If you haven't heard of Cocoa Beach, you must be living under a rock or at least somewhere that isn't very comfortable. Personally, for the longest time, I've heard of it, but I hadn't really ever known anything about it, but either way, you've come to the right place to learn about one of the most amazing places on the planet.
Let's see, where to begin... I guess first things first. Cocoa Beach is located on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River Lagoon on Florida's Central East Coast and is one of the closest beaches to Orlando (you better have heard of Orlando). Probably the best and most noticeable feature of this area is the temperature, which is very unique because it's positioned between where two climactic zones meet (sub-tropic and temperate), which means it usually avoids extremes. The average summer temperature is around 83° while the average winter temperature is around 61°, making the average yearly temperature around 72°. Not to mention the cool coastal breezes coming in from the ocean. I don't know about you, but that is absolutely perfect for me.
Alright, now on to the fun stuff. Since the term 'beach' is in the title, I guess I'll start there. Cocoa Beach is known as the small wave capital of the world so it is a very popular place for beginner surfers and even experienced surfers who want to show off their skills. People also like how the water is so warm that most of the year, you don't even need a wetsuit. Furthermore, one of the most admired Ron Jon Surf Shops in the country is located right off the beach with the latest surf attire. Besides surfing, there are endless activities to do and try for the first time: parasailing, fishing (recreational or offshore sport fishing), water sports, airboat rides, kite surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, skim boarding, volleyball, and dining and shopping right on the beach, but my favorite is watching a space shuttle launch while relaxing right on the beach. While doing any of those activities, there's a good chance you'll see dolphins at play and may be lucky enough to see an occasional whale migration.
Other than the beach, there's an unbelievable 27-hole golf course completely surrounded by the Banana River Lagoon containing the seventeen lakes within the course, which provides a habitat that attracts an abundance of waterfowl and other birds... A very enjoyable attraction for the golfers to say the least. There are also cruises (the latest over the top fun-boat being the Disney Dream), a great variety restaurants (jazz clubs, Irish, German, intimate dining) that serve food within hours of being caught, great shopping of all price ranges (there's even a place where you can buy dinosaur fossils), and arcades. Within just 15 minutes of Cocoa beach is Cape Canaveral, Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center, and Jetty Park that all offer an infinite and diverse amount of fun.
On more of a long term note, there are several annual festivals and shows every year including Easter Surfing Festival, a Beach Fest every May, a Space Coast Art Festival, and several air shows and shuttle launches. Did I forget to mention the largest charity surfing festival held every Labor Day Weekend? Oh, well it's the National Kidney Foundation Pro-Am Surfing Festival. Obviously there are other great events for major holidays like Mardi Gras, spring break, 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas, and New Years to name a few.
Cocoa Beach is a mainly a residential community and there's no wonder why so many of Cocoa Beach's first residents experienced the place as visitors who eventually relocated there. The casual beach lifestyle is the way to go. To get a taste of that kind of lifestyle, the best place to go is PreviewStay.com. There, you can actually rent a real estate property for a couple nights to experience the house, the community, and the area to help you decide if you want to purchase that property. Even if you decide not to purchase it, you spent the same amount of money, maybe even less, than you would at a hotel, but you spent it in a actual home with all the amenities that give you a more of a private, enjoyable, and restful experience than you'd get at a mediocre hotel where you just want to get out and stay out of the room and use it only for sleep. You can actually use PreviewStay.com for hundreds locations around the world, I'm just suggesting Cocoa Beach... It's awesome.