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Monday, May 28, 2007

Orlando's Closest Beach

Orlando may not have the pleasure of being beach side but there is a place not to far away where the urge for a seaside adventure can be fulfilled. This little slice of heaven is called Cocoa Beach. Only 45 minutes from most of the Orlando attractions, Cocoa Beach is Orlando's closest beach. With so much to do no wonder why over 4 million people visit this beach every year! One of the biggest attractions in the Cocoa Beach area is Cape Canaveral. This is the location where many great men test the technology that has changed our future forever. If you time your vacation right you can see an actual space shuttle launch into outer space. Here you can also visit the Kennedy Space Center and explore the large museum full of artifacts and delicate gear the was used on previous space missions. Beyond the space center there is plenty of other activities to keep you busy. Take a half day trip to the Brevard County zoo and get in touch with your wide side. If exploring untouched natural habitats is your cup of tea then you will have a blast in the great estuary of the Indian River. Here you will find several wild life sanctuary that cradles the life that lives below and above the surface. All day excursions can be done on your own or you can hire a guide. Another reason why so many people come to Cocoa Beach is Port Canaveral. This is the departure and arrival point for many large luxury cruise liners. From here you can go on a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas or a 14 day cruise to Europe or South America. Port Canaveral is also an important trade hub for goods that come from all over the world. Even if we look passed the superior transportation network that Cocoa Beach has, there is one attraction that should not be missed and that is the beach! There are many resorts on the beach that offer many activities like para sailing and surfing. Another good reason to stay a couple of night in Cocoa Beach is the affordability of the area. Cocoa Beach offers some very good rates for hotels at all times of the year. On the beach you will find may nice places to hang out and relax. Ron Jon's Surf Shop is a surfing Mecca that is just seconds from the beach. Over 2 million people visit this store annually to buy or just to dream about the best products on the market. Several bars and night clubs are around the area like coconuts on the beach. This place is right on the beach and host some great shindigs! So when traveling to Orlando keep in mind there is more out there than just theme parks and the greatest adventures are extremely close. Whether you its a day trip or your planning a vacation to Cocoa Beach, remember this phrase: Don't worry, be happy! and visit Florida often.