Things are starting get a little bit spooky over here in Florida. That’s right, Cocoa Beach and the surrounding areas are getting ready for an exciting Halloween season. While some parts of the country might already be getting chilly with the fall season the sun is still shining high here at Cocoa Beach. During your stay you will find that there are plenty of exciting Halloween events and activities to join in on. There are also plenty of other ways to spend your time here in the fall. Here is how you can spend your Halloween in Cocoa Beach this year:
There are plenty of adults only events happening along Cocoa Beach where you can enjoy a night out with friends and drinks for Halloween. At Cocoa Village you will find the 7th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl that takes guests to a variety of local bars and venues for an evening of shenanigans. This Halloween event encourages all attendees to show up in costume as prizes will be given out for the best dressed. This year’s Halloween Pub Crawl will be providing proceeds to The Children’s Hunger Project so you can support a great cause as you have fun. This year’s event will be start at 6:00 PM on October 23rd.
If you happen to be visiting Cocoa Beach in the weeks leading up to Halloween, you can take part in Viera’s Harvest Festival. This fall festival is perfect for the whole family as it includes a variety of activities. The festival will include local vendors, a pumpkin patch, food trucks, pumpkin carving contest, live music, and much more. Viera’s Harvest Festival will be taking place in nearby neighbors of Viera. You will be just a short drive away from Viera’s Harvest Festival taking place on October 16th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
For children Halloween is naturally all about putting on your best costume and getting as much candy as possible. Just North of Cocoa Beach is Cape Canaveral where it will be hosting the annual Trunk or Treat, a children’s event that allows them to go trick or treating in a safe and exciting setting. Truck or Treat will be taking place on October 29th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The event will be using socially distanced spaces and have one way traffic for families to walk around ensuring everyone stays safe. Contactless delivery of candy allows them to get as much as possible without having to directly interact with others. This year’s Trunk of Treat will be taking place at Cape Canaveral’s City Hall located at 100 Polk Ave. There will also be contests for best decorated vehicle if you want to join in on the festivities!
Another great adults-only event that will take you around the different night life spots in Cocoa Beach is the Halloween Boogie Night Sip-n-Stroll. This local event allows you to show up in your best costume as you head out with friends. Over 30 different businesses in Downtown Cocoa Beach will be participating so you can go bar hopping with ease. The event will have a roof top ending where the party comes together. Halloween Boogie Night Sip-n-Stroll will take place on October 30th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
As mentioned, the weather on Cocoa Beach during the fall season is still absolutely gorgeous. This means that while everyone back home may be layered up in sweaters and jackets you can be relaxing on the beach. Lay back in your favorite swimming suit as you soak up the sunshine. The water may be starting to get colder but is more than enjoyable. The evenings are still nice enough to where just a light jacket may be needed.
During your down time head over to Cocoa Village for an afternoon or evening of fun. Cocoa Village has everything you need such as many unique shops and restaurants. All of the local boutiques are locally owned and offer a bit of everything. The restaurants specialize in all kinds of cuisine from Italian, Thai, Japanese, and classic American cuisine. Grab a cup of coffee in the morning or find a sweet treat to end your day with. Cocoa Village has it all!
As you can see, there are so many different ways to spend your Halloween journey with us here on Cocoa Beach. The only way to have the best stay in town is by reserving one of our vacation rentals in the area. You will find fine features and amenities to make your stay as comfortable as ever.
