Country Inn and Suites Port Canaveral – Cape Canaveral

Country Inn and Suites - Cape Canaveral (click to enlarge)

Country Inn and Suites Port Canaveral – Cape Canaveral

Introduction to the Country Inn and Suites Port Canaveral

Here you will find general information about the Country Inn and Suites that is not generally seen on the hotel’s own website.

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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.

Walk To Port - wheelchair friendly path
Walk To Port – wheelchair friendly path marked in green – 0.9 miles ( (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 has its own shuttle service to the cruise terminals. This is included for up to the number of persons (max 6) booked on a Park & Stay Package. Additional shuttle vouchers cost $5 per person ($10 round-trip).

Last time we looked they had at least 5 shuttle buses on the property so they are efficient with acceptable wait times. Earliest shuttles depart around 10:30am and they run frequently (based on bookings) until all passengers are transferred.

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

 

CountryInn-Shuttle
Country Inn and Suites – Shuttle bus (click to enlarge)

Onsite Parking – Yes!

Free parking for guests only. Hotel parking included in Park & Stay Packages for up to the duration of the cruise. Otherwise cruise parking cost at least $40 per cruise (maybe more depending on the rate you paid ).

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.

Country Inn and Suites-Parking
Country Inn and Suites – Cruise Parking (click to enlarge)

Restaurants & Bars – No

There is a breakfast area (see images below)

Rooms and Interior

While not the most exciting hotel, the Country Inn and Suites is popular with families! All rooms offer a fridge, microwave and coffee maker.

The Family Suite rooms are particularly nice because you get a living area and two bedrooms with a queen bed in one and two single beds in the other. The kids room has its own TV so they can watch their own shows.

You can also opt for a One-Bedroom Suite – a king or two queens in the bedroom and a pull-out queen sofa in the living room. Each room has its own TV.

Honeymoon couples can opt for a Whirlpool Suite – king bed with a two-person whirlpool tub!

Standard Rooms feature king or two queen beds

How about Cruise Ship views?

As seen below there are limited views of the cruise terminals from the top floors of the north facing rooms.

Country Inn - Ship Views
Country Inn – Ship Views (that is Terminal 1 and the Exploration Tower) (click to enlarge)

 

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Country Inn and Suites-Breakfast Area (click to enlarge)

 

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Country Inn and Suites-Breakfast Area (click to enlarge)

Pool Area

The pool 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.

Country Inn Pool
Country Inn and Suites – Pool (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

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

If you are interested in the Residence Inn, 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 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.

WalkToPort
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)

 

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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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Explore Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and Cocoa Village using SCAT Buses

Explore Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and Cocoa Village using the Space Coast Area Transit (SCAT bus)!

The SCAT bus is a comfortable and affordable way to explore the area near Port Canaveral while on a Port visit. You can hop on and off at your leisure – all while enjoying the comfort and safety of the local transportation system. You will find the drivers to be friendly and helpful if you have questions.

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Introduction

SCAT Bus at Port Canaveral
SCAT Bus at Port Canaveral

The SCAT bus system covers a large part of Brevard County but Port Canaveral is on Route 9 – Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach. Most visitors do not have to change routes but you can easily do so if you wish to visit areas further away such as Cocoa or Merritt Island.

Our focus is the Cape Canaveral section of Route 9. You can see the route shown in red on the map below. This is the most popular section for cruisers and the bus will take you from Cruise Terminals 1 or 3 all the way to the Cocoa Beach Pier, the Ron Jon shopping area and back. However, we do include a short description of the route to Cocoa Village below.

You can transfer to other buses and travel much further south and west but those options will take time – not ideal for port visits when you have limited time. It is best to get Uber.

How to Ride the SCAT bus

It is very simple.

