The lovely little town of Cocoa, Florida sits on the Indian River and draws in countless tourists each year. Less than an hour from Orlando, Cocoa has always been a popular stop for cruise ships, where throngs of visitors disembark and stroll about the historic downtown Cocoa to sightsee, shop, and enjoy one of the many incredible culinary experiences the town has to offer.
Due to the nearby Cape Canaveral, where many space shuttles have been launched, the entire region has been dubbed the “Space Coast”, and Cocoa is one if its many attractions. Before the space industry came to town, the sleepy coastal village existed as an agricultural community and, despite its elevation, became one of Florida’s greatest vacation destinations. Cocoa has definitely retained its small-town charm.
When you rent an RV in Cocoa, the entire east coast of Florida is your proverbial oyster. With Interstate 95 running through town, Miami and many other coastal cities are easy to get to in your Cocoa motorhome rental. The Florida East Coast Railway runs through town connecting Miami and Orlando, while the Space Coast Area Transit operates a bus system, so Cocoa has you covered when it comes to both long and short distance transportation.
Natural Beauty of Florida
Florida has come to be known as the Sunshine State, and it is easy to see why when you arrive. The weather is wonderful and, consequently, Floridians and tourists alike choose to spend most of their time outdoors. Florida also benefits from having hundreds of conservation areas, state parks, national parks, national forests, and legendary sandy beaches. While Cocoa doesn’t have a whole lot of nature to behold in its immediate vicinity, the area surrounding it is chock-full of outdoor experiences. Across the river from Cocoa, Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary is a spectacular place to hike around and observe coastal creatures in their natural habitat. You might even spot a manatee in the saltwater inlets of the sanctuary.
Pine Island Conservation Area is another exciting opportunity to interact with local wildlife and learn a thing or two. The 1,000-acre park has lots of trails that bring visitors through strange looking mangrove forests, swamps, and marshes, while others choose to navigate and explore using a canoe.
A couple hours north, near Daytona Beach, Ocala National Forest is a sprawling collection of habitats spanning over 600 square miles. Ocala lies between the Ocklawaha and St. Johns Rivers and is home to pine forests, scrub land, prairies, small deserts, and remnants of natural forest fires. Ocala has several campgrounds for you and your Cocoa camper rental to park and stay, and you can see many different animals, including black bears, so keep your food secured!
No trip to Florida would be complete without a trip to one of the states two incredible national parks. Everglades National Park is the largest tropical wilderness in the entire United States, and protects over 1.5 million acres of land. Everglades is home to countless wildlife species, and you can see crocodiles, alligators, and even Florida’s own state animal, the panther. In addition to its accommodating campgrounds, the park is great for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, and fishing.
Biscayne National Park is unique because most of the park is underwater and protects a great number of coral reefs that are vital to the local ecosystem. Biscayne is just a short drive south from Miami in your Cocoa RV rental and is a can’t-miss opportunity for avid scuba divers and snorkelers. No matter where you choose to go, there are so many neat places to see when you book an RV rental in Cocoa with the hopes of exploring the Sunshine State.
Cocoa is absolutely teeming with history and culture, making it a hot destination for many. The historic Cocoa Village is a main attraction for people from all over. You can stroll down the tree-lined streets and shop at one of many boutique stores or perhaps view some photographs or paintings at one of the galleries. You can dine at any of the abundant gourmet restaurants, and then head to one of the town’s many impressive sites. Live music is also quite popular, so don’t miss out on the vibrant nightlife!
The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse is nicknamed “the Broadway on Brevard” and gives residents and visitors a chance to see famous plays for affordable prices while supporting the local arts scene. The theater that houses the playhouse is a work of art itself and was once called the Aladdin Theater. The Aladdin Theater opened in 1924 and was formerly a silent movie theater.
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science is a great place to study up on history, culture, and science. The museum has a planetarium, a 22-acre nature park, fossils from the Ice Age, and parts of the original Hubble Space Telescope. Kennedy Space Center is close by and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so don’t miss out when venturing around the area in the Cocoa rental motorhome. This amazing center is the pride of NASA and has a museum honoring the technicians, engineers, and astronauts that strived to make the space program the envy of the world. You can even purchase tickets to see rockets take off into orbit, a jaw-dropping sight to behold, to say the least.
Where to Park It
RV rentals in Cocoa, Florida are exceptionally easy to come by, and it will come as no surprise that finding a place to stay overnight in your Cocoa camper rental is too. Sonrise Palms RV Park is located within the town of Cocoa, and has many amenities, a pool, cabanas to escape the hot sun, and ample space for fishing.
J.O.Y. RV Park is practically next door, and has many spacious full hookup sites, as well as a heated pool and air-conditioned clubhouse where you can mingle with other visitors. Carver’s Cove RV Park is on the outermost stretches of land near the Atlantic Ocean and has a wonderful fishing pier on the Banana River.
Jetty Park Campground is a cozy place to spend the night and is so close to Kennedy Space Center that you can see launches up close from the comfort of your Cocoa luxury motorhome rental.