The Ultimate Staycation Florida Residents Have Been Waiting For

Aug 02, 2018

The Staycation Florida Residents Have Been Waiting For | Hotel Staycation Ideas | Westgate Resorts
By Rich Weidman

The Ultimate Staycation Florida Residents Have Been Waiting For

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

With Orlando staycations becoming all-the-rage these days, it's easy to forget that the East coast of Florida is a virtual staycation playground for short getaways and day trips alike! With white-sand beaches, plenty of Florida sunshine, the best surfing on the East Coast and the world-famous Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier at your doorstep, Cocoa Beach offers the perfect ingredients for the ultimate Florida staycation! It's no wonder that many Florida weekend getaways for families center on this iconic, lively area, with Cocoa Beach attractions and activities quickly becoming the staycation Florida residents have always been dreaming about. Looking for hotel staycation ideas in a Florida tropical paradise? Check out some of the best staycation ideas and things to do in Cocoa Beach for Florida residents right here in Cocoa Beach!

Making the Most of Your Cocoa Beach Staycation

Before you embark on your Florida staycation in Cocoa Beach, make sure you heed these tried and true staycationing tips so you can hit all of the best Cocoa Beach attractions with gusto during your day trip or getaway:

  • Act Like a Tourist: Don’t be afraid to schedule some real touristy things to your Cocoa Beach staycation itinerary such as visiting Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex or watching the cruise ships depart Port Canaveral.

  • Take Advantage of Free Activities: You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy your Florida staycation! Schedule a scenic bike ride, nature walk or simple stroll on the beach during your staycation adventure.

  • Schedule Some Downtime: The key to a successful Florida staycation is to slow down, relax and rejuvenate in between activities. One of the best ways to take it easy for Cocoa Beach staycationers is to head out to the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier and enjoy some fresh seafood and tropical drinks while taking in the amazing ocean views.

  • Check Your Local Entertainment Calendar: Your upcoming Florida staycation may coincide with local Cocoa Beach festivals, sporting events, art gallery open houses, concerts and plays.

  • Unplug from the Daily Stresses of Life: A Florida staycation is the perfect time to put the iPhone away and refrain from checking your email and/or Facebook every five minutes as you enjoy all that Cocoa Beach has to offer staycationers.

Cocoa Beach Florida Staycation Ideas

For Florida residents, the staycation ideas in Cocoa Beach are endless! Here are some Florida staycation ideas off the beaten path in Cocoa Beach:

  • Take a Cocoa Beach Sea Turtle Walk: It's Sea Turtle Watch time! The Sea Turtle Preservation Society offers guided nighttime Cocoa Beach turtle walks each summer near the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge where there’s a good chance you will get the opportunity to observe nesting loggerhead sea turtles.

  • Kayak through the Thousand Islands: Schedule a paddling adventure through saltwater marsh and mangrove tunnels at 338-acre Thousands Island Conservation Area along the Banana River. You may even catch a glimpse of native Florida wildlife such as an alligator, manatee or dolphin along the way!

  • Pay Homage to I Dream of Jeanie: Although set in Cocoa Beach, the legendary sitcom was actually filmed on a Hollywood soundstage. However, you can still visit I Dream of Jeannie Lane near the entrance to Lori Wilson Park and check out the historical marker that reads: “I Dream of Jeannie was part of Cocoa Beach when a television sitcom ran from 1965 to 1970 starring Barbara Eden as a 2000 year old female genie and Larry Hagman as an astronaut. The TV series was set in and around Cocoa Beach. Barbara Eden visited Cocoa Beach in 1969 when the ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ street sign was placed at Lori Wilson Park.”

  • Learn About the World’s Most Famous Surfer: Believe it or not 11-time World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater was born right here in Cocoa Beach. Learn all about Slater (who recently announced that he is retiring from the world tour after the 2019 season) and the storied history of surfing in Cocoa Beach at the Florida Surf Museum, which lies adjacent to Ron Jon Surf Shop. By the way, a life-size bronze sculpture of Slater by local artist Tasha Drazich can be found at the northern split of State Road A1A.

  • Take to the Skies High Above the Space Coast: Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral and Florida’s Space Coast during an exhilarating tour with Cocoa Beach Helicopters.

  • Catch a Performance at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse: First opened in 1924 as the Aladdin Theater, the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse in nearby Cocoa is affectionately known as “Broadway on Brevard” and offers affordable community theater throughout the year.

  • Hike Through an Enchanted Forest: Take an easy to moderate 2.5-mile hike through a diverse natural habitat at 470-acre Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in nearby Titusville. A Management & Education Center is also on the premises. It’s fun for all ages!

  • Experience a Game of Smash Golf: For a delightful twist on the game of golf, try your luck at Smash Golf, an unconventional and highly addictive combination of golf and tennis that is all the rage in the Cocoa Beach area at such Florida golf courses as Duran Golf Club in Viera and Turtle Creek Golf Club in Rockledge.

  • Tour a Brewery: Known as the “Space Coast’s Original Nano-Brewery,” Cocoa Beach Brewing Company is a family owned and operated brewery and pub located in historic downtown Cocoa Beach that features such flagship beers as the award-winning Cocoa Beach Pale Ale, Von Braun Ale, 888 India Pale Ale and “Not Just Some” Oatmeal Stout. It’s the perfect place to chill out with an ice-cold brew after a fun day exploring Cocoa Beach sights.

  • Enjoy Your Favorite Cocktail 800 Feet Over the Ocean: Ideally located at the far end of Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, Rikki Tiki Tavern is the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing tropical drink, listen to some great live music from local artists and marvel at the spectacular ocean views.

Stay At Home Service, With a Luxurious Experience!

Staying close to home for a Florida staycation adventure this summer? You won’t have to travel far from home to discover Cocoa Beach’s most luxurious resort and the perfect destination to embark on your staycation adventure. The brand-new Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort features spacious 120 two-bedroom suites, the state-of-the-art Wakulla Falls Water Park and exclusive beach concierge. In addition, Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort offers complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, which features not only great fishing and surfing opportunities but also restaurants and bars such as Keith’s Oyster Bar, The Boardwalk Bar, Pelican’s Bar & Grill, Rikki Tiki Tavern and Sea Dogs, as well as live music, beach rentals and gift shops. It’s a true paradise for staycationers!