Ready for blastoff? Jetty Park is the closest beach to Cape Canaveral that stays open during launches at Kennedy Space Center, and yes, the viewing’s great daytime or night. With glistening white sand dunes and a campground on the cape, it’s an excellent family destination.
Location: Cape Canaveral
Lat-Lon: 28.407304, -80.591899
Fees: parking fee of $5 residents, $10 non-residents. Cash only.
Open: Day use 7 AM-dusk. Pier open 24 hours.
Beach wheelchairs are available
This is a full service park, and quite popular. A bait shop and restaurant are inside the main building with bathhouse and restroom facilities. Follow the paved path to the 1,200 foot fishing jetty in Florida, where you might just see a whale of a cruise ship slip by in the deep water channel – or a manatee or dolphin.
The beautiful soft sand beach is lifeguard-protected and well away from the hubbub of nearby Cocoa Beach. Bring a picnic – you’ll want to spend all day! Or all night, as the 126-site campground is within walking distance of the surf.