Cocoa Beach is a coastal city in central Florida with deep roots in early American history. Following the Civil War, freed slaves formed the first non-Native American settlement in Cocoa Beach. The city became the center of attention again during WWII when German submarines targeted its coast for torpedo missions. Combine these unique historical attractions with six miles of beach access and a temperate climate year round, and it’s no wonder why Cocoa Beach is such a popular destination for a wide range of travelers.
In Cocoa Beach, you can explore the past by boat or by car -- the choice is up to you. Tour locations like bustling Melbourne Beach Pier, built in the late 19th century, or plan an excursion to Merritt Island and Old Haulover Canal, a passage used by early settlers and Native Americans to trade goods. Today, Merritt Island is also a 140,000-acre nature sanctuary and wildlife refuge -- perfect for visitors who’d like an adventure on the wilder side.
Cocoa Beach is also a great place for stargazing. Visit Kennedy Space Center to learn about past and future space missions. Travel past the perimeter security fence on the Launch Pad Tour. Explore one of four firing rooms — ground zero for shuttle launches and mission control — on the Launch Control Center Tour. Learn about the country’s first satellite launch and the currently active rocket program on the Cape Canaveral: Then & Now Tour.
You’ll make the most of this versatile coastal city when you select a relaxing, amenity-rich IHG hotel in Cocoa Beach. A friendly staff, top-notch amenities and world class fitness facilities are just few of the features offered by IHG, sure to help you let go of everyday cares and drift away. + View More - View Less