Jetty Park Beach at Port Canaveral, Florida

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Jetty Park surprised me. As I turned off S.R. 528 toward the Port, I wasn't really expecting much. After seeing all the port infrastructure I had a hard time picturing what their beach park was like. I was pleasantly surprised to find an excellent beach facility. Jetty Park is just past Ron Jon's Cape Caribe Resort and is right on the inlet from the Atlantic Ocean, between Cocoa Beach and the rocket launch pads of Kennedy Space Center, which you can clearly see across the inlet. There is an entrance fee to the park. A pavilion with a snack bar, restrooms, and bait shop / beach supply store makes this a full-service beach facility. Boardwalks lead down to the beach and to the rock jetty, which also sports a concrete pier. This makes Jetty Park a first-rate fishing spot.

I walked out to the end of the pier and saw two sea turtles, a large manatee, and a pod of dolphins. A fisherman standing next to me pulled in a nice Spanish mackerel and when I inquired, he remarked that he sees turtles frequently in the inlet. There was a small swell in the Atlantic and several surfers were catching waves on the beach, which was wide and very flat, with nice sand dunes covered with vegetation on the upper beach. To the south are plenty of beach condos, and further south still the Cocoa Beach Pier can be seen along with all the large hotels around it. To the north the Space Shuttle launch facilities can be seen on the Cape. The park has lifeguards. I was thoroughly impressed with this beach and I highly recommend it. There is also a campground, which mostly seems to cater to RV's. It is not right on the beach, but is within walking distance. The park is located at 400 Jetty Road, Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920 and is run by the Port Authority. From S.R. 528, after crossing the Indian River, you'll turn into the entrance to Port Canaveral and take George King Blvd all the way to Jetty Park.

Above: The jetty at Port Canaveral's Jetty Park also has a fishing pier. The inlet to the left is where the cruise and cargo ships sail in and out of the Port.

Above: The pier is quite popular with fishermen and is also popular with wildlife. Shortly after I snapped this photo I saw a Manatee, two sea turtles, and several dolphins. And a man next to me caught a nice Spanish mackerel.

Above: A wooden boardwalk runs along the inlet, just outside the jetty, and leads from the beach pavilion to the pier. In the distance you can see several cargo ships docked at Port Canaveral.

Above: Across the inlet is Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center. You can easily see the space shuttle launch facilities on the Cape.

Above: The beach has small dunes covered with sea oats. The jetty provides protection from the wind and waves and creates a sheltered area for people and birds.

Above: The sand dunes are nearly pure white. The rains had not yet started when I took this picture, so the sea oats look a bit dry.

Above: Lifeguards watch over the beach at Jetty Park.

Above: The beach is wide and flat and firm for walking. The sand near the water is a light brown color.

Above: Jetty park has excellent facilities. This is the back of the concession and pavilion showing the boardwalk that parallels the beach, behind the dunes.

Above: 3 out of 4 signs next to the boardwalk shower warn of rip currents. Check with the lifeguards if you are planning to go in for a swim. This beach may be more prone to rips because of its proximity to the deep inlet. Don't let this stop you from coming here, just use a bit of extra caution until you know it is safe. Water and current conditions change daily.