Port Canaveral Questions

In this post we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions and internet searches about Cruising from Port Canaveral!

Port Canaveral Airport

Port Canaveral near airport?

Which is the Port Canaveral Airport?

Where is Port Canaveral Orlando Airport?

Most cruisers fly to Orlando International Airport (MCO) just under an hour by car from Port Canaveral.

There are often cheaper flights to Melbourne International Airport or  Orlando Sanford International Airport.  Both are about an hour’s drive.

Port Canaveral Location

Where is Port Canaveral?

Is Port Canaveral in Florida?

Is Port Canaveral in Orlando Fl?

What is the Port Canaveral address?

Is Port Canaveral in Orlando?

Where is Port Canaveral Orlando?

Port Canaveral Florida is about an hour’s drive east or Orlando! It is in a different town called Cape Canaveral.

There is no such thing as Port Canaveral Orlando or Port Canaveral Orlando Fl!

If you need directions, simply find Grills Restaurant Cape Canaveral on your GPS or map and proceed in that direction!  Port Canaveral Grills is right next to Terminal 1.

When you get close to the Port, you will notice various road signs directing you to your cruise terminal. At this point you can stop the GPS navigation and just follow the signs.

Port Canaveral Car Rental

Car rental at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal?

Port Canaveral car rental companies?

Where is the Port Canaveral car rental drop off?

Port Canaveral Fl car rental?

Car rental in Port Canaveral cruise terminal?

Car rental near Port Canaveral Fl?

There are no car rental agencies inside or at the cruise terminals. You have to take a free shuttle van to/from the rental agencies.

All the major car rental agencies have offices within 6 miles of the cruise terminals. For detailed information, please visit: Car Rental at Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral Parking

Port Canaveral cruise parking?

Port Canaveral parking?

Port Canaveral parking Carnival?

Port Canaveral parking coupons?

Port Canaveral parking fees?

Port Canaveral parking for Carnival cruise?

Port Canaveral parking for Disney cruise?

Port Canaveral parking for Royal Caribbean?

Parking near Port Canaveral?

Port Canaveral parking Radisson?

You have many wonderful options for parking at Port Canaveral! Shipside, off-site and nearby hotels!

For information about the parking garages at each cruise terminal, please read: Port Canaveral Cruise Terminals

For information about the off-site parking options and hotels, please read: Port Canaveral Parking

Port Canaveral hotels

Port Canaveral hotels?

Port Canaveral hotels near cruise terminal?

You have many hotels to choose from with some just minutes from the cruise terminals.

Please read: Port Canaveral Hotels

 

 

Wakulla Suites A Westgate Resort

Introduction To Wakulla Suites A Westgate Resort

Wakulla Suites is off A1A in Cocoa Beach but stretches to the beach. It is currently undergoing upgrade construction and we recommend you call to check before booking. Is the pool completely open? Is it safe for kids? Are there construction noise? What time do they start each morning? And so on.

Calling the hotel a “Resort” may just be a bit of a stretch but we will check in with them after the renovations are completed. At close to $300 per room per night (on average with taxes) it is one of the more expensive places to stay in the area.

The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to the Cocoa Beach Pier (also a Westgate property).

Port Shuttle – No

Contact local transport companies or Uber/Lyft.

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La Quinta Inn Cocoa Beach

Introduction to La Quinta Cocoa Beach

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

La Quinta Corporation

Location

Please know there are two La Quinta hotels in the area. This is the La Quinta Inn Cocoa Beach. The other one is Oceanfront and much further north.

The Lori Wilson Park area (location of this hotel) is the furthest south from the cruise terminals and home to three hotels. The La Quinta Inn is not beachfront but the ocean is just a short distance away.

La Quinta Cocoa Beach Location
La Quinta Cocoa Beach Location (click to enlarge)

The area is somewhat isolated but you have two eateries on the hotel premises. Siam Orchid is a very good Thai restaurant and Time Out Sports Bar is popular with locals thanks to good prices and a lively atmosphere. Just a block away Gregory’s is a stylish restaurant with solid food reviews and recommended if you want a date night! Mambo’s is a typical local beach bar (unfortunately with limited ocean views) and a good option on a lovely Florida afternoon or evening.

Denny’s is next door!

Port Shuttle – Yes

Included in Snooze and Cruise packages for all registered room guests. Departure time is 9:30am but it depends on bookings.  Extra persons are $7 per one-way trip. Current shuttle service is Road Runner.

La Quinta Hotel Shuttle Bus
La Quinta Hotel Shuttle Bus

Onsite Parking – Yes

Hotel parking included in Snooze and Cruise packages. Parking is currently on the property but may change to an adjacent lot in the future.

Restaurants and Bars

Yes! The Time Out Sports Bar on the 2nd Floor is one of the areas most popular hangouts with excellent drink specials and great food!

Bright Side Breakfast as per most La Quinta’s.

La Quinta on A1A - Time Out Sports Bar
La Quinta – Time Out Sports Bar (click to enlarge)

Rooms

The hotel is U-Shaped with the pool in the middle.

