Days Inn Cocoa Beach

Days Inn Lobby Building
Days Inn Lobby Building (click to enlarge)

Introduction to the Days Inn at Cocoa Beach

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Location

The Days Inn is one of 4 hotels within walking distance of the famous Cocoa Beach Pier and beaches. 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, there are 2 more restaurants:

  • 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.
  • Ohana J’s Steak and Seafood – another restaurant well-known for its inconsistency and reviews reflect this. A bit expensive for what you get. Located at the Best Western Hotel.

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. TIP – buy drinks at the first bar, take your receipt and walk to the pier drinks in hand!
  • 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 (click to enlarge)

Port Shuttle – Yes

Included in Park, Shuttle and Cruise packages for all registered room guests. Departure times are 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am on weekends and 10:30am and 11:30am during the work week. Extra persons cost $6 per trip.

Days Inn Port Shuttle
Days Inn Port Shuttle (click to enlarge)
Days Inn Port Shuttle
Days Inn Port Shuttle (click to enlarge)

ON-Site Parking – Yes

Hotel parking included in Park, Shuttle and Cruise packages.

Restaurants and Bars

None onsite except for the usual continental-style breakfast near the lobby. There are several very good restaurants and bars nearby.

The Ale House is a popular sports bar and restaurant behind the lobby. 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!

Just a block to the east is the famous Cocoa Beach Pier with several restaurants/bars and always busy with both locals and visitors! Ohana J’s Steakhouse is fine although not as popular as the others.

For takeout meals, Kim Bo Chinese Is recommended.

Rooms

Rooms are available in 3 buildings.

The rooms with the best views are located on the 2nd floor of the building facing the Cocoa Beach Pier! Those are room numbers 238 – 251.

Cocoa Beach Pier View Rooms
Cocoa Beach Pier View Rooms (click to enlarge)

Pool

A rather simple pool between the 3 buildings.

Days Inn Pool
Days Inn Pool (click to enlarge)
Days Inn Pool
Days Inn Pool (click to enlarge)

 

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cocoa Beach

Holiday Inn Express Cocoa Beach
Holiday Inn Express Cocoa Beach (click to enlarge)

Introduction to the Holiday Inn Express

If you are interested in the Holiday Inn Express, check rates, view our own maps, pictures and videos, enjoy our own unbiased comments and read Tripadvisor reviews.

Location

In Cocoa Beach only 0.3 miles from the famous Cocoa Beach Pier (restaurants, bars and shops) and beach (with beach rentals). Please look at our INTERACTIVE MAP for exact locations of the places mentioned below.

Next door is a Publix grocery store and liquor store as well as several 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.

Across A1A, there are 2 more restaurants:

  • 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.
  • Ohana J’s Steak and Seafood – another restaurant well-known for its inconsistency and reviews reflect this. A bit expensive for what you get. Located at the Best Western Hotel.

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. TIP – buy drinks at the first bar, take your receipt and walk to the pier drinks in hand!
  • 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 near the Holiday Inn (please read our SCAT Bus page).

 

Holiday Inn Express Walk to Beach
Holiday Inn Express – Walk to the Beach (click to enlarge)

Port Shuttles – Yes

Operated by Beach Line Transportation. Departs at 10am and 10:30am.

Holiday Inn Express Shuttle
Holiday Inn Express Shuttle (click to enlarge)

Onsite parking – Yes

Free parking during stay.

Restaurants and Bars

Complimentary breakfast in the breakfast bar with limited seating inside (a few more tables outside).

Holiday Inn Express Breakfast Bar
Holiday Inn Express Breakfast Bar (click to enlarge)

Rooms

4 floors – 60 rooms (including 16 suites)

Two Bedroom VIP Suite – King bed in master bedroom and two queen beds in other bedroom. Living room has a queen sleeper sofa, microwave and fridge. Sleeps 8.

One Bedroom King Suite – King bed in bedroom with privacy door. Living room has a queen sleeper sofa, microwave and fridge. Sleeps 4.

One Bedroom Queen Suite – Two queen beds in bedroom with privacy door. Living room has a queen sleeper sofa, microwave and fridge. Sleeps 5.

Standard Jacuzzi King – King bed with a jacuzzi in room and a queen sleeper sofa, microwave and fridge. Sleeps 2.

Standard King – King bed with a microwave and fridge. Sleeps 2.

Standard Queen – Two Queen beds with a microwave and fridge. Sleeps 2.

Pool Area

The small pool is mostly under cover leaving only a narrow row of pool chairs in the afternoon sun next to a busy road. Your children may be very disappointed!

Holiday Inn Express Pool
Holiday Inn Express Pool (click to enlarge)

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Quality Inn & Suites Port Canaveral Area

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.

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.

Quality Inn Cocoa Beach - Location
Quality Inn Cocoa Beach – Location (click to enlarge)

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 $10 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 $45 per person.

