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Playing in Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach

Playing in Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach

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ACTIVITIES IN PORT CANAVERAL AND COCOA BEACH

Fishing (both saltwater and freshwater) is huge in this area. Charters and fishing camps are easy to find, harder to choose. Check out Coastal Angler Magazine at http://coastalanglermag.com/brevard/.

Lodging rates in this area are reasonable, especially in the off-season (May–December). Our lodging suggestions begin on page 82.

Port Canaveral Tips: The Cove, an ever-expanding waterfront district near the cruise terminal, is a great spot for dining, fishing charters, and soon, lodging. It’s also home to Exploration Tower, a seven-story building with observation decks and exhibits, run by the port authority. We’ve had great meals and sunset views at Rusty’s and Grill’s (see previous page). To get there, take SR 528 one exit east of the cruise port, exit onto George J. King Blvd., and turn left onto Dave Nisbet Dr. Jetty Park is a mile beyond The Cove, just follow George J. King Blvd. to its end. This is a perfect spot to watch space launches, fish, camp, or watch the cruise ships.

Cocoa Beach Tips: No trip to the Space Coast is complete without a visit to Ron Jon Surf Shop on SR A1A, souvenir T-shirt capital of Central Florida. This large store does sell serious water sports gear, but most visitors exit with swimwear, T-shirts, and other outdoor apparel. And it’s open 24 hours! Route A1A in Cocoa Beach includes somewhat seedy sections filled with cheap eats and budget motels. For the most part, though, it’s very nice, and the beach is just a few blocks away (see photo on page 231). Aging sitcom fans might look for “I Dream of Jeannie Lane,” in Lori Wilson Park. The Air Force Space and Missile Museum's History Center, just outside the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, offers another look at the U.S. space program. It's open Tuesdays - Sundays, and admission is free. It’s 1.3 miles beyond the cruise terminals on SR 401. See http://www.afspacemuseum.org. (Note: The rest of the museum's exhibits are only accessible via the KSC Visitor Center's Up Close Cape Canaveral: Then & Now tour - see page 233.)

Web Cams: Several web cams offer a sneak peek. Try http://www.twopalms.com or http://bestwesterncocoabeach.com.

Nearby: Melbourne is home to a wonderful planetarium, live theater productions, Montreal Expos Spring Training, and the Brevard Zoo. Call 877-572-3224 or visit http://www.space-coast.com.

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Top Photo Slice: Fishing on Cocoa Beach (℗ 53358) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx



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