Cocoa Beach is known for a variety of fun and exciting activities that can be enjoyed most times of the year. You have shuttle takeoffs nearby at the Kennedy Space Center. Cocoa Beach also has miles upon miles of gorgeous and pristine beaches. Another exciting way to spend your time at Cocoa Beach is to go wildlife watching. For the visitors who are unfamiliar with the area, Cocoa Beach sees hundreds of different species of animals in the area. You can easily go search out these unique animals in person by visiting one of the many local attractions or by booking a charter. Take a look at where and how you can go do Cocoa Beach wildlife watching:
When it comes to wildlife watching, there is not a more dedicated base than those who participate in birdwatching. The Space Coast, the greater stretch of beaches that Cocoa Beach rests on, sees hundreds of different species of birds throughout the year. The temperate sub-tropic weather makes Cocoa Beach an ideal area for birds to flock to year after year. With over 300 birds to be seen, you will have your work cut out for you. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is nearby in Titusville. To date there have been 358 species of birds identified at the park. You can enjoy a guided automobile tour of the area or check out the exhibits in person. The Canaveral National Seashore is another popular area for birdwatching, along with fishing and other activities. While it’s also a great place to see rocket launches, the shuttles may scare off the birds during those windows. Both areas are located along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, so catching a glimpse of a red-cockaded woodpecker or painted bunting is more easily achieved. Don’t forget about the annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival that is held each year in the area!
Perhaps the most popular animal that visitors wish to see in the wild when they visit Cocoa Beach is the American alligator. While it can be scary running into one in the wild, they are easily seen when you book a nature tour on the St. Johns River or Indian River Lagoon. The best way to see these animals safely in person is by booking an airboat tour. These propelled airboats let you traverse across the marshes to areas where alligators are known to be. Professional guides will navigate for you and tell you fascinating details about these elusive creatures. It should go without saying but make sure to never try and pet an alligator out in the wild!
Birds and alligators are not the only animals that live in and around Cocoa Beach. You can catch a glimpse of most animals when you book an eco nature tour offered exclusively with Wildside Tours. This local tour company features a unique tour that is the best value in town. Each tour is approximately two hours in length and will take you across 6 to 15 miles, depending on which animals you are looking for. You will be taken out onto the water in smaller boats that can hold up to 26 people maximum. Other tour companies in the area use larger vessels making their experiences less intimate. Wildside Tours takes each passenger across the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve of Cocoa Beach along with the Banana River Lagoon. River guides will provide a personal experience as they recount details of the water and its environments. Many incredible animals that can often be seen during the tours include a variety of birds, dolphins, and manatees. These friendly creatures often love having visitors in the area and can be seen splashing around the water. Each tour is a passive viewing, so there will be no feeding or touching of the animals.
One of the most unique wildlife viewings is with the local bioluminescence tours in the area. The ocean lagoons light up at night the blue and green glow of bioluminescence. The glow is technically from the plankton in the water that comes out and plays at night. Wildlife Watersports offer nighttime tours that will take you out into the warm waters of summer when the bioluminescence shines its brightest. These tours may also have you seeing fish and stingrays that also glide through the water at night.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways for you to get out and see some truly fascinating Cocoa Beach wildlife. Choose our vacation rentals to be close to each of these wonderful experiences.
If you are looking for the ideal vacation getaway that takes you away from the giant cities and onto a relaxing beach, look no further than Cocoa Beach. Our Central Florida vacation destination is the perfect spot to relax for the fall season. As with most coastal destinations, our summer season is often the busiest of the year. Take advantage of a slower fall season where there are less crowds and more opportunities to explore the coast. Here are some of our favorite fall activities in Cocoa Beach:
Perhaps one of Cocoa Beach’s most famous attractions is one that is actually found on a nearby barrier island. We are talking about the Kennedy Space Center, the famous shuttle launch center that leads our country’s space exploration. The Kennedy Space Center is open for visitors, letting you explore a variety of incredible exhibits that highlight NASA and our space programs. Attractions focus on space pioneers over the past decades, the NASA space shuttle, the Apollo Moon Landing, and plenty more. Each attraction is designed to be exciting yet educational for individuals of all ages. Visitors can even plan ahead and purchase tickets to see a live shuttle takeoff, a moment that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Take advantage of the slower fall travel season so you can experience the Kennedy Space Center without large crowds around you.
