Canaveral Guide, Jetty Park & Cocoa Beach

In this cruise stop at Cape Canaveral, Jean avoids the theme parks and heads for Jetty Beach and Cocoa Beach in search of the classic old wooden pier. She tastes coconut shrimp and after a beer gets the bus back to the cruise terminal.

The film shows the bus stop on the main road outside the cruise terminal, and you are on the right side of the road to catch a number 9. Take water, sun cream, and a camera. 

Jetty Park is massive, think of The Flintstones and Jellystone Park, and then you have it. It is a huge, wonderful landmass full of opportunity just back from a huge sea and beach stretch. It is full of camper vans, RV’s and static cabins. If your cruise starts or stops here, you might just enjoy something completely different by staying here for a few days. This 35-acre park services the 13 deepwater ports and those who travel by road. It has bicycle tracks and is set up for the fisherman with shops, and facilities. The 1,200-foot Malcolm E. McLouth Fishing Pier, seen on the left of Jetty Beach in our film as we hit the beach, is great for fishing. Jean walks away from it, but it is open from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., with fish-cleaning tables with running water and fully accessible to the physically challenged. The park is built for families with many child play areas and activities. It could be the place to learn to surf, lifeguards are on duty all year round according to their website. Please do some research about swimming in the sea.

Jetty Beach into Cocoa Beach; The longest stretch of clean sand you will see for quite some time. You may see Dolphins playing and Manatees just swimming and lolling about. Cocoa has about 50 shops and some motel-type places around the pier area. It is not built up, spoilt or overpopulated but perfectly quaint, full of people who have time for you. For not much money, you can do a self-guided kayak tour and search for Dolphins and Manatees and probably find them. Or take a tour inland and try Airboat rides in the Everglades, which are offered as an excursion from the ship if you are on one.

Cocoa Beach Pier, Florida. Jean stops here for coconut shrimp, as seen in the film. Not even the boat trips seem expensive here, it might just be a place to chill. This is one place I am so glad we got on film because this historic pier stretches 800 feet out over the Atlantic. However, when I say Historic it is not that old. The pier, built in 1962 by local businessman and entrepreneur Rick Stottler, attracts more than 750,000 people a year. I would suggest you go there especially if you have a thing for beaches and piers and like two-dollar bus rides.




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