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Jetty Park Beach

 Jetty Park Beach, Port Canaveral

 

Jetty Park is part of Port Canaveral and is actually run by the Port Authority. Various outside vendors are contracted to operate the concession stand and beach equipment rentals.

GPS coordinates: 28.406703, -80.591710

Directions: From A1A, take George King Blvd and follow it for about a mile and a half to Jetty Park. The park has a $10 per car entrance fee for non-Brevard County residents.

Jetty park is located right on the inlet to Port Canaveral. The inlet has a rock jetty and a fishing pier. From the pier you can often see Manatees, sea turtles and dolphins as well as a multitude of sea birds. This park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Pelagic sea birds are often observed around the inlet.

Hours: 7 am to dusk. Fishing pier is open 24 hours.

Entrance Fee: $10 per car.

Port Canaveral Jetty Park Web Site: http://www.portcanaveral.com/recreation/beaches.php

jetty park beach

Amenities:

  • Lifeguards
  • Fishing Pier
  • Food/Drink concession
  • Beach Supply/Fishing Tackle shop (Pole rentals are $10 per day, return by 5pm).
  • Restrooms and changing rooms.
  • Beach Rental equipment available: chairs with cushions, umbrellas, bodyboards, surfboards, kayaks, SUP paddleboards, bikes. Also may be available: Jet skis, parasailing. Vendors generally open from 8:30 am to 5 pm but may close early on slow days.
  • The fishing pier is wheelchair accessible. Dune walkovers are also wheelchair accessible but once you are out on the sand it is a good distance to the water’s edge. Special beach wheelchairs are available during business hours.

There is a modern concession building that houses a snack bar/restaurant, and a gift / tackle shop with restrooms and changing areas. This park is popular with fishermen, who fish along the inlet and from the pier. You’ll also find a few surfers in the water, bike riders on the beach, and a small family- oriented beach crowd.

The beach at Jetty Park is extremely wide at low tide and is very flat. It’s a great beach for kids to play on. There aren’t many shells, but the sand is whiter and finer than the sand on the rest of Cocoa Beach. In fact, the beach at Jetty Park almost resembles New Smyrna Beach more than Cocoa Beach.

Jetty Park also has a rather nice campground, so it would be a great place to get away for the weekend or longer if you are set up for camping or RV’ing.

jetty park beach at low tide

Alcohol on the beach

Alcohol is allowed on the beach as long as it is not in a glass container.

ADA Accessible

The fishing pier is wheelchair accessible. Dune walkovers are also wheelchair accessible but once you are out on the sand it is a good distance to the water’s edge. The Port Authority purchased two special Deming beach wheelchairs and has them on hand for anyone who may need them.

Pets on the beach

I can’t find any rule on the Jetty Park web site nor are there any signs that I could see in the park prohibiting pets in the park or on the beach. However, I seriously doubt that domesticated animals are allowed on the beach, since they generally are not allowed on the beaches in Brevard County.

jetty park port canaveral

jetty park beach dunes and sand

 jetty park boardwalk and concession building

jetty park signage
Rip current signage is standard on all Atlantic Beaches. Don't let it freak you out.

jetty park beach view