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

 

On-Site 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 cost $16 for the duration of the cruise (including port transfers for 2 guests)

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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Bicycle Rentals at Cruise Port Canaveral

Bicycle Rentals at Port Canaveral – A Shore Trip guide

Whether you are arriving by ship for a day visit to Port Canaveral, or spending a night in the area before or after your cruise, bicycle rental is an excellent way to explore the area.

Several, if not all, the rental companies will deliver bikes to your location (hotels & cruise terminals 1 or 3 in particular) but it is best to arrange this before your cruise.

Bike Rentals
Bike Rentals – fat wheels on Cocoa Beach (click to enlarge)

Here is what you need to know about bicycle rentals!

IMPORTANT – watch our map LIVE while pedaling to establish your position. Just open your phone browser and go to our Bicycle Map 

Island Watercraft Bikes
Island Watercraft Bikes (click to enlarge)

Bicycle Rental Map of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach

These two areas are very bicycle friendly and streets have either designated bike lanes or dual-purpose sidewalks. Locals use mostly the sidewalks for safety reasons and you can do the same – just remember pedestrians have right-of-way!

We cover three loop routes that are very popular with cruisers and visitors as well as a all-encompassing one-way route :

  • Port Canaveral to Cocoa Beach Pier – 16 mile loop. At least 2.5 hours in the saddle. Highlights include the popular hotels near the Port, the Canaveral Lock, Exploration Tower, Cove Restaurant area, Jetty Park with its long pier, local dive bars, the long white beach and the Cocoa Beach Pier
  • Cocoa Beach Pier to Ron Jon Surf Shop – 2.75 miles loop. A short loop for those with time constraints. It can easily be combined with the other two loops if time allows. Highlights include the Cocoa Beach Pier, the Ron Jon Surf Shop, local beach bars, the Banana River (for boat tours) and the Dinosaur Shop
  • The Barmuda Triangle near Coconuts-on-the-Beach – 5.6 miles loop. Highlights include various coffee shops, shops, dive bars and beach bars including the popular Coconuts on the Beach.
  • One-way from Port Canaveral to Coconuts on the Beach – Highlights include all of the above but you can do and see more in less time. Your rental company will deliver your bikes to the Port area and pick them up at Coconuts when you are done.
Rental Bikes - Matt's
Rental Bikes – Matt’s cruising bikes (click to enlarge)

About beach riding. The local beach is seemingly endless and perfect for cycling. However, it is best during low tide when the sand is firm and damp! At high tide you will battle soft sand and this can be exhausting. Fortunately, you can access the beach from almost any beach road! We recommend you try short sections of the beach to see if you are OK with the conditions. If not, return to the paved sidewalks!

Bike Rentals on Cocoa Beach
Cruising bikes on Cocoa Beach (click to enlarge)

The Jetty Park Beach area is great for beach riding. The 1.2 mile stretch of beach between Jetty Park and Cherie Down Park is perhaps the best for beginners. Elsewhere the beach gets steeper and softer and the crowds are larger making the ride somewhat more challenging.

Go here for tide information.

NOTE – We do not provide a comprehensive restaurant list on the map. Most of the bars listed are actually restaurants (Grills for example) but we assume that cruise ship visitors will eat on their ships and not sit down for major meals while on shore trips.  While biking it is often more convenient and faster to eat bar food or order take-outs from fast-food places to eat on the beach or in parks with beach views. We list all the restaurants in a different section of this web site!

 

Bicycle Rental Companies

You will find several white-colored bikes at special rental stations in the area. To rent these, you need to join the national company Zagster by installing an App on your phone and booking online. Hourly rates are $3 with discounts for monthly and annual plans if you travel nation-wide while using the App.

Zagster Bike Rentals
Zagster Bike Rentals (click to enlarge)

The companies mentioned below are well-established with good reviews online. We see their bikes on the streets all the time and you will be in good hands when renting from any of them.

If you plan to spend the day at the beach, you can also rent bikes from several beach rental kiosks such as Island Watercraft. A few local hotels partner with rental companies  and will also have bikes on-site.

On average expect to pay between $10 and $20 per day (meaning from open to close)

Rental Bikes - Ron Jon
Rental Bikes – Ron Jon (click to enlarge)

Most people rent “Beach Cruisers“, allowing them to ride on the beach or street. These have simple (or single) gear systems and wider tires for soft sand riding. Many come with baskets or racks to hold your stuff.

Various kinds of bikes are available from electric bikes to fat wheels and tandems! Just ask when you call!

TIP – The established rental companies have the largest inventory of rental bikes and their rates tend to be the lowest.  Cocoa Beach Rentals, Ron Jon and Matt’s are very competitively priced with A1A Beach Rentals and Cocoa Beach Surf Company slightly more expensive. 