SCAT Payment
SCAT Payment (click to enlarge)

Here are a few important things to know:

  • There is an App for this! You can search for 321 Transit in Google Play or App Store. You will get timetables and maps, however, the system is easy enough to use without the App.
  • The bus uses designated stops and you can expect a bus every 30 minutes on weekdays. You cannot wave it down like a New York cab! So always be aware of your nearest bus stop.
  • Each stop has a timetable posted. Most stops are open – no protection from wind or rain.
  • The bus route is circular – not two-way – meaning the bus travels in one direction only. Anti-Clockwise (driving west from Terminal 1)! Once you depart your stop you have to complete the whole route in order to return.
  • On average it takes about 15 – 20 minutes from the Port down to Shepard Park which is the southern most point of the Canaveral Loop. And then it takes about the same time to get back to the Port.
  • Have exact change please! The machine on the bus takes coins and notes and change is not given. Please visit the SCAT website for latest fare information. In early 2017 the fare was $1.50 per ride or $0.75 (discounted).
  • You pay every time you get on unless you have a transfer ticket! Please keep this in mind if you have a really tight budget! Tell the driver that you will transfer to another bus when you get on.
  • When the bus nears your stop, simply pull the rope above the window to ring a bell for the driver! Please do not distract the driver while driving. It is best to ask for advice as soon as you step on the bus before he/she starts to drive.
SCAT Bus Schedule
SCAT Bus Schedule example (click to enlarge

Is the SCAT bus for you and your family/friends?

In terms of convenience, one cannot beat taxis or Uber/Lyft. These will be waiting at your ship and easy to call from anywhere in the area. On the other hand, the bus is slower and cheaper and you must be willing to walk and wait!

So it depends!

Here are a few things to consider:

  • If your ship docks at Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 then the SCAT is an option. If you dock at another Terminal then do not bother! Take a taxi or Uber/Lyft.
  • Do consider the weather. If it is very hot or rainy, then you may want to reconsider using the SCAT because you will be exposed to the elements.
  • You will have to walk quite a bit but Central Florida is totally flat!
  • The bus is family friendly and used by vacationers, locals and business travelers!  Do not be concerned about safety.
  • And should you run late and miss the bus you can always get an Uber ride back to the ship from wherever you are!

Actually the bus systems runs until late so there will always be another bus to catch!

SCAT Bus Stop at Terminal 1
SCAT Bus Stop at Terminal 1 (click to enlarge)

Exploring the Cape Canaveral Area by SCAT bus

Here are popular destinations that cruisers can visit by SCAT bus:

  • Liquor Stores, pharmacies, banks (ATMs) and grocery stores
  • Unique shops such as Ron Jon and Dinosaur Store
  • Swimming beaches for tanning, surf lessons and bike rentals
  • Local breweries and popular beach-side bars/restaurants
  • Adventures such as zip line fun, mini golf and escape challenges
  • Cocoa Village (about 40 minutes each way)

In the following sections we will discuss each activity to help you manage your visit and bus rides.

1. Local Beer Brewery

The Florida Beer Company has done a wonderful job with their visitor center and it is a fun place to visit (opens at 1pm until late). Best of all, it is very near the Port! You can actually walk back to Terminal afterwards!

Please know you can get to the Brewery rather fast by bus but to return to the Terminal you have to complete the loop and this may take at least 25 minutes. Or take Uber/Lyft.

Highlights:

  • A brewery tour on weekends but you must wear closed toe shoes!
  • A large sports bar area with many craft beers on tap and bottled. You can see the brewery floor behind the glass windows. Snack food is available.

Bus Stop – only about 2 minutes from Terminal 1. Step off at the Burger King as shown on the map. Cross the busy A1A and walk south for a block. Turn left on Imperial Blvd and you will see the building ahead.

SCAT at Burger King for Brewery
SCAT at Burger King for Brewery (click to enlarge)

 

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

2. Closest Liquor Store

Cape Canaveral Liquors has a wide selection of spirits and wine. The selection is not as good as Publix or ABC but you will find most of what you need.

Bus Stop – only about 4 minutes from Terminal 1. Step off at the south-bound Patriots Park stop (at a Mobil gas station). Cross the busy A1A and walk east on Church Ln. The liquor store is in a strip mall at N. Atlantic Ave (to your right).

Afterwards, the fastest way back is to walk south for one block to the north-bound bus stop at Jefferson Ave. Once on the bus it is only about 8 minutes back to Terminal 1.

SCAT at Mobil for Liquor Store
SCAT at Mobil for Liquor Store (click to enlarge)

 

Cape Canaveral Liquors
Cape Canaveral Liquors (click to enlarge)

 

Northbound SCAT near liquor store
Northbound SCAT near liquor store (click to enlarge)

3. Mini Golf and Aerial Zip Lines

If you want to see live alligators then plan to visit Golf N Gator mini-golf. They have baby alligators and other reptiles on display! And the mini-golf courses are very good too.

