At The Beach...
TODAY'S SURF REPORT
|3-4 Ft. +, Waist to Shoulder High
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What's your idea of a perfect day at the beach?
Working on your tan? Building a sandcastle? Hunting for seashells?
Getting in on a game of volleyball? Surf-fishing? Bicycle riding?
Taking a romantic barefoot stroll up and down the shoreline?
You can experience all of this and more when you spend the day along the Cocoa Beach shoreline. Open 24/7 year round with warm Southern waters and an average daytime temperature of 73° F, our beaches have something to offer everyone...
And, if catching some great waves is your main reason for coming to the Cocoa Beach area, you'll be stoked to learn that the Space Coast is home to over 100 of the best surfing spots on the East Coast. (Did you know that 8-time World Champion surfer Kelly Slater hails from Cocoa Beach, Florida? How awesome is THAT!!) Whether you are a pro or a grommet, we're sure you'll be able to find a killer spot to hang ten!
In addition to the oceanfront parks listed below, the City of Cocoa Beach provides "stub-end" streets for access to the Atlantic Ocean. Each street has a dune to cross-over, parking spaces (several metered), and a litter barrel. You are invited to use any of these streets to enjoy a day on our fine, sandy beach. However, we ask that you do not bring bottles or pets on the beach, and remember to use litter barrels when you leave. In addition, before coming to Cocoa Beach for a fun day in the sun, please make sure you review our city's beach rules and etiquette.
In Cocoa Beach, lifeguards are on duty at Alan Shepard Park, Sydney Fischer Park and Lori Wilson Park every weekend beginning on Easter weekend until Labor Day weekend. Lifeguards also maintain weekday duty at these parks beginning the day after Memorial Day weekend through the first week in August (when the school year begins). There are NO LIFEGUARDS at any of the ocean beaches anytime between Labor Day and Easter weekend, however, the ocean can still be enjoyed while remembering the following cautions:
* NEVER swim alone! Always swim where other people are.
* If you are not a strong swimmer, do not swim when the waves are large or the conditions appear rough.
* Be aware of ocean currents and rip tides - if you are caught in a rip tide, swim parallel to the beach (go with the current) - do not try to swim against the current! The current generally flows parallel with the beach.
* If you need help, face the shore and wave your arms - usually someone is nearby with a surfboard.
Learn to Swim Safely! The beach and the ocean can always be enjoyed provided proper respect is paid and a certain degree of care is maintained. When you consider that a two-foot ocean wave can knock a 200 pound adult off his feet, you begin to get an idea of the power of the ocean. Tragic water accidents happen quickly. The most common reason for aquatic mishaps is a lack of safety knowledge. When planning to visit any of our beaches on the Space Coast, Brevard County lifeguards recommend you familiarize yourself with their Swim Safety Tips.
Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Parks
ALAN SHEPARD PARK
Located at the east end of State Road 520
Shepard Park is a two-acre, oceanfront park providing picnic, shower, and restroom facilities for guests. Seasonal lifeguards on duty. The park was named after astronaut Alan Shepard and provides an excellent view of space launches. Facilities include 10 large picnic pavilions, several smaller covered picnic tables and a bathhouse. More than 300 parking spaces are available for automobiles and recreational vehicles. The parking fee is $7 for cars and RVs, except on weekends and holidays from March 1 through Labor Day when the parking fee is $10; buses are not permitted, nor is overnight parking.
SIDNEY FISCHER PARK
Located in the 2100 block of State Road A1A
A 10-acre, oceanfront park, Fischer is a family favorite. The park is ideal for a picnic and a swim in the Atlantic. About 200 parking spaces, picnic pavilions, and recently renovated shower and restroom facilities are provided. Seasonal lifeguards on duty. The park was named after Sidney Fischer, who served as the mayor of Cocoa Beach from 1956 to 1960. The parking fee is $5 for cars and recreational vehicles. Buses are not permitted. Park closes at dusk - no overnight parking permitted.
LORI WILSON PARK
Located at 1500 N. Atlantic Ave.
This 32.5-acre, oceanfront park is operated by Brevard County and has seasonal lifeguards. Facilities include restrooms, three pavilions along a 1,000' boardwalk, six dune crossovers, maritime hammock, volleyball court, a playground, barbecue grills, and a 274-space parking lot conveniently located on both the north and south sides of the park. Seasonal lifeguards on duty.
