FREE Cruise Parking at Port Canaveral

La Quinta Beach Shuttle

In this article I explain how you can park for FREE during your cruise from Port Canaveral!

With ship-side parking at the cruise terminals costing $17 per day (including the days of arrival and departure), many folks are looking for budget-friendly parking near the Port. In another article I talk about the CHEAPEST off-site parking near Port Canaveral (Read Here), but FREE parking is even better!

Can I just park in the streets near Port Canaveral?

I know some cruisers try to avoid paying for parking by leaving their vehicles in the parking area near the restaurants close to Terminal 1, but this is a bad idea! The police and port security look for unoccupied vehicles and you will be ticketed! Please forget about trying to avoid the inevitable!

OK, IS FREE parking really available?

Yes!

Several Cocoa Beach offer FREE parking when you book a Snooze and Cruise package!

I know what you’re thinking – the parking is not really free; the hotel simply charges more for the room to recover the parking costs! Actually – not true!

When you price the room and compare the regular rates versus the package rate, you may notice a very small difference in price ($20-$40 or thereabouts). The difference is the cost of the two-way transfers from the hotel to the cruise terminal and back (normally for 2 people).

What is the average cost of transfers to and from Port Canaveral?

On average, shared hotel transfers cost between $5 and $10 per person each way. That’s not too bad for 1 or 2 people. For 3 or more people it makes sense to look at Uber or Lyft.

Transfer costs are shown in this table:

Port Canaveral - Park - Snooze - Cruise Packages
Port Canaveral – Park – Snooze – Cruise Packages

OK, where’s the catch?

No catch, but there are several things to consider.

  • If you plan to drive in on the morning of your cruise then my FREE parking suggestion is not an option. When arriving from far away, consider spending the night before your cruise in Cocoa Beach instead of towns along your route!
  • You must use the shared hotel shuttles meaning you have fixed departure times and the transfer is NOT PRIVATE! The shuttle van may stop at a few terminals before your drop off.
  • Some homework is required! You have to calculate and compare the cost of the Park, Snooze and Cruise packages versus the regular room rates. Then subtract the cost of the two-way transfers to see if your parking is FREE!
  • Pick your hotel carefully! Only the hotels listed currently offer FREE parking and some dates may be unavailable.
  • Hotel parking is not as secure as parking at the Port or at gated off-site parking lots.

The hotels with FREE cruise parking (at the time of this writing!)

Brevard County Brewery Tours

Brevard County Brewery Tours

Updated – December 2019

Craft beers are all the rage and the industry enjoys a strong following and seemingly unlimited growth. With cell phone apps such as Untappd, craft beer lovers from around the world share information about their favorite brews and breweries, leading to trips of discovery to find that special beer!

In late 2019 there are 11 breweries within an hour drive of Port Canaveral and beer enthusiasts will not be disappointed by the efforts to brew quality and imaginative beer. The breweries are shown by yellow icons on the map below.

For easy navigation, please open our Interactive Google Shore Trip Map in a browser on your phone.

In this article we discuss the breweries and possible itineraries to help you plan a tour.

The Breweries are:

Please note: The beers on tap change frequently at these smaller breweries and even the same beer tastes different when freshly brewed versus a few weeks old. For this reason we are not going to comment on the quality of the beer produced. It is best to use your favorite APP when researching the breweries. There are hundreds if not thousands of reviews for each beer in APPS such Untappd! 

Florida Beer Company

Closest brewery to Port Canaveral. Easily reachable from the Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach hotels when using the SCAT Bus. Please visit our SCAT Bus page for directions.

Florida Beer Company Entrance
Florida Beer Company Entrance (click to enlarge)

Our Impressions:

It is a large brewery and the tasting room can handle any size crowd. In fact, it is so big it feels almost impersonal – a bit like a food court in a mall!

Nevertheless, there is a small play area for kids near the restrooms, many TVs up against the ceiling, several seating tables, large glass windows to watch the brewing operation and a large round bar with a massive round mural in the middle.

We tend to favor more intimate tap rooms but at least you can almost always get parking and a seat at the bar! While we are not going to review their beers, we have to admit the flavored ciders are excellent!

They do not serve food but you can ask the bartenders for takeout menus from different local restaurants who deliver.

Most importantly, however, they always have a great variety of beers on tap therefor this brewery is a must for every craft beer enthusiast.

Florida Beer Company
Florida Beer Company Tasting Room (click to enlarge)

Florida Beer Company Bar
Florida Beer Company Bar (click to enlarge)

Florida Beer Company Brewing (click to enlarge)
Florida Beer Company Brewing (click to enlarge)

Florida Beer Company - Devils Triangle Beer
Florida Beer Company – Devils Triangle Beer (click to enlarge)

Cocoa Beach Brewing Company

Near the popular Coconuts Restaurant in an area called the Barmuda, this brewery is in a great but challenging location. There is limited parking in front and a few more in the back but on busy beach days it will be hard to find parking nearby.