Pool Area

La Quinta has a good-size pool in front of the property.

La Quinta Pool
La Quinta Pool (click to enlarge)

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La Quinta Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

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

Introduction to La Quinta Inn Oceanfront

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.

La Quinta Corporation

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, 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

Port Shuttle – Yes

Included in Park, Shuttle and Cruise packages for all registered room guests. Departure times are 10:30am and 11:30am. They currently use Beach Line Transportation for shuttle services.

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

 

Onsite 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! Ohana J’s Steakhouse is fine although not as popular as the others.

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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BEST WESTERN Cocoa Beach Hotel & Suites

Best Western Ocean View
Best Western – The Beachside Tower is on the left (click to enlarge)

Introduction to the Best Western Cocoa Beach

The Best Western Cocoa Beach is a very popular campus-style hotel with 6 buildings near the famous Cocoa Beach Pier. If you are interested in the Best Western, check rates, view our own maps, pictures and videos, enjoy our own unbiased comments and read Tripadvisor reviews.

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, 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).

Cocoa Beach Pier Hotels
Cocoa Beach Pier Hotels

Port Shuttle – Yes

Included in Stay and Cruise packages for up to two guests. Departure times are 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am on weekends and 10:30am and 11:30am during the work week.

Best Western Port Shuttle
Best Western Port Shuttle (click to enlarge)

Onsite Parking – Yes

Hotel parking included in Stay and Cruise packages.

Restaurants and Bars

The hotel serves hot breakfast in the breakfast area of the Family Suites Building. This is standard for these kind of hotels.

The small Veranda Bar next to the Garden Pool is seasonal and weather permitting.

Complimentary evening social on Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm in the breakfast area beer, wine and snack food.

Note – while Ohana J’s Steakhouse & Grill is next to the hotel lobby, there are several other choices within a block or two. These are shown on our map.

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!

Just a block to the east is the famous Cocoa Beach Pier with several restaurants/bars and always busy with both locals and visitors!

For takeout meals, Kim Bo Chinese Is recommended.

Rooms

The hotel has a campus setting with rooms located in 5 buildings. You can see the buildings on our map below.

Best Western Layout
Best Western Layout (click to enlarge)

The Tower Building (FLOORS 3-8 = 6 FLOORS) is the most desirable with beautiful ocean views:

  • Choose the upper floors 8, 7, 6 or 5 for the best views.
  • Choose between 42 oceanfront (direct ocean views) or 18 ocean view rooms (these are on the side of the building facing south and southwest).
  • The middle 5 rooms on each floor have either One King Bed (sleeps 2) or Two Queen Beds (sleeps 4).
  • The outer two rooms on each floor are called junior suites and offer Two Queen Beds and a Double Sleeper Sofa (sleeps 6 in total).
  • Every room has a small fridge and microwave.

    Beach Western Tower Block
    Beach Western Tower Block (click to enlarge)

The Family Suites Building (FLOORS 2-5 = 4 FLOORS) is perfect for families. The fitness room and breakfast room are located on Floor 1:

Floor 2 is just above the pool. Floor 5 is the highest.

Each suite has TWO ROOMS (bedroom with door and a lounge) with a kitchenette (full fridge, sink and microwave).

Each suite offers One King Bed and a Double Sleeper Sofa in the lounge (sleeps 4 in total) or Two Queen Beds and a Double Sleeper Sofa in the lounge (sleeps 6 in total).

Best Western Family Suites
Best Western Family Suites (click to enlarge)

The three Garden Room Buildings (FLOORS 1 and 2) have many rooms on TWO FLOORS.

  • Some rooms face the streets and others face the courtyard or pool.
  • Choose Building C if you want to be closer to the beach, or Building B if you want to be closer to the breakfast room
  • Each room offers One King Bed (sleeps 2), Two Queen Beds (sleeps 4) or Two Double Beds (sleeps 4).
  • Ask about a FREE crib.
  • A few rooms have kitchenettes (full fridge, sink and microwave).
Best Western Garden Building C
Best Western Garden Building C in the foreground and Tower in the back (click to enlarge)
Best Western Garden Buildings B and A
Best Western Garden Buildings B and A are visible in the middle (click to enlarge)

If you have a family of 5, do ask about a rollaway bed (extra costs) to add one to a 4-person room.

Pool Area

Two pools are available. The Garden Pool is more private (best for adults) and with the Veranda Bar mentioned above. The Family Suites Building has its own pool with the east-facing rooms looking down on it.

Best Western Garden Pool
Best Western Garden Pool (click to enlarge)

 

Best Western Suites Pool
Best Western Family Suites Pool (click to enlarge)

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Days Inn Cocoa Beach

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

Introduction to the Days Inn at Cocoa Beach

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

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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Ocean Landings Resort

Ocean Landings Resort

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

Introduction to Ocean Landings Resort

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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.

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

 

Ocean Landings -Atlantic Building Rooms
Ocean Landings -Atlantic Building Rooms (click to enlarge)
Ocean Landings Resort
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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International Palms Oceanfront Resort Cocoa Beach

International Palms Resort - View from the beach
International Palms Resort – View from the beach (click to enlarge)

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Location

The International Palms Resort is an oceanfront property at the southern end of Cocoa Beach meaning it is about 7 miles from the cruise terminals.

