Mediterranean-Style Boutique Hotel On Cocoa Beach
Looking like something on a postcard of the Mediterranean coast, The Inn at Cocoa Beach sits directly on the shoreline of Florida's Cocoa Beach. The inn’s red tiled roof, graceful stucco arches, and trickling fountains blend perfectly with its stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, leading Frommer’s to call it “far and away the most romantic place in the area.” Lush landscaped grounds and a wine-and-cheese social welcome you every evening. Steps from the lobby, you'll find the surf shops and restaurants Cocoa Beach is known for.
After checking in, head up to one of the inn’s individually designed guest rooms, each of which has an expansive private balcony overlooking both the large outdoor pool and the ocean. Each room offers something different—you might find cool mint-colored walls and a homey pastel quilt, or you could walk into a nautical-themed room complete with a mounted swordfish on the wall.
In the morning, fresh-baked breads and muffins are served at the wicker tables and chairs in the inn's grassy outdoor courtyard. Laze in the hammock, sun yourself around the pool, or wander the grounds in search of the two resident macaws before heading off to the beach for the day.
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.