bars.
Lots to do in the area, you'll have a good time.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:30 AM
 
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I think we had this debate already some months ago.
There are many good restaurants in the Cocoa Beach area and Brevard in general. I have listed several in the past, feel free to look them up in previous posts (Florida Seafood for sweat white shrimp and always fresh seafood, The Fat Snook if you want high end, Cafe Margo in Cocoa Village for very good French, Nippon Thai in Sataliute Beach for great Thai and Sushi, and many more throughout Brevard.
Yes the water is darker and not blue in color. You will need to go further south (Jupitor and down) to get the warmer, bluer waters.
I still think Cocoa a Beach has nice, not too crowded beaches most of the year. The waves are great and beach generally clean.
Agree and in addition OP ,
Mostly free parking and no private beaches. Chance to see sea turtles either nesting or making their path to the ocean because of our beautiful darker sand that is what draws them home to lay their eggs here.

We have waves for surfing and boogey boarding but the ocean in June may be more like a lake. Water may still be in the 70s at the beginning of the month but usually in 80s. There are daily surf lessons available though.

There is chance to see rockets launch and the space center within miles, We have some great golf courses(cheaper during the summer ).

Downtown Melbourne is close by in addition to the Cocoa Beach pier( a Westgate property now so lots of changes and upgrading ) and the other beach type bars/restaurants up and down A1A can be a lot of fun. Check google while here for what bands or types of things are going on locally.

There is a great zoo in Melbourne with tree top treks , kayaking with special activities for night time in the park activities. etc. https://brevardzoo.org/

There are dinner cruises on the intercoastal waterways http://www.indianriverqueen.com/public-cruises.htmland a gambling ship https://victorycasinocruises.com/ There are party boats for fishing.Miss Cape Canaveral - Lydia Yacht, Party Boat, Deep Sea Fishing Excursions There are parks with miniature golf, go carts in the area. https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=min...ch%2C+FL+32931

As for fast food rarely hit any of them because we choose more local casual places. All the usual fast food places are available though. If you are into expensive fancier meal that you can still dine casually dressed (khakis don't need a tie etc) check out https://yellowdogcafe.com/ Grills Seafood on the river in Melbourne is our go to spot but there is one in Cape Canaveral too. If you like smaller not so fancy places check out . Not chains but good food at good price---- Long Doggers and Big Island Burritos in Indialantic(South from CB on A1A-only cash no credit or debit) Another good spot is Cantino Dos Amigos.

Be sure to visit Ron Jons(open 24 hrs) and the other surf shops in the area. Head out to the port one day.

Also check the King Center to see what shows they have in June next year......Official Website | Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

Of course Brevard County is more beachy than Orlando as stated earlier and we are not centered around theme parks. Cocoa Beach-actually all of Brevard--- is more of a down home friendly/family; beach area with some high tec thrown into the mix. We don't try to impress people who tend to down so many places and think only what they like is what everyone else is looking for. It may not be concrete city like so many areas of Florida have become; but we pride ourselves for trying to keep the nature in Florida not the wild club scene.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Outskirts of Gray Court, and love it!
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Definitely doing Kennedy! Probably wont spend much time on the beach, well I wont, maybe an hour or 2 at most a day. The name of the place reserved escapes me at the moment, but its on the beach.

If any of you would know, how does it compare to Myrtle Beach, SC. Been there countless times and Im tired of it so I didnt go on the family vacay this year.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Outskirts of Gray Court, and love it!
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Agree and in addition OP ,
Mostly free parking and no private beaches. Chance to see sea turtles either nesting or making their path to the ocean because of our beautiful darker sand that is what draws them home to lay their eggs here.

We have waves for surfing and boogey boarding but the ocean in June may be more like a lake. Water may still be in the 70s at the beginning of the month but usually in 80s. There are daily surf lessons available though.

There is chance to see rockets launch and the space center within miles, We have some great golf courses(cheaper during the summer ).

Downtown Melbourne is close by in addition to the Cocoa Beach pier( a Westgate property now so lots of changes and upgrading ) and the other beach type bars/restaurants up and down A1A can be a lot of fun. Check google while here for what bands or types of things are going on locally.

