Recommended Beaches on Cocoa Beach
Alan Shephard Park is my top pick for Cocoa Beach. It has everything you
need: Plenty of parking, two on-premises restaurants, restrooms, lifeguards, beach equipment vendors on the beach,
picnic shelters with tables, a great beach, and nearby shopping, including the famous Ron Jon surf shop within
walking distance. There is a fee for parking--$7 to $10, generally.
Lori Wilson Park is great for families. This is the best free beach
access Lori Wilson Park is very popular for weddings. It also has a fenced dog park (no beach access for dogs). It
is generally less crowded than Alan Shephard Park.
Port Canaveral Jetty Park for families and for fishing or
Cocoa Beach Pier for families with older teens, or for anyone who wants to
hang out on a pier, go fishing, do some people watching, see the surfers, and maybe imbibe some alcoholic beverages
or have a bite to eat.
Lori Wilson Park and Cherie Down
Park are the only beach parks with amenities that provide free parking.
Beach Info Report: To get a
current beach report for Brevard County, call 321-637-5777 for a recorded message that will tell you what current
beach conditions are and which beaches have staffed lifeguard towers. Generally, Cocoa Beach Pier, Shepard Park and
Lori Wilson Park have lifeguards year-round. Jetty Park is privately owned and generally provides lifeguard
Brevard County does have lifeguards and beach patrol.
However, not all beaches have year-round coverage. Some beaches only have lifeguards on staff during part of the
year, sometimes only on weekends. Limited information on lifeguarded
beaches may be found on this web site: http://www.brevardparks.com/visittheparks/swim/beach.php
Other Public Beach Accesses on Cocoa Beach with Restrooms
Cherie Down Park
Sydney Fischer Park