Spending a few hours at the beach might sound crazy to anyone if you were visiting somewhere else, but Cocoa Beach sees average daily highs around 80 degrees in the fall season, making it enjoyable to be oceanside. You will find over 70 miles of pristine beaches in and around Cocoa Beach. If you want to see surfers take on the mighty waves, check out Cocoa Beach Pier. This area is popular with the local surfers since it has several lifeguards nearby and some of the best waves in the area. Make sure you get the chance to walk the pier as well and check out the numerous shops and restaurants nearby. If you want a quiet moment with family or loved ones, check out Playalinda Beach. This 24-mile stretch of beach feature dunes and a lagoon that typically does not have a lot of visitors at once. There are plenty of other beach opportunities for you to explore and find during your fall stay at Cocoa Beach.
Another activity that is very popular in the summer and is just as fun in the fall is golf. Cocoa Beach golf courses feature beautiful fairways and plenty of sunshine throughout the fall season. Take advantage of the temperate weather and play any time of the day. Local golf courses to check out include Baytree National Golf Links and Viera East Golf Club. You will find unique hazards and engaging challenges with these local courses.
Hidden in Cocoa Beach is an area called Thousand Islands that features over 4,500 different plant and animal species. The Indian River Lagoon is a diverse locale that is sprawling with some amazing things to see in person. If you wish to get out and see what makes the area so unique, take a kayaking tour with Cocoa Beach Kayaking. This local tour company provides guided tours of nature that takes you around different canals and island. Expect to see bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and a variety of migratory birds. Each tour is offered at a leisurely pace and lasts for up to two hours in length. Another great way to see local wildlife is with an airboat tour offered by Twister Airboat. You will zip down the water on a thrilling airboat for a truly unique experience. Don’t miss out on this must-see activity right here in Cocoa Beach.
Cocoa Beach features an abundance of incredible fishing opportunities during the fall season when you know where to look. The ocean is your playground when you choose a professional fishing charter such as Fin and Fly Fishing Charters to help you explore. This company knows what they are doing and will show you the best spots to find trophy size catches with fish such as tarpon, redfish, and speckled sea trout, among others. Try to reel up your biggest catch or see if you can catch something that can be prepared for dinner back at your vacation rental.
These incredible activities in Cocoa Beach and many more can be yours when you choose this amazing place as your fall getaway destination. Reserve one of our vacation rentals just off the coast to have an incredible experience like no other.
There is plenty of fun to be found when you plan for an adventure getaway to the beautiful shores of Cocoa Beach. As you would expect, there are plenty of exciting attractions found right here in the area. One thing that must be experienced during any visit in Cocoa Beach is to hit the local beaches for some fun under the sun. The beaches around here are second to none and are guaranteed to show you a great time. It may sound odd to name the best beaches in a city that is itself named after a beach, but the entire area of Cocoa Beach is approximately 72 miles in length; that entire stretch features plenty of beautiful beaches separate from one another. Take a look at the best beaches in Cocoa Beach:
One of the best beaches that is part of Cocoa Beach is the stretch of secluded sand that makes up the Canaveral National Seashore. This undeveloped area is free of vendors and stores, giving you some peace and quiet. The Canaveral National Seashore is technically found on a barrier island but features dunes, salt marshes, and plenty of sandy beach. There is plenty of parking onsite with a boardwalk that lets you look out over the dunes.
If you are looking for the best beaches in Cocoa Beach located in a suburban neighborhood setting, look no further than Cherie Down Park in Cocoa Beach. This park features seven acres of space and is the perfect spot for a picnic. A giant 200-foot boardwalk jets out over the dunes so you can look out onto the water. You will find plenty of families here enjoying activities such as beach volleyball, fishing along the surf, or building a sandcastle. There is plenty of sea grass nearby jutting out of the water, making for a fun game of hide and seek for the kiddos!
You might as well stop by the namesake beach when you are staying in Cocoa Beach. A historical landmark can be found at Cocoa Beach Pier, the Space Coast, a stretch of beaches that is famous for incredible surfing conditions. Seriously, you will find plenty of surfers out in the water taking on the waves. Sit back and watch the pros put in work or head out onto the water and join them yourself. There is plenty of space on the beach where you can lay out and soak up that Florida sun for a good tan. You can expect to find several different shops and restaurants at the Pier as well.
