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Florida - Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach is an extremely well located beach area just 65 minutes due east of the of the Orlando Airport on the "Bee Line" Expressway (#528). The fastest "Bee Line" to the beach from Orlando.
Cocoa Beach Florida - Atlantic Ocean - See 8x10 version on our FL Screensaver Pictures Pg
Florida Cocoa Beach is only about 75 minutes from the Orlando Attractions such as Disney World and Sea World.
In addition it is only about 30 minutes from the Cape Kennedy Space Center and adjacent Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge which makes it ideal for a Florida vacation beaches family destination.
Florida - Satellite Beach
Driving Tip to Orlando from Satellite Beach
Satellite Beach, Florida is located about 10 miles + or - south of Cocoa Beach down the Atlantic Ocean Front Hwy - A1A (+ or - Depending which part of long N-S Cocoa Beach you are coming from.) About 8 miles north of Melbourne, FL
Satellite Beach Florida - Great Family Beach
Florida Satellite Beaches are not as well known as the Cocoa Beach area, so they tend to be a bit less crowded. Satellite Beach tends to "drop off" a bit more quickly than Cocoa Beach where deep water begins but we do not consider that a major factor between the two - you need to watch your kids when they are in the ocean either way.
Tip Satellite Beach (and to slightly lesser extent, Cocoa Beach) happens to be an area where the Giant Sea Turtles frequent from April to September -- especially in late May and June as they travel back to their place of birth to come up on the beach at night and lay their approximately 100 eggs in holes they dig just above the top waterline on the beach. See details below.
Satellite Beach - Giant Sea Turtle "Tracks" directly in front of our Condo Balcony - after one had came up and laid her eggs in early AM (We had stayed up watching until 2 AM!) - large version of this + another "turtle tracks" Photo on our FL Screensavers pg
This Link goes to a page of interesting information about the Giant Sea Turtles with info and some pictures on courtship & mating, nesting and laying eggs, baby turtles emerging from nest, the long distances they migrate, and their Endangered Species status.
This link goes to detailed Info about the seven species of Sea Turtles (Loggerheads are the most common species seen in Florida) with pictures and where they are found with links to nesting sites and travel range maps - click the "Threats & Conservation" link on right to see the natural and human caused threats to their survival.
Do not disturb a Giant Sea Turtle on or coming up on the beach - and especially do not disturb a recent "Nest" of turtle eggs - do not take flash pictures of Sea Turtles at night should you see one, and always turn out outside lights and close the curtains in your beach front Condo at night to keep from scaring away a female who might be coming up to lay her eggs on the beach - there are big fines in Florida relating to most of the above!
The Loggerhead Sea Turtle has about 90% of their nesting activity occurring on Florida beaches. The Giant 300 pound Loggerheads are only about half the size of the Leatherback Turtles however, if you ever are lucky enough to see one of those come up to lay her eggs.
Best times to Vacation in Florida
and when NOT
to visit Orlando Attractions.
(Day Trips & Tips below)
Tip If you can work it out - Ideal time to come to Florida is last half of May and first week of June. Temperatures are perfect - Attractions are all open and gearing up for the crowds - but the crowds haven't arrived yet! (And the Giant Sea Turtles are at peak time of laying eggs on the beach at night!)
If you are not traveling with Children who are in school or an educator yourself, you will find there are many less people on the beaches and at the attractions if you can take your Florida Vacation Beaches Vacation before the second week of June when Families start arriving after schools get out.
In addition, the "Inland" Floridians often take their Beach Vacations right after school is out when the beaches are more deserted. They know the "Northerners" start coming down soon after their schools get out - which seems to usually be a week or two after most midwestern and many southern schools.
Orlando Ave Daily Temperature in Degrees Farenheit
Tip Avoid going to Orlando Attractions on Saturday and Sunday (and Friday afternoons) if possible to miss "Local" crowds. Seems obvious, but many people forget about the days of the week when they are on vacation and not going to work everyday.
OR - They are having so much fun on the Beach and with the nearby local Attractions that they get to Friday and suddenly remember maybe they ought to go over to check out some Orlando Attractions.
We have found it is much better to plan so as to allow a day to unwind and relax at the beach between days driving over to Orlando to make it easier on the Kids - and the Adults!
Orlando Timeshare Vacation Promotions - Time share Resort Sales Site using Cheap Orlando Timeshare Promotion Vacations as incentives. Includes some general Orlando Getaway Vacation Packages and Disney Vacation Packages. Sitting through a 90-120 minute Timeshare presentation is often the "price" for a cheap lodging and Attraction tickets package deal.
FL Vacation Beaches Rentals - Reviews - Cocoa Beach & Satellite Beach - Resort and Timeshare Rental Reviews and Tips.
Day Trips and Tips
(- from Cocoa Beach)
Won't give you a rehash of the Obvious Orlando Attractions such as Disney World and Universal Studios, etc. etc. since you have likely been to several of them already or seen the many advertisements. (Sea World and Epcott are still our favorites!)
Besides, this is a Florida BEACH Vacation - so spend some time relaxing on the beach and take in a few nearby points of interest that still leave you some "Beach time" when you get back from your day at the Attraction!
Tip Do suggest you not miss Sea World however. If you have already gone to Sea World - but not in the last 5-7 years - you will probably enjoy going again to see what's new. You can count on seeing something interesting & fun at Sea World!
Sea World - New Splash Mountain roller coaster ride end. My youngest son and his wife are in this picture - under a few hundred gallons of water in the "Splash!" (Most of the water goes over you Vs on you.)
They have added a lot at Sea World and it is a great educational experience for Kids and Adults alike!
Tip Suggest maximum of three (preferrably only two) trips over to Orlando for a 7 day Florida Cocoa Beaches or Satellite Beach Vacation to have a more "relaxed" time for all. (See St. Augustine FL Day Trip suggestion for Adults traveling without Children below.)
Tip Do NOT miss the Lightner Museum in the huge Historic Alcazar Hotel in St. Augustine! Opens at 9. Do this first - It is in itself worth the drive!
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