How to enjoy Disney, but stay at the beach

 
Does this sound familiar?

You are sitting down to plan your vacation, but not everyone can agree. Part of the family wants to relax on the beach and become mermaids never leaving the water while others want Disney fun and action packed days. How do you make everyone happy!?

We may have a solution for you – do both!!

Cocoa Beach is just a mere hour from Walt Disney World, allowing you to stay at the beach and easily spend a few days at the park.
Here are some tips on successfully doing both

1. Plan early


If you are limited to school holidays, things book up quickly so its best to start early. If you are flexible or your kids are younger, we recommend visiting late fall through spring. There are fewer people and not quite as hot!

You can also reference this calendar to see if your dates line up to any festivals or special events at the park!

2. Determine your transportation


You can simply drive the hour each way when you want to visit the park. Another option is to take a shuttle so you don’t have to worry about parking.

3. Figure out your itinerary


If you are planning a couple of days at Disney, be mindful of the best times to visit. For example, Magic Kingdom is very busy on Monday’s, so you are better off doing it mid-week.

Here is a great guide for 1 and 2 day itineraries at the various parks.

4. Don’t forget about the activities around Cocoa Beach!


We love Disney (and so will your kids!), but it can get busy, tiring and expensive. In additional to the beautiful beach & ocean, there are so many fun & inexpensive activities to do nearby.

As a reference, you can browse these to get some ideas 5 family friendly activities, or these 5 unique experiences right in our backyard.

Join the vacation rental trend and enjoy the best of both worlds.  The beach & Mickey Mouse.  Camp fires and smores on the beach one night and dinner with the Disney princesses the next.  It’s nice to know you can have it all!
 

Best Breweries in Brevard

 

When most people think of the microbrew scene, Florida doesn’t necessarily come to the top of your mind. Well, we are proud to prove you wrong! We had the difficult task of trying them out (I know, someone had to do it). There are 10 craft breweries that are now in the area, all offering something unique. Here are 4 that we wanted to highlight:


Intracoastal Brewing Co.


Located in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne, Intracoastal Brewing Co is a fun & chill spot to enjoy a pint or flight of some new brews. They are a relaxed patio & grassy area for people (and pets) to spread out, board & yard games to keep everyone entertained and a food truck on sight serving tacos and Peruvian food.


Best for: Family Friendly Brewery


Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Co.


Located in downtown Melbourne, this brewery calls a 120 year-old former hardware and farm supply store home. Retrofitted in 2016, they create the bold brews right on site. You can enjoy their rotating list of beers in what feels like the comfort of your own home. Pretzels are free, food can be ordered in and the atmosphere is awesome.


Best for: Bold Brews


Florida Beer Co.


Who says you can’t have fun while drinking beer. From live acoustic jams & comedy, to trivia and tiki bands, this place is as energetic as they come. An amalgamation of local brewers from Melbourne, Tampa & Miami – Florida Beer Co moved into this space in 2013. Bonus – grab a 6 pack of your favorite Florida beer to go.


Best for: Action packed activities


Playalinda Brewing Co.


With two locations in Titusville (Brix Project & Hardware Store) – both with a super unique vibe. The owners went from an Electric Company to starting a Brewery in the century old building. The Hardware Store location is a charming downtown spot with lots of beer to choose from. The Brix Project location has an ever-changing menu and unique & interesting pub food (plus delicious ol’ burgers) paired with their signature beers & cocktails.


Best for: Beer + Food