Beautiful Cocoa Beach

We’re proud to be located in the beautiful city of Cocoa Beach! Not only is there quite a bit to do for vacationers and residents alike, there is also an interesting history behind the development of the city.

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach

 

Modern Times

It’s been called the quintessential beach town, and an hour’s drive east of Orlando on Florida’s beautiful Space Coast, offers endless ways to enjoy recreation and leisure. Whether you are planning a family beach vacation, leisure travel, a business trip, a weekend getaway, or just a day at the beach, you’ll find everything you need in Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast area to make your stay one to remember.

One of the more affordable vacation spots in all of Florida, there is never a lack of exciting things to do and see in the local area. Besides offering the best of “sun and fun” at the beach, while on the Space Coast you can do some awesome deep sea fishing or take an extraordinary eco-tour adventure on a kayak tour or airboat ride to get up close and personal with Florida’s awesome wildlife. You can visit area attractions like the Kennedy Space Center (maybe even see a rocket liftoff! into space), explore our area’s rich history by doing some sightseeing at our museums and historic sites, or soak up some beach culture while shopping for some fabulous finds. You can enjoy the great outdoors playing a round or two of golf on our spectacular courses, or get wet enjoying the absolute best in wind and watersports. You can even drive just a short distance to all the Orlando attractions, then return to Cocoa Beach to enjoy dinner at one of the many awesome dining spots on the beach, ranging from elegant to sand-in-your-shoes casual. After dark, kick back and enjoy the easy beach-style nightlife activities that run the gamut from cool jazz clubs to beach side cafes. Then stay overnight in the perfect hotel room and wake up to a spectacular sunrise on the beach.

And if that isn’t enough, in addition to being the CLOSEST BEACH to Orlando, Cocoa Beach is situated just minutes from Florida’s fastest growing port – Port Canaveral – where you can embark from our world class cruise terminals aboard affordable cruises to exotic destinations. Disney Cruise Line makes its home in Port Canaveral, as well as Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

So all-in-all, if an affordable beach vacation offering the best of sun and fun is what you’re looking for in the area and the Space Coast of Florida is the place to come.

Some Helpful Local Links:

http://www.cityofcocoabeach.com/
http://www.cocoabeach.com/
http://www.cocoabeachchamber.com/

A Rich History

The first real settlement in the immediate area was started by a family of newly freed slaves following the Civil War, but a hurricane in 1885 discouraged settlement. Then, in 1888, a group of Cocoa men bought the entire tract of land. The land remained untouched until an attorney named Gus Edwards arrived. He bought Cocoa Beach and began to develop it. The City of Cocoa Beach was established on June 5, 1925, and was incorporated as a City on June 29, 1957.

The city  truly came to life during the 1960s due to America’s space program. NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center is located approximately 15 miles away. The city became home to many young families where one or both parents worked on some aspect of the space program. Children raised here were sometimes referred to as “Cape Brats.” The community was once so full of children that the schools overflowed and portable class rooms were built to host them. It was not unheard of for there to be 45 children per classroom. After manned space flights, the town held astronaut parades. Before there was a “Silicon Valley,” Cocoa Beach and other surrounding towns were full of the best and brightest technical minds around. Today, many Kennedy Space Center workers still call Cocoa Beach home.

Cocoa Beach was also the setting for the 1960s sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie,” although only one episode was actually filmed here (Jeannie’s wedding).

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