Cocoa Beach Brewing Company Entrance
Cocoa Beach Brewing Company Entrance (click to enlarge)

Our Impressions:

Regulars tell us this once was a great brewery with very good beer even when the selection was small. Our visits, however, continue to disappoint despite our best efforts to remain positive.

First off, it is a tiny place with only four seats at the small counter. There is a couch and larger table nearby but the owner decided to use the tasting area as a storage facility leaving the area cramped and in disarray. Outside seating is available but it does not look clean. Do NOT bring small children inside because they may get hurt when stuff gets knocked over.

Worst, however, is the beer selection. One expect more than one beer on tap even at small breweries but the single choice here is simply not enough to attract repeat visitors.

Food is not served but we do not recommend eating here anyway.

If you have plenty of time and just happens to be in the neighborhood, then give it a try. Otherwise, do not bother with including this brewery in your tour.

Cocoa Beach Brewing Company Bar
Cocoa Beach Brewing Company Bar (click to enlarge)

Cocoa Beach Brewing Company Seating
Cocoa Beach Brewing Company Seating or Storage? (click to enlarge)

Cocoa Beach Brewing Company Outside
Cocoa Beach Brewing Company Outside (click to enlarge)

Bugnutty Brewing Company

In Cocoa Village towards Rte 1. Shares a building with the very popular REC 225 Bar and Grill, so make sure you enter the correct establishment! Park and enter on the west side of the building.

Bugnutty Entrance
Bugnutty Entrance

Our Impressions:

To be perfectly honest our first impression when walking in was a strange smell! Maybe from the brewery itself because it is not separated from the bar? Or from over-fried food? Nevertheless we sat down at the large bar and looked over the menu.

Unfortunately several beers with lower IBUs were unavailable but we liked the Pineapple Tiki Beer! We also enjoyed the games on offer.

The tasting room is nothing special and looks like a typical 50s diner with black and bright red decor but thankfully without the checkered floor! There is a fair amount of seating at the bar and tables and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Come as you are and enjoy your beer! You can even bring your well-behaved dog!

Being so close to Cocoa Village, parking can be an issue. It is a friendly fun place but we prefer the beer selection and smaller and more intimate design of Dirty Oar Brewery next door.

Bugnutty Tasting Room
Bugnutty Tasting Room

Bugnutty Beer
Bugnutty Beer

Dirty Oar Beer Company

We immediately liked the place just from viewing the the (south) entrance – it is an outside patio with clever lighting!

Once inside, we also liked the intimate feel of the tasting room with a long bar on the left and several family-style bench tables to the right.

Dirty Oar Beer Company Entrance
Dirty Oar Beer Company Entrance

Dirty Oar Beer Company Tasting Room
Dirty Oar Beer Company Tasting Room

Dirty Oar Beer Company Tasting Room
Dirty Oar Beer Company Tasting Room

Our Impressions:

They had a great selection of beer! We started with the Hefeweizen and Hey Buddy Golden Ale! Both were really good! Unfortunately the IBU rating is not shown on the menu but you may see the rating on the wall for most of the beers.

Being so close to Cocoa Village, parking can be an issue. It is a friendly fun place with a great beer selection and an intimate setting. Recommended!

Dirty Oar Beer Company Menu
Dirty Oar Beer Company Menu

Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company

Way south, Historic Melbourne is a fun place to visit especially when coming from the coast where so many establishments and buildings are typical beach style.  The area reminds us of small-town America where the downtown areas have been revitalized to showcase local history and cultures.

It is here where Hell ‘n Blazes established themselves in a 120 year-old building!

Hell N Blazes Entrance
Hell N Blazes Entrance (click to enlarge)

Our Impressions:

For some reason we just love old buildings hosting modern businesses! To us it means the owners put a lot of thought into creating the right atmosphere for their craft and Hell ‘n Blazes did not disappoint!

The very large and very contemporary bar fills almost half the room and could’ve easily overshadowed the rest of the space yet the shiny wooden floor, the structures along the ceiling and the color schemes on the walls make the interior very inviting. Plenty of table seating near the bar and a game room for kids at the back of the building.

We settled in quickly when the bartender handed us two small bags of Pretzels and proceeded to explain the choices on the large tap menu. First round was the Causeway IPA and Huggins Hefeweizen. Both beers went down smooth and we immediately decided this Brewery is a keeper!

They also offer a nice selection of white and red wine for those times when your partner is not keen on beer!

Parking seems to be in the streets nearby but no worries there’s plenty! Do not plan a craft beer tour without a visit to Hell ‘n Blazes. Also make time to explore Historic Melbourne when in the area!

Hell 'n Blazes Tap Room
Hell ‘n Blazes Tap Room (click to enlarge)

Hell 'n Blazes Beer Tasting
Hell ‘n Blazes Beer Tasting (click to enlarge)

Hell 'n Blazes Game Room
Hell ‘n Blazes Game Room (click to enlarge)

Intracoastal Brewing Company

So during our brewery tours we get to talk to folks. Many folks. We ask them about their favorites local breweries.

One popular brewery is Intracoastal Company – the kind of place where fans drive many miles to visit because they love the vibe and the beers! We had to see for ourselves.

