Cocoa Beach Florida!
Cocoa Beach Florida (CBF) is the closest beach to Orlando, and has turned out to be quite the cruise destination as well! I grew up in Orlando, and the quickest beach to get to was CBF. It has grown up since the days when I was a kid. There are now lots of great hotels, restaurants, charter boats, cruise ships, fishing pier, Ron John's Surf Shop, a pier and some of the best surfing in Florida.
On December 31, 2010 Patti and I decided to abandon everyone else and head to CBF!
Here we are out for Chinese food on New Years Eve in CBF last year! We had a great meal at Yen-Yen's. It's New York style Chinese food - everything's not battered and deep fried. Their prawns are incredible!
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Of course, we are partial to CBF - it's where we fell in love in 1983! Wow, that was long time ago...
Cocoa Beach has tons of beach access, and is a great place for families (all the older teens and young adults hang out near the pier). Here's some pictures of a trip I took with my kids a few years back:
Sand- castle time! Look at those waves!
Great day at CBF! Just look at that sky!
Sand- castles are hard work!
Of course, Port Canaveral is also part of CBF! And, that's where 4 different cruise lines have ships (Carnival, Norwegian, Disney and Royal Caribbean). With Orlando being so close, it's a match made in heaven - theme parks and cruises!
Here's Some pictures I took recently. Royal Caribbean's ship was out to sea:
Carnival Cruise Lines
Disney Cruise Lines
Nor- wegian Cruise Lines
There is also the "worlds largest surf shop" -
And, Kennedy Space Center is only 15 minutes away!
Just follow the signs
It's where you can fall for an astro- naut!
CBF is about an hour east of Orlando. It's popularity sky rocketed with tourists when Disney decided to add a cruise ship to Port Canaveral (on the north side of Cocoa Beach). Disney offers package deals - stay at the parks and then head out on a cruise - sounds great!
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There is charter fishing at the port and a jetty to fish off of as well. CBF has miles of great beaches, and as mentioned earlier - plenty of hotels, restaurants, shops, easy beach access and even putt-putt!