Situated just south of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Florida is a fantastic vacation destination to enjoy any time of year! When you’re ready for a well-earned retreat from the daily hustle and bustle of life, this is most definitely a great place to be. Loved for its gateway proximity to places like the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as well as its own spectacular beaches and surf, Cocoa Beach is a place with a little something for everyone to enjoy. No matter what your travel interests may be, you’re sure to find something here that intrigues. Whether you’re looking forward to time on the sand, exploring cosmic wonders, or making the most of spectacular shopping and dining options, Cocoa Beach has it all.
That said, those who are looking to avoid large crowds, and packed attractions may want to make the most of an off-season adventure this way. Both fall and spring (minus Spring Break) are considered off-season travel times to Cocoa Beach, while summer and winter constitute high travel seasons. Being picky about off-season travel times is always a benefit. Planning a trip for after the Spring Break crowds have departed comes with a refreshing sense of tranquility here that’s hard to top.
No matter when you arrive, savoring the best of off-season Cocoa Beach dining options is a must! Whether you’re fueling up for a day of fun or winding down in sweet style, Cocoa Beach is packed with places worth checking out when your travel plans bring you this way in the off-season. The following are just a few of our many favorites to be sure to add to your must-try list.
Located at 15 N Orlando Avenue in Cocoa Beach, Flavor Kitchen and Wine Bar is an exciting and decidedly delicious place to treat your tastebuds while you’re in town. While the atmosphere is casual and welcoming, the menu makes the most of world-class fine dining options that are sure to inspire foodies from near and far! Chef-inspired creations are on the table every night of the week and are paired with incredible house sangrias and wine selections to match. The atmosphere here quickly reminds one of a New York City dining establishment, but the view is strictly Florida. From the scallop paella to the seared artichokes, Flavor Kitchen and Wine Bar pays attention to the flavorful details that matter most. Complete with friendly service and a welcoming ambiance, you’ll likely find yourself wanting to return a time or two during your Cocoa Beach stay.
Situated within the Hilton Cocoa Beach Ocean Front at 1550 N Atlantic Avenue, Longboards Tiki Beach Grille is a great place to find yourself when you’re in the mood for some late night eats paired with outdoor dining options in the off-season. The large plank patio here is the perfect spot to sip a handcrafted cocktail from the comfort of a lounge chair with straw awnings swaying in the breeze overhead. When you pick Longboards Tiki Beach Grille, you’ll get amazing menu options featuring some of the area’s best seafood dishes paired with impeccable sand and waterfront views. Most evenings of the week, the restaurant also features a live band and its common for late-night visits to be mixed with time on the dance floor. No matter when you drop by, Longboards promises to provide the ultimate in flavor and fun.
Sometimes it’s not a full meal you crave, but simply the best of dessert options! When you have a sweet tooth to satisfy during your time in Cocoa Beach, be sure to head over to The Fat Donkey. Located at 247 Minutemen Causeway, The Fat Donkey is an ice cream and dessert specialty stop where every guest is invited to indulge their cravings for the best part of any dinner. The menu here features everything from soft serve cones and milkshakes to Root Beer floats, popsicles, baked goods jars, home baked cookies and beyond. Whether you go with a fudge brownie or a sugar-topped churro, this is a stop that’s sure to please.
Those that find themselves in Cocoa Beach during the off-season hoping to dine on the lighter side of life, enjoy a vegan meal or make the most of organic fare will find it all and more at The Green Room Café. This welcoming eatery is located at 222 First Street North and serves up everything from organic sandwiches and soups to vegan salads, wraps and bowls. Featuring flavorful acai and fruit-based options across much of the menu, The Green Room Café is a place where you can feel great about your dining choices and leave feeling a little healthier than when you arrived!
Cocoa Beach is a wonderful vacation destination to enjoy and when you need amazing accommodations to match, the team at Stay in Cocoa Beach has you covered. Reach out today to learn more about our luxurious rental options in the area and how we can help you get settled into the style you deserve!