Intracoastal Brewing Entrance
Intracoastal Brewing Company Entrance

Intracoastal Brewing Company Front
Intracoastal Brewing Company Front

Our Impressions:

Sometimes things just work out. You cannot pinpoint the exact reason or analyze the cause but you know it when you experience it!

Intracoastal is such a place in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. The warm colors, the simplicity of the wooden bench seats next to the bar, the sounds of people talking, the good beer, the size which is just about right – not too small and not too big. It reminded us of the first time we walked into a Starbucks (a very nice Starbucks).

We dove right into a Boss Hefe and a What Gose Around. Sour, tart and lemon with a bit of spice. A fine Gose. The Boss earned its lederhosen with a fine Bavarian wheat taste.

And so it went! People strolled in, sat down and smiled. Yeah, they felt it too!

Parking is limited on the side so look nearby. Then walk up and savor the atmosphere inside! A must stop on any craft beer tour!

Intracoastal Brewing Tap Room
Intracoastal Brewing Company Tap Room (click to enlarge)

Intracoastal Brewing Company Beers
Intracoastal Brewing Company Beers (click to enlarge)

Intracoastal Brewing Company - On Tap
Intracoastal Brewing Company – On Tap (click to enlarge)

Charlie & Jake’s Brewery Grille

At some point during a brewery tour one has to eat, preferably while drinking a homebrew! Then look no further than Charlie & Jake’s!

Charlie and Jakes Entrance
Charlie and Jakes Entrance (click to enlarge)

Charlie and Jake's Entrance
Charlie and Jake’s Entrance (click to enlarge)

Our Impressions:

Good BBQ is not easy to find around the Space Coast and BBQ lovers are always searching for the next pit king! Charlie and Jake’s may not top most lists but there is nothing wrong with their grub!

Located in a strip mall just north of the Pineda Causeway in Suntree (Melbourne), CJ’s is an easy drove from the Port Canaveral area.

As you walk up, the outside/inside bar and patio is a striking feature but frankly you will feel a bit of an outcast at the outside bar – inside is where the action is!  Inside you choose between restaurant or bar seating. The decor is modern yet welcoming with dark and earth colors.

We opted for the bar – but quickly changed to a different part of the bar no thanks to the freezing air-conditioners above! That aside we got served promptly.

There were 6 home brews on tap and those happened to be malts and ales except for the Wickham Wheat which was light and tasty. Overall the beer is good but perhaps not as imaginative as the other breweries – but then again our focus were more on the food and we loved the BBQ!

The atmosphere in Charlie & Jake’s is certainly more restaurant than brewery and the beer selection is limited but they are doing a fine job with balancing the two. 

Charlie and Jakes Restaurant
Charlie and Jake’s Restaurant (click to enlarge)

Charlie and Jake's Bar
Charlie and Jake’s Bar (click to enlarge)

Lost Shirt Brewing Company

This one has that startup look and feel. Owned by two guys who are following their dream and working very hard to achieve success.

Lost Shirt Entrance
Lost Shirt Entrance

Our Impressions:

It is a bit of a drive out to West Melbourne and the location is in an industrial part of town. Only true beer enthusiasts will venture this far out of the way but once you arrive it is a special feeling to be served beer by one of the owner/brewers.

We did not expect much in terms of decor and setting and the truth be the told, the interior is bright white, bland and very short on ambiance. A visit here is all about the beer and a chat with the guys – and this makes it special. You are enjoying young beer brewed with care and the love, anticipation and excitement of its owners and thus you play a small part in the early stages of their journey!

We sat at the small bar and were served promptly with two packets of pretzels! It was both surprising and impressive to see 8 different beers on tap from such a young brewery! We went for the beers on the lower end of the IBU scale – Bad Apple, Beach Break Ale and Decisions Ale – and were impressed with the flavors. Really solid.

It is always a good idea to support up-and-comers and we suggest you add Lost Shirt to your tour plans. Most probably you also get to chat with the owners! 

Lost Shirt Tasting
Lost Shirt Tasting (click to enlarge)

Lost Shirt Tap Room
Lost Shirt Tap Room (click to enlarge)

Playalinda Brewing Company – two locations

We like to the leave the best for last so let’s end with the two locations from Playalinda Brewing Company, starting with Brix and finally their Hardware building!

The Brix Project

The second location just north of the NASA Causeway south of Titusville where most if not all of their beers are currently brewed. It is an expanding operation with a distillery planned for later in 2017!

Playalinda Brix Entrance
Playalinda Brix Entrance (click to enlarge)

Our Impressions:

So what do we like best? The beer, the food or the live music? Heck, we just love it all!

The modern traditional decor is what strikes one first as you walk in. It’s the details that impress; look for the “Playalinda Brix Project” logo carved into the backs of the wooden stools, or the flight paddles neatly stacked upright behind the bar. Do you spot the clever invitation to “Shoot It, Share It, Hashtag It”?

It’s cozy and noisy yet modern and cool all at once.

The beer menu is long and varied. You can choose home brews or guest taps. Our first round was the hoppish Pleasure Chest and yummy Key Lime Slice (served with a cool whip rim)! Whoa! Both topnotch!

