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Where to Stay in Cocoa Beach

Beach Place Guesthouses

One of my favorite places to stay is the Beach Place Guesthouses at 1445 South Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. It used to be 2 small hotels on the beach, but the motel rooms have been converted into guest house suites. It's a very relaxing place. Owners Hernando and Joseph have decorated the fully furnished rooms beautifully, and the landscaping is lush and green with tropical plants, palms, and seagrapes. Wooden decks with pergolas, tables, chairs, and hammocks make it a perfect place to get away from the crowd. It is located well south of the pier, and south of downtown Cocoa Beach between 14th and 15th Street South. We stayed here for 3 nights while we were attending the Seabean Symposium which is held at the Cocoa Beach Public Library every October.

Check out the slide show below of the Beach Place Guesthouses. I love those hammocks! And they've got an outdoor pizza oven on the deck.


Cocoa Beach Hotels

One of the great things about Cocoa Beach is the abundance of reasonably-priced hotels. Of course, we aren't talking luxury hotels. Just good, basic beach hotels. There are hotels all around the Cocoa Beach Pier, but I prefer to go a bit further south where the beach is quieter. I've stayed several times at the Holiday Inn Cocoa Beach (now the International Palms Resort) and I've found it quite satisfactory. It is right on the beach, and is a clean, dependable, friendly place to stay. It is also right next to Lori Wilson Park and so it's easy to take a walk on the beach over to the park. The Hilton is on the other side of the park, but I like the looks and layout of the International Palms better.

There is an excellent Denny's across the street. There are several restaurants at the International Palms, but I rarely eat at a hotel restaurant unless there just isn't anything else available. They have Mambo's Cafe, which is right behind the dunes, so you can walk right up from the beach and have drinks or casual food to eat. There is plenty of outdoor seating and they do have entertainment at night. My favorite restaurant in Cocoa Beach is Slow and Low Barbeque. I always go for the baby back ribs, baked beans, baked sweet potato, and garlic toast. Can't beat it anywhere!

I didn't have any major complaints with the International Palms. The first time I stayed, the tub drained slowly, but the Ethernet internet connection was fast. The second time I stayed, the tub drained quickly, but neither the Ethernet connection or the wireless internet worked. I had to walk over to the lobby with my laptop to get a connection. Not a big deal for a one night stay. The rooms were always clean and I felt safe at night. Plus I could walk to the beach in 2 minutes. The last time we stayed there we had the bad luck of getting a room next to some all-night partiers and management chose to do nothing about it.

There are also lots of low-rise condominiums for rent along the beach. Most of those rent for a week or more, and they are a nice alternative to a hotel if you are staying for a while.

Slide show of the International Palms (formerly Holiday Inn) below.