International Palms Location
International Palms Location (click to enlarge)

The area is somewhat isolated but you have three eateries on the hotel premises – Mambo’s Beachside Bar & Grill serving typical beach fare with a Caribbean flare, Stefan & Aniston’s Sports Bar & Grill for weekend drinks and light dining and the Breakfast Spot (open until 11am).

Across the busy A1A, Siam Orchid is a very good Thai restaurant and Time Out Sports Bar is popular with locals thanks to good prices and a lively atmosphere. Just a block away to the south, Gregory’s is a stylish restaurant with solid food reviews and recommended if you want a date night!

Port Shuttle – Yes

Included in Snooze and Cruise packages for all registered room guests. Departure time is 10:45am.  Extra persons are $10 per one-way trip.

Onsite Parking – Yes

Hotel parking included in Snooze and Cruise packages. Otherwise $5 per night plus tax.

Restaurants and Bars

Three eateries on the hotel premises:

  • Mambo’s Beachside Bar & Grill serving typical beach fare with a Caribbean flare. It is popular during Happy Hour and when they have live music on weekends.
  • Stefan & Aniston’s Sports Bar & Grill for weekend drinks and light dining
  • Breakfast Spot (open until 11am).

Rooms

With 502 rooms it is a large resort with many kinds of rooms always in various stages of renovations – no wonder the online reviews are all over the place!

TIP – Always ask about a sofa bed (when there is a king bed) and/or roll away bed if you need to add an additional person.

Layout of Rooms
Layout of Rooms – beach is to the right (click to enlarge)

Surf Side Suites (FLOOR 3) have the best views and are located just steps from the beach. The higher numbered rooms (furthest away from Mambo’s) have fewer tree obstructions:

  • It is a three FLOOR building but only the ocean-facing rooms on floors 2 and 3 have ocean views. The ground floor has limited ocean views.
  • On floor 3, the 13 Surf Side Oceanfront suites are even numbers 700 – 724, all with private balconies
  • These are ONE BEDROOM suites with either a KING BED or TWO DOUBLE BEDS in the bedroom and a DOUBLE SLEEPING SOFA in the lounge. Sleeps 6 or 7.
  • The Lounge has a wet bar, mini fridge, microwave and dining table

Standard Ocean Front Rooms (FLOOR 2) in the Surf Side Building

  • Located on floor 2, the 12 oceanfront rooms are odd numbers 601 – 623
  • These have ONE KING (sofa bed can be added) or TWO DOUBLE BEDS and sleeps 4 or 5
  • Also has a mini fridge and microwave

Ocean Front Limited View Rooms (GROUND FLOOR) in the Surf Side Building

  • On the ground floor, these 11 rooms are odd numbers 503 – 523
  • These have ONE KING (sofa bed can be added) or TWO DOUBLE BEDS and sleeps 4 or 5
  • Also has a mini fridge and microwave

Standard Rooms in the Surf Side Building

  • Located on the ground floor and floor 2, these room face east towards a parking lot
  • The rooms on floor 2 have even numbers 602 – 622
  • The rooms on the ground floor have even numbers 504 – 524
  • These have ONE KING (sofa bed can be added) or TWO DOUBLE BEDS and sleeps 4 or 5
  • Also has a mini fridge and microwave

Two-Story Loft Rooms are next to Mambos on the beach

  • Eighteen open plan Loft Rooms each with 2 levels and stairs
  • Loft 725 and 726 are closest to the beach with 740 and 742 the furthest away.
  • The bedrooms on the 2nd floor features ONE KING BED and ONE DOUBLE BED while the lounge area on the ground floor has a DOUBLE SLEEPING SOFA. Sleeps 5 – 7.
  • Two bathrooms
  • Also has a mini fridge and microwave

One-Bedroom Villas are next to the beach

  • Sixteen Villas on two floors
  • Villas 1080 – 1087 are on the ground floor with 1087 the closest to the beach
  • Villas 1180 – 1187 are on floor 2 with 1187 the closest to the beach
  • The bedroom features ONE KING BED (sofa bed can be added) and the lounge area has a DOUBLE SLEEPING SOFA. Sleeps 4 or 5.
  • Also has a mini fridge and microwave

Cabanas overlook the pool and are great for parents who want to keep an eye on their kids while at the pool

  • Eight rooms on two floors. Sleeps 4 or 5
  • Rooms 155 – 158 are on the ground floor, while rooms 255 – 258 are on floor 2
  • Ground floor rooms have TWO DOUBLE BEDS  and a covered cabana pool side
  • Top floor rooms have ONE KING BED (sofa bed can be added) and a private balcony.
  • Also has a mini fridge and microwave

Family Fun Rooms

  • ONE KING BED and a partitioned area with TWO BUNK BEDS and a SINGLE BED bed with their own television. Sleeps 5
  • Also has a mini fridge and microwave

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Standard Rooms

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