Cocoa Beach Journals

Mini-vacation in Cocoa Beach FL

A May 2004 trip to Cocoa Beach by zippen3

Italian Courtyard Photo, Cocoa Beach, Florida More Photos
Quote: We needed a quick getaway with the family for a couple of days, and found out that this area has a lot to do and see.

Holiday Inn Express And Suite

Hotel | "Holiday Inn"

Holiday Inn Express And Suite Photo, Cocoa Beach, Florida
This was planned at the last moment, but it turned out to be very relaxing and a lot of fun for the kids. This Holiday Inn has kid suites, which means that the room has a king bed with, a partitioned buck bed, and a twin bed in the same room. It sounds cramped, but it was surprisingly well laid out. The kids even have their own TV. There is a small refrigerator and microwave as well. At this hotel, there is an oversized kids’ pool built with two partially sunken pirates boats. Also there are palm trees that fill the coconuts with water and splash down on you unexpectedly. Water cannons also line the pool. The hotel also has two restaurants, one by the pool and one on the beach (Mambo's)...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2004

Holiday Inn Express And Suite
301 Tucker Lane
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32926

Italian Courtyard

Restaurant | "The Italian Courtyard"

Italian Courtyard Photo, Cocoa Beach, Florida
This is a small and local family-owned Italian restaurant. From the entrance, you get a sense of this feel when a member of the family greets you. The menu has family photos showing you the process of how the restaurant came into being and the family’s history. Never mind that, the food was great and well priced for the large plates of food you get. It was a very relaxing atmosphere and the help was very attentive. I will be back to this one!!! Others have an option to eat outside in the actual courtyard that is also quaint, but at the time I went it was occupied by a wedding reception. I was able to call in a reservation for a party of four about 45 minutes in advance and was...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2004

Italian Courtyard
350 W Cocoa Beach Cswy
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931
(321) 783-0413

Kennedy Space Center Photo, Orlando, Florida
This is one of the more relaxing amusement parks. There were absolutely no lines. It is a very educational park with lots to interact with and see. My two-year-old, after a week, still runs around with the flier from the park and points out the rockets. This park has a lot of movie-type attractions that recreate the time of lift-offs to the lunar landings. The astronauts also have a stag to answer questions. I initially thought the park was awfully small and then we took the bus ride! The ride takes you to other sites on the complex that shows you actual launch pads and another building that houses one of the Apollo rockets. We hit most of the major attractions fairly quickly...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2004

Kennedy Space Center
NASA Parkway East State Road 405
Orlando, Florida 32899
(321) 452 2121