Coco Beach and other Florida Beaches

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  1. sunshineNJ

    sunshineNJ DIS Veteran

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    I have from NJ and we have lifegaurds at our beaches. Is this the case for Florida? Particulary Cocoa Beach Thanks:)
     
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  3. MEK

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    Not sure about Cocoa, but Daytona does. At least on the part where you can drive on the beach and park. If you are from NJ you will LOVE that!
     
  4. leighi123

    leighi123 Earning My Ears

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    They have them at cocoa beach, its a HUGE beach though and sometimes very crowded. We live 20min south from there and the beaches have lifeguards, a lot less crowded, a lot cleaner and nicer! (I hate going up to cocoa, we only do to watch surfing!)
     
  5. luv2sleep

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    Are there nice hotels where you are?
     
  6. Capt_BJ

    Capt_BJ So Many Times

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    don't think I can let the Cocoa Beach comment stand as it is ....

    I've spent a bit of time in Seaside Heights, Lavalette, Tom's River, Asbury Park, Brick, Breille and Manesquan and believe a person from the "Jersey Shore" can probably relate to a couple of things

    1. The Jersey Shore is a long long stretch of beach altho any one person may be considering just a small local part. So too, what many think of as Cocoa Beach is not just the small bit in the township of Cocoa Beach, or near the Cocoa Beach Pier but rather an unbroken expanse of beach from the south side of Port Canaveral to Sebastian Inlet ... 38 miles.

    Cocoa Beach proper is 6 miles south of the port so discussiong Cocoa proper may not even be a good answer to your question.

    2. Certainly the entire reach of "Jersey Shore" does not have year round life guards and we certainly have that situation in the greater 'Cocoa Beach' area. Perhaps worse in that local governments struggle to fund lifeguards year round while at the same time not liking the bad press that resulted from appearing on the 'most dangeous beach' list a few years ago. There are seasonal lifeguards at the more built up areas and a small few areas w/ lifeguards year round, and even then, hours vary.

    The areas around the Cocoa Pier & Minuteman Causway are very popular with the surf crowd and on the weekends get quite busy not in a small part due to the proximity of "watering holes" for libations. Crowds thin considerably as one ventures to either side of these locations. Once south of Cocoa Beach, well they get downright sparse until you get to the Indianlantic area or Melbourne Beach. The beaches near Patrick AFB (open to the public) can often find one family with empty sand for a hundred yards to either side ... easy to watch your own in these conditions!

    One of the most commonly recommended beaches for cruise visitors is Jetty Part, immediately of the south jetty of the port.

    http://www.jettyparkbeachandcampground.com/

    currently this website says:

    The Beach

    If surf and sand are in your plans, visit our 4.5 acres of soft, pristine, sandy beach designated for Jetty Park guests. On the beach you are protected with lifeguards on duty all year round. You won't even have to bother with dragging along those cumbersome chairs and umbrellas. Jetty Park has a vendor located on the beach where everything can be rented including chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, paddle boards, boogie boards, etc. Outdoor showers located on the boardwalks are always a welcome sight after a long day on the beach. Our beaches have state of art beach cleaning equipement to keep them in pristine condition for your enjoyment.
     
  7. luv2sleep

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    Is Jetty Beach Park the only beach that has rentals? Are there chair/umbrella rentals near the pier too? Are there any nice hotels in front of Jetty Beach Park?
     
  8. sunshineNJ

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    Thanks for the info! How far is Jetty Park Beach from the Ron Jon Resort? Thanks so much!:)
     
  9. SunLuvr321

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    The Ron Jon Resort is right next to the entrance to Jetty Park. The park has a great fishing pier that you can walk out on to. We have seen dolphins and sea turtles in the water from the pier.
     
  10. sunshineNJ

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    Thanks for the reply It sounds like Jetty Park would be a better option then Cocoa Beach. It sounds like it's within walking distance of the Ron Jon.:)
     

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