Here is a rate comparison for early 2017:

Company Island Watercraft   CBSC   Ron Jon   Matt’s       A1A Beach Rentals   Trader Rick’s   Cool Breeze
 On The Beach!
Cruising Bike Daily Rates $15.00 $15.00 $10.00 $10.00 $15.00  $25.00 $20.00
Locations Jetty Park  Sheraton  A1A  A1A Ocean Landings Cocoa Beach Pier International Palms
Holiday Inn Club
Lori Wilson Park
La Quinta Oceanfront
Wakulla
Rental Bikes - Trader Rick's
Rental Bikes – Trader Rick’s (click to enlarge)

Safety while Cycling

Despite the popularity of cycling in the area with bike lanes and sidewalks, one still has to be careful for several reasons.

  • Being on the beach, our area gets a steady influx of visitors who are not used to sharing the roads with cyclists. They tend to turn without looking at the sidewalks, bike lanes or even the crossing lights. Pedestrians are not expecting cyclists either and may suddenly step in front of you.
  • Many visitors driving rental cars are from overseas and not used to driving on the “wrong” side of the roads! These drivers are often lost and not aware of pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Drunk driving is a constant problem but fortunately most offenses happen at night.
  • These are also retirement communities and our older drivers have a reputation for doing the unexpected at times!

We feel safer when cycling on the sidewalks while facing the oncoming road traffic. At first this may sound not right but this way we can see the intentions of the vehicles coming towards us as opposed to looking back at every intersection to see if someone is going to turn right (without looking) and hit us in the crossing.

Rental Bikes - CBSC
Rental Bikes – CBSC (click to enlarge)

Most local cruising cyclists do not wear helmets because they pedal at low speed on the sidewalks or on the beach and not in traffic. A helmet is ALWAYS recommended and provided by the rental companies but the ultimate decision is yours.

Our best advice is:

  • Pedal slow
  • During the day, ride facing the oncoming traffic (while on the sidewalks)
  • Expect that you are not seen by motorists, so look around and stay vigilant
  • Be respectful to pedestrians and do not startle them. Gently call out that you will pass them to the left or right.
  • Ride on the sidewalks along the busy A1A and not in the road. Choose either the sidewalks or bike lanes along other streets.
  • Drinking and cycling do not match. While we recommend you visit a few of our favorite bars during your ride, please drink moderately and rehydrate with water and/or sports drinks.
  • Wear a hat, sun glasses and sun protection. Even in winter our area gets hot and humid. Be prepared to sweat and a sweatband is recommended to protect your eyes.
  • Insects can be a problem. Some are the biting kind (mosquitoes and no-see-ums) and you should spray your legs with repellent.  We also have tiny black swarming flies that usually appear after rain spells. These do not bite but riding into a swarm is very annoying. They cover your hair, nostrils, eyes, mouth and clothes. We recommend you bring a bandanna to cover your mouth and nose in case you encounter a swarm.
Rental Bikes - A1A Rentals
Rental Bikes – A1A Rentals (click to enlarge)

Bike Tours

In this section we will cover popular bike tours – marked in green on the MAP (just click on the trail and icons for more information). Each tour is discussed in sections to help you plan your day.

You can combine the individual circuits and tours into custom trips based on your fitness level and available time.

Tour 1 – Port Canaveral to Cocoa Beach Pier Loop – 16 miles at least 2.5 hours in the saddle

Section A – Port Canaveral Cove Loop – 1.3 miles

This tour starts and stops at the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral.  You will spend about 12 minutes in the saddle.

This short section is more about visiting the Exploration Tower than riding but if you have not seen the Cove area at the Port it is great fun to bike near the restaurants you read so much about on cruise forums!

Simply use the sidewalks to make your way over to the Cove just a short distance from the Tower.

Highlights:

  • Exploration Tower with its viewing deck on the 6th floor. Every floor is educational with different themes. Highly recommended.
  • Milliken’s Reef Restaurant with its outside Tiki Bar on the sand.
  • Waterfront park where folks go to watch cruise ships come and go!
  • Commercial and Charter Fishing boats between the restaurants
  • Fishlips Restaurant with its elevated outside bar on the 2nd floor for the best views of the cruise ships sailing by (and cheapest drink prices)
  • Grills Restaurant next to Terminal 1. Most say it serves the best food in the area

Finally, make a right turn next to cruise terminal one and return to the Exploration Tower.

Section B – Port Canaveral Lock Loop – 4.2 miles

This tour starts and stops at the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral. You will spend about 35 minutes in the saddle.

Cycling west, stay on the wide bike path along the fence past National Car Rental until you reach the Draw Bridge. Then ride on the road to the lock and back. Once past the bridge turn left on Scallop Dr and follow it back to the Exploration Tower.

