The year-round sun and warm temperatures of Florida’s coastal towns, plus the sand, sun, water, and fun they provide make them an ideal destination for your next girls’ trip with friends. There are several coastal towns to choose from, but if you’re surf buff or space buff, you’ll all love a Cocoa Beach trip on Florida’s “Space Coast.” It’s the perfect mix of all that sand, sun, water, and fun you all crave while also being close to hot spots like Cape Canaveral, and even Orlando. There are plenty of things to do and see. Plan your trip around a festival and celebrate favorite things like seafood, Mardi Gras, surf contests, or holiday celebrations for fun memories to last a lifetime.
It’s in the name – Cocoa Beach! Make it the focus of your girls’ Cocoa Beach trip. Swim, sunbathe, exercise, or spread out a blanket and plant an umbrella for a beach picnic, or to sit and read or gossip with the girls with the waves crashing in the background. If you and your friends need an adrenaline boost, add some excitement with parasailing, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, or put your new surfing skills to the test.
One Space Coast activity that should be at the top of your itinerary is a visit to the center. Get a glimpse of the newest attraction, Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex, or tour through the various “Mission Zones” where activities, attractions, and tours are grouped by chronological era. For a unique experience, “Dine with an Astronaut” to hear stories about their journey to space while enjoying a chef-prepared buffet meal. Put yourself in their shoes at the Astronaut Training Experience and perform a spacewalk using immersive microgravity simulation technology or participate in a launch of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. Tickets are available at the gate or online.
Gather the girls and work on your putting skills, driving skills, or arcade game-playing skills to the test. Golf N Gator boasts two 18-hole mini golf courses along with an animal encounter where you’ll see a variety of alligators and reptiles or hop in a go-kart for the Beachside Grand Prix, a multi-level go-kart experience. For a more beachy experience without the reptiles, Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf also features two 18-hole mini-golf courses. After the round, sample craft beers at the craft beer bar, or cool off with hand-made ice cream!
A girls’ trip is rarely complete without a trip to the spa. Treat yourselves to some total relaxation with a spa day. There are several day spas throughout the Cocoa Beach area. You and your girls can relax your cares away with a treatment like a mani/pedi, facial, body scrub or wrap, and more. End the day completely relaxed and recharged!
An undeniable part of beach life in Cocoa Beach is the surf scene. Learn a new sport – either traditional surfing, windsurfing, or both, or take your skills to the next level, or learn a fun new sport with your girls. Learn from some of the best surf instructors in the state, who will have you going from land lessons and getting familiar with the board to catching your first wave in no time. When everyone’s ready to catch a wave on their own, many surf schools offer rentals outside of class.
You’re definitely going to want to make a stop at Cork + Table during your girls’ trip and attend one of their classes or events. Come for their wine tastings, supper club, and jewelry making, or you can visit their sister store Ginger, Grapefruit, & Rosemary for unique clothing and home décor! No matter what reason you decide to stop by Cork + Table you won’t be disappointed.
No girls’ trip is complete without brunch, and there’s no better place to have brunch in Cocoa Beach than Flavor Kitchen! Make sure you try the braised short ribs of beef omelet or the big banana pancake. For a side, you won’t b disappointed by the truffled blue cheese fries or the pecan wood smoked bacon. As an added bonus they offer bottomless mimosas for only $20/per person. Brunch at Flavor Kitchen is going to be the highlight of your trip.
There are plenty of things to do to design a girls’ getaway that’s unique to you and your friends. We have homes of all sizes, all the way up to 5 bedrooms so you can share the beach fun with all your girls – there’s a vacation rental to suit your needs. Save your cash for memorable experiences and split the kitchen duties in the fully equipped with everything you’ll need to make a delicious home-cooked meal. Stretch out with some popcorn and your favorite shows or movies, or retreat to a private bedroom for some rest and relaxation at the end of the day. Spoil yourselves with a premium unit for upgrades like flat-screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.
Call us today to start planning your Cocoa Beach girls’ adventure! Be sure to ask about our 3-bedroom vacation rentals in Indian Harbour Beach, FL as well!
A fun weekend Cocoa Beach trip is an experience that promises to inspire! The following 3-day itinerary is a great place to start when you’re looking to savor every single second of the adventure.
