Why I Love Life in Cocoa Beach, Florida

Real Estate Agent with ZOOM Realty Group

Why I Love Life in Cocoa Beach, Florida


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 12,000+/- locals. It is a popular vacation destination for tourists, 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.


Cocoa Beach was founded in the 1920’s as an isolated beach community. Later the first astronauts trained here 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 you need for daily living is right here on Cocoa Beach.


Cocoa Beach is a barrier island with six miles of beaches on the east and the Banana River on the west. Cape Canaveral borders Cocoa Beach to the north and Patrick Space Force borders us to the south, one of the reasons we are well known as “The Space Coast”.

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 2,400+/- single family homes and 5,500+/- condominium units. Some of these properties are home for the locals, some are vacation or second homes for seasonal residents and 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, 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 and 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 Space Force.

The City of Cocoa Beach has its own police department, fire department, paramedics, 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 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.


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 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.

The Art Festival during Thanksgiving weekend is a special treat and the Boat Parade at Christmas is a must see and, of course, rocket launches are a regular attraction.

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.

The canals offer a great view of breathtaking sunsets daily. It’s a good 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

"Your Coastal Connection for Cocoa Beach and the Brevard County Beaches"

Direct: 321.537.7855  -

 ZOOM Realty Group



Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent Information. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week.

Mar 01, 2023 02:15 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for the overview of Cocoa Beach Florida! If I were to visit I'd definitely want to try some of those outdoor activities and parks..

Mar 01, 2023 04:48 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Mayberry by the Sea sounds like a wonderful place to call home!  I bet it is amazing to see all of those rockets going up into space.  They happen more frequently nowadays, right?  I see SpaceX launching at least once each week.

Mar 01, 2023 05:11 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Brian England 

It is amazing and the last I heard  SpaceX was aiming for two launches per week this year. I heard there are three launches scheduled this week but need to research dates and times.

Mar 06, 2023 06:54 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Diana,

Cocoa Beach Florida sounds like the perfect spot to call home. You enjoy great weather and so many wonderful outdoor activities.

Mar 01, 2023 05:15 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

Hi Dorie, the Cocoa Beach lifestyle works for me. It's not for everyone but most people who live here can't think of living anywhere else.

Mar 06, 2023 06:57 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Diana - thank you for continuing to share that Cocoa Beach is more than the place Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden once inhabited.  It's clear to me, your enthusiasm is not a dream.   

Mar 01, 2023 05:19 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Michael Jacobs 

Hi Michael, most people love our lifestyle it's not for everyone. I had one client who loved it here but his wife not so much.  Thanks for the reminder about Jeanne, I meant to include that in the post but it was so long I did not. :) 

Mar 06, 2023 07:00 PM
Michael Jacobs

Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate - if only there was a genie icon, right?  

Mar 07, 2023 02:36 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Michael Jacobs 


Mar 07, 2023 12:28 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Diana. Must say you paint a pretty picture. I have been there and can attest to your story. Enjoy your day.

Mar 01, 2023 05:45 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Wayne Martin 

Cocoa Beach has changed a lot over the years so may be much different than you remember. It's still a great place to vacation or call home. Hope all is well with you.

Mar 06, 2023 07:01 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Diana... Cocoa Beach sounds wonderful. Of course, the "real" Mayberry is in North Carolina... but Cocoa Beach is more than welcome to share the moniker.

Mar 01, 2023 05:50 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Nina Hollander, Broker 

Hi Nina, I remember the show about Mayberry, NC and don't know how the "Mayberry by the Sea" came about. They are similar but different towns for sure. Thanks for letting us share the name. :)


Mar 06, 2023 07:04 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Diana, I can see why you love Cocoa Beach and sure lots of people would want to move there.  Thanks for sharing this with us.


Mar 01, 2023 09:04 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Will Hamm 

Hi Will, people love Florida in general and some love Cocoa Beach in specific. With the space program in full swing, a lot of people are moving here.

Mar 06, 2023 07:06 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Diana what a wonderful town Coco Beach is - I had no idea it had so much to offer. Wow!  What a great post!  I was so there sitting by a dock watching those birds - and the sunset as well.  Let's meet for a glass of wine there!!