Highlights:

  • Parker Brothers Concept Cars – they build custom vehicles for movies. Nice museum with vehicles you saw in the movies!
  • Rodney Ketchum Park – nice views of the draw bridge, Port and cruise ships at Terminals 8 and 10. In addition to boat-launch ramps this park features covered picnic tables, fish cleaning stations, free parking and fully functional restrooms.
  • Port Canaveral Lock – the water lever difference is not major (3-4 feet) but it is fun to watch the boats tie up and cruise through. Manatees, dolphins and birds are often seen.
  • Cape Marina Boutique – nice selection of nautical souvenirs

Section C – Port Canaveral to Jetty Park (One Way) – 2.6 miles (4.5 miles loop)

This tour starts at the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral. You will spend about 35 minutes in the saddle (one-way).

The route takes you west along George King Blvd on a wide bike path. To save time, you may choose to ride straight to Jetty Park but we enjoy the short detour to Freddie Patrick Park where you can watch the local fishermen launch their boats.

Highlights:

  • Boat launch at Freddie Patrick Park – multiple launch ramps can be entertaining on busy fishing days! It is fun to talk to the fishermen about their catch.
  • Fishing pier at Jetty Park – a scenic 1,200ft long pier that takes you out to the entrance of the Port. It is a great place to watch the cruise ships sail by.
  • Beach at Jetty Park – a wide and very popular beach with a life guard station, beach rentals and a cafe (operated by Fishlips Restaurant).

At this point you have decisions to make!

  • You can return to the Exploration Tower if you are short on time.
  • Do you want to ride south along the beach or do you prefer pavement? It will be 3 miles down to Cocoa Beach Pier if you stay on the beach and 4.6 miles if you ride on pavement. We suggest you take the bike down to the beach and study the wind and tide.

Please note – due to private beach property restrictions you have to ride south for about 1 mile before you can exit the beach and return to the road between Surf Dr and Sailfish Ave. So please be very sure of your abilities before attempting a beach ride!

Section D – Jetty Park to Cherie Down Park (One Way) – 2.8 miles

This tour starts at Jetty Park and ends at the beach at Cherie Down Park. You will spend about 21 minutes in the saddle.

The ride south through Cape Canaveral neighborhoods on nice bike paths gives you a glimpse of a typical Florida beach-side community.

Cherie Down Park is a popular local beach with restrooms. From here the beach riding south gets narrower with softer sand unless low tide. As a result we do suggest you exit here if you were riding down on the beach from Jetty Park.

Section E – Cherie Down Park to Cocoa Beach Pier (One Way) – 1.8 miles

This tour starts at Cherie Down Park and end at Cocoa Beach Pier. You will spend about 17 minutes in the saddle.

Cocoa Beach Pier is the highlight of this bike tour!

Highlights:

Riding south just a block from the ocean on Ridgewood Ave, also known as Ocean Beach Bvld. While condos dominate the beach landscape, you can access the beach at every block!

  • Popular Cocoa Beach hotels come into view before you reach the Pier.
  • The Cocoa Beach Pier – a beautiful fishing pier, a popular beach, several restaurants and bars, water-sports, surfing mecca and shops!

At Cocoa Beach you can ride west to A1A then turn (right) north to return to the Exploration Tower (3.3 miles). Or you can continue south for 1 mile to the Ron Jon area – covered next in Tour 2.

Tour 2 – Cocoa Beach Pier and Ron Jon Loop – 2.75 miles at least 25 minutes in the saddle

This is a very good short ride combining two popular destinations. We suggest you start at the Cocoa Beach Pier and ride south along Ocean Beach Blvd.

Highlights:

  • Sandbar Sports Grill – a local favorite just steps from the beach
  • Shepard Park – the beach of choice for shore trips from cruise lines. You may see many of your fellow cruisers here.  There is a life guard station, beach rentals, water-sports and more!
  • Florida Surf Museum – an insightful look at the history of surfing along the east coast – home of world champion Kelly Slater!
  • Shark Pit Bar – see the 5,600 gallon Shark and Exotic Fish Aquarium with hand fed Sharks and Moray eels!
  • Ron Jon Surf Shop – the famous store with isle upon isle of interesting beach-themed goods!
  • Dinosaur Store – Fossils, minerals, toys, jewelry and clothing!
  • Island Cruise Lines – a really interesting guided cruise on the Banana River to see wildlife such as manatee and dolphin. The tour takes 2 hours.

At this point you can return to the Cocoa Beach Pier via A1A North.

Tour 3 – Barmuda Triangle Loop – 5.6 miles at least 45 minutes in the saddle

This is a nice longer ride for those who want to explore further and really enjoy cycling.

The scenery is not different from the other rides but you will find a wide variety of restaurants, bars and shops near the popular Coconuts On The Beach restaurant.

Coconuts is one of few restaurants right on the beach with unobstructed views of the beach and ocean.