It’s typical for travelers headed to Cocoa Beach for three days dedicated exclusively to fun and entertainment to be excited to get out and make the most of every moment. However, one of the best ways to kick things off is to simply kick back and relax on the sand! Cocoa Beach is known and loved by visitors from near and far for its spectacular landscapes, mesmerizing shorelines, and ample opportunities to take it all in at your very own pace. Begin your Cocoa Beach weekend away by heading over to Lori Wilson Park at 1500 N. Atlantic Avenue. The park is open daily from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm and is a perfect place to soak up the sun from sugar-white sands that are nestled against deep blue waves. At Lori Wilson Park, visitors will also enjoy access to everything from picnic pavilions and grilling areas when alfresco dining is just the ticket. This scenic park also hosts dunes that can be viewed from convenient boardwalks that wind their way through the breathtaking terrain. Those who happen to be avid bird watchers will want to be sure to have their binoculars on hand as this park is a prime place for both local and migratory birds to gather. For planning purposes, guests should note that Lori Wilson Park is also ADA accessible and enjoys easy parking options as well as restrooms and showers on-site.
After your day at the beach, basking in the beauty of nature, be sure to make time to take in a performance at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse! Located just 20-minutes from the center of Cocoa Beach, this playhouse hosts Broadway musicals and film screenings as well as local performances throughout the year. Since its first opening in 1924, the playhouse continues to captivate audiences and tickets start at just $26 a person.
End day one of your journey with a trip to Pelican’s Bar & Grill where you can enjoy savory seafood selections and pair it with the perfect tropical beverage option too. Pelican’s Bar & Grill is found at 401 Meade Avenue and offers prime outdoor seating options every day of the week. Drop by Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm with extended hours on Fridays until 10:00 pm. On Saturday, this eatery is open from 8:30 am until 10:00 pm and on Sundays from 8:30 am until 9:00 pm. Whether you go with the seasonal Thai shrimp pasta or opt for the fresh-caught fare of the day, your tastebuds will surely thank you.
A weekend getaway to sunny Cocoa Beach is a great opportunity to learn a new skill on the waves. Consider starting day two of your trip with a surf lesson booked through the experts at the Coca Beach Surf School! These hour-long sessions are sure to inspire and include everything from an overview of water safety to the basic skills needed to make the most of time on the water. Lessons are typically hosted at Westgate Cocoa Beach pier with a group or private lesson available upon request. Follow up your lesson by renting a paddleboard through Cocoa Beach Surf School and spend some time putting that newfound balance to additional use! It’s a great way to wind down after so much adrenaline-pumping fun and simply savor the sights around you.
Keep the surf vibe going by next heading over to the Florida Surf Museum! Located at 4275 N. Atlantic Avenue within Ron Jon Watersports, this one-of-a-kind museum is always a delight! As you take time to browse the exciting exhibits and displays, you’ll learn more about the history of this unique sport within the greater Cocoa Beach area. Displays here host everything from photographs and surf accessories to full vintage boards. The museum is open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm daily making it a convenient addition to your itinerary.
Tonight, make your way to downtown Cocoa Beach and enjoy dinner with family or friends at The Tiny Turtle. This is a place to indulge your tastebuds in the flavors of Puerto Rico right in the heart of Florida. The menu makes the most of selections ranging from sofrito nachos to braised island chicken. Flavors abound with every dish, and you won’t want to miss out on the impressive wine and beer selections either. The Tiny Turtle is located at 249 Minutemen Causeway and is open from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday with extended hours until 10:00 pm on Friday. Saturday, they open their doors from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm with Sunday hours set from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Begin day three of your Cocoa Beach adventure with adrenaline-pumping fun at Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures. This family-friendly adventure park offers guests access to everything from climbing walls and zip lines to drop towers and ropes courses. As you soar across the lines, you’ll enjoy unparalleled views and just as much fun! Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures is located at 6419 N. Atlantic Avenue in nearby Cape Canaveral and is open most days of the week from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
After your thrilling fun at the aerial park, take time to stroll the Cocoa Beach Pier. This area is a perfect place for people-watching, shopping, and dining alike. End your day at Riki Tiki Tavern which is found at the end of the pier and offers up stunning waterfront views and flavors to match. They also frequently host live musical performances adding to the overall fun. Whether you go with a margarita or a pina colada, it’s a savory way to top off a great Cocoa Beach trip!
No matter when you arrive in Cocoa Beach, the team at Stay in Cocoa Beach has the luxurious vacation rental you need to make the most of comfort and style. Reach out today to learn more!