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Doin' Cocoa Beach Like a Local - A Day in the Life

By Amanda Tynan
Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 10:55AM

Doin' Cocoa Beach Like a Local - A Day in the Life

Hi, Friends!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our journey so far. Together, we’ve toured Cocoa Beach’s dynamic culinary scene, discovered some really unique tours and activities, and learned a bit about the soul of our town. Join me and come along for a fun day in the life of a Cocoa Beach local. Let’s go!

10:00AM – Wake up (don’t judge, many of us are in the service industry and work very odd hours)

11:00 AM – I literally live downtown which is incredibly convenient allowing me to walk or bike to restaurants, shops and of course – the beach!

11:20 AM – Ride my bike across A1A to my street’s beach access and check out the scene for a minute or two.  It’s always a great day to ‘beach it’ whether that means walking the shoreline, a quick surf sesh or quiet time with a book, just relaxing to the sounds of the waves rolling in. Can’t stay long, as I have other plans today.  On my way home I stop in at Skinny Mermaid for a boba tea to sip on my bike ride home. They have a great menu with so many healthy options – all delicious including Poke, Buddha and Island bowls.

12:15 PM – Return home and pack a bag. We’re headed to Ramp Rd. to meet up with some friends to join them for a relaxing pontoon boat tour from Wildside Tours. Ramp Rd. is used by many local tour companies to launch into the Banana River, and it has a couple of covered tables as well to sit and watch the action. Another option would be a do-it-yourself river exploration watercraft offered by  Wildlife Watersports , they are located just a bit north of downtown and are also on 'the river'.

12:30PM – We head out to the Thousand Islands  with the knowledgeable Captain Jeanette. The Thousand Islands are a little local secret where you are almost guaranteed to see manatee, dolphin, a large variety of birds and always a gorgeous sunset.  The guides know exactly where to go to see what’s happening in the river that day so you can sit back relax and just enjoy the experience.

4:00PM – The fun thing about Cocoa Beach is that as a barrier island, we have the Atlantic on one side and the Banana River on the other. Today’s trip on the river did not disappoint, we got extremely lucky and were out in the middle of the river and saw a rocket launch!  How cool is that?  After a shower and nap, I hop on my bike (told ya) and take a trip to Ron Jon Surf Shop . Since they are open 24 hours and are a definite Cocoa Beach icon, I can always find something great for a hometown gift idea, which I need for a surprise birthday party tonight.

7:00PM – The party is at a local favorite,  4th Street Fillin Station, which, wait for it…is in a former gas station, on the corner of 4th Street N.. I always seem to venture back to the Spicy Shrimp Tacos, they’re delicious, and a side of street corn is a perfect addition. Tip: if you don’t like getting corn in your teeth, order it deconstructed, they’ll take it off the cob for you. The selection of beers on tap is vast, so there is a great choice for everyone. 4th Street not only has great food and cold beer, but the atmosphere is casual, laid back and ‘local’.

9:00PM – A nightly beach walk is always a good idea, so our group heads across the street to (Kelly) Slater Way beach access for an after-dinner beach walk. This street and a fab statue downtown recognize our local World Champion Surfing King who honed his skills right here on Cocoa Beach.  With any luck, maybe we’ll cross paths with a turtle coming in from the ocean to lay her eggs onshore. Cocoa Beach is renowned for nesting turtles and having a chance encounter with a huge loggerhead female laying her eggs in the moonlight is a once in a lifetime opportunity (no disrupting the mama please).  

Rocket launches from a river view, nesting sea turtles, fabulous food and the unique vibe of Cocoa Beach – all unique experiences that happen often when you ‘Live Like a Local’ in Cocoa Beach.

Thanks so much for tagging along with me! If you would like to learn more about visiting Cocoa Beach please feel free to reach out to our official Tourist Information Center via this link. They also welcome you to stop in while you’re in town! You can find them at 3800 N. Atlantic Ave., Suite #2 Cocoa Beach, FL 32931.

Hope to see you around! – Amanda

Doin' Cocoa Beach Like a Local - A Day in the Life
Doin' Cocoa Beach Like a Local - A Day in the Life

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