Rental Bikes - International Palms Hotel
Rental Bikes – International Palms Hotel

Ocean Landings Resort

Ocean Landings Resort

Ocean Landings Resort
Ocean Landings Resort – the oceanfront rooms (click to enlarge)

Introduction to Ocean Landings Resort

If you are interested in the Ocean Landings Resort, please read this page to check rates, view our own maps, pictures and videos, enjoy our own unbiased comments and read Tripadvisor reviews.

Oceans Landing Entrance
Ocean Landings Entrance (click to enlarge)

 

Location

At the southern end of Cocoa Beach in a small cluster of hotels (together with International Palms and La Quinta). It is about 6.5 miles from the Port and an uberXL will cost roughly $21 (uberX is about $15).

Ocean Landings Resort Location
Ocean Landings Resort Location (click to enlarge)

Gregory’s is a Cocoa Beach institution and a fine place to eat with a very popular comedy show upstairs (Thu – Sat). You can also walk next door to Mambo’s at International Palms for live music and typical beach cuisine or cross the busy A1A to Siam Orchid for Thai food. Timeout Bar is very popular with locals thanks to very affordable drink prices!

Port Shuttles – Yes, via a 3rd party

You can book Cruise Packages at the Resort via travel agency GoPortCanaveral. Their shuttle departs the Resort between 11:15am and 11:30am on cruise days. Some packages include transportation from Orlando Airport.

Ocean Landings Port Shuttle
Ocean Landings Port Shuttle (click to enlarge)

Onsite Parking – No

Free parking during your stay but not during your cruise. You can book cruise parking via GoPortCanaveral – the parking lot is to the North at the Doubletree Hotel.

Restaurants and Bars

Livie’s Lounge in the main building offers drinks and food. You can also enjoy drinks at the small pool bar.

Rooms

The D and C buildings are oceanfront.

Ocean Landings Resort Map
Ocean Landings Resort Map (click to enlarge)

The Resort offers six types of rooms:

The Caribbean Bldg has One-Bedroom Oceanfront suites that can sleep 4. The top floors 501 to 508 have the best views followed by the 4th floor (401 to 408) and 3rd floor (301 to 308). Rooms 301 to 308 also have ocean views as long as the vegetation in front does not obscure the views! You get a private balcony, two bathrooms, a kitchen with seating counter, a king bed in the bedroom and a queen sleeper couch in the living room.

The Dream Bldg has One-Bedroom Oceanfront suites that can sleep 4 (similar to those in the Caribbean Bldg). Best views are 511 to 520, then 411 to 420 and 311 to 320.

The Dream Bldg also offers ten Two-Bedroom Oceanfront suites that can sleep 6. Best views are 509, 510, 409, 410, 309 and 310. You get a private balcony, two bathrooms, a kitchen with seating counter, a king bed in one bedroom, a queen bed in the second bedroom and a queen sleeper couch in the living room.

The Atlantic Bldg has three Two-Bedroom suites that can sleep 8. 136 is on the ground floor and 236 and 237 are on the top floor. You get a private balcony, two bathrooms, a kitchen with seating counter, a king bed in one bedroom, two queen beds in the second bedroom and a queen sleeper couch in the living room.

Various One-Bedroom suites are scattered across the Resort. These sleep 6.  You get two bathrooms, a kitchen and table,  two queen beds in the bedroom and a queen sleeper couch in the living room.

Various Executive Studio rooms are scattered across the Resort. These sleep 4.  You get a bathroom, coffee maker, microwave and fridge, a small table,  a queen bed and a queen sleeper couch.

Most standard Hotel rooms are in the AA Building but a few are located elsewhere. These sleep 4.  You get a bathroom, coffee maker and fridge, a small table and two queen beds.

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Ocean Landings Beach (click to enlarge)
Ocean Landings AA Building
Ocean Landings AA Building – mostly standard hotel rooms (click to enlarge)

 

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Ocean Landings -Atlantic Building Rooms (click to enlarge)
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Ocean Landings Resort – Dream Building on the left and Caribbean Building on the right

Pool Area

The Resort has two pools with the Terrace Pool slightly larger than the Gangplank Pool. The Terrace Pool is where resort activities are held such as water aerobics. The Gangplank Pool has a small bar area.

Ocean Landings Gangplank Pool
Ocean Landings Gangplank Pool – pool bar in the background (click to enlarge)

 

Ocean Landings Terrace Pool
Ocean Landings Terrace Pool (click to enlarge)

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Guide to the Jungle Adventures Shore Excursion

Jungle Adventures Shore Trip!

A wildlife sanctuary with rare Florida panthers, black bears, gray wolves, white-tailed deer, tropical birds, reptiles and mammals. Take a jungle swamp cruise, be surrounded by alligators, and witness some gator feeding. See how Spanish conquistadors lived in the 16th Century at the replica Spanish fort and go on a live guided exploration of their Native American Indian Village replica.