Another family friendly beach spot here in Cocoa Beach can be found just along Sidney Fischer Park. This oceanfront park features a total of 10 acres of space and is ideal for a family outing. The name comes from Cocoa Beach’s mayor from 1956 to 1960. Sidney Fischer Park features outdoor showers, restrooms, and picnic pavilions, letting you easily spend the day here if you wanted.
Beach parks can be found all across Cocoa Beach, including Lori Wilson Park. This giant park has a total of 33 acres that is covered with multiple dunes, picnic areas, playground, and much more. There is plenty of local wildlife and flora that call Lori Wilson Park home, so keep an eye out and see what you can spot. The 3,155-foot boardwalk will take you down the nature hammocks and out onto the water. You will not want to miss out on this spacious park and beach!
If you want to try your hand at surfing but want to stay away from the crowds at Cocoa Beach Pier, head over to Howard E. Futch Memorial Park. This beach, formerly known as Paradise Beach Park, is approximately a mile and a half long and is located just off Eau Gallie Boulevard. You will find plenty of families and groups of friends here enjoying some time with Frisbees or beach volleyball. The water is usually decorated with body surfers hitting the waves as they roll through the tides. Howard E. Futch Memorial Park features several large pavilions that can host your outdoor picnic. Take advantage of the onsite BBQ grills to make some burgers and hot dogs. Howard E. Futch Memorial Park is always quiet and has plenty of room for everyone.
You can expect a vacation filled with adventure when you choose Cocoa Beach as your next destination. Whether you are new to the area, or it is your 10th time visiting, it can be difficult to settle on any particular activity when there is so much to do around you. The perfect way to escape this “problem” is by booking one of the many exciting tours in the area! See Cocoa Beach from a whole new light when you have a knowledgeable tour guide showing you the most fascinating parts of the area. Take a look at the top tours in Cocoa Beach below.
Take a trip on the wild side and let Wildside Tours take you on an adventure you need to see to believe. This local tour company provides a variety of eco-nature tours that will take you out on the water to track down the unique wildlife associated with Cocoa Beach. No tour is ever the same, as the tour guides understand that animals such as manatees and dolphins will frequently migrate around the area. The Eco-Nature Tour will take you on a 6- to a 15-mile-long excursion to see the kind of wildlife you would like to see. This unique opportunity starts at just $25 and is two hours in length. Wildside Tours’s smaller boats allow them to navigate the waters easier than other companies and access smaller channels. You can book your next tour with Wildside Tours by calling 321-799-5495 or by emailing email@example.com. Come see all of the incredible wildlife out here in Cocoa Beach!
Have you ever wanted to try paddleboarding, but were too nervous to try it out? If so, let Paddleboard Cocoa Beach take you on a guided paddleboard tour of the area. Their instructors will show you how to navigate on the paddleboard before you start the guided tour. You will be shown along the coast for incredible views. Try out the sunset tour for a magical experience on the water. You can book your next paddleboard experience with Paddleboard Cocoa Beach by calling 321-613-8687.
Many visitors do not know much about the extensive history the Florida coast has gone through the past few centuries. You can learn all about the area with an in-depth tour of the coast, including the good, the bad, and information left out of the history books. Karma Tours Florida can help you learn more about the region’s history while seeing incredible sights along the way. Their van tours will take you to monumental sites close by where colonial influence started hundreds of years ago. In addition to visiting natural landmarks, each tour may take you to learning centers such as museums, Indian burial mounds, and cemeteries. You may even venture out into the Indian River that features miles of unspoiled wilderness. For a spooky affair, join the Haunted Spacecoast Tour where you will stop at haunted landmarks across the area. This spooky yet family-friendly tour is a great way to set the mood in the evening for some thrills. You can book your next tour with Karma Tours Florida by calling 917-992-4714 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
While other tours may take you out on motorized boats to see local wildlife, Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach enjoys the good old-fashioned way. This local tour company will take you on the water by kayak to paddle around the coast and local rivers. All fitness levels are welcome along with beginner kayak enthusiasts too. Tours offered include daytime and nighttime tours in search of wildlife. The bioluminescence tours are unique offerings that are exclusive to the area. Book a kayak tour with Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach by calling 321-480-8632.
