The once bustling commercial fishing community that surrounds Port Canaveral Port is now a primarily a cruise port, but there are still a few charter boats, party fishing boats and a small shrimping fleet. Port Canaveral cruise port caters to Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean cruise lines.
With Florida’s reputation, you’ll likely run into nice weather all year long. Average highs run from low 70’s to the mid 80’s, while on the low side you don’t usually have to brave anything worse than the mid 50’s. Humidity however is a factor and if you go in the dead of summer you will be glad there is abundant air conditioning.
You’ll want to allot plenty of time to Cocoa Village, as you can easily spend hours wandering in and out of the 50 or so shops condensed along Brevard Avenue and Harrison Street. Although most of the shops are gifts and clothing, there are several antique shops, spas and galleries within walking distance to the Port Canaveral port of call.
St. George Street is the place to find the best art galleries and other one of kind shops that carry handmade jewelry, soaps, candles and other goods. Just North of St. Augustine on Hwy 95 you’ll find the St. Augustine premium outlets, which boasts 85 different outlet stores.
For sporting goods you should check out the phenomenal Ron Jon Sporting Goods, easily spotted with is giant surfboard on the roof and multicolored façade. What was once a t-shirt shop is now a 52,000 square foot open 24/7 mega store. You can also get up to the minute surf conditions by calling the store’s automated report.
Things to Do
Daytona Beach is a must see for any automobile enthusiast. It has been the home of automobile racing since the beginnings when cars raced along the beach in 1902. With its weekly events, February is the busiest month for racing. Other busy times are during spring break, bike week and national race events.
Florida is also known for its population of manatees and you can take a manatee cruise at the Manatee Scenic Boat Tours on Daytona Beach.
If you’ve got little ones, you really should check out Daytona Lagoon near Port Canaveral cruise port. You can just spend a couple hours here or the entire day. You’ll be able to ride go-karts, swim in the tidal wave pool, play miniature golf, arcade games and slip and slide down any of the ten water slides in the park.
Restaurants and Bars
Featuring the classics with an international flair is the 95 Cordova, tucked away in the first floor of the Casa Monica Hotel. Their innovative dishes change with the seasons for local seafood and produce. They have a tasting menu offering diners six international courses paired with the restaurants fantastic wines.
If you like your nightclub experience large and loud, go to Plush. And if you prefer high energy dancing music, then Razzle’s will likely be your place from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
You will also want to check out Calico Jack’s Oyster bar for fresh seafood, beer and live music. Also visit Boot Hill Saloon. You’ll be welcome there even if you are not a biker; even if you’re a tourist.