24 Hours on Florida’s Space Coast – Here’s What to Do & Where to Stay
Tuckaway Shores Beach Resort
Tuckaway Shores Beach Resort has a prime location conveniently situated along the Space Coast at a point where guests have choices. Head north along A1A toward Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, or strike out southbound for Sebastian Inlet State Park. You don’t want to drive? Just laze around on the beachfront where you can enjoy some of Florida’s finest surf fishing, or paddle out and catch some waves. It’s all here… boating, fishing, surfing, fine dining, and the Indialantic atmosphere in the area is settled and laid back.
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Seventeen miles south of Tuckaway Shores on A1A, one of the most popular destinations in the Florida State Park system, Sebastian Inlet State Park, surrounds an inlet with ample parking on both sides. Sebastian Inlet provides access from the Indian River Lagoon to the Atlantic. Fishing here is exemplary! A sturdy catwalk beneath the bridge compliments jetties along both sides of the inlet where record catches of Snook, Reds, and Flounder are more than common. On the south side of the inlet, you can visit the McLarty Treasure Museum. This stretch of shoreline is famous for the great Spanish treasures lost along its beaches in 1715. Fortunes have been made here by visitors swinging metal detectors or making magnificent finds while combing the beach for shells.
You’ll find the Sebastian Beach Inn in the sleepy burg of Floridana Beach, about seven miles south of Tuckaway Shores Beach Resort. The Inn is a popular bar and eatery that once served as a coastal watch station during WW II. Long gone is the watchtower, but the original building, now fitted out with a veranda, has ample parking and the bar faces the Atlantic with an unobstructed view. Dress: casual.
Juan Ponce de Leon Landing
There are many county beach parks along the coast adjacent to Tuckaway Shores Beach Resort, and one of the best is about five miles south of the resort. Juan Ponce de Leon Landing is alleged to be the place where the first European, Ponce de Leon, set foot in North America. The beach is a favorite of the surf crowd.
Djon’s Steak and Lobster House
Just a mile south of the resort on Ocean Ave. in Melbourne Beach, Djon’s Steak and Lobster House is certainly one of the more celebrated restaurants on the Space Coast for fine dining. Djon’s has a long history in the area of fine dining, and is a favored evening destination for the community. Dress: not casual.
The Fat Snook
If you crave seafood and have a particular appreciation for superior fare, head north to The Fat Snook in Cocoa Beach. You will drive past Patrick Air Force Base, where, not too long ago, natives were accustomed to seeing the fabled U2 spy plane sitting on the tarmac. The Fat Snook, located several miles north of Patrick Air Force Base at 2464 S Atlantic Ave. (A1A) in the southern reach of Cocoa Beach serves some of the best food you can find anywhere, in my humble opinion! The seafood is FRESH. Dress: not casual.
On the north side of Indialantic a great lunch is served at Long Doggers. Very casual, with basket sandwiches and beer. Wear your beach clothes and go barefoot if you want. Long Doggers are found throughout Brevard County, and the one in Cocoa Beach has a full bar. My favorite meal at Long Doggers is the Blackened Blues, a hamburger with Bleu Cheese and bacon. Beach Bum meals without any fanfare.
The Florida Beer Company
The Space Coast is home to several microbreweries, but, without a doubt, one of the best, if not one of the best in all of Florida, is The Florida Beer Company, located near Port Canaveral at 200 Imperial Boulevard, just east of A1A. You can tour the facilities, buy beer to go, or relax at the huge round bar in the main hall and knock down some brew from the tap. The Florida Beer Company produces a dozen bottled beers, one of the best being Swamp Ape. Try it! Wow!
Port Canaveral, home to a rapidly growing cruise terminal industry is about twenty-four miles north of Tuckaway Shores Beach Resort, making the resort a great interim stop-over before your next Caribbean cruise, or a perfect place to round out your vacation after your return. Port Canaveral, unlike many other commercial ports on the East Coast, is primarily devoted to tourism and subsequently lacks much of the industrial clutter that is generally associated with major shipping and industry. It has several first class boat ramps, party fishing boat charters, a submarine base (hidden from view), and, most recently, an enclosed glass tower where you can get a bird’s eye view of the port, and the Kennedy Space Center. Wharf-side, toward the western end of Port Canaveral you will find Milliken’s Restaurant. Sit inside or out along the Canaveral Basin as you enjoy fine dining and a full bar. Milliken’s is a favorite of the locals, especially when there is a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral.
This post has been created in partnership with Tuckaway Shores Resort. As such, I’ve been compensated. All opinions are my own.