This article is part of "The Patrick AFB Online Relocation Package".
One of the best things about a relocation to Patrick AFB is the 72 miles of coastline. The beaches here are some of the best in Florida, and directly across from the base are some of the nicest beaches in Brevard County.
The Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department runs 13 ocean beach parks as well as 42 beach access sites. In addition to these parks many cities run their own beach parks too. Many of these parks have restrooms, showers, picnic areas, and playgrounds.
The Cocoa Beach Pier is a very popular location for surfing, tourists and locals alike. It can get very busy on the weekends, but if you want to be around a young active crowd, that is probably the beach for you. Cocoa Beach is also home to the world famous Ron Jon's surf shop, open 24 hours a day every day. As a side note, and for those of you old enough to remember, Cocoa Beach is also the fictional home of Major Nelson and Jeannie from the "I Dream of Jeannie" sitcom of the mid sixites. There is a street named "I Dream Of Jeannie Lane" at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach.
At the very southern end of Brevard County (about 40 min from the base) is the Sebastian Inlet State Park. It's a beautiful park and they boast some of the best surfing on the east coast. In fact, they have surfing competitions about every month.
Whatever your desire, busy or secluded, there is a beach area to fit your desires. Just make sure to bring your sunscreen.
Brevard County Beach Parks:
Cherie Down Park
Lori Wilson Park
Robert P. Murkshe Memorial Park
Canova Beach Park
Coconut Point Park
Howard E. Futch Memorial Park at Paradise Beach
Irene H. Canova Park
Juan Ponce de Leon Landing
Spessard Holland North Beach Park
Spessard Holland South Beach Park