Then there are the Bites! They call it artisan food and trust us – they’re not presenting alternate facts! We did not eat on our last visit but can tell you the Sunday brunches are a special treat! How about a flight of flavored Mimosas and really good breakfast food!

If you have time for only one top brewery on your tour, then Brix would be the one. Plain and simple.

Playalinda Brix Tap Room
Playalinda Brix Tap Room (click to enlarge)

Playalinda Brix Brunch
Playalinda Brix Brunch

Playalinda Brix Patio
Playalinda Brix Patio (click to enlarge)

Playalinda Brix Bar
Playalinda Brix Bar (click to enlarge)

Hardware

The original building where it all began in downtown Titusville. If you can, start or end your brewery tour right there!

Playalinda Hardware Entrance
Playalinda Hardware Entrance (click to enlarge)

Our Impressions:

Somehow the combination of a 100-year old hardware store and a modern brewery is the perfect match! Well, at least in this case when the owners made a genuine authentic effort to preserve the features necessary to maintain the historic character while still providing a safe and comfortable tasting environment.

Granted, it appears the newer Brix Project building may get more attention because of the live music events and such, but tasting beer in the Hardware is unmatched in the area.

The historic decor highlighted by the original wooden hardware cabinet behind the bar is impressive. But look closer and you will notice the “Playalinda Hardware” logo carved into the backs of the wooden stools! Sometimes details matter!

The beer menu is long and varied. You can choose home brews or guest taps. Our first round was the crispy Bottomless Blonde and yummy Key Lime Slice (served with a cool whip rim)! Excellent stuff!

Then there are the Bites! You can easily come for a tasting and stay to eat – no need to dine elsewhere because the sandwiches and platters are sumptuous!

The rejuvenated space program is giving Titusville new life and hopefully its Downtown area will continue to draw upstarts and visitors.

Yes, yes and yes. A must in any brewery tour itinerary. Enough said.

Playalinda Hardware Tap Room
Playalinda Hardware Tap Room (click to enlarge)

Playalinda Hardware Eats
Playalinda Hardware Eats (click to enlarge)

Playalinda Hardware Tap Room
Playalinda Hardware Tap Room (click to enlarge)

Playalinda Hardware Tasting
Playalinda Hardware Tasting (click to enlarge)

Parking at Port Canaveral for Cruise – Royal Caribbean

Port Canaveral Parking

Here are your options for Parking at Port Canaveral for your Royal Caribbean Cruise!

  • Park at the Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal
  • Park at an off-site lot near Port Canaveral and use their shuttle
  • Park at your hotel
  • Do not drive and park – book a one-way rental car

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Sailing from Port Canaveral

  • Mariner of the Seas
  • Harmony of the Seas

Park at the Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal at Port Canaveral

Royal Caribbean cruise ships normally dock at cruise terminal B-1, located on the South side of the Port.

Port Canaveral Terminals
Port Canaveral Terminals – Royal Caribbean is at Terminal B-1
Port Canaveral Terminal B-1
Royal Caribbean at Port Canaveral Terminal B-1

Here are some notes to help you navigate Terminal B-1.

  • You enter and exit the terminal on ground level. No outside ramps.
  • The parking garage is NOT connected to the cruise terminal. It is a very short walk (covered) from the garage.
  • When you enter the garage to park, you pay at the machines (attendants available).
Terminal 1-parking plan
Royal Caribbean – Port Canaveral Terminal B-1-parking plan

You drive up and into the garage drop off area and drop your luggage in front of the entrance (you hand your luggage to handlers). Then you drive out and back into the garage – this time to the first level where you pay at the entrance (attendants are available to assist you). You continue to drive higher until you find a place to park.

You then take the stairs or elevator down to the terminal entrance (where you dropped your luggage) and enter the main building where you clear security, etc.

In the meantime, the luggage handlers will have placed your luggage onto the conveyor from where it travels to the ship via x-ray security.

Parking Rates 

Parking is $17.00 per day (Vehicles & RVs), including day of arrival and day of departure. 

Cruise Duration                 
3 day cruise (3 nights/4 days)                  $ 68 USD
4 day cruise (4 nights/5 days)                  $ 85 USD
7 day cruise (7 nights/8 days)                  $136 USD

*Rates are subject to change without notice. Contact the Canaveral Port Authority at 321-783-7831 for the latest information.

Acceptable Payment Methods

American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards

Disabled Parking

DISABLED PARKING spaces are available, and the fee is waived for vehicles transporting certain persons who have disabilities and ONE of these:

  • Have special equipment, such as ramps, lifts, foot or hand controls for use by a disabled person 
  • Display a Florida Toll Exemption Permit as explained in s. 316.1964, Florida Statutes
  • Display a Florida Disabled Veteran (DV) license plate issued under s. 320.084; s. 320.0842; or s. 320.0845, Florida Statutes.

Parking agents will not grant parking waivers for any other reason than the ones listed above. 

Directions to Royal Caribbean at Terminal B-1

Please read our Orientation Page with clear Google Maps.

