Life in Cocoa Beach, Florida

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Life in Cocoa Beach, Florida

 

THE ATTRACTION FACTOR

 

Some locals fondly refer to Cocoa Beach as the greatest little city in the world while others think of it as “Mayberry by the Sea”. Cocoa Beach is different things to different people…let me tell you why.

 

Cocoa Beach is home for approximately 12,000 locals. It is also a popular vacation destination, a relaxing day at the beach for mainlanders, a great location for surfers and “home away from home” for our snowbirds. Whether you want to raise a family, relax or retire, our casual, friendly Cocoa Beach lifestyle makes it the perfect place to do so.

 

 

 

HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

 

Cocoa Beach was founded in the 1920’s as an isolated beach community. Later it was the place where the first astronauts trained for the space program and rockets were launched. Over the years, Cocoa Beach has morphed from a sleepy little beach town into somewhat of a melting pot where locals, retirees, retail stores, restaurants and tourists all co-exist.

 

Cocoa Beach is diverse and residents enjoy the quality of life provided by having excellent schools, responsible businesses, caring residents, well-maintained parks and public facilities, a dedicated police and fire department, highly skilled doctors and paramedics and a great hospital. Everything needed for daily living is here on Cocoa Beach.

 

  

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Cocoa Beach is a barrier island with six miles of beaches on the east and the Banana River on the west. Cocoa Beach is bordered by Cape Canaveral to the north and Patrick Air Force Base the south and is well known as “The Space Coast of Florida”. 

 

 

Cocoa Beach is well known for its waterfront property. With six miles of beaches to the east and river front to the west, it is uniquely located.

 

We enjoy sub-tropical weather with average lows around 50* in what passes for our winter and highs in the summer around 90* with a light sea breeze most days.

 

 

Cocoa Beach has approximately 2,400 single family homes and 5,500 condominium units. Some of these properties are vacation or second homes for seasonal residents while some are rental properties.

 

The locals are friendly and enjoy showing off all that our City has to offer. There is something for just about everyone here and the ambience can't be beat.

 

For a small town, Cocoa Beach has a lot to offer:

 

There are two (2) major grocery stores (Publix and Winn Dixie) as well as convenience stores and small specialty stores.

 

We have an excellent hospital with great doctors and urgent care medical facilities are easily accessible.

 

There are churches for most major denominations.

 

There are three (3) public schools - Cocoa Beach High School and two (2) elementary schools. Cocoa Beach also offers two (2) faith-based schools.

 

Beach access is provided by the City at every stub end street.

 

Cocoa Beach is well located for viewing rocket launches at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

 

The City of Cocoa Beach has its own police department, fire department, paramedics, a water reclamation plant, public works and recreational department.

 

Cocoa Beach Country Club is open to the public and boasts a 27 hole municipal golf course, an Olympic-size city swimming pool and a tennis complex.

 

There are a variety of restaurants that offer various types of cuisine for your dining pleasure.

 

There is an auditorium and restaurant owned by the City that can be rented for functions or special occasions.

 

There are over 2400 hotel rooms, from major chains to "mom & pop" style motels.

 

PARKS, RECREATION AND ACTIVITIES

 

You can be as active as you want or relax as much as you like. Our fabulous weather means we can enjoy the beaches year around as well as golf, tennis, biking, boating, kayaking, swimming, surfing, SUP and fishing, to name just a few.

 

Cocoa Beach Country Club is open to the public and offers a 27-hole municipal golf course on the Banana River, a 50-meter public swimming pool and tennis complex.

 

Cocoa Beach has 3 oceanfront parks with restrooms, showers and picnic tables and a state of the art skate park. Tours of the Banana River Lagoon are available by boat or kayak to see marine life and wildlife in their natural habitat. Exploring the 1,000 Islands is a favorite activity for kayakers.

 

There are a variety of restaurants and types of cuisine available for dining out in the Cocoa Beach area. The Art Festival during Thanksgiving weekend is a special treat.

 

The Canals of Cocoa Beach

 

Cocoa Beach is known for its waterfront property and you can choose your view…

 

The Atlantic Ocean to the east offers gorgeous sunrises, surfing and beach access while the Banana River on the west is the place for boating, kayaking, SUP and breathtaking sunsets.

 

 

But it is the canals of Cocoa Beach and their tranquil, relaxed atmosphere that are its best kept secret.

  

 

Visualize yourself relaxing on your screened porch or balcony while you watch the birds perch on the dock pilings as they enjoy the sunshine…you will see pelicans, sea gulls and blue heron.

 

 

Many of the homes and condos have private docks and it is always relaxing to enjoy the view of the water and the different boats docked on the canals.

 

 

Since the canals are on the river side of Cocoa Beach, you can see breathtaking sunsets daily. It’s a great way to unwind and a perfect ending to another beautiful day on Cocoa Beach.

 

 

Oceanfront property is always in high demand, whether condos or single family homes, but many people prefer to be on the river or canals. Sunrise or sunset, you can choose your view here!

 

Cocoa Beach is my home. I live here and I like it.

