Cocoa Beach’s six-mile long stretch of shoreline takes centre-stage on Florida’s Space Coast. The biscuit-coloured sands and glass-clear waters make this one of Florida’s most attractive beach spots. The main beach is a haven for adrenaline junkies. Surfers travel from far and wide to ride the waves here, and surf schools are strung along the beachfront. Kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing are just some of the other watersports you can have a go at, too. Or, you can simply put your feet up for a good old-fashioned sunbathing session. Head a few miles down the coast and you’ll come to the sleepy seaside town of Indialantic – home to just 4,000 people. The sandy swathe here is largely off the tourist track, so you can switch off with the locals for company and dodge some of the bigger crowds.
Just a 20-minute car ride away, you’ll find Cocoa Village – a small, historic town with tree-lined avenues that sits alongside the banks of the Indian River. It’s home to a number of independent shops, and there are regular markets, art and craft festivals, and sidewalk sales that take place along Brevard Avenue.
For the biggest nights out, Orlando has everything you’d expect from a major city. However, if you’re looking to stay a little closer to base, then Cocoa Village is the place to head to. Loads of lively bars stay open ‘til late, and there’s a handful of nightclubs that stay open into the small hours.
Fresh oysters are a speciality in these parts. You’ll find them on lots of menus along the coast, and if you’re after something authentically American, try a fried oyster po’boy – a traditional Louisiana sandwich that’s spilling at the seams.
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