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Cocoa Beach - East Coast - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Situated 65 miles east of Orlando or 70 miles from Disney World, Cocoa Beach is located along Route A1A along the Atlantic Coast of Florida. This is once of the space coast’s nicest beaches with many wide stretches, excellent for biking, jogging, power walking or just strolling. Some areas provide showers, play areas, picnic tables with grills as well as snack bars and surf side parking lots. Cocoa Beach is considered the capital of Florida’s surfing community.

The Cocoa Beach Pier, which runs off Meade Avenue, is an everyday gathering place as well as beachside grandstand for space shuttle launches. Many bars, restaurants and souvenir shops as well as bait and tackle shops are handy for visitors. To park at one of the many beach side parking lots, the cost is $3 to $5. The fishing pier dangles about 800 feet out into the Atlantic Ocean. This is a weather beaten hangout for people who love the beach.

When you’ve had enough of the beach, why not take your kids to the ‘Extreme Fun Center’ where you’ll find mazes to climb through, go carts for children and adults, video games and soft play playground. There are also batting cages for both softball and hardball, laser tag and miniature golf with a jungle theme.

The Sydney Fisher Park at Cocoa Beach on Route A1A has showers, playgrounds, changing areas, picnic areas with grills, snack shops and plenty of parking lots. There are beach vendors where you can hire heavy duty beach umbrellas, a necessity in the hot summer sun!

Kids get to make their own sand castles or ride the surf on their buggy boards on the gentle waves. This is a great beach for both children and adults. The sand is soft, and the breeze is welcome.

If you plan to eat out while at Cocoa Beach, here are a few suggestions. For fresh fish and seafood, try Bernard’s Surf located on S. Atlantic Avenue. This is strictly an evening restaurant and does not serve lunch.

The Mango Tree Restaurant on N. Atlantic Avenue also serves evening meals and has a romantic, intimate dining room setting, giving the feeling of the south pacific plantation.

For German cuisine, try Heidelberg, serving traditional dishes such as sauerbraten and red cabbage. All soups and desserts are homemade. You can also dine inside the jazz club, Heidi’s where there’s live music every day but Monday.

Right on the Cocoa Beach Pier; the Atlantic Ocean Grille juts out 500 feet over the ocean. This is a casual seafood restaurant with floor-to-ceiling- windows that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. This is located on Meade Avenue on the Cocoa Beach Pier and service is restricted to the evening.

If you love oysters, try Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar on Glen Cheek Drive, Port Canaveral. Other menu items include seafood gumbo, spicy wings, crab, burgers and fish and chips or try ‘Oh Shucks Seafood Bar,’ an open-air seafood bar on the beach with live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays.

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