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Life’s a Beach – Melbourne / Cocoa

Most people love the beach, even though Orlando and Kissimmee don’t have a beach it doesn’t mean you can’t find one. Probably the easiest and quickest beaches to get to are the ones on the east coast. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east of Orlando and Kissimmee and is loved by families and surfers alike.

The closest beach to us is in the town of Melbourne, this is Florida though not Australia. Being the easiest to find it is probably one of the more favourable beaches. With easy access using the US192, Melbourne Beach can be reached in around one hour without even turning off the US192. The road takes you directly in to Melbourne, over the Indian River and then on to the Beach.

The beaches stretch for miles and are popular venues for Surfers and Surfing Clubs. The main beach has showers just before you go on the beach. This way you can all enjoy your day with out the thought of having sand all over. The beaches are all white sand, very clean and safe. Life Guards also have towers on the beach just like on Bay Watch.

We’ve made it a family outing for the past few years and make sure we go each trip to Orlando. The twins love playing in the white sand and always make the most of it. These are family beaches and are enjoyed by all. An ideal location for a family picnic or may be even a BBQ. Local restrictions may be in place.

To the north of Melbourne Beach you have a few more beaches including Canova Beach, this is secluded and hided from view from the road side, there is also Indian Harbour Beach and Satellite Beach , but the better known one of Cocoa Beach is only a 30 minute drive from the beaches in Melbourne. A drive passed the St Patrick’s Air Force Base will lead more or less straight to the beach itself.

The Disney Cruise Liner can also be seen in this area some times and really brings home just how big these ships are! Cocoa Beach is a very popular beach, and you can even drive your car up and down certain areas of this beach, without getting stuck in the sand. The is also a great place to witness rocket and shuttle launches from the near by Kennedy Space Centre, just one thing to remember, the roads get very busy around launch days so make allowances for road conditions.

An amazing day out for all the family.

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