Just a block to the north, you will find Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures  – a challenging aerial obstacle course for the Ninja Warriors in your family!

Bus Stop – only about 7 minutes from Terminal 1. Step off at the National Rent-a-Car bus stop. Walk north for a block or so to GolfNGator and Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures.

Afterwards, the fastest way back is to cross A1A to the nearest north bound bus stop (at Lido Cabaret).

SCAT at National for Mini golf and zipline
SCAT at National for Mini golf and zipline (click to enlarge)

 

Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures
Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures (click to enlarge)

 

SCAT at Lido Cabaret
Northbound SCAT at Lido Cabaret (click to enlarge)

4. Publix Grocery, Pharmacy and Liquor – Also Cocoa Beach Escape

The best place to go if you need any of those! Cocoa Beach Escape is a fun escape room activity that the whole family can enjoy.

Bus Stop – only about 8 minutes from Terminal 1. Step off at the Coasters Taphouse bus stop at the strip mall. Walk straight across the parking lot to Publix and the Escape Room.

Afterwards, the fastest way back is to cross A1A to the nearest north bound bus stop (in front of Sunrise Bank).

SCAT at Publix
SCAT at Publix (click to enlarge)

 

Escape Cocoa Beach
Escape Cocoa Beach (click to enlarge)

 

SCAT at Sunrise Bank
SCAT at Sunrise Bank (click to enlarge)

5. The Beach at Cocoa Beach Pier

Our highly recommended stop for visiting cruisers when using the SCAT is the Cocoa Beach Pier!

Bus Stop – only about 10 minutes from Terminal 1. Step off at the bus stop on the corner of Ocean Beach Blvd and Pulsipher Ave (you can see the pier straight ahead).  Walk across Ocean Beach Blvd to the famous Pier where you can rent beach equipment, learn to surf, play volleyball, have cocktails while watching the surfers and much more!

Tip – the beach rentals are a bit cheaper on the north side of the pier (in front of La Quinta Hotel).

Afterwards, the fastest way back is to walk west towards Publix on A1A and wait at the Sunrise Bank bus stop.

SCAT at Cocoa Beach Pier
SCAT at Cocoa Beach Pier (click to enlarge)

 

Cocoa Beach Pier
Cocoa Beach Pier (click to enlarge)

 

SCAT at Sunrise Bank
SCAT at Sunrise Bank (click to enlarge)

6. The Beach at Shepard Park, Ron Jon and Dinosaur Store

This is the beach where ship excursions go so you will find many of your fellow cruisers there! You can have drinks at very popular Sandbar (no ocean views though) or upstairs at Captain J’s (some views).

Bus Stop – near Pizza Hut only about 15 minutes from Terminal 1. Just walk a short distance to the east and you will see Sandbar on your left and the beach in front. There are beach rentals on the beach.

To visit Ron Jon, walk west a short distance towards A1A then turn south and you will see Ron Jon on the next block. It is a great store for souvenirs, clothes and beach-related items.

The Dinosaur Store is a bit further west (you must cross A1A and it is hidden behind CVS). It is a fun store for adults and kids alike!

Afterwards, return to the bus stop where you step off (Pizza Hut) and make sure you get on the bus heading north back to Port Canaveral! There are other buses going south.

SCAT at Shepard Park
SCAT at Shepard Park (click to enlarge)

 

Shepard Beach on Cruise Day
Shepard Beach on Cruise Day (click to enlarge)

 

Dinosaur Store
Dinosaur Store

7. Cocoa Village

Shore Excursions arranged by your ship normally include a visit to Cocoa Village. You can do this on your own by SCAT Bus!  It will cost only $1.50 pp each way and takes about 50 minutes!

  • Take the #$9 bus to Shepard Park. Tell the driver you will transfer to Cocoa Village.
  • At Shepard Park, get your transfer pass as you step off the bus.
  • Wait for #4 bus to Cocoa. Show your transfer pass to the driver
  • Exit at the 520/Brevard Ave bus stop (Village Plaza) and walk south along Brevard Ave to the village.
  • To return, use the nearby bus stop at Tulip Restaurant on Brevard Ave

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