Here is a short video showing the large alligators at the sanctuary:

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral

Holiday Inn Club-Beach View
Holiday Inn Club-Beach View (click to enlarge)

Introduction to the Holiday Inn Club

If you are interested in the Holiday Inn Club, check rates, view our own maps, pictures and videos, enjoy our own unbiased comments and read Tripadvisor reviews.

Location

One of the closest hotels to Port Canaveral and with the best views of the ships entering and leaving the Port. Within walking distance (1.3 miles) of The Cove Restaurants at the Port and cruise terminal 1, but most guests will take Uber.

Holiday Inn Club Map
Holiday Inn Club Map (click to enlarge)

The hotel has two buildings on its campus – the main building and the beachfront rooms – these are 0.3 miles apart. Luckily there is a hotel trolley to transport guests between the buildings. The oceanfront rooms have easy access to the beach and Jetty Park.

Holiday Inn Club - Shuttle Trolley
Holiday Inn Club – Shuttle Trolley (click to enlarge)

Port Shuttles – No

Uber is suggested. It is a short ride!

On-Site Parking – Yes

Hotel parking included in packages.

Restaurants & Bars – Yes

The Cape Grill serves 3 meals daily. There is a Juice and Java kiosk in the lobby and two bars – inside the Cape Grill and the outside tiki bar next to the pool area.

Holiday Inn Club-Tiki Bar
Holiday Inn Club-Tiki Bar (click to enlarge)

Rooms and Interior

Your rooms will either be in the main building or the oceanfront building.

One bedroom villas – fully equipped kitchen, a dining table and separate living area with a pullout sofa sleeper, washer/dryer, free Wi-Fi, a furnished patio/balcony, two queen beds in the bedroom. Up to 6 people.

Two bedroom villas – fully equipped kitchen, a dining table and separate living area with a pullout sofa sleeper, washer/dryer, free Wi-Fi, a furnished patio/balcony, two queen beds in bedroom 1 and a king bed in bedroom 2. Two bathrooms. Up to 8 people.

Two bedroom villas (oceanfront) – fully equipped kitchen, a dining table and separate living area with a pullout sofa sleeper, washer/dryer, free Wi-Fi, a furnished patio/balcony, two queen beds in bedroom 1 and a king bed in bedroom 2. Two bathrooms. Up to 8 people.

Studio Rooms offer kitchenettes with a mini fridge, microwave and small sink. Either a queen or a king bed with a pull-out sofa. Up to 4 people.

If you want to look over the pool to keep an eye on your kids, choose rooms 1507A (south-end) thru 1523A (north-end). 1523A and nearby rooms overlook the tiki bar but you can also see the pools.

How about Cruise Ship views?

From the north-facing and oceanfront rooms you have the best views of all the hotels of the ships leaving and entering Port Canaveral.

Holiday Inn Club - Jetty Park Beach View
Holiday Inn Club – Jetty Park Beach View (click to enlarge)

Oceanfront rooms 2501, 2502, 2503, 2504, 2505, 2506, 2507 and especially 2508 offer the best ocean views from the top (5th) floor. In the same building, rooms 2509, 2510, 2511 and 2512 face north towards Jetty Park and the ship channel for the closest ship views.

In the main building, top floor rooms 1529B (west edge), 1529A, 1528A, 1528B, 1527, 1526, 1525B, 1525A, 1524A, 1524B face north towards Jetty Park and the ship channel for the closest ship views.

Pool Area

The pool is large and inviting with slides, lazy river floats and a splash area – by far the best pool in the area for children!

Holiday Inn Club Pool
Holiday Inn Club Pool (click to enlarge)
Holiday Inn Club Pool
Holiday Inn Club Pool (click to enlarge)

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Radisson Resort Port Canaveral

Radisson Resort
Radisson Resort (click to enlarge)

Introduction to the Radisson Resort

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Location

One of the closest hotels to Port Canaveral and with limited views of the ships.

Five very good restaurants are within 0.5 miles from the hotel or next door – safe and easy walking. Preacher Bar is an interesting concept – classy yet eccentric with a different kind of menu! Kelsey’s serves popular Italian food. Zachary’s is Greek with a home-style menu. Thai Thai (you have to cross busy A1A) has the best Thai food in the area. Zarrella’s Pizza offers both Brick Oven and Wood Fire pizza as well as other Italian food. There are also McDonalds (MD), Burger King (BK) and Subway (SW) nearby. The Florida Beer Company is THE brewery in the area with tours and a wide selection of beer on tap. Racetrac sells affordable gas/diesel as well as wine, beer and fast food.

You can also rent a car from Hertz next door or take the local bus ($1.50) down to Cocoa Beach Pier and beyond – wait at the SCAT stop.

The mini golf is the cheapest of the three courses in the area but not the most exciting!

