Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Port Canaveral Potpourri #3 - Cocoa Beach Pier

The Cocoa Beach Pier is a great option for spending a couple or three pleasant hours on the day before your cruise, and includes several choices for lunch, a snack, or an adult beverage. It's also a great area for walking on the beach, wading in the surf, and watching the surfers paddle out and ride in. Weather and surf conditions permitting, you might even want to take a dip in the Atlantic.

GETTING THERE: From the Cruise Terminals, go South on A1A. When you see the Holiday Inn Express on your right, and Perkins on your left, take the next left, and go two blocks. PARKING: When the lot attendant is there, you'll pay $5 to park for the day. But, if you're just going for an hour or so, find an emply meter on one of the two streets bordering the property to the north and south, and pop in several quarters.

Before you set foot on the actual pier, you'll find: To your left - OH SHUCKS, a right-on-on-the beach (literally) seafood bar. Oysters in season are good here. To your far left (across the side street, actually), there's RiCKY'S ARCHADE AND ICE CREAM PARLOR, which the kids will love.
As you stroll out onto the pier, you'll notice a couple of SHOPS on your left, and THE BOARDWALK on your right. The boardwalk is a fabulous place to sip a cold one and watch the beach activity below.
Next, you'll encounter the entrance to the ATLANTIC OCEAN GRILLE (on your left) and MARLIN'S (straight ahead.) The Grille is open evenings for full dinners,. What a spectacular view looking over the ocean toward the Cape! Marlins is open during the day and evening for lighter fare. For a nice interlude, ask for a window table at Marlin's, and enjoy one of their fish sandwiches while you watch the surfers directly below you and feel the Atlantic Ocean waves lap against the pilings of the pier.

After your meal, walk out onto the end of the pier, where you can watch the fishermen, view the cape and launch pads to the north through binocular stands, or feed the pelicans.

All in all, you'll find a lot to help you pass a pleasant afternoon on and around the Cocoa Beach Pier.

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