ROBERT P. MURKSHE MEMORIAL PARK
State Road A1A and 16th St. South
This two-acre, oceanfront park, operated by Brevard County, offers a boardwalk, parking, restrooms, picnic and shower facilities. The park is named after Robert P. Murkshe, who served as Cocoa Beach mayor from 1963 to 1972.
- Cape Canaveral Beach Parks
Located at 400 E. Jetty Rd., Cape Canaveral
Campsites, general store, concession stand, soda machines, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, barbecue grills, pavilions, playground, bike path, and seasonal lifeguards make this park a favorite of visitors. A newly renovated boardwalk along the jetty allows for great fishing and views of the cruise ships entering and leaving the port. It's also an excellent site to view shuttle launches. Parking is $5 for cars, $7 for RVs, $12 for buses. (321) 783-7111
CHERIE DOWN PARK
8492 Ridgewood Ave. in Cape Canaveral
Preserving sand dunes and sea grasses, this scenic 6.99 acre community beach park in a neighborhood setting invites beach activities and surf fishing. Amenities include restrooms, showers, a small pavilion, a dune crossover and two sheltered picnic areas at either end of a 320' boardwalk along the dunes.
Having survived literally thousands of years of onslaught from the ravages of the ocean, one would think that the beach is indeed a hardy mass. Quite the opposite is true - the beach is a fragile and ever-changing ecological wonder. In order to protect it, we ask that you enjoy the beach for what it is and leave only your footprints behind. And if you find that previous visitors have not been as courteous, your assistance in picking up the beach would be very much appreciated. It's an activity that most local beachgoers practice - you will then be mistaken for a local and that's a badge of honor! Here are other restrictions necessary to maintain our beautiful beaches:
BEACH RULES & ETIQUETTE
Stay Off the Dunes -The dunes, which are the mounds of sand on the landward side of the beach, are the barriers that protect properties from high tides and storm surges. Many of the dunes rely on vegetation to stay in place as both wind and sea work at relocating them. For this reason, it's the law in Cocoa Beach and in every other beach along the Atlantic Coast to STAY OFF THE DUNES!
No Vehicles on the Beach - With the exception of emergency and public service vehicles, vehicles are not permitted on the beaches for any reason.
No Trash - Some people, unfortunately, think of the beach as the world's largest ashtray - if you smoke, please do not leave cigarette butts behind.
No Glass on the Beach - Cocoa Beach is one of the few that allows alcohol on the beach, but glass bottles are against the law.
No Animals on the Beach - not even on a leash! The penalty is a fine.
No Fireworks on the Beach - Fireworks are an ecological nightmare, they endanger other people and they cause fires in the dune vegetation. This, too, is against the law!
No Fires on the Beach Without a Permit - fires are allowed in certain areas of the City during certain times of the year. Contact the Cocoa Beach Fire Department for more information.
Do Not Disturb Turtles, Turtle Nests or Turtle Hatchlings - Sea turtles are an endangered species, if you are lucky enough to see a turtle come ashore, give it very wide berth, do not shine a flashlight or use a flash camera.
Do Not Push Stranded Marine Mammals Back to Sea - From time-to-time, large sea mammals such as whales, manatees and dolphins may beach themselves. They do this because they are in distress for one reason or another. If you happen onto the scene of a beaching, here's what to do: 1.) Call the Cocoa Beach Police Department (868-3251) and ask them to call Sea World; and 2.) Try to keep the mammal comfortable by pouring sea water over the exposed skin and keep it shielded from the suns rays by covering it with wet towels. Sea World will send a rescue team to remove it to the Sea World facility for medical treatment and rehabilitation.
Avoid Swimming Where People are Surfing - Surfers usually are found in areas where the waves peak. It is best to avoid swimming in areas where surfers are enjoying the waves.
Surfcasting - Fishing from the beach, known as surfcasting, is a popular sport in Cocoa Beach. Year round, many varieties of fish may be caught from the beach. Florida residents are not required to obtain a fishing license for surfcasting. Non-residents age or older can obtain a three-day ($6.50), seven-day ($16.50) or annual ($31.50) license for saltwater fishing. Do not fish where people are swimming. Local fish species are quite accommodating - if you move down the beach to get away from swimmers, the fish will move with you!
From the National Weather Service