Cape Canaveral Hotels
Cape Canaveral Hotels (click to enlarge)

Port Shuttles – Yes

Airport transfers are available if booked via the hotel – operated by Cocoa Beach Shuttle.

Cocoa Beach Shuttle at MCO
Cocoa Beach Shuttle at MCO

Being the busiest, this hotel offers the most frequent transfers to/from the cruise terminals, operated by Cocoa Beach Express (of the same ownership) and starting at 10:30am.

Packages are available for up to 2 people. Extra persons pay $6 per one-way shuttle.

Radisson Port Shuttle
Radisson Resort – Port Shuttle (click to enlarge)

ON-Site Parking – Yes

Hotel parking included in Park, Shuttle and Cruise packages or $6 per day for other guests. Parking is available on the far south side of the hotel away from the rooms. There are some fences and gates but outsiders can still access your vehicle. Fortunately the area has no history of vehicle vandalism.

Radisson Parking
Radisson Resort Parking (click to enlarge)

Restaurants & Bars – Yes

There is the Flamingo’s Restaurant, the inside Flamingo’s Lounge Bar and an outside tiki bar (also serving food).

Flamingo's Bar at Radisson Resort
Flamingo’s Bar at Radisson Resort (click to enlarge)

 

Radisson Tiki Bar
Radisson Resort Tiki Bar (click to enlarge)

 

Radisson Resort Entrance
Radisson Resort Entrance (click to enlarge)

 

Radisson Resort Front View
Radisson Resort Outside View (click to enlarge)

Rooms and Interior

Being an older resort, there are many room types and choosing the best one for your family is not the easiest thing.

ONE-BEDROOM SUITE – with 2 queen beds in the bedroom and a microwave, fridge in the living room. Can sleep 6 with a two rollaway beds ($10 each).

ONE-BEDROOM SUITE SOAKER TUB – with 2 queen beds in the bedroom, a microwave and fridge in the living room and a soaker tub. Can sleep 6 with a two rollaway beds ($10 each).

PETITE GUEST ROOM – with 1 queen bed, microwave, fridge. Can sleep only 2. No rollaways allowed.

STANDARD ROOM – two double beds or one king bed

How about Cruise Ship views?

You have very limited views of the terminals 1, 8 and 10 from the top floors of the north-facing rooms. You will just see the very tops of the ships in the distance.

Pool Area

The pool is large and inviting and very exciting for children with waterfalls and bridges and interesting rock formations! It is the 2nd-best best hotel pool in the area thanks to the popular tiki bar on the side!

 

Radisson Pool
Radisson Resort Pool (click to enlarge)

 

Radisson Resort Pool
Radisson Resort Pool (click to enlarge)

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Residence Inn Cape Canaveral

Residence Inn Cape Canaveral
Residence Inn Cape Canaveral (click to enlarge)

Introduction to the Residence Inn

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Location

One of the closest hotels to Port Canaveral and with limited views of the ships. Within walking distance (0.9 miles) of The Cove Restaurants at the Port and cruise terminal 1, but walking after dark is discouraged. Perfectly safe during the day and wheel-chair/stroller friendly. Some cruisers walk to the Port in the late afternoon then take a taxi back. The path is marked in green below.

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Walk To Port (click to enlarge)

Five very good restaurants are about 0.5 miles from the hotel – safe and easy walking. Preacher Bar is an interesting concept – classy yet eccentric with a different kind of menu! Kelsey’s serves popular Italian food. Zachary’s is Greek with a home-style menu. Thai Thai (you have to cross busy A1A) has the best Thai food in the area. Zarrella’s Pizza offers both Brick Oven and Wood Fire pizza as well as other Italian food. There are also McDonalds (MD), Burger King (BK) and Subway (SW) nearby. The Florida Beer Company is THE brewery in the area with tours and a wide selection of beer on tap. Racetrac sells affordable gas/diesel as well as wine, beer and fast food.

You can also rent a car from Hertz next door or take the local bus ($1.50) down to Cocoa Beach Pier and beyond – wait at the SCAT stop.

The mini golf is the cheapest of the three courses in the area but not the most exciting!

Cape Canaveral Hotels
Cape Canaveral Hotels (click to enlarge)

Port Shuttles – Yes

Hotel offers shared shuttles to/from the cruise port terminals at 10:30am. This is included for up to the number of persons (max 4) booked on a Park & Cruise Package. The current shuttle partner is Park’NCruise as shown in the picture below.

Airport transportation is not offered – guests can contact Smart-Two for quotes.

Residence Inn Port Shuttle
Residence Inn Port Shuttle (click to enlarge)

ON-Site Parking – Yes

Hotel parking included in Park & Cruise packages otherwise is $6 per night (you must buy a package in order to park during your cruise).

Cruise parking is at the back of the property away from the rooms. There are no fences or gates, meaning people can walk in off the street to access your vehicle but the area has no history of vehicle vandalism.

