The Space Coast is well-known worldwide as the home of Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, world class fishing, and the second busiest port in the world. But what many people don’t know is the area is also home to 72 miles of pristine beaches overlooking the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Let’s explore the best beaches of the Space Coast so you can enjoy the unique beaches the region has to offer.
Canaveral National Seashore
The undeveloped beaches of Canaveral National Seashore bring the promise of quiet peaceful seclusion for you and your family to enjoy. The seashore spans 25 miles from New Smyrna Beach to Titusville, boasting the beauty of untouched dunes and surf designed for an idyllic escape. Among the 57,000 acres of beaches, marshes, dunes, trails, and lagoons, you’ll find more than 1,000 native plants as well as more than 300 bird species thriving within them. The perfect getaway, Canaveral National Seashore is the place for surfing, swimming, boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking.
At the edge of the Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville, you’ll find Playalinda Beach, the perfect beach to rest, relax, and rejuvenate for the day. The beach is much like the rest of the seashore, undeveloped and exquisite. This quiet beach is a hidden gem with lots of opportunities for kayaking, bird watching, canoeing, swimming, boating, and camping amid the natural landscape. There is a fee to access Playalinda Beach, but it is “well worth the price of admission.” Plus, Playalinda Beach is the perfect viewing location for the next rocket launch.
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Sebastian Inlet in Melbourne is the southernmost beach on the Space Coast and features one of the choice surfing breaks on the coast. The beach features a fabulous recreation are for those who are looking for more than the usual sunning, swimming, and shelling. Local anglers will tell you the area is among the best for saltwater fishing. Plus, the beaches location where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian River Lagoon makes it ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as kayaking and canoeing. The area features numerous nature trails plus a 40-mile bike trail, and camping for tents or RVs. The Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum, the McLarty Museum, and eateries are also on site.
Cherie Down Park
Located in Cape Canaveral between the Cocoa Beach Pier and Port Canaveral, you will find Cherie Down Park. This lovely beach is the perfect stop for a picnic and a bit of sunning if you are waiting for your cruise or enjoying your Port of Call. It features free parking, as well as bathrooms and showers, plus it’s only a short walk to the jetties or the famous Cocoa Beach Pier.
Near Port Canaveral is Jetty Park, featuring 14 miles of beach where you can enjoy sunning, swimming, and fishing in view of cruise ships and cargo vessels. The beautiful beach is home to natural dunes brimming with coastal life – birds, sea turtles, and more – along with bike paths, a playground, rental cabins, and a handicap-accessible, 24- hour fishing pier.
Canova Beach Park
Canova Beach Park is the place to be if your four-legged pup is along for the day. The beachfront park is not only dog-friendly, but offers a pavilion, grills, wheelchair access, picnic shelters, showers, and restrooms. Canova Beach Park happily welcomes your furry friends, but dogs must be on leashes, with tags verifying vaccines and licenses. And if you bring your doggies along for a day of beach fun, don’t forget to clean up as you go!
Whatever your ideal beach day, the Beaches of the Space Coast never disappoint. Of course, if you are ready to make your move and call the Space Coast home, the Coastal Home Team is ready to help you become a local!