There is a great zoo in Melbourne with tree top treks , kayaking with special activities for night time in the park activities. etc. https://brevardzoo.org/

There are dinner cruises on the intercoastal waterways http://www.indianriverqueen.com/public-cruises.htmland a gambling ship https://victorycasinocruises.com/ There are party boats for fishing.Miss Cape Canaveral - Lydia Yacht, Party Boat, Deep Sea Fishing Excursions There are parks with miniature golf, go carts in the area. https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=min...ch%2C+FL+32931

As for fast food rarely hit any of them because we choose more local casual places. All the usual fast food places are available though. If you are into expensive fancier meal that you can still dine casually dressed (khakis don't need a tie etc) check out https://yellowdogcafe.com/ Grills Seafood on the river in Melbourne is our go to spot but there is one in Cape Canaveral too. If you like smaller not so fancy places check out . Not chains but good food at good price---- Long Doggers and Big Island Burritos in Indialantic(South from CB on A1A-only cash no credit or debit) Another good spot is Cantino Dos Amigos.

Be sure to visit Ron Jons(open 24 hrs) and the other surf shops in the area. Head out to the port one day.

Also check the King Center to see what shows they have in June next year......Official Website | Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

Of course Brevard County is more beachy than Orlando as stated earlier and we are not centered around theme parks. Cocoa Beach-actually all of Brevard--- is more of a down home friendly/family; beach area with some high tec thrown into the mix. We don't try to impress people who tend to down so many places and think only what they like is what everyone else is looking for. It may not be concrete city like so many areas of Florida have become; but we pride ourselves for trying to keep the nature in Florida not the wild club scene.
GREAT! This is the kind of info Im looking for, and will search past threads as well!
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Old 09-05-2018, 10:12 AM
 
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Definitely doing Kennedy! Probably wont spend much time on the beach, well I wont, maybe an hour or 2 at most a day. The name of the place reserved escapes me at the moment, but its on the beach.

If any of you would know, how does it compare to Myrtle Beach, SC. Been there countless times and Im tired of it so I didnt go on the family vacay this year.
Totally different than Myrtle Beach. Myrtle beach has the bigger name entertainers on a regular basis. Probably more crowded and more of a tourist trap area than you will find in Coco Beach too.

The cool thing about staying in a hotel on the beach.....Sunrise time on the beach with a chance of seeing the large turtle returning to the water after laying their eggs. Then again at night walking on the beach and sitting on the deck with a drink watching the moon rise.

One other daytime idea-Go to the National Seashore in Titusville to enjoy the beach, the trails, and drive the trail through the marsh etc. https://www.nps.gov/cana/index.htm
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Old 09-05-2018, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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Cocoa is a dump in my opinion. It’s a nice break for Orlando visitors wanting to spend the day at the beach within driving distance. However, it’s one of the worst Florida beaches in my opinion.

Food sucks, nothing to do besides the beach, water is dark color, etc.



Dark water color, really?





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlkBmBjmFKw





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCKmDozESEQ



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiIwGPyP6Q0





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5skw_iKpgNI


Live pier view right now:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtGVQHq_xjM





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3361I0K80w


I'm sure the water can get dirty after storms and stuff, but so does every other beach in the world. I was in Fort Lauderdale in April and it wasn't very nice.



If you think Cocoa is ugly just check out the horrible beaches of South Carolina and GA. Mudfilled beaches and water. Ugly brown river water instead of ocean water. yuk.
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Old 09-05-2018, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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Totally different than Myrtle Beach. Myrtle beach has the bigger name entertainers on a regular basis. Probably more crowded and more of a tourist trap area than you will find in Coco Beach too.

The cool thing about staying in a hotel on the beach.....Sunrise time on the beach with a chance of seeing the large turtle returning to the water after laying their eggs. Then again at night walking on the beach and sitting on the deck with a drink watching the moon rise.

One other daytime idea-Go to the National Seashore in Titusville to enjoy the beach, the trails, and drive the trail through the marsh etc. https://www.nps.gov/cana/index.htm



Myrtle Beaches water is brown and ugly all the time. Can barely see a couple inches into the water. Same for Hilton Head, Kiawah, etc.
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