Closest beach to Orlando


Cherie Down Park Beach

 surfing at Cherie Down park


GPS coordinates: 28.392328, -80.596897

Location: Cherie Down beach park is located about halfway between Jetty Park and the Cocoa Beach Pier, in the 8300 block of Ridgeway between Cherie Down Lane and Washington Avenue.

Directions: From A1A, take Church Avenue east to North Atlantic Avenue. Turn left on North Atlantic, drive a short block and turn right onto Washington Avenue, which will take you to Ridgeway and Cherie Down Park.

Cherie Down Park beach access

Cost: Entrance and parking are free. The park has a wooden boardwalk parallel to the beach as well as two wooden dune walk-overs.

Hours: 7am until dark. Gates close at dark. 

Park info: Call 321-455-1380


  • Free parking
  • Restrooms & water fountain
  • Outdoor rinse-off showers
  • Wooden boardwalk
  • Family picnic shelter
  • 2 charcoal grills
  • 2 covered picnic tables on the boardwalk
  • Lifeguards may be present (seasonally).


  • No pets on the beach (service animals are allowed).
  • No alcohol on the beach or in the park.

Cherie Down Park is a small beach park in a quiet residential neighborhood in Cape Canaveral. There is nothing particularly remarkable about it, but if you find some of the other beach accesses too crowded, you might try this park. There are no food sales, but there is a drink vending machine.

Cherie Down park beach

Cherie Down Park beach.

Cherie Down Park, Canaveral, Florida

Restrooms at Cherie Down Park

Above: This is the restroom facility at Cherie Down Park, with water fountain and vending.

Shower and picnic pavilion at Cherie Down Park.

 Above: Rinse-off shower and picnic pavilion.

Cherie Down Park beach at low tide.

Shells on Cocoa Beach

Above: As far as shells are concerned, this is about the best you'll do on most Atlantic beaches in Florida. As you can see, there is very little here of interest to a shell collector.