Park at an Off-Site Lot near Port Canaveral and use their Shuttle

To save money when parking during your Royal Caribbean cruise, there are seven off-site parking lots to choose from.

Imagine paying as little as $40 for a 7 night cruise versus $136!

Here is a comparison of the off-site parking lots. Note the rate comparison for a 7 night Royal Caribbean Cruise:

Off-site Cruise Parking Port Canaveral
Off-site Cruise Parking near Port Canaveral for Royal Caribbean Cruises (Click to Enlarge)

For more information please read Parking at Port Canaveral.

Park at your hotel

Most hotels in Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach offer Park & Cruise packages (port shuttles included) for Royal Caribbean cruises.

Please read our Hotel Section for more information.

Do not drive and park – book a one-way rental car

Depending on where you are driving from, it may cost less to simply rent a car then drop it before cruising! At the end of your cruise, you book another one-way vehicle back home!

Here are the car rental agencies near Port Canaveral with FREE shuttles to/from the Royal Caribbean cruise terminal.

Car Rentals Port Canaveral
Car Rentals Agencies near Port Canaveral with FREE shuttles to Royal Caribbean (Click to Enlarge)

For more information, please read Car Rental at Port Canaveral.

Cheapest Cruise Parking – Port Canaveral – 2020

Cheapest Parking Near Port Canaveral

Cheapest Cruise Parking near Port Canaveral in 2020

Are you looking for the cheapest cruise parking near Port Canaveral in 2020?

Consider a 7-night cruise for two people

The very convenient ship-side parking garages at Port Canaveral will cost you $17 x 8 days = $136.

Fortunately you can save money by parking off-site or even at your hotel if the Snooze and Cruise Package is any good!

Unfortunately, the savings are often not that great because some off-site lots are not cheap. Expect to pay between $90 and $95 at the most popular lots. You can read more on our dedicated page for Port Canaveral Parking.

Are there cheaper parking options?

Yes! But where to park depends on the number of people in your party.

With two people you pay only $40 at GoPort

What is the catch?

None when only 2 people! You park in their lot, lock your car, hop on their shuttle and arrive at your ship!

Sure, if you are driving north from the Port then you will be going the wrong way for 6 miles (since the lot is on A1A in Cocoa Beach) but this is just a minor inconvenience.

When more than 2 people you have to compare costs more carefully because you pay per person and not per car at this lot.

Where is this lot?

Under 6 miles from Port Canaveral and less than 15 minutes by shuttle.

Please find the location on our Port Canaveral Map.

Do I keep my car keys?

Yes

Is the parking secure?

The lot is not fenced but there are security cameras from the nearby hotel

How often does the shuttle run to the Port and Back?

You pick one of 3 departure times from the lot during booking. The return shuttles will be waiting when you disembark and run until all passengers have retrieved their vehicles.

Beachline-GoPortCanaveral-Park
Beachline-GoPort-Park

Do I need to Book or can I just Show Up?

The lot is not large and does fill up so we recommend you book online as early as you can and pick a shuttle time.

We have 6 guests in one car. Will I pay more?

Yes, it will cost $65. You pay for the number of people and not the number of days. You may want to look at other options on our page – Port Canaveral Parking.

Off-site Cruise Parking Port Canaveral
Off-site Cruise Parking Port Canaveral

Cocoa Beach Suites

Cocoa Beach Suites

Introduction to Cocoa Beach Suites

Cocoa Beach Suites is a 48-room hotel in Cocoa Beach two blocks from the ocean known for its large 2-room suite rooms yet affordable rates.




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Location

As you can see in the aerial photo below, the Cocoa Beach Suites (highlighted in green) is located a short distance from the ocean (it is not an ocean-front property).

The area is very safe to walk and the closest best restaurant is Brano’s across the street. The Suites share a block with Taco Bell, Long John Silvers and a Waffle House.

If you want to walk about 5 blocks to the north (passing Brano’s on your left) you will find more restaurants, shopping, mini-golf and the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop.

Cocoa Beach Suites Location
Cocoa Beach Suites Location (click to enlarge)

Port Shuttle – Yes

Included in cruise packages. Departure time is 11:30am for those without vehicles.  Extra persons are $6 per one-way trip.

The hotel also offer transportation from and to Orlando airport (average about $50 for 2 persons one-way)

Onsite Parking – No, but nearby in a parking garage

Hotel parking included in Cruise Packages but you park your vehicle in the parking garage of the Sheraton Four Points (4 blocks north) and use their shuttle to the port (10:15am, 11:15am and 12:15pm).

Rooms

There are 48 suites – 12 per floor on 4 floors. Six suites face east with distant ocean views from floors 5 or 4 because the lower east-facing rooms look into an apartment building! 6 suites face west overlooking fast-food restaurants and the setting sun.

All the suites offer two rooms with a mini-fridge, microwave and coffee maker. You can choose one of three suite layouts:

Standard Queen Suite – One Queen Bed and one Queen Sleeping Sofa. Sleeps 4. These are accessible suites.

Standard King Suite – One King Bed and one Queen Sleeping Sofa. Sleeps 4.

