16 hours in Cocoa Beach

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Watremark_La Quinta mosaicAfter our adventurous day at the Kennedy Space Station we made the short drive to Cocoa Beach Florida. Cocoa Beach is situated right next to Cape Canaveral and our cruise terminal. It made for the perfect pit stop before our next adventure. We weren’t planing on staying long. 16 hours. Just enough time to catch a sunset, dip our toes in the sand and take in those wonderful Atlantic winds.

We arrived at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Oceanfront just as the sun was setting. The hotel is well placed, tucked in right next to the historic Cooca Beach pier. It was built angled to the ocean with rooms only on one side, leaving all of the rooms with ocean views. We booked this hotel blind through Priceline at a steal of a price, but after staying the night I would book it again at their full rate. It was a great hotel.

The curtains were open when we entered our room and this was the view that greeted us.

Watremark_DSC_3836We had an ‘Oceanfront’ room, which directly faced the beach. It was beautiful. We watched the sunset while relaxing on the patio with a glass of wine. It was fun to watch the surfers make use of the ample waves. We even saw a Carnival ship sail by.Watremark_DSC_3825Watremark_DSC_3826Watremark_DSC_3840Watremark_DSC_3823We went for a walk on the beach and dipped our toes in the Atlantic before heading for dinner. We ate at the bar just before the pier. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t anything special either. I’d give it a pass. After dinner we went for a walk along the pier. It was a good way to relax after a busy day at NASA.

Cocoa Beach has a cool pier, with a Tiki bar and multiple restaurants there was a lot to see and do.It was interesting to see all of the night fishermen still tying up their lines. Shortly after, we called it a night. Tomorrow was going to be a big day. Cruise day was almost here.

Watremark_DSC_3830In the morning I woke up too early. I was excited. Really REALLY excited.

It was cruise day!

Although I was excited I suspected that Michael wouldn’t appreciate my enthusiasm this early in the morning, so I let myself out and went for an early morning stroll on the beach. I was rewarded with a close up visit with a heron and a few other wonders that the sea washed up.
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After a while I headed back up to the hotel to wake up Michael and get a jump start on our day. We enjoyed our complimentary breakfast out by the pool. I love the lush plantings around the pool and fountain. It gave the area such an intimate feeling. It also allowed us the opportunity to have some up close and personal time with an ity bity lizard.
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Ours was a short visit to Cocoa beach, but it was an enjoyable one. If our paths lead us again to the Orlando area, then you can bet we’ll find an excuse to spend a few more days in Cocoa Beach.

Up Next: Embarktion Day!

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