Cruise Parking Residence Inn
Cruise Parking Residence Inn (click to enlarge)

Restaurants & Bars – Yes, but…

There is a breakfast area (see images below).

The small outside patio bar offers basic drinks. Ask the bartender for takeout menus from nearby restaurants.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays the hotel offers a Residence Inn Mix with free wine and beer.

Breakfast Area - Residence Inn
Breakfast Area – Residence Inn (click to enlarge)

Rooms and Interior

While not the most exciting hotel, the Residence Inn is popular with families because of its room configurations! All rooms offer a fridge, microwave and coffee maker.

The Two-bedroom Suite rooms (max 6 people) are particularly nice because you get a living area separating two bedrooms each with a king bed as well as 2 bathrooms. The living room has a sofa bed. You can add one rollaway bed for $15 extra per night. There is a TV in each of the 3 rooms.

You can also opt for a One-Bedroom Suite (max 6 people) – a king or two queens in the bedroom and a pull-out queen sofa in the living room. You can add one rollaway bed for $15 extra per night. There is a TV in each of the 2 rooms.

Studio Rooms (max 4 people) feature a king bed and a sofa bed. You can add one rollaway bed for $15 extra per night.

How about Cruise Ship views?

You have very limited views of terminal 1 from the top floors of the front of the building.

Pool Area

The pool is large and inviting but designed for adults and not for children -no waterfalls or slides, etc. Lack of privacy because the pool is surrounded by rooms.

Residence Inn Pool Area
Residence Inn Pool Area (click to enlarge)

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Homewood Suites Cape Canaveral

Homewood Suites Cape Canaveral

Homewood Suites Cape Canaverall
Homewood Suites – Cape Canaveral (click to enlarge)

Introduction to the Homewood Suites

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Location

One of the closest hotels to Port Canaveral. Within walking distance (0.9 miles) of The Cove Restaurants at the Port but walking after dark is discouraged. See green paved trail on map below.

Homewood Suites Walk to Port
Homewood Suites Walk to Port (click to enlarge)

Five very good restaurants are about 0.5 miles from the hotel – safe and easy walking but be careful when crossing A1A. Preacher Bar is an interesting concept – classy yet eccentric with a different kind of menu! Kelsey’s serves popular Italian food. Zachary’s is Greek with a home-style menu. Thai Thai has the best Thai food in the area. Zarrella’s Pizza offers both Brick Oven and Wood Fire pizza as well as other Italian food. There are also McDonalds (MD), Burger King (BK) and Subway (SW) nearby. The Florida Beer Company is THE brewery in the area with tours and a wide selection of beer on tap. Racetrac sells affordable gas/diesel as well as wine, beer and fast food.

You can also rent a car from Hertz or take the local bus ($1.50) down to Cocoa Beach Pier and beyond – wait at the SCAT stop.

The mini golf is the cheapest of the three courses in the area but not the most exciting!

Cape Canaveral Hotels
Cape Canaveral Hotels (click to enlarge)

Port Shuttles – Yes

Included in Park, Stay and Go packages for up to 2 persons. Additional shuttle vouchers cost $10 roundtrip ($5 each way) per person. Departures at 9:45am, 10:30am and 11:15am but flexible to accommodate guest needs.

Homewood Suites Shuttle to Port Canaveral
Homewood Suites Shuttle to Port Canaveral (click to enlarge)

Onsite parking – Yes

Hotel parking included in Park, Stay and Go packages for up to 7 nights. Otherwise $6 a night.

 

Homewood Suites Parking Lot
Homewood Suites Parking Lot (click to enlarge)

Restaurants and Bars

Complimentary evening (Mon thru Thu) social from 5:30pm to 7:30pm with drinks and snack food. A small and somewhat uninteresting bar at the pool is open during busy times.

Rooms

The Studio Suites and One-bedroom Suites can sleep up to 6 (2 on the queen pull-out sofa, 2 on the queen bed and 2 on the queen bed).

Cruise ship views from the higher floors (6th is best), odd-numbered rooms face the pool and Port area.

Homewood Suites Cape Canaveral
Homewood Suites Cape Canaveral – pool and bar area (click to enlarge)

 

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Homewood Suites Cape Canaveral – cruise ship views (click to enlarge)

 

Homewood Suites Cape Canaveral
Homewood Suites Cape Canaveral Cruise Ship Views (click to enlarge)

 

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Homewood Studio Suite – Cape Canaveral – sleeps 6 (click to enlarge)

 

Homewood Suites Cape Canaveral
Homewood Suites Cape Canaveral (click to enlarge)

 

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Homewood Suites Cape Canaveral – pick odd-numbered rooms for cruise ship/pool views. (click to enlarge)

Pool Area

The large pool is attractive with a sloped entry much like a beach! The small tiki bar is a bit disappointing and just a pool area drink station at best.

 

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