This week’s installment of our Florida Cruising Guide features Cocoa Beach.
If you are old enough to remember the classic 60s sitcom, “I Dream of Jennie,” then you remember that Astronaut Major Anthony Nelson found the titular character’s bottle washed up on the shore of Cocoa Beach.
While much has changed since the 1960s, Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral remain the crowning jewels of Florida’s “Space Coast.”
The closest beaches to Orlando and its plethora of theme parks and tourist attractions, the Space Coast consists of 72 miles of beach, where you can undoubtedly find a stretch of sand just perfect for a romantic getaway for two, or a fun-filled vacation for the whole family.
The towns of Florida’s Space Coast include: Titusville, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Melbourne Beaches, Viera and Palm Bay.
Navigation and Nautical Details Cocoa Beach
The Cocoa Beach Area has a multitude of boating opportunities for all ages and interests. Launching into the St. Johns River, Banana River, Indian River and Atlantic Ocean are quick and easy with ample boat docks and a close proximity to Port Canaveral.
According to US Harbors, from southward of the shoals at Cape Canaveral to Bethel Shoal, a distance of about 43 miles, the shore is straight. The 5-fathom curve is from 0.3 to 1 mile offshore along this section of the coast.
A large water tank is prominent about 4.5 miles southward of Cocoa Beach. On the waterway at Cocoa, Mile 897.4, you will find a causeway and twin fixed bridges with clearances of 65 feet cross the waterway. An overhead power cable about 0.1 mile southward of the bridges has a clearance of 88 feet over the main channel.
Dockage and Marinas
The Harbortown Canaveral Marina, a completely new facility, is located 2 1/2 miles directly west of the Deep Water Cape Canaveral Inlet on the Barge Canal. It is the perfect location for visiting the Space Center or viewing one of NASA’s fantastic space launches. They claim to have the lowest prices on marine fuel of any marina in the Merritt Island / Port Canaveral area.
Harbortown is a naturally protected harbor with minimal tidal changes, and deep water access the Intercoastal Waterway, Banana Rivers, and Port Canaveral.
One of the newest Marinas in the area is Port Canaveral’s Bluepoints Marina. Specifically designed to keep your boat safe and secure, Bluepoints Marina has a fire protection system, hurricane protection, enhanced security and a wind load rating of 150 mph.
The largest marina in Port Canaveral is the Cape Marina, with 109 wet dockage slips.
Activities On and Offshore
Of course, one of the main attractions of Cocoa Beach is what gave the “Space Coast” its name – Kennedy Space Center. The home of NASA, this is where man’s conquest of the moon, and explorations of the “Final Frontier,” all began. It is where the dreams, hopes, and tragedies of Apollo became a reality, and where rockets still roar into orbit on pillars of flame. Despite the wrap-up of the shuttle program, believe it or not, there are now more live rocket launches from the Space Center than ever before. With SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance both having operations at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, there are now launches every single month. Launches can be viewed from different venues in and around Cocoa Beach. Even if there is not a launch during your yacht cruise to the area, a visit to the Space Center is still a thrill for all ages.
If exploring things terrestrial are more your thing, Cocoa offers much to nature lovers. Outdoor enthusiasts have over 20,000 acres of freshwater rivers and lakes bordered by approximately 170,000 acres of wetlands to explore by foot or boat. Located where temperate and sub-tropical climate zones meet, visitors can find animals and plants on the Space Coast that are found nowhere else on earth.
Fishing opportunities? Cocoa has plenty of them. With so many waterways, saltwater and freshwater fishing provide such a wide range of fishing experiences and expectations, that no matter what season it is, something is biting somewhere.
As if all of that is not enough to make taking your yacht to the Space Coast a great idea, there are also plenty of entertainment and art and cultural events and activities.
Hassle Free Cruising
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