 

Posted by

Diana Zaccaro, PA

Broker Associate - REALTOR®

"Your Coastal Connection for Cocoa Beach

and the Brevard County Beaches"

Direct: 321.537.7855  - DianaZaccaro@gmail.com

 Tropical Beachside

brokered by eXp LLC

  

 

 

 

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Well you make Cocoa Beach sound wonderful. I too would like to visit after reading your post. Happy Wednesday to you.  D 

Apr 01, 2020 07:25 AM #7
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Hi Diana:

I knew a little bit about Cocoa Beach, but your post and beautiful photo really bring it to life. What a wonderful post about your community and one that will be helpful for anyone interested in moving there. Thanks for your entry!!

Jeff

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Those are all neat photos, Diana.  I especially like that last one!  Stay well!

Apr 01, 2020 02:56 PM #9
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Endre Barath, Jr. 

Endre, It's affected daily life, of course, since schools were closed as were bars, restaurants and most public facilities when the 15 days to flatten the curve started. The locals are taking this very seriously but there have been caravans of people fleeing the tri-state area up north where the hot spots are and our county is now seeing some confirmed cases. Our numbers are still very low compared to other counties, especially south Florida, so that is probably why people were coming here. It's been similar to the madness in the Hamptons, if you are following that story.

Today our Governor issued a statewide stay at home order effective tomorrow at midnight, essential services only can operate. Real estate and related industries have been deemed "essential services" but must operate within CDC guidelines so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

So far we are both well and staying home as much as possible. I hope you and Diane are both well and staying safe. Diana

 

Apr 01, 2020 07:14 PM #10
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Barbara Todaro 

Barbara, We had beautiful weather all of March with highs in the 80s almost every day. If I have to self isolate, there is no place I'd rather be! I hope you are well and staying safe at home.

Apr 01, 2020 07:22 PM #11
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Michael Jacobs 

Michael, Your memory is perfect...I posted some info on Jeannie under your comment. The Mayberry reference is because this is a great place to raise a family so some locals coined the "Mayberry by the Sea" tag and it stuck. I can't believe I left out I Dream of Jeannie...thanks for pointing that out! Hope all is well with you and that you are staying safe from CV. Diana

 

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Nina Hollander 

Nina, I highly recommend a visit to Cocoa Beach to de-stress and relax. My clients tell me that Vitamin Sea lowers their blood pressure to the point they no longer need their RXs!

If you plan a trip, try to do so when there is a rocket launch...that is one item that should be on every bucket list. Hope you are well and staying healthy. Diana

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Sheila Anderson 

Sheila, I'm glad you enjoyed my post. South Florida is the hot spot from Palm Beach County to the Keys. 

It's affected daily life both in Brevard County and Cocoa Beach, since schools were closed as were bars, restaurants and most public facilities when the 15 days to flatten the curve started. The locals are taking this very seriously but there have been caravans of people fleeing the tri-state area up north where the hot spots are and our county is now seeing some confirmed cases. Our numbers are still very low compared to other counties, especially south Florida, so that is probably why people were coming here. It's been similar to the madness in the Hamptons, if you are following that story.

 

Today our Governor issued a statewide stay at home order effective tomorrow at midnight, essential services only can operate. Real estate and related industries have been deemed "essential services" but must operate within CDC guidelines so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

 

So far we are both well and staying home as much as possible. I hope you are well and staying safe. Diana

 

Apr 01, 2020 07:57 PM #14
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Brian England 

Brian, That is one of my favorite things about real estate...introducing people to Cocoa Beach and all it has to offer. It's funny, I was a city girl most of my life and wondered if I could adjust to life in a small town when we made the move. It didn't take me long to find out just what a special place this is! Hope you are well and staying safe. Diana

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Debb, I'm probably just a little bit prejudiced but in a good way.  :)  If you ever decide to visit, plan to be here for a rocket launch...it's something everyone should experience at least once. Hope you are both well and staying safe. Diana

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Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Jeff, It was a fun post to write but I felt bad that I wasn't able to get a video to include, maybe after the craziness is over I will update it. I'm glad you enjoyed it and hope that it will be helpful to anyone considering this area. Hope you are well and staying safe. Diana

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Myrl Jeffcoat 

Myrl, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. I wanted to include a video but with all that is going on was not able to do so. Hope all is well with you and that you are staying safe. Diana

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Hi Diana:

A bunch of people did not include videos, no doubt for a variety of reasons. No worries

Maybe one thing to do is to share individual videos about different areas of Cocoa Beach in the future -  things to do, events, recreation, beaches, etc. Each one can be a separate post with a video or slideshow.

Jeff

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Diana, thank you for the clarification and we are in uncharted territory, sadly some people do not get it and are spreading the poison... the more I see this the more I keep thinking Biological Weapon went out of control ... call me a conspiracy theorist...it must be my military background, Endre

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I would love to visit Cocoa Beach! It sounds perfect.

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Oh my gosh, I love Cocoa Beach, Diana! I can totally understand why you love where you live - it's simply gorgeous there!

Thank you so much for participating in March's challenge.

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The diversity of Cocoa Beach sounds very appealing; it think that is one sign of an interesting community where personal growth flourishes.

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Cocoa Beach sounds amazing.... after the coronavirus pandemic is over I would love to visit. The beaches are calling me... Thanks for sharing.

 

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Hi Diana Zaccaro - WOW! Cocoa Beach sounds like a place where the living is easy and residents are loving where they live too! It really sounds perfect!

Take care!

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Diana just stopping in hope all is well, and yes I have fond memories of the Beach near Cocoa abut 500 yards or more from it:))NOT, Endre RLTW

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