WESTGATE COCOA BEACH PIER
A historical landmark, this beach stretches
800 feet eastward over the Atlantic Ocean.
The pier is home to popular restaurants,
shops and bars. It is a popular venue for
surf contests, and home to the three-plus
decade annual National Kidney Foundation
Charity Surf Festival. It is known as one
of the most famous surfing destinations
on the eastern seaboard. Go to www.
westgatepier.com for details.
LORI WILSON BEACH AND PARK
A scenic seaside park with two accesses
located at 1500 N. Atlantic Ave. in the
heart of Cocoa Beach, it offers a lifeguardprotected,
family-friendly beach and picnic
areas, plus a dog park at the south-side
entrance. With showers, public restrooms
and several dune crossovers spanning
a 1,000-foot boardwalk, it is one of the
favorites for locals and tourists visiting
the area. Go to www.brevardfl.gov for
OTHER POPULAR BEACHES
From Satellite Beach, across from Patrick
Space Force Base, stretching to Indialantic,
there are numerous county and state parks
that feature public beaches, including
Tables, Second Light, Hangar’s, Block
House known as the Officers Club and
FLORIDA’S SPACE COAST OFFICE OF TOURISM PHOTOS
Southern Brevard beaches that span
several miles to the Melbourne area
include Pelican Beach, Satellite, Paradise
Beach, Spessard Holland, and Ponce de
Leon Landing, known as the point of
access that commemorates the epic 1513
voyage of Juan Ponce de Leon and his
landing on April 2. A statue was erected
at the park in 2019.
Manatees and dolphins are often spotted
off the coast at these beaches, which
offer many amenities from bathhouses
to pavilions for picnic gatherings and
SEBASTIAN INLET STATE PARK
For years surfers from around the world
have flocked to this iconic surfing haven
that boasts Monster Hole and First Peak,
but it is more than a surfing destination.
A part of the Great Florida Birding and
Wildlife Trail, visitors can walk along
untouched beaches, watch turtles nest,
collect shells, kayak on the river side
of the park or fish for flounder, tarpon,
redfish and seasonal snook from the pier
or beach year-round.
The campground has 51 sites and the
park is open 365 days a year. Go to www.
floridastateparks.org for more details.
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