One of the best parts of going on any vacation is checking out the local restaurants in the area. Traveling to new places can help expand your culinary experiences, and the same can be said whenever you visit Cocoa Beach. Our area features many different local restaurants that are not featured anywhere else. Make sure to stop by one of these incredible local restaurants when you come to visit Cocoa Beach:
Whenever you do visit Cocoa Beach, you will notice that many of the local restaurants in the area focus on fresh seafood. It should come as no surprise, as Cocoa Beach is right on the water, making it easier than ever to obtain freshly caught seafood. One local restaurant that offers a delicious array of seafood and so much more is Fat Kahunas. This local restaurant is a tiny yet cozy restaurant right on the water. They feature a variety of seafood dishes including fresh scallops, tuna, halibut, and much more. The secret children’s menu makes sure even the little ones will find something they like even if they haven’t gotten a taste for seafood yet. Fat Kahunas is open Thursday through Monday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM for dinner; since the restaurant is so small reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 321-783-6858.
This Caribbean fusion restaurant is a great spot for a healthy meal that won’t break the bank. You’ll find a variety of delicious options, including a vegetarian and gluten free Quinoa Bowl with quinoa, kale mix, green peppers, onion, guacamole, black beans, salsa, tomatillo sauce, mango caribe, and crème caribe. Meat lovers can dig into the Tripleta Sandwich, featuring roasted island pork, braised island chicken, savory sweet ham, pepper jack cheese, romaine, tomato, potato sticks and crème caribe on Puerto Rican sobao bread. You can find The Tiny Turtle at 249 Minutemen Causeway, open from 8:00 AM to 9:00PM Tuesday – Thursday, until 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and closing early at 3:00 PM on Sunday.
Just because you are on vacation does not mean you have to give up your healthy diet. You can enjoy health-conscious meals when you make a stop in The Green Room Café. This local restaurant features everything you could want for a healthy meal such as sandwiches, salads, soups, and smoothies. They use organic ingredients whenever possible and there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan entrees on the menu too. While most sandwich and salad shops often have customers grabbing their items to go you will notice most stick around to enjoy their meal at the restaurant. This means you know it will be good when the busy locals of Cocoa Beach want to take in the friendly service of The Green Room Café. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday and Monday from 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
Not all meals during your vacation need to be healthy. One of the best meals to have whenever you are on a vacation getaway is pizza. It is also so easy to eat and typically delicious; the kids will also never fight with you over choosing pizza. Mangia & Bevi Pizzeria Napoletana is a local pizzeria that serves up tasty wood fire pizzas. Each pie uses only fresh ingredients and has the perfect ratio of chewy and crunchy crust. Their genuine Neapolitan pizza will win anyone over the second they take a bite. Don’t forget to try out their authentic mineral water or grab a glass of wine with your pizza. Don’t miss out on Mangia & Bevi Pizzeria Napoletana open Monday through Saturday from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
You may not expect Cocoa Beach to offer incredible Mexican food, but you will find exactly that when you dine in at Rock the Guac. This counter service restaurant offers all of the Mexican food staples such as burritos, tacos, nachos, and so much more. There are plenty of sauces to add to your entrée such as the hot sauce or the quesoguac. Rock the Guac is the perfect spot for a quick meal or to pick up something on the go. However, we recommend dining at the restaurant so you can take in the charming interior as you eat. Rock the Guac is open daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
As you can see, the local restaurant community in Cocoa Beach is everything you could want. Make sure to stop by one (or all) of these incredible restaurants, and don’t forget to book one of our vacation rentals to stay close to!
The year-round sun and warmth of Florida make it an ideal destination any time of year. Pack your bags and set your sights on the crashing waves of Cocoa Beach. It’s the perfect mix of sun, sand, water, and fun for a vacation that everyone will love. There are plenty of fun and exciting indoor and outdoor activities to fit everyone’s agenda, so everyone stays happy and busy. During all the adventures, you’re bound to work up an appetite. There are plenty of spots for dining in Cocoa Beach to fill your stomach that offers a quick and easy snack on the go, all the way up to an upscale and romantic atmosphere for a special date. When you’re out and about you’ll be looking for the mid-range casual atmosphere with a menu that will satisfy the pickiest of eaters.
