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. But what she is really after is a taste of one of the best coconut shrimp dishes at any bar. Follow her….. you can chat and share later. Cunard’s Queen Victoria stops there in January 2018.

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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. But ask, others might go there and the drivers are really friendly or check google transit for an accurate picture as buses in the USA are very well mapped. Take water, sun cream and a camera. Please join the chat group and introduce others to Canaveral and what it has to offer. It does appear endless and contrasting. Carnival, Disney, NCL and RCI cruise ships stop here regularly.

Jetty Park is massive, think of The Flintstones and Jellystone Park, then you have it. It is a huge wonderful land mass 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 at Canaveral and not Barbados you might just enjoy something completely different by staying here for a few days. This 35 acre park services the 13 deep water ports and those who travel by road. It has bicycle tracks and is set up for the fisherman with shops, help and facilities. The 1,200 foot Malcolm E. McLouth Fishing Pier, seen on the left of Jetty Beach on 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, paved with lighted, equipped 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, life guards are on duty all year round according to their web site. Please do some research if 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 to stay around the pier area. It is not built up, spoilt or over populated but perfectly quaint, full of people who have time for you. For not a lot of 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 is offered as an excursion from the ship if you are on one.

Cocoa Beach Pier, Florida. It is here Jean stops for coconut shrimp, as seen on 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 actually 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.

The stop after Canaveral is often Miami, now that is huge in comparison to anything. Take a look at our Miami film if you are touring down there. Click here for an overview of Miami. Then the next stop, if you are really lucky, will be closer to the Cocoa Beach feel, Key West … if you have those three at the start of your Caribbean cruise you are on a special cruise. Click here for Key West.

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Book 3, American Portrait, starts in Canaveral where Violet meets the painter John Collins on the Coco Beach Pier. SOLO CRUISER BOOK SERIES. Violet Becket arrives in Canaveral to join a ship and finds she has competition in the promotion department where she works. Infact, the whole marketing of ‘cruising for women’ is just about to change and no one has told her. Book 1, Virgin Voyage has been in the book charts for some weeks now. Those of you with keen observation skills will have noted that the cover of book one is OUR picture walking along the beach. We sold the editors the picture in our TV rights deal discussions, and they liked it and used it on book 1 which is about a Canary Islands Cruise …. da !!!  Follow author Sally Katz by clicking under her name on the Amazon author page. As she releases a new book your are then informed, each story takes place on a cruise. Book 4 released at Christmas, goes from the ABC islands through the Panama Canal.


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