Considering a trip to the Space Coast or do your plans already have a stop here? We can’t help but boast about our area and all the things that make this place world-famous. From space history and fishing adventures to hosting the second-busiest port in the world, we have a lot to offer; especially our amazing beaches that visitors flock to all the time. And with a 72-mile span of accessible pristine beaches for you to enjoy, we thought we’d tell you our top five so you can check them out yourself.
FL 406/402, Titusville | (321) 267-1110
Located inside the Canaveral National Seashore, Playalinda Beach has become one of the go-to beaches. Rated “Quietest Beach” by TripAdvisor and one of USA Today’s “Top Ten Florida Beaches,” this undeveloped beach offers a welcome change from some of our other beaches. If you’re looking for a little R & R then this is the place for you.
Did you also know that because this beach is tucked away, you can easily enjoy this recreational paradise with opportunities to do some back country camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, boating, and bird watching? The natural landscape and habitat of this area has the perfect aesthetics that one imagines when thinking about going to the beach, so you can understand why people from all backgrounds enjoy coming here. And if you happen to be in the area when one a rocket launch is taking place, Playalinda Beach is a prime viewing location. There is a fee to access the beach, so bring some cash.
Playalinda Beach, in Titusville, is housed within a natural reserve, the Canaveral National Seashore. It is also known for its private, nude beach (around parking lot 13, the farthest pier). The people here tend to keep to themselves, so don’t worry if that’s not your thing. Enjoy 24 miles of protected coastline, including four miles of drivable beach, for a scenic driving tour of the area. Playalinda is a quiet beach, a hidden gem among local surfers, located on a thin barrier island also on the Indian River. The sand is rarely busy. Pack flip-flops because some patches of sand are a bit rough with seashells – but shell collectors and kids can find plenty of treasures here. Along with the undeveloped beauty of Playalinda, there are also not many amenities.
8330 Ridgewood Avenue, Cape Canaveral | (321) 455-1380
Centrally located between Port Canaveral and the Cocoa Beach Pier, Cherie Down Park is a perfect spot whether you’re in town prior to your cruise or if this is your Port of Call. Take your sea legs to this beautiful beach for quick trip to a spot that offers free parking, bathrooms, and showers. And if you have a bit more time, enjoy a short walk to either the jetties or the Cocoa Beach Pier for a nice addition to your time here. Grab a bite to go and enjoy a picnic on the beach before sailing off.
2200 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | (321) 868-3252
Cocoa Beach is home to several beaches and caters to all different “beach style” preferences. From popular and action-packed, like the Cocoa Beach Pier to hidden gems like Lori Wilson Park, any beach you choose is going to be a top pick. But if you’re looking for a great spot for the whole family, then you’ll want to go to Sidney Fischer Park.
This 10-acre park is a great place for a picnic and a swim. Located conveniently across the street from a grocery store, you can pick up lunch and some snacks, eat under the shade of your umbrella or the provided pavilions and watch the kiddos enjoy building sandcastles or having fun on the playground. There is a parking fee, but with all the amenities like restrooms, showers, and being a great viewing spot for the occasional rocket launch, you can expect to enjoy your day at the beach.
2301 North Highway A1A, Melbourne | (321) 255-4400
For those of you looking for a beach that has something for everyone, then Paradise Beach is for you. With volleyball courts ready to serve up a lively competition and picnic facilities including grills for parties, not to mention a large playground for kids, this beach offers a beautiful natural landscape with plenty of shade, perfect for a whole day at the beach. And with free parking, you’ll definitely want to get there early, but what better reason to make a day of beaching it up in your own little paradise?
9700 South A1A, Melbourne Beach | (321) 984-4852
For a beach that doesn’t lack in amenities, then making a trip to our southern-most beach on the Space Coast is worth the visit. Located within a gorgeous barrier island along our coast where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian River Lagoon, enjoy the day in the water with activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, or kayaking. Or maybe you would like more onshore activities like fishing, nature trail walks, or a 40-mile bike path; there really is something for everyone. And with two museums and places to eat, all you need to do is pack your camping gear or bring your RV and you can have an overnight adventure at one of our top beach picks.
These are just a few of our favorite beaches that we know you will love just as much as we do. As you plan your trip to the Space Coast make sure you add in a day or two at the beach. You’ll be glad you did!