Larger groups can join in on the fun too, exploring the coast for incredible wildlife by booking a tour with Island Boat Lines. This local company uses larger pontoon boats that allow for larger groups to travel together and have a blast. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and look forward to showing the kids a good time by having them take turns steering the boat. You will spend a good amount of time on the water enjoying the cool sea breeze as you look below for the wonderful animals of the area. Book your tour with Island Boat Lines by calling 321-454-7414.
As you can see, there is plenty to see with these incredible tours in Cocoa Beach only. You can prepare for a trip of a lifetime by reserving one of our exclusive vacation rentals in the area today. Come see how incredible Cocoa Beach can be!
For travelers who just can’t get enough of scenic and sunny coastal destinations, a trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida promises to be a dream come true. This inviting destination situated just south of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is loved for its sandy stretches of shoreline, beautiful surf, and just as many cosmic-focused activities that have long defined a trip to the Space Coast. While getting out on the waves and working on that Florida glow are all activities to be enjoyed during a getaway in this direction, the one thing you can’t guarantee is that the weather will cooperate. Fortunately, even the rainiest day in Cocoa Beach is bound to be a delight thanks to a variety of indoor options for fun that await. Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple on a trip together or you’re in town with the entire family in tow, adding the following Cocoa Beach activities to your rainy day itinerary is a good idea!
There’s nothing like a little prehistoric inspiration to turn a rainy Cocoa Beach day into the highlight of your getaway. That’s exactly what you can expect when you swing by the Dinosaur Store and Museum while you’re in town. Located at 250 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway, the Dinosaur Store and Museum is a great place to get up close to replicas of these incredible creatures, check out a wide variety of displays and exhibits that highlight prehistoric wonders, and pick up some one-of-a-kind souvenirs too. While the Dinosaur Store is sure to delight visitors of all ages, the museum is as engaging as it is educational, hosting displays that also cover early human history in intriguing detail!
When you can’t hit the beach because the sky has gone gray and the rain is falling steadily in Cocoa Beach, heading just 20 minutes south to nearby Melbourne is a great choice when you’re ready to get your skate on instead! Head over to Galaxy Skateway and enjoy some rink-bound fun for an afternoon. Galaxy Skateway is located at 1488 Aurora Road and is open to the public every day of the week with the exception of Tuesday and Thursday. Black lights and twinkling lights alike set the scene for fun once you’ve rented your roller skates, secured your roller blades, and found your balance on the floor. When you’ve had your fill of fun on your skates, this stop also includes bouncy houses for little ones to explore and an arcade that everyone can enjoy. It’s a stop that’s sure to keep the rain far from mind during your Florida adventures.
If you’re the type of traveler that finds joy in pushing physical fitness to the limit, heading over to On the Edge Rock Climbing Gym is sure to inspire on a rainy day! This fun activity can be found at 200 West Drive in Melbourne and is a first-class climbing gym offering challenges that can be customized to all skill levels. The on-site staff is happy to provide instructions and the gear you’ll need to make it from floor to ceiling with ease. This particular gym is often referred to as the premier rock climbing facility in central Florida and chances are, you’ll find yourself amongst some talented climbers ready to show off their skills! Even the little ones can get in on the rock climbing fun by spending time in the designated kids’ zone which pairs fun with adventure.
