Cocoa Beach - Janet Bellacera

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     My family and I have been coming to the Cocoa Beach area for years.  This is the first beach I visited when I moved to FL in 1992, and to be honest, I only visit the Pier and the immediate area once a year.  Typically I'm more of a relaxing, slow paced, easy going beach.  I try my best to stay far away from the busy, touristy beaches.  That once a year is during the Beach 'N Boards Fest that takes place at Shepard Park.  I absolutely love this festival and I become the "cool" Mom when I bring the teenagers.  This festival is unlike any other festival I have been to.  It's the entire weekend and features every type of boarding sport possible.  From vendors and manufactures setting up tents outside and supplying the best swimsuits, sunglasses, surfboards, coolers, and anything else fit for the beach to food vendors supplying all the food and drink you can image it's a festival from the street to the sand.  Once you hit the beach you are in for a party, music fills the air while the ocean is packed with surfers, body boarders, skim boarders, kit boarders and more.  The Beach 'N Boards fest happens in the beginning of March and it is definitely worth putting on your calendar.  Click below to find out more.

Ron Jon Beach 'N Boards Fest

     So what else is there to do other than the Beach 'N Boards Fest? can do anything.  The Historic Cocoa Beach Pier has undergone over 4 million dollars of renovations over the past few years.  This renovation has not only help to keep the Cocoa Beach Pier alive, but bring out the very best in beachside living.  Originally built in 1962 as a tourist attraction this pier has survived countless hurricanes.  Today, the pier stands a symbol of Cocoa's unique and historic vibe.  The entire Ocean Blvd strip has also undergone major renovations in the last few years and Coco Beach is no longer the dedicated "Spring Break" beach, it has evolved into a town fit for anyone and everyone, and if you're wondering what else Coco has to offer for visitors, check out my blog post on the Coco Historic Village by clicking the link below.

Things to do...

-  Check out one of the live music events.

Schedule of music events in April

-  Feel like fishing?  Bring your own or rent gear.

Fishing fees and information

-  Cocoa Beach is well known for surfing.

Why not take a few lessons?

-  Hit a few of the shops right on the Pier. 

Shopping on Cocoa Beach Pier

-  Or maybe you need a cool frozen drink and a view to go along with it.

Resturants right near the Pier

I personally love Rikki Tiki Tavern because it has the best view of the beach under an open-air tiki hut sitting 800 feet above the ocean.  Check out the menu right here.

     Once you're done on the beach and you're looking for other things to do.  It's time to walk around...hit Ocean Blvd for a huge selection of restaurants, activities and shops.  The biggest and best place to shop is going to be the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop, or hop in the car and head south on A1A to Coconuts on the Beach.  This is a fun, lively, restaurant and bar right on the beach.  With live music, beach games and great food and drink, it's definitely a cool place for the family.  I personally think this is better suited for a family with older teenagers as this area definitely has more of a "Spring break vibe".

Check out Coconut's menu right here

When was the last time you visited Cocoa?

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