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There are countless fun attractions in Cocoa Beach and the surrounding area, so plan a couple of days on Florida's Space Coast when you take a Cocoa Beach romantic getaway.
Cocoa Beach is home to beautiful beaches, lively surf, scrumptious seafood, and myriad attractions that will please every member of the family. If you're looking for things to do in Cocoa Beach before your cruise, these options should please adventure seekers, nature lovers, history buffs and foodies alike. A fun afternoon adventure for beach lovers is a trip up to Daytona Beach. A short two-hour drive away from Cocoa Beach is one of Florida's top beach destinations, Daytona Beach where you can drive on the beach.
Spend your day in Daytona driving down the hard sand beach, looking for the best spot to stake your bit of beach. Once you stake out the perfect spot, you can relax and catch a wave or two, fish, or just relax and get some rays while reading the latest beach novel.
Have a Picnic on Cocoa Beach
A picnic on the beach is a perfect addition to a romantic Cocoa Beach getaway. Head to Bagel 13 and grab a fresh bagel sandwich and iced cold brew and head out to one of the nearby public access parks. Some, like the Alan Shepard Park and the Sidney Fischer Park requires a $15 parking fee. If you're looking for free parking, Lori Wilson Park has beach access, a nature trail, bathrooms, an outdoor shower, and a dog park. If its seafood you crave, Jazzy's Mainely is the place to be! Maine lobster two ways; Connecticut style (with butter) or New England style (with mayo), is brought in daily. Jazzy's also offers a kids menu, non-seafood options, and even veggie-burgers!
Top Dining Suggestions for a romantic getaway in Cocoa Beach
No romantic getaway is complete without at least one romantic dinner. A short half-hour drive from Cocoa Beach is one of our favorite restaurants in Florida, the Yellow Dog Cafe – thanks Melody of Wherever I May Roam Blog for introducing us to this fabulous restaurant! Yellow Dog is perfect for an intimate dinner for two – a fabulous recipe to add to on a romantic getaway in Cocoa Beach.
Yellow Dog Cafe looks like a hole in the wall as you pass by on US 1. But, when you walk in the door….prepared to be wowed! The tables are dressed in white table cloths, the staff is attentive and knowledgeable without being obtrusive.
No matter what you order, the food is well-prepared, tasty, and a bargain for the price. They have an extensive wine list, which is a breath of fresh air for a wine lover like me. Do yourself a favor and leave a little room for dessert to share – all of their desserts are made in house, and they are incredible!
Rising Tide Tap & Table is another of our favorite restaurants in the Cocoa Beach area. Their dishes are made to be shareable, and are delicious! For beer lovers like Jim, they have 60 beers on tap. Their specialties are street tacos, stone-baked pizzas, and hand-crafted cocktails. Explore Kennedy Space Center, and then dinner at Rising Tide – a perfect afternoon combination!
Where to Stay for a Romantic Cocoa Beach Getaway
We love finding off the beaten path small hotels when planning a romantic getaway. I love that Cocoa Beach has a collection of small, old-Florida type family-owned hotels – perfect for a Cocoa Beach romantic escape. When Lost Inn Paradise came on our radar, we knew we'd have to check it out Benefit to boaters is there is a marina!
For those who like a more luxurious feel, the Hilton Cocoa Beach is right on the beach, giving you direct access to the beach. There is a pool, multiple dining options and more!
Local Cocoa Beach Breweries
Wind down your romantic getaway in Cocoa Beach with a visit to some of Cocoa Beach's breweries. First up is Cocoa Beach Brewing Company, a microbrewery and Brew Pub.
The pub is the original brewery in Cocoa Beach and opened in 2008. Located on Atlantic Avenue in historic downtown Cocoa Beach, the brewery is housed in a building dating back to the 1930s. During that time it was housing for the Banana River Naval Air Station. Definitely worth a stop!
Get out on the Water on This Two-Hour Banana River Eco-Tour
Wildside Tours offers a narrated two-hour excursion along the Banana River where you can see dolphins, manatee and osprey in mangrove-lined waters. Visitors young and older will enjoy this tour. The Banana River is a lagoon filled with plant and marine life located between Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral.
Get Hands-on at the Exploration Tower at Cape Canaveral
With seven floors of hands-on family fun a short drive from Cocoa Beach, the Exploration Tower is a must-see (and do!) Check out some marine life art exhibits, learn about early populations with a historical exhibit or the history of Port Canaveral.
At the top level of the tower visit the air and space exhibit and experience the outdoor observation deck! The Exploration Tower is an inexpensive option and fun way to spend some time on a rainy day before or after your cruise.
Explore the World Famous Cocoa Beach Pier
Consider a stop at this area landmark. Try out one of the restaurants, purchase a few Cocoa Beach souvenirs or try your hand at fishing; you can rent equipment. Settle in at the tiki bar at the end of the pier and just stare out at the water, watch surfers, or cruise ships pass by. The beach area adjacent to the Cocoa Beach Pier is a great spot for relaxing or playing in the surf and sun.
Don't Miss The Top Cocoa Beach Shopping Spots
Whether you're looking for fun beachwear and souvenirs, luxury items, or not sure exactly what you're shopping for, you'll find it at Cocoa Beach. Ron Jon's Surf Shop and Cocoa Beach Surf Company are within walking distance of one another. If you're seeking more one-of-a-kind items like handmade soaps, fused glass gifts, and artisan jewelry, Rjk Studio is your spot.
Don't forget to stop by Florida Key Lime Pie Company if you're craving a sweet treat. Their key lime pie, homemade ice cream and cheesecake should all do the trick. Finally, if you're seeking more one-of-a-kind items like handmade soaps, fused glass gifts and artisan jewelry, Rjk Studio is your spot.
Education and Vacation Go Hand in Hand at Cocoa Beach
For those seeking a bit more in the way of educational activities, Kennedy Space Center is a short ride from Cocoa Beach. You may even be able to time your cruise with a launch so be sure to check the KSC calendar.
For the dinosaur fans in your party, The Dinosaur Store is home to the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures and a great way to incorporate a little history into your vacation.
For a romantic getaway, the not-so-sleepy little town of Cocoa Beach is a great option. With something to suit all ages, tastes, and interests, it is the ideal spot for fun, romance, and adventure.