When you’re this close to the Kennedy Space Center, a rainy day never feels wasted. Found on nearby Merritt Island, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a fascinating place to spend a bad weather day when you’re looking to remain intrigued and inspired. Situated on Space Commerce Way, the Kennedy Space Center is practically brimming over with exhibits and displays that showcase spacecraft and memorabilia alike. Consider jumping on a bus tour of the spaceport—a sightseeing activity that won’t be hindered when the rain falls. This destination also offers guests access to not one, but two IMAX theaters featuring programs that explore the wonders of space and cover those individuals who have shaped the space exploration program for years.
No matter when you find yourself in Cocoa Beach, Florida, the property professionals at Stay in Cocoa Beach are sure to have a vacation rental ready and waiting for you to enjoy. Our vast portfolio of property options keeps customized experiences in mind at every turn and not only meets traveler needs but exceeds expectations too. Let us help you reserve your rental that pairs comfort, luxury, and convenience so you can simply focus on the vacation fun. Reach out today to learn more and to start planning!
When you can’t stop thinking about endless sunshine, miles of white-sand beaches, and deep blue surf, a trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida is sure to be a solution that turns visions into reality. This inviting and undeniably sunny destination is one that calls to travelers year after year in the name of Florida fun. Whether you’re a visitor with a passion for on-the-water adventures, a traveler that can’t wait to work on their tan, or someone who is looking forward to shopping and dining their way through a stay, Cocoa Beach is a place that promises to have something that intrigues the mind and imagination. If you’re someone who can’t imagine a getaway without a good hike or two planned, Cocoa Beach has something for you too! From beginners to avid trekkers, there are many hiking trails near Cocoa Beach, FL that are sure to satisfy. The following are a few you won’t want to miss out on during your journey.
If you happen to be visiting captivating Cocoa Beach, Florida with the entire family in tow, planning a hike that includes everyone is a wonderful way to spend quality time together and simultaneously enjoy new destinations. When you’re planning a group trekking experience in nature, the trick is to pick a route that accommodates all skill levels, provides plenty of scenery, and offers up stops along the way. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you make Lori Wilson Park your hiking destination the next time you’re in town. This beautiful beachside park is a fan-favorite amongst travelers from near and far, and when it comes to family hike trips, it’s also a destination that provides a 2.5-mile trail that can be covered in just about an hour. Along the way, there are ample options to admire the sand and waves or the many seabirds that make their way through this park as well. The trail is rated easy, making it ideal for those hiking with beginners or adventuring through with little ones in tow. Featuring no more than a 6-foot elevation gain in total, hikers never have to worry about challenging terrain and can instead focus on their inspiring surroundings. Bring your camera for this hike and don’t be surprised if you find yourself sharing the pathway with runners, avid bird watchers, and leisurely walkers as well.
When you’re in Cocoa Beach to soak up the scenery, learn more about the wildlife, and take time to hike too, pairing a nature walk with a stop at the Maritime Hammock Preserve is a must. Located at 1235 North Atlantic Avenue, the Maritime Hammock Preserve is a pristine stretch of land to enjoy bird spotting, lush grasses, and a collection of towering palms. Within the Maritime Hammock Preserve, hikers are invited to try out the loop which is no more than .6 miles long and a considerably easy route for beginner hikers to enjoy. Dogs are allowed on the trail as long as their leashed and depending on what time of year you find yourself in town, the Maritime Hammock Preserve Loop is a lovely place to observe wildflowers in bloom! If you’re looking for some more off-the-beaten-path fun, this loop connects up with a variety of other trails to follow. Venture down one or all of them if you have time and enjoy a journey that’s completely customized to your unique hiking style in Cocoa Beach.
You’ll have to travel a bit out of your way to reach the trailhead at the Helen and Allen Cruickshank Sanctuary, but the effort is worth it when paired with the scenic rewards this 140-acre space offers up. On the western edge of this Rockledge sanctuary, hikers can access a 1.1-mile trail that’s truly an amazing path to take when you’re interested in a closer look at beautiful Atlantic coastal scrub forests. Florida scrub-jay families thrive along this route, turning it into a one-of-a-kind nature walk as well! The pine Flatwoods that inhabit the sanctuary are a safe space for raptors of many kinds, so if you’re a birder, you’ll want to make sure you keep your eyes on the skies during this trek.