Mar 01, 2023 09:50 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker 

Hi Anna, for a small town we do have a lot to offer! We think along the same lines, I love sitting on the screened porch and watching the birds and sunset with a nice glass of wine! It's a nice way to relax and end the day. 

Mar 06, 2023 07:08 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Time for a meetup in Cocoa Beach Diana!

Mar 06, 2023 08:39 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Diana, I was just in Cocoa Beach in November, but my friends never showed me the canals, drats!   There is a french restaurant there too --- such good food.  Great presentation, and you make Cocoa Beach sound very attractive.

Mar 01, 2023 10:14 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Joan Cox 

Hi Joan, the canals are best seen by boat and a special treat is the Boat Parade at Christmas time. What was the name of the restaurant you went to?

Mar 06, 2023 07:10 PM
Joan Cox

It was Cafe Margaux, SOOO good!   I bet the boat parade would be fun to see.

Mar 06, 2023 07:51 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate - Although I heard many positive things about Cocoa Beach, I have never been there and you have provided the most beautiful photo. Plus, the additional information was very tempting.  I am guessing the feature photo is a sunset? Absolutely gorgeous! I can't think of any reason why residents and vacationers wouldn't wear smiles 24/7. 

Mar 01, 2023 03:00 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Hi Patricia, you are correct...the feature photo is a sunset and was taken from our backyard. We also have breathtaking sunrises but I am never on the beach that early to see them or take a photo. There are parts of Cocoa Beach where you can live and see the sunrise in the morning and the sunset at night, best of both worlds!

Mar 06, 2023 07:13 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate - You have a beautiful place to call home. Once could never tire from soaking in the sunsets before unwinding for the night. 

Mar 06, 2023 08:58 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I haven't been to Cocoa Beach, but I'm sure I'd love it.  Especially, watching rocket launches.

Mar 01, 2023 07:34 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Myrl Jeffcoat 

Hi Myrl, there is truly something for everyone here and I've only hit the highlights. The rocket launches draw people from all over and are always a treat, especially now that we are back to manned space flight. 

Mar 06, 2023 07:15 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for telling us about Cocoa Beach. I was going to post a reblog until I noticed this is for members only. The retirees in the DC Metro area would love to see this post.

Mar 05, 2023 05:54 AM
Roy Kelley

I scheduled a reblog.

Mar 05, 2023 03:06 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Roy Kelley 

Thanks for the heads up. I did not realize it was not public and will change that setting right now. Hope all is well with you and Dolores.

Mar 05, 2023 12:22 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Roy Kelley 

Thank you for the reblog, Roy. It is greatly appreciated.

Mar 06, 2023 06:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Diana how did I miss this great post, as you know I was near there around 1978/79 time frame:) amphibious attack by the US Army Ranger School training :)Endre

Apr 02, 2023 09:41 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Endre Barath, Jr. 

Endre, you would not recognize Florida now! You really need to revisit your old stomping grounds but as a tourist where you can enjoy yourself! Diana


Apr 25, 2023 11:41 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for bringing Cocoa Beach to life for me.  It sounds like a wonderful community and I do believe I would choose to live on one of those canals.  I would love to spend some time fishing from my backyard while the sun was setting.

Apr 25, 2023 07:23 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Ray Henson 

I always tell people that Cocoa Beach is different things to different people, meaning there is something for everyone. We chose to live on a canal and can fish off our dock so you would feel right at home on a canal. The sunsets are an added bonus! 


Apr 25, 2023 11:44 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Diana, next time I go to visit my friends in Melbourne, will set up a get together with you.   Cocoa Beach sounds very fun, and they did drive me through while I was there in November.

May 18, 2023 09:54 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Joan Cox 

Joan, that would be fun! November is when our snowbirds start to return so a very popular time to visit. Just let me know when!


May 18, 2023 01:07 PM
Joan Cox

Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate it may not be this year, as Sept/Oct I am going to Portugal, Spain and Paris, so may need to stay home a bit and work some more....   LOL

May 18, 2023 01:22 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Joan Cox 

I thought you were going to Greece but that itinerary sounds like fun. The info was just for planning purposes as I know you like to plan your trips far in advance. Maybe next year... 

May 20, 2023 08:59 AM