Standard Family Suite – One King Bed and two Double Beds. Sleeps 6.

Cocoa Beach Suites - East (limited ocean views) Rooms
Cocoa Beach Suites – East (limited ocean views) Rooms

Cocoa Beach Suites - West-facing Rooms
Cocoa Beach Suites – West-facing Rooms behind Taco Bell and Long John Silver

Pool

The hotel does not have pool but guests can use the pools at two different hotels – Four Points By Sheraton and Radisson Resort. The Radisson pool is by far the best!

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Quality Inn & Suites Port Canaveral Area

Quality Inn Cocoa Beach

Quality Inn & Suites
Quality Inn & Suites

Introduction to the Quality Inn & Suites

The Quality Inn is located off busy A1A just a block or two from the beach in a popular area of Cocoa Beach. It is an older motel-style hotel but very popular with cruisers.




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Location

The Quality Inn & Suites is off A1A in Cocoa Beach about 5.5 miles from the cruise terminals. The location is in a very popular area of Cocoa Beach within everything nearby – restaurants, bars, grocery stores, shops and the beach just a block to the east. You can easily walk to all the places of interest to you.

Ron Jon Hotel Cluster Map
Ron Jon Hotel Cluster Map

Ron Jon Surf Shop is the biggest attraction nearby but folks also love the various beachwear shops, minigolf across the street and Sandbar Sports Grill about 4 blocks north for great food and music. Brano’s is the most consistently best restaurant nearby!

Please look at our real-time map to see what is nearby – http://cruiseportcanaveral.us/maps/

Port Shuttle – Yes

Please book the shuttle during check-in but to ensure you get on the earliest departure for the cruise terminals, call ahead soon after booking. The departure times differ depending on bookings and ships but can be as early as 9am for the largest ships such as Oasis of the Seas.

The Park and Cruise Package include 2 people per shuttle to the Port. Extra persons are $8 per trip.

After your cruise you have to wait for the first available shuttle. The hotel currently uses Beach Line Transportation for shuttle services.

Airport transfers for 2 people are also available if you book a Fly, Snooze and Cruise Package. Extra persons are $20 per person.

Comfort Inn & Suites-Cocoa Beach Shuttle
Comfort Inn & Suites – Port Shuttle (click to enlarge)

On-Site Cruise Parking – Yes.

The hotel parking is behind the hotel in two areas as shown in the pictures below. As you can see there are no gates; anyone can walk up to your vehicle from the street. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle where it can be seen by passers by!

When we last checked, parking costs are FREE for the duration of the cruise (you pay for round-trip transfers).

Comfort Inn-Parking
Quality Inn – The main long-term parking lot on St Lucie Lane (click to enlarge)

Comfort Inn & Suites-Cocoa Beach
Quality Inn & Suites – Long-term cruise Parking is behind the sign in the photo above (when the St Lucie lot is full) – click to enlarge

Restaurants and Bars

No restaurant but the usual hot breakfast is served near the reception area.

The Lagoon Lounge serves all your favorite drinks and offer karaoke and trivia nights. We especially like the fresh popcorn!

Rooms

With 170 rooms and suites it is a large hotel with facilities covering two blocks near the beach.

2-Room Suites

These are available with Courtyard or Ocean views (the ocean views are restricted due to an apartment complex between the hotel and the beach). 4 – 6 persons.

  1. Bedroom has either One King Bed or Two Queen Beds.
  2. Living Room has a Double Sleeping Sofa and flat-screen TV, a mini-refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker, toaster, wet bar, microwave and dishes.

The 2-Room Courtyard Suites are either ground floor (has a patio) or 2nd floor (has a balcony)

The 2-Room Ocean View Suites are in a high-rise with balconies. Top floor is the 6th Floor and the best views will be from this floor.

Comfort Inn-Ocean View 2 Room Suites
Comfort Inn – Ocean View 2 Room Suites (click to enlarge)

Comfort Inn-Courtyard 2 Room Suites
Quality Inn-Courtyard 2 Room Suites (click to enlarge)

Standard Rooms

The 40 standard rooms have Two Double Beds and are on the ground floor on the north side of the pool. These come in two configurations:

  • Standard
  • Deluxe – Includes a kitchenette with a burner stove and utensils.

Comfort Inn - The 2 Room Courtyard Suites are on the left and Standard Rooms on the right (click to enlarge)
Quality Inn – The 2 Room Courtyard Suites are on the left and Standard Rooms on the right (click to enlarge)

Pool Area

The pool and playground are located in the courtyard and both are very popular with the kids!

Comfort Inn - Pool
Quality Inn – Pool (click to enlarge)

Comfort Inn - Playground
Quality Inn – Playground (click to enlarge)

Comfort Inn-Pool
Quality Inn – Pool  Area (click to enlarge)

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Four Points By Sheraton Cocoa Beach

Four Points by Sheraton

Introduction to Four Points by Sheraton

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Sheraton - Parking Garage and Hotel
Sheraton – Parking Garage and Hotel

Sheraton - Reception
Sheraton – Reception (click to enlarge)

Location

The Four Points Sheraton is off A1A in Cocoa Beach about 5.3 miles from the cruise terminals. The location is in a very popular area of Cocoa Beach within everything nearby – restaurants, bars, grocery stores, shops and the beach just a block to the east. You can easily walk to all the places of interest to you.