There’s really never been a better time to make your way to beautiful Cocoa Beach, Florida. Whether you’re here for the trails, the sand, the sun, or the waves, the property professionals at Stay in Cocoa Beach have the vacation rental waiting that you need! We make sure every guest enjoys a customized adventure and are happy to help you get settled in a Florida home away from home that features comfort, luxury, and style at every turn. Reach out today to learn more and let us help you get started planning. We can’t wait to see you in Cocoa Beach soon!
When you’ve been working hard and it is finally time to relax, unwind, and travel somewhere great, getting out of town is a must. Travelers on the hunt for a vacation destination that offers up the sun, surf, and sand in abundance will find plenty of it all when they make their way to Cocoa Beach, Florida. This beautiful and inviting locale is a wonderful place to escape the daily grind and focus on the fun no matter what time of year you arrive.
While there are plenty of places for visitors to work on their Florida tan, Cocoa Beach is a superb place to indulge your interests in shopping, dining, exploring, and more! No matter where your travel interests lie, you’re likely to find an activity to love in Cocoa Beach. That said, those willing to look a little further toward some truly exceptional excursions will find that nature itself offers up some of the most intriguing Cocoa Beach moments available. For a new look at your surroundings, consider booking a bioluminescence kayak tour while you’re in town!
The terminology sounds complex, but the results are stunning. Cocoa Beach is a destination lucky enough to be surrounded by bioluminescent waters which provide observers with the incredible neon glowing effect that’s made by nature to mesmerize! While some have witnessed this natural wonder on their own and been captivated, others have found a way to jump right in and be a part of the experience. That’s where bioluminescence kayak tours come into play.
At night, certain areas of the water near and around Cocoa Beach may appear to glow or sparkle. This happens due to a number of natural factors happening below the waves. A chemical process in certain jellies (not to be confused with stinging jellyfish), crustaceans, algae, and smaller fish gives them the ability to glow—both attracting mates and illuminating prey. To the observer from above the waves, the water is a rainbow of blue or green lights, making for an amazing moment you won’t soon forget.
When you’re in Cocoa Beach or nearby, one of the best ways to view this amazing sight is by kayak. There are several area companies that offer clear kayaking tours where you can see right through the bottom of the kayak and down into the glow below. It’s an amazing night excursion option that guests find draws them back time and again.
With the team at Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach, guests 4 and up have the option of enjoying an evening bioluminescence kayak tour alongside a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Tours tend to focus on the Indian River Lagoon which has a high salt content and is fed by the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the waters hold a high concentration of dinoflagellates whose natural light and glow are used as protection. If you happen to book a tour on a particularly dark night, the effect of these dinoflagellates is delightful! Adult prices begin around $45, and those 17 and under can enjoy the experience for $35 per person.
In general, the summer months are a fantastic time to view bioluminescence, and in the Cocoa Beach area, comb jellies have a way of stealing the spotlight. Tours with Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach generally last anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes total and depart from the Cocoa Beach Country Club located at 5000 Tom Warriner Boulevard.
Another great tour option for guests staying in Cocoa Beach are the professionals at Fin Expeditions, who offer guided daytime and sunset tours as well as nighttime bioluminescence kayak tours. These tours are ideal for those 4 years of age and up (kids can ride tandem with an adult) and prices begin at $49. Stay in Cocoa Beach also offers $5 off per guest through our partnership with Fin Expeditions! The bioluminescence tours focus on the Banana River Lagoon, and you will enjoy paddling through the Thousand Islands of Cocoa Beach on daytime or sunset tours with the help of their experienced guides. No matter what tour you take, you’re sure to experience a one-of-a-kind Florida adventure you won’t soon forget.