The restaurant’s motto of “cruise by for a cold one” showcases the casual atmosphere you’ll find. The bar is found in the Cape Canaveral area, not far from Cocoa Beach. Choose from a variety of dips like Pimento cheese with smoked onion jam, smoked fish dip, our southern style bean dip to start. There is a variety of salads to choose from, including chef salad or Florida Fresh Spinach Salad with blue cheese and a variety of fruits. Enjoy hot or cold peel-and-eat shrimp, pot roast, a BLT, and more. Try Ellie Mae’s Pups slider hot dogs, and wrap up the meal with chocolate lava cake, or Key lime crème pie. Enjoy drink specials each night like Rum Punch, a Tropical Russian – Siesta Key toasted coconut rum, Miami Club Cuban coffee, and cream – and others. Drop by for a special event like karaoke night, trivia night, or live music.
Located right in Cocoa Beach, breakfast is served daily along with delicious wraps, sandwiches, tacos, and more, with many gluten-free dishes. Start the day with their build your own omelet – three eggs served with potato hash or sliced tomatoes and Cuban toast or biscuit and pile on a variety of toppings, traditional biscuits n’ gravy, stuffed French toast, or “tropical cakes” – banana pancakes topped with whipped cream, 100% maple syrup and mango, pineapple, guava, and passion fruit coulis for the tropical twist. Come back later in the day for a variety of wraps and sandwiches like the grilled mahi BLT, four-cheese bacon melt, or opt for a quinoa bowl. Gluten-free tacos are available, along with delicious smaller bites like tomato bisque caribe, four-cheese quesadilla, and others. There’s something for everyone.
Delicious Italian food and a casual atmosphere is what you’ll find. A wide variety of Italian favorites can be found, from Italian chicken or steak salad to tiramisu and freshly prepared cannoli to finish things off. Enjoy appetizers like Papa’s zesty cheese bread, homemade meatballs & sauce, and Italian wedding soup. There are daily lunch and “early bird” happy hour specials, as well as “late-night” specials for when hunger strikes late. Try an award-winning pizza. Start with tomato sauce and cheese and create your own with an array of gourmet toppings or choose a spicy buffalo chicken or margherita style. Choose a cold or hot grinder like ham and cheese or meatball parmigiana. Delight in favorites like beef or cheese ravioli, baked ziti, manicotti, and fettuccine alfredo. Treat the kids to beef or cheese ravioli, penne with alfredo, spaghetti & meatballs, and other selections from the kids’ menu. There’s something delicious for everyone.
Find your way to Cape Canaveral and satisfy your hunger for island flare in your meal. Start with “shareables” like shrimp cocktail, Apalachee Bay oysters, and Cedar Key breaded clams, just to name a few. Soups and salads like Crackers Signature Salad – fresh spring mix, grilled shrimp, mahi, tomato, cucumber, onion, fresh mushroom, and more. Try the Bahamian chowder – a tomato & cream-based chowder with fresh mahi, conch, clams, and diced potatoes with a “cayenne kick.” Choose a “basket” of Cedar Key clam or chicken strips, Key Largo Bay fried shrimp, and more, each with Crackers’ old school hand-cut fries. Choose from an array of burgers and sandwiches from the mushroom & Swiss burger or Po’ Boy to the Philly Steak or Shrimp BLT. There’s a kids’ menu with chicken tenders, fish fillet, and other kid-friendly choices, as well as a menu to satisfy your sweet tooth. Pina colada cheesecake – pineapple, cream of coconut, and rum in a New York cheesecake filling or the buttermilk pie. Delight in the southern delicacy spilling over with the creamy taste of butter and hint of sweetness. There’s something delicious for every appetite.
From a cozy two-bedroom for a smaller family or lovers’ getaway to a spacious three-bedroom for a larger family or group looking for plenty of Florida flavor, Stay in Cocoa Beach has a vacation rental that’s perfect for you. Step in and feel your stresses and worries melt away, knowing all your needs will be met. Our kitchens come fully equipped with everything you’ll need to make a home-cooked version of the ones you’ve tasted at local restaurants. Stretch out with some popcorn and your favorite show or movie, and retreat to a private bedroom for some rest and relaxation at the end of the day. Choose a premium unit for upgrades like flat-screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.
Call us today to start planning your delicious Cocoa Beach adventure!