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Florida's Cocoa Beach and the Great Space Coast

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Florida's Cocoa Beach and the Great Space Coast


Maybe I shouldn't announce it in bold all caps because I'd like to keep this beautiful Atlantic Coast tons to myself.  Cocoa Beach is a beautiful mix of old Florida beach town, super friendly people and plenty of dining and entertainment options in town or very close by. 

One of the great things Cocoa Beach is known for besides its soft cocoa colored sand is its proximity to locations that played a huge part in the United State's space exploration efforts. 

Cocoa Beach played an important part in the early days of NASA when, in 1961, tourists came the country over to witness the launch of Astronaut Alan B. Shepard making him the first American in space, from Cape Kennedy atop the Freedom 7 rocket. In 1962, the Cocoa Beach Pier was built to help accommodate the spectators who flocked to the area to see John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth.  His rocket, the Friendship 7, was launched from nearby Cape Canaveral. 

In 1965, an episode of television's sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie" was filmed in Cocoa  Beach.  In the show astronaut Captain Tony Nelson (played by Larry Hagman) and his aptly named genie, Jeannie, live in Cocoa Beach near his office at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Signs of homage to the television show can be found at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach. 



In July 1969 Apollo 11 sent three Americans astronauts to the Moon. 

In the 1980's, NASA's Space Shuttle program helped solidify the area as the Space Coast.  People and companies from the area helped catapult the United States to the top of the space race with their talent and ingenuity. 

Today, the area lives up to its moniker with the advancements made in rocket technology by SpaceX.  SpaceX rockets and spacecraft mark the next generation of space travel.  Its reusable Falcon rockets and Dragon spacecraft have changed the way NASA and private companies launch people and satellites into space.  Cocoa Beach is a favorite destination spot for locals and tourist who want to witness history in making with each launch.  

Its an exciting time to visit Cocoa Beach to take in some of its history and to be a part of a new era in space exploration. Plan your next visit to Florida by staying in Cocoa Beach and visiting the historic Kennedy Space Center.   You can plan your trip around the next scheduled rocket launch date found here. 

For more information on visiting the Space Coast please click here.

“You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great - and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.”

~Elon Musk