Whether you head to Cocoa Beach to make the most of the bioluminescent waters, or can’t wait to spend time on the sand, the team at Stay in Cocoa Beach promises to have a rental waiting that will elevate your trip from start to finish! We prioritize comfort, convenience, and luxury at every turn. Reach out today to learn more about our many property options in the area and how we can help you turn travel plans into a reality. We can’t wait to see you in Cocoa Beach soon!
Finding time to get out of town and enjoy a well-deserved vacation isn’t always easy, but it’s important! This year, set aside time during the early summer to beat the heat and enjoy the fun waiting for you in Cocoa Beach, Florida. As scenic as it is inviting, this is a destination that caters to travelers of all interests and ages. When you’re ready to explore, the following summer activities should definitely be added to your itinerary.
An early summer getaway to scenic Cocoa Beach, Florida promises to be a blast. While you’re here, there’s plenty of adventure to enjoy outdoors but in the event, you get caught up in a rainy day, be sure to make time for a trip to the Florida Surf Museum. This one-of-a-kind and engaging stop is a great place to browse displays and exhibits that highlight the popularity of this water sport along the Florida coast. You’ll enjoy photographs and artifacts that belong to some of the greatest surfers around, while also getting up close to a variety of surfboards on display. The Florida Surf Museum is a place the entire family can enjoy, even if you’ve never stepped foot on a surfboard.
If The Florida Surf Museum leaves you itching to give surfing a try, or it’s just an activity that’s always piqued your interest, the opportunity to get out on the waves while you’re in Cocoa Beach is one that shouldn’t be missed! The Cocoa Beach Surf School on Meade Avenue is a good place to start. Alongside knowledgeable and friendly instructors, those who are new to surfing will get the thorough introduction they need before heading out on the water and putting their balance to the test. Instructors focus on safety before moving onto the fun that is this exciting sport. The surf school is open daily from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm giving participants plenty of flexibility to fit lessons into their schedules. Organize a private lesson or make it a small group experience if you’re in town with family and friends.
If you’re the type of traveler that has a knack for high-energy sports and is looking for a challenge during your early summer getaway to Cocoa Beach, then an afternoon savored at the Cocoa Beach Skate Park promises to please! Complete with innovative ramps, rails, and tempting angles, skaters will find this park offers up plenty of space and the scenery to match. Come with friends and test your skills or simply drop by and watch the experts at work. Either way, it’s a fun and entertaining way to spend a Cocoa Beach afternoon.
For a more relaxing experience enjoyed near the water and sand, time at Lori Wilson Park should definitely top your list of must-do activities. This public beach is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike thanks to its expansive stretches of sugar-white sand, gentle waves, and options to let the little ones have fun on the beach playground too. Enjoy sights of seabirds as you settle in and work on your Florida glow. If you’re up for some fun under the waves, this is a good place to grab your snorkel gear and take a look at the fish and plant life that live just below the surface. The park is equipped with picnic tables and a BBQ grill for those that are in the mood for an alfresco moment during their visit.
Combine scenery and savory moments when you make a point to explore the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier while you’re in town. Stretching out over the blue waves, this is a great place to simply stroll and take in the sights and sounds or make the most of the restaurants and shops that dot the area too. This tends to be a bustling place where you can mix and mingle with others. For a touch more tranquility, head down to the beach below and find a spot where you can settle in and watch the waves roll by.
For travelers to Cocoa Beach with a heart for history, a stop at The Dinosaur Store and Museum is a must! This exciting locale is loved by families for its multi-floor displays that feature replica dinosaurs, information on these prehistoric creatures, and plenty of follow-up on ancient cultures too. An extensive collection of minerals and fossils are on display and before you go, you won’t want to miss a chance to swing by the fun gift shop and find just the right something to commemorate your prehistoric journey!
Adventure is waiting for you in Cocoa Beach and there’s never been a better time to enjoy a visit. When you’re ready to turn travel plans into a reality, the team at Stay in Cocoa Beach is happy to help you get settled into just the right rental. Reach out today to learn more!