Ron Jon Surf Shop is the biggest attraction nearby but folks also love the various beachwear shops, minigolf across the street and Sandbar Sports Grill about 4 blocks north for great food and music. Brano’s is the perhaps the most consistently best restaurant nearby but there are plenty of other excellent choices including the Shark Pit Grill inside the hotel!

Ron Jon Hotel Cluster Map
Ron Jon Hotel Cluster Map

Please look at our real-time map to see what is nearby – http://cruiseportcanaveral.us/maps/

Port Shuttle – Yes

Included in Park and Cruise Packages for up to 4 persons. Departure times are 10:15am, 11:15am and 12:15pm.

You can also book a Fly, Ride and Stay Package to include a shuttle from/to Orlando Airport.

Sheraton - Shuttle Van
Sheraton – Shuttle Van (click to enlarge)

Onsite Cruise Parking – Yes

Hotel parking included in Park and Cruise packages in a covered parking garage. Regular guests pay $6 per night for parking.

Sheraton - Parking Garage
Sheraton – Parking Garage (click to enlarge)

Restaurants and Bars

With so many restaurants and bars nearby, it is perhaps surprising to know that the Shark Pit Bar & Grill on the ground floor is quite popular even with locals! The main attraction is an actual shark tank where you can watch them getting fed on Saturdays!

Sheraton - Shark Pit Bar and Grill
Sheraton – Shark Pit Bar and Grill (click to enlarge)

Sheraton - Shark Pit Bar and Grill
Sheraton – Shark Pit Bar and Grill (click to enlarge)

Sheraton - Shark Tank
Sheraton – Shark Tank

Sheraton - Shark Pit Bar and Grill
Sheraton – Shark Pit Bar and Grill (click to enlarge)

Sheraton - Starbucks
Sheraton – Starbucks (click to enlarge)

Rooms

A unique feature of the Sheraton is that many rooms face inwards – overlooking the surf shop and restaurant areas! This means many rooms do not get natural light – much like the inside cabins on a cruise ship! This is not for everyone so please ask for outside rooms if you want.

The outside rooms do not have balconies and the views are of the hotel across the street.

For inside view rooms – choose odd numbers (e.g. 405). For outside view rooms – choose even numbers (e.g. 406).

The 5th floor is the top floor with room 500 closest to the parking garage and rooms 515 or 518 closest to A1A.

All rooms have a microwave and fridge. There are two types of rooms:

  • Traditional Guest Rooms – Two Queen Beds. Sleeps 4 or One King Bed. Sleeps 2
  • Junior Suite Rooms – A separate lounge with a partial privacy wall. Two Queen Beds and a Queen Sofa Bed. These rooms are slightly larger and have inside views. Sleeps 6

Sheraton - Shark Tank With Overlooking Rooms
Sheraton – Shark Tank With Overlooking Rooms (click to enlarge)

Sheraton - Room Views
Sheraton – Rooms Overlooking the Shops and Restaurant (click to enlarge)

Sheraton - Rooms with Windows
Sheraton – Rooms with Windows

Sheraton - View from Rooms with Windows
Sheraton – View from Rooms with Windows (click to enlarge)

Pool

It needs to be said – the Sheraton pool is the least attractive and most uninteresting of all the hotels in the area! It is basically a part of the parking garage so you may want to swim in the ocean a few blocks away!

Sheraton - Pool
Sheraton – Pool (click to enlarge)

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Fawlty Towers Motel

Fawlty Towers Cocoa Beach

Introduction to Fawlty Towers Motel

Fawlty Towers Motel is a budget hotel in Cocoa Beach.

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La Quinta Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

La Quinta Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

La Quinta Beachfront Hotel
La Quinta Beachfront Hotel (click to enlarge)

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La Quinta Inn Cocoa Beach Oceanfront is one of the best beach-side hotels in the area and it overlooks the famous Cocoa Beach Pier.  If you are interested in the La Quinta Inn Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, check rates, view our own maps, pictures and videos, enjoy our own unbiased comments and read Tripadvisor reviews.




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Location

A beach-front property located in the Northern Cocoa Beach area only 4.5 miles from the cruise terminals. The location is wonderful within walking distance of the famous Cocoa Beach Pier, several restaurants, bars, grocery stores and liquor stores.

Please look at our INTERACTIVE MAP for exact locations of the places mentioned below.

Across A1A is a Publix grocery store and liquor store as well as several very good restaurants.  Do check with the front desk if they have discount vouchers for any of the nearby restaurants or shops:

  • Coasters Taphouse – very popular sports bar with excellent food and many beers, wine and liquor on tap and bottled
  • Kim Bo Chinese – the best Chinese food around. Mostly takeouts but friendly and clean
  • Flavors of India – with authentic Indian cuisine – very good food!
  • El Buzo – good Peruvian food in a plain unpretentious setting
  • Salsas Mexican – there are many Mexican restaurant in the area and this one has nice décor with a comfortable bar. Good food and affordable drinks.

