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Cocoa Beach and Pier

Orlando, FL, USA

Description

Cocoa Beach is a rugged beach with hard-packed sand near the shore. People can even ride their bikes on the sand! Surfers enjoy waves by the pier and beginners can learn on the waves further south down the beach. Ron Jon Surf School offers some fun two-hour group lessons at the beach for a reasonable price. This is the home town of world champion surfer Kelly Slater so it makes sense to have a surf lesson here!
It can be quite hazy and windy at Cocoa Beach, and the water murky rather than clear. But this is a popular beach and there's a fun atmosphere at the shore.
The pier and its restaurants have had better days- it is pretty depressing to eat there. There is a charge to go to the tip of the pier (free if you get a receipt from a restaurant you ate at). The town itself is dowdy and has awful 1960s architecture, though the retirees are very friendly. The restaurants we've eaten at in the town have been of low quality.
At night the pier looks pretty, lit up. After your swim or surf, eat a meal nearby in Cocoa Beach town. For a prettier spot, but a much longer drive, eat in Cocoa Village, on the river. While in the area, make sure you check out the expensive but well-worth-it Kennedy Space Center
Also on the Space Coast is Brevard Zoo, which is in a gorgeous jungle and is a pure joy to walk around!

Photo Gallery


Sandbar Sports Grill, right by the beach.

Dunes at Cocoa Beach.

Stand-up paddle boarder and cruise ship behind.

Ron Jon Surf School instructor and a student.

A surf instructor fills students in on what they need to know.

There is shallow water for a while at the shore.

Cute girls at Cocoa Beach.

Funny sand creation.

Bike riding on the beach.

A girl delighting in beach play.

Surf student at Cocoa Beach during Spring Break.

Hibiscus flower near the beach parking lot.

Cocoa Beach town as you leave the parking lot from the beach.

Cocoa Beach Pier at night.

Cocoa Beach Pier at sunrise.

Cocoa Beach night stars.

The pier and its cool pylons.

Restaurants at the base of the pier.

Restaurant on the pier- very basic food.

A pelican greets people who enter the pier.

The pier and the blue-green water.

Surfers enjoy the fun waves at Cocoa Beach.

The base of the pier is retro-dowdy.

Cruise ship from Port Canaveral, and surfer on the north side of the pier.

Cocoa Beach surfer, as seen from La Quinta Inn on Hendry Ave.
 

Directions

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Exit Highway 95 at Highway 528 and head toward the ocean for 15 miles. It becomes Highway 1A/Atlantic Ave. Turn left on E. Cocoa Beach Causeway and follow it to the end. There is a large free beach parking lot on your right.
Ron Jon Surf School, 150 E. Columbia Lane  Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, call (321) 868-1980.
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