Florida resort with two pools, restaurant, and sports courts; steps from the Atlantic Ocean
Hotel at a Glance: International Palms Resort & Conference Center Cocoa Beach
Surfboards painted yellow, red, and green hang in the lobby of the International Palms Resort & Conference Center Cocoa Beach, a nod to the surf-friendly stretch of sand and sea right outside the front door. Stylish economy rooms feature cable television, WiFi, and coffeemakers.
- Catch a wave and bring along a surf or boogie board to coast atop the surf.
- Take a dip in the outdoor pool. A pirate-themed pool will keep the kids occupied.
- Stay active on courts for sand volleyball, tennis, and basketball, or simply take a leisurely walk along the oceanfront promenade.
- Eat well at Mambo’s Beachside Bar & Grill, which serves casual Caribbean food on a colorful deck.
Cocoa Beach, Florida: White-Sand Beaches on Florida’s “Space Coast”
Nicknamed Florida’s “Space Coast” for the nearby Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach occupies a 72-mile stretch of scenic shoreline on a barrier island off Florida’s Atlantic coast. The Kennedy Space Center’s exhibits include hands-on replicas of astronaut capsules, an authentic Saturn V rocket from NASA’s Apollo program, and Alan Shepard’s space suit. After visiting the space center, take a scenic route through the 140,000-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge; keep your eyes peeled for alligators, bald eagles, and shorebirds.
Cocoa Beach has also been called the East Coast capital for surfing; 11-time surf champion Kelly Slater got his start on these waves. You’ll find several surf shops offering lessons and gear, plus in-the-know staff who can show you where to find the best breaks. Hop in a sea kayak to explore peaceful inlets and scope out resident manatees. At the Cocoa Beach Pier, anglers can try to reel in gator trout or redfish off the long boardwalk that juts into the Atlantic.