Near A1A:

  • Cocoa Beach Ale House – the bar is fine with a good selection of drinks but the restaurant is hit or miss. Despite the traffic the outside seating area is nice on a pleasant day.

At Cocoa Beach Pier you have a choice of several eateries. Let’s be honest, the area is touristy and the food is typical of touristy areas along the Florida coast but the setting is worth the extra costs for sometimes average food! Watching local surfers play in the waves below while you sip a cocktail is priceless! Nothing will put your mind in cruise mood faster than that!

Pier Points To Ponder:

  • There is a$2 charge (free when you have a drink receipt) to walk out on the pier beyond the restaurants. When paying you get a $2 discount token to be used when ordering drinks at the tiki bar!
  • You can rent beach chairs, toys and umbrellas from 3 places around the pier. The stall on the north side (in front of La Quinta) is the cheapest!
  • You can rent bikes from Trader Ricks but there are cheaper places that deliver to your hotel (please read our bike rental page)
  • The pier has 3 small shops for beach wear and beach-related items. For a larger selection, you can visit Beachwave just south of the Holiday Inn on A1A
  • If you have a vehicle it is best to park at the hotel and walk or pay $10 -$20 per day until 4pm (cost varies)

If you want to travel to other parts of Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, Uber is available and recommended. You can also use the local SCAT bus with stops nearby (please read our SCAT Bus page).

Cocoa Beach Pier Hotels
Cocoa Beach Pier Hotels

Port Shuttle – Yes

Included in Park, Shuttle and Cruise packages for all registered room guests. $7 per person each way. Departure times are 10:30am and 12 noon. They currently use Beach Line Transportation for shuttle services.

La Quinta Beach Shuttle
La Quinta Beach Shuttle (click to enlarge)

Onsite Cruise Parking – Yes

Free parking for guests during their stay. Cruise parking at the hotel is included in Park, Shuttle and Cruise packages.

Restaurants and Bars

None onsite except for the usual Bright Side Breakfast, but there are several other choices within a block or two.

The Ale House is a popular sports bar and restaurant. Across the street near Publix is Coasters Taphouse – one of the most popular restaurant/bars in Cocoa Beach with great food and many beers and wine on tap! A few doors down is Flavors of India with authentic Indian cuisine – very good food! For takeout meals, Kim Bo Chinese is recommended.

Right next door to the south of the hotel is the famous Cocoa Beach Pier with several restaurants/bars and always busy with both locals and visitors!

Rooms

Most of the 78 rooms have ocean views but the direct oceanfront executive rooms are special not only because of the views but because the balconies are private. The rooms overlooking the pool have side views of the ocean but their balconies are not really private as you can see in the photos below (the design allow your neighbors to see you on your balcony).

You can generally choose between 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed with a Twin Sofa Bed. The cheapest rooms have the poorest views!

In the photo below, room 607 is an open floor-plan ocean-facing room on the top floor. It has a bedroom on the left in the picture with a King Bed and on the right is the living room with a Queen Sofa Bed and a Twin Sofa Bed.

Room 501 is the ocean-facing room on the far right in the photo below and 508 is the one on the left. The 4th (401 to 408) and 3rd floor (301 to 308) rooms also have great views. All these are called Executive Rooms and you can choose between a King Bed with a Twin Sofa Bed, or Two Queen Beds.

Note the rooms on floor 1 and floor 2 look into the dunes.

La Quinta Beachfront Oceanview Rooms
La Quinta Beachfront Oceanview Rooms (click to enlarge)

In the photo below of the rooms overlooking the pool (most have ocean views too), please look at the two top floors (5 and 6):

  • There are two Balcony Suite rooms – one on floor 6 and one on floor 5
  • The suite rooms to the right (with the 4 smaller windows) has a separate lounge (with a Queen Sofa Bed and a Twin Sofa Bed) and Twin Queen Beds in the bedroom.
  • It has two doors and is numbered (609A and 609 on the top floor) or (509A and 509 on the floor below)

In summary, the rooms in this section are (right to left):

  • 609A/609, 610, 611, 612, 613, 614, 615 and 616 (on the left corner)
  • 509A/509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515 and 516
  • 409-416. There is a small strange 408A room (no balcony) across from room 408!
  • 309-316
  • 209-216

You can see the ocean views are gone when you are on floors 3 and 2.

La Quinta Beachfront - Pool rooms
La Quinta Beachfront – Pool rooms (click to enlarge)

La Quinta Beachfront - Views from 6th floor
La Quinta Beachfront – Pool Room views from 6th floor room 609 (click to enlarge)

Every room has a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker.

Pool

The pool is not big and certainly not private but right next to the beach and it is actually quite attractive with a pool bar on the side!

La Quinta Beachfront Pool
La Quinta Beachfront Pool (click to enlarge)

La Quinta Beachfront Pool
La Quinta Beachfront Pool – note the pool bar with bar stools

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