Cocoa Beach is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River Lagoon on Florida's Central East Coast; it is, of course, the home of America's space program. No, I know it's not the first place that comes to mind when we're planning a golf outing, but it does have a lot to offer and, if you're looking for something really different, Cocoa Beach might just fit the bill. The golf courses in and around Cocoa Beach, range from semi-private clubs to city-owned public access facilities, and from the not-so-grand to the top-of-line. Here are some I can personally recommend:
- Baytree National Golf Links
- Cocoa Beach Golf & Country Club
- Duran Golf Club
- Spessard Holland Golf Course
- Viera East Golf Club
- Walkabout Golf and Country Club
Cocoa Beach, a small, residential community with a strong tourist industry, is a little more than six miles long, and a little less than a mile wide. It's the one spot on the planet where you can watch a space launch from the beach or play golf on one of Florida's premier layouts. Cocoa Beach is also home to a wide range of wildlife, and there's more to do here than you might at first believe. You can, of course, spend time on the beach swimming and relaxing; that's what most visitors do; you could rent a kayak and spend a day exploring the waterways and islands along the Banana River; or you could play a round of golf at the Cocoa Beach 27-hole golf course, or one of the many nearby courses. How about a little surfing? This is, after all, the surfing capital of Florida's east coast.
The primary attraction to Cocoa Beach, aside from the beaches, is the weather. The little community is set upon the point where two climatic zones (sub-tropic and temperate) meet, thus the weather is rarely extreme. It's a unique location where wildlife indigenous to both climatic zones tend to gather, along with a whole host of migratory birds, to spend the winters, rather like us, really.
Hotels, Meetings and Conferences:
Cocoa Beach itself is home to several large hotels and resorts with on-site large Conference Centers; the Space Coast offers even more. That, and the extensive facilities and amenities close by, including more than a dozen championship golf courses, and several more that are almost as good, make Cocoa Beach an obvious choice for a corporate meeting or incentive outing.
Beyond the grand resorts, the greater Cocoa Beach area offers a wide range of hotels from "budget" to "grand." Many of them are beachfront properties offering unique blends of casual holiday living, good service, and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation; most of them are located close to one or more world-class golf courses. Here are some ideas:
Space Coast Amenities:
While Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast are both are within easy driving distance of Orlando and its many tourist attractions, there's plenty to see and do without having to leave the area. The beaches are gorgeous, the Kennedy Space Center is unique, and the local golf courses compare favorably with any in Florida. Beyond that, Cocoa Beach offers some of the best deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, sailing, boating, and snorkeling anywhere in Florida, and for the kids, well… check it out for yourself.
How to get There:
The closest regional airport is Orlando International Airport. The airport is served by all major US airlines, including United, Delta, Continental, US Air, AirTran, American, and Northwest, and by Air Canada and major airlines from Europe and the United Kingdom.
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Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism, 430 Brevard Avenue, Suite 150, Cocoa Village, FL 32922; Toll Free: (877) 572-3224