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Best place to stay in Cocoa Beach without a car...

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Best place to stay in Cocoa Beach without a car...

Hi folks, we are planning to stay in the Cocoa Beach area for 3 days next May before we embark on a cruise. We would like to stay in a hotel in an area where we can walk to shops, restaurants, beach etc. Can anyone recommend best area of Cocoa Beach to stay & also hotel recommendations? I would also like to visit some nice villages or towns in the area that would be a short taxi ride. I've heard Cocoa Village is lovely and worth a visit. As this is our first visit to the area and we only have 3 days we want to make the most of it. Any advice, help or recommendations most welcome and also suggestions of other things to do. Thanks :-)

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1. Re: Best place to stay in Cocoa Beach without a car...

I'd start looking around the Cocoa Beach Pier or around the intersection of highways A1A and 520. Both areas have concentrations of shops and restaurants.

Around the former, look at the La Quinta Suites Oceanside or the Best Western (both have some rooms with ocean views) or the Holiday Inn Express, which is a couple of blocks away from the beach on highway A1A.

Around the latter, there's a boutique hotel, the Inn at Cocoa Beach, which is about 40 yards off the beach. Moving south along A1A, there's the Sheraton, and farther south, a row of hotels including the Doubletree, Marriott Courtyard, Hampton Inn and Hilton. However, these hotels are spread out, and the walks to restaurants are a little longer.

There is a #9 bus that goes up and down highway A1A. Also, there is a #4 bus that stops just east of the A1A - 520 intersection and then runs west past the Merritt Island Mall, miles of restaurants and shops, and finally, Cocoa Village.

Some other things to do include the Victory Casino gambling cruise, outdoor dining at Port Canaveral when the big cruise ships sail out,helicopter/biplane rides, kayaking in the Thousand Islands area, airboat rides to see alligators, Kennedy Space Center, and a variety of boat cruises on the Indian and Banana River lagoons. Search through this forum for many other activities.

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2. Re: Best place to stay in Cocoa Beach without a car...

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3. Re: Best place to stay in Cocoa Beach without a car...

Comfort Inn is a reasonably priced hotel with good breakfasts, pool, laundry facilities, and walking distance to Cocoa Beach Pier and beach. It is next to Ron Jon's and across the street is Bealls Outlet, Walgreens, and McDonalds. I don't know if the Winn Dixie is open yet. When we were there in Feb. it was under renovation. I believe Comfort Inn has shuttles to the pier, so check it that is something you want. We never used one since we had a car and parked in a long term parking lot. Many cruisers use that hotel. PhotoTravels gave you good public transportation information.

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Winn Dixie is open now. My niece stayed at Sheraton last month and liked the location. We've stayed at Hampton Inn and Best Western and both are fine.

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5. Re: Best place to stay in Cocoa Beach without a car...

Thank you for your reply and great information, I've booked the Hampton Inn which which I believe is within walking distance of shoppe, restaurants etc. so looking forward to visiting the area. X

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6. Re: Best place to stay in Cocoa Beach without a car...

Thank you all for your replies and great information. I have booked to stay at the Hampton Inn which I believe is walking distance to shops, restaurants etc. Although I can see the Comfort Inn is cheaper and closer so might look at that. Thanks again :-)

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7. Re: Best place to stay in Cocoa Beach without a car...

We stayed at BW Cocoa Beach Inn Great staff etc.. Beside the pier and u can walk to restruants too

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8. Re: Best place to stay in Cocoa Beach without a car...

Just a few things:

By the pier and near SR 520, you will be walkable to a few places. The Ron Jon store is enormous if you like shopping for surf clothes or souvenirs. That is located right at 520 and A1A.

The smaller town feel with the small shops, restaurants, and bars will be down near Minuteman Causeway. It is a very small area.

The Cocoa Village is about 10 miles away on the mainland at SR 520 and US 1. The town of Cocoa isn't exactly pretty, but the Village is nice.

Melbourne also has a neat downtown area near US 1 and US 192 with restaurants, shops, and a brewery. That is about a 20 or 30 minute drive from Cocoa Beach.

The Port has a few restaurants that are pretty good about 3-5 miles from Cocoa Beach.

You can look at the bus service, but it probably won't be nearly as convenient as something you would find in a big city or Europe. Without a car, you will probably be shelling out some money for cabs to go outside the immediate area. You may want to research Uber of Lyft to see if that is for you.

Cocoa Beach is a small, safe town. You probably won't be blown away like some of the more high-end tourisy places elsewhere, but I enjoy that area. Most of the locals are friendly as well.

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