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Cape Canaveral Florida on $20 a day

This is part of an 18 week, 7,532 mile, Vanabode road trip detailed in the book from Amazon
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Cape Canaveral and the 72 miles of Brevard County beaches are known as Florida's Space Coast and it's just 55 miles east of Orlando. Cape Canaveral has everything from nature trails, kayaking, boating, beach fishing, surfing, swimming, and of course, sun bathing. Port Canaveral's Jetty Park Pier spans 1200 feet for fishing which conveniently has cleaning tables for your fresh catch of the day and lights for nighttime fishing.

  cape canaveral jetty and fishing picture

Above: View of Cape Canaverals Jetty Park, marina, fishing and beach access. From the pier you can watch manatees, dolphins, Loggerhead sea turtles, cruise ships and other boats coming and going out of the Port Canaveral. And, if you are lucky enough you may see a submarine going through the inlet. You can watch rockets or shuttle launches from the pier as this is the closest public viewing of launches from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

picture taken on jettys looking at cape canaveral beach

Above: Picture of jetty with Cape Canaveral Beach to the left and Port Canaveral to the right.

There are several beachside parks with restroom and shower facilities, picnicking areas and playgrounds. Cape Canaveral area hotels are a little expensive but worth it with views of the Indian River, Banana River or the Atlantic Ocean. The Radisson Resort at the Port has a hot tub in some rooms. The real estate in the area is pricey, but you are surrounded by Florida's beautiful beaches and rivers. There are many restaurants close by including Thai Thai and Grills.

Above: Picture of dolphin dorsal fins peaking out of the water while kayaking on the Banana River.

There are a couple of campgrounds in the area that are reasonable with short and long-term RVing, and Port Canaveral has Jetty Park which has tent sites as well as full RV hook ups and a camp store. The Cove at The Port is a harbor-side marketplace with live entertainment, restaurants, bait and tackle shops, freshly caught seafood stores, three marinas, two casino cruise boats, and many charter and party fishing boats that cruise to the Atlantic or the Indian River. Beautiful sunrises can be enjoyed from the beaches of Cape Canaveral as well as sunsets on the Indian River.

picture of kayak in indian river near port canaveral florida

Above: Picture of Josh and Jason standing in the river with Ben who may be kicking his feet. The Port Canaveral cruise ports are in the background.

picture of alligator in pine island lake

Above: Picture of one of the many of alligators that are in and surrounding the lakes in Pine Island. Within the conservation area there is also walking, hiking and horseback riding trails and lots of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Pine Island, in Merritt Island near the Kennedy Space Center, holds quite an adventure for the strong at heart. Kayaking in this body of water can be dangerous with all the resident alligators swimming and sunning. The alligators aren't afraid of the kayaks either, we had a couple of them bump us from underneath. Make family memories nobody will ever forget, visit Cape Canaveral.

Jason's thoughts - If you are a tourist, Ron John Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach is the largest in world. Real estate has gotten a bit more expensive and insurance rates don't help those looking for a home or condo on the beach.

Kelly's thoughts - I love this beach, especially at low tide. Great for running, walking or biking. This is somewhat of a slow-paced town if you want it to be with all conveniences within walking distance. Otherwise, Merritt Island and Melbourne have the movies, shopping, and chain restaurants and Orlando is very close.

Travel info - There is RV day-use parking at Port Canaveral's Jetty Park. There is no other RV parking in Cape Canaveral at any of the other public beachside parking lots. Map location of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Visit Cape Canaveral.

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