Surfers on the beach at Lori Wilson Park.

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Lori Wilson Park is located about a mile and a half south of S.R. 520 on A1A in Cocoa Beach. This is south of the Cocoa Beach Pier. There is no fee to park here, and the two parking areas are quite large. Short trails lead past public restrooms, over the boardwalks through a small wooded area and over the dunes to the beach. This beach does have a lifeguard stand, but on the day I visited there was no lifeguard to be seen. There are hotels on either side of the park. The Hilton is to the north, and Motel 6 and the Holiday in are south of the park. There are lots of hotels in the immediate vicinity, as well as plenty of restaurants and stores to keep you well supplied with whatever you might need. This beautiful park is also a popular place for beach weddings. In fact, the day I visited, preparations were being made for a sunset wedding. There are several picnic tables near the parking area, several more near the restroom facilities, and several covered tables on the boardwalk facing the beach. This is my favorite beach park in Cocoa Beach.

Above: Lori Wilson Park is one of the nicest public beach accesses in Cocoa Beach.  The dunes are beautiful and there are no buildings on the beach, other than the lifeguard shack. It's far enough away from the pier and the big hotels that it isn't as crowded as Shephard Park or the pier.

Above: Lori Wilson Park has a nice boardwalk system that leads from the parking lots to the beach. The boardwalk also runs parallel to the beach behind the dunes.

Above: The wide beach is guarded by lifeguards during the day.

Above: Picnic shelters await you just off the boardwalk, facing the beach.

Above: Lori Wilson Park is a favorite place for weddings. Here is a sunset wedding being set up on the beach. For info about permits etc. for weddings on the beach, contact Brevard County Parks & Recreation. Their customer service phone number is on their website.

Above: Lori Wilson Park provides nice restroom and changing facilities, along with a drink vending machine and water fountains.

Above: A nature trail through a tropical maritime forest provides respite from the hot sun. What a pleasant surprise this was!

Above: On another note, it appears that there may be some issues with theft and vandalism in the beach parking area at Lori Wilson Park, judging from the signs in the lot. I didn't see these types of signs at any other beach access. I think that is because there is no fee to enter and park at Lori Wilson and there is no attendant. This makes it easy for thieves to access the cars, which cannot be seen from the beach. Most of the other beach accesses in the area have fees for parking and lot attendants, which discourage thieves. Just something to keep in mind. You won't find this information on the Chamber of Commerce website. This is yet another reason to visit for the unedited, unauthorized scoop on Florida beaches. However, I wouldn't let this stop you from enjoying this beautiful beach. Just don't leave your wallets, video cameras, etc. in your unattended vehicle. But that's good advice for any beach.