Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida is named after astronaut Alan Shepard.

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Shepard Park - Cocoa Beach

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This 5 acre ocean front park is named after astronaut Alan Shepard. The park provides restrooms, picnic tables, showers, and a large paved parking lot. Parking fees are in the $7 to $10 dollar range per car. There are also parking meters on nearby streets if you don't want to park in the lot. Wooden boardwalks lead to the beach and a long boardwalk parallels the beach for several hundred yards.  The park has low, grass-covered dunes and a beautiful beach. Because this beach is so close to the pier, it is quite a popular access point and can get crowded, especially on the weekends. There are plenty of surfers here, too. I really enjoyed this beach access, although Lori Wilson Park is my favorite (and it's free), and Jetty Park comes in a close second.

Above: Cocoa Beach has adopted the handy practice of placing these yellow posts at each beach access, so if you are walking along the beach and need to identify where you are, you can see your exact street location written on the posts. Here, the Shepard access is clearly marked.

Above: The Shepard access has a good crowd and is fairly close to the pier, although not as close as my zoom lens makes it appear in the above photo.

Above: The Shepard Park access has paved parking (for a fee), restrooms, covered picnic tables,  showers and boardwalks. Metered parking is available on nearby streets. The meters accept quarters. If you are only going to be here for a couple of hours, the meters offer a better deal.

Above: The long boardwalk along the beach at Shepard Park.

Above: Surfing is hugely popular in Cocoa Beach and rental surfboards, like the one being carried by the surfer above, are seen everywhere. You can rent them by the hour, day, or week from area surf shops and beach vendors (there is a vendor by the pier). They are generally made of a softer material than the hard fiberglass surfboards used by experienced surfers. This is for the safety of the surfer and nearby swimmers. Getting smacked in the face by a hard surfboard hurts.















Photos and text copyright 2008 David McRee, All rights reserved.