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An Overnight to Cocoa Beach from The Villages, FL

A September 2008 trip to Florida by bob-n-marilyn

Doubletree Hotel Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Photo, Cocoa Beach, Florida More Photos
Quote: We just moved to The Villages (FL) and are exploring our surroundings through a series of one-day and overnight trips. The following describes our first visit to Cocoa Beach.

Doubletree Hotel Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

Hotel | "A Night at the Doubletree"

Doubletree Hotel Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Photo, Cocoa Beach, Florida
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We used Hilton points to pay for our oceanside room with a nice view of the beach and the hotel pool, below our balcony.

The place was well kept up and the staff was friendly. We asked at the front desk for a dinner recommendation and were referred to the same restaurant that a friend had mentioned (Grills) and it was a great meal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2008

Doubletree Hotel Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
2080 N. ATLANTIC AVENUE
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931
321 783-9222

Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar

Restaurant | "Grills: A Great Dinner at a Great Price"

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Grills came recomended by a former classmate who now lives in Cocoa Beach and by our hotel desk staff. Both said it was the best seafood in the area and we had a great meal. It is off the beaten path at a marina on the Canaveral Barge Canal. We were told if you get there around 4:30 p.m. you can see the cruise ships depart. One of us is not a seafood person but thoroughly enjoyed the grilled mahi and island veggies and rice. We both thought the food was great and intend to return on future trips. Grills will be a regular spot to bring guests who come and visit us.We ate outside as there was a nice breeze. They also have a deck and tiki bar for some drinks while waiting for someone, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2008

Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar
505 Glen Cheek Drive
Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920
(321) 868-2226

Cafe Margaux

Restaurant | "Cafe Margaux: A Wonderful Cocoa Village Eatery"

Cafe Margaux Photo, Florida, United States
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After we checked out of the hotel on Cocoa Beach, we drove west to historic Cocoa Village. We parked and walked around, checking out storefronts and places to eat. Cafe Margaux looked very interesting and crowded from the outside (usually a good sign in a place with lots of places from which to choose). We opted to eat inside and were seated at a charming table dressed with not one, but three table cloths. They have scattered tables around various nooks and crannies so that you have the feeling of in intimate dining experience. The staff were all very friendly and not stuffy, despite the primarily French cuisine. All of the meals sounded delicious but we wanted something light so we ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2008

Cafe Margaux
220 Brevard Avenue
Cocoa Village 32922
(321) 639-8343

Cocoa Beach

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Attraction | "A Walk in the Sand"

Cocoa Beach Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Why else come to Cocoa Beach if you don't plan to walk on the sand? Our hotel had walk-out access to the beach just beyond the hotel pool and provided faucets at the gateway so return strollers could wash off.We took advantage of the beach access in the morning. It was clean and quiet (at least this September morning).Since we expect to return for day-trips, we purposefully looked for public beach access and found three nice spots, all with parking, a very short walk to the beach and public restrooms to change.The one we like best (for beach access) is the Lori Wilson Park just south of our hotel (the Doubletree) off a small side road called I Dream of Jeanie Lane...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2008

Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach
Orlando, Florida

Cocoa Pier

Attraction | "The Pier at Cocoa Beach"

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On our first visit to Cocoa Beach we had to check out the Pier. The pier has three restaurant and two bars, plus a couple of shops and an arcade. This is in addition to the pier that goes out 800 feet. If you walk out to the end, you'll find a tiki bar. You can also fish off the pier. There was no charge for parking and pier access but they both had signs and ticket booth for their rates when it is peak tourist season. We went mid-week in September, which is not very crowded. You can rent umbrellas and beach chairs here. Besides lying out on the beach and jumping into the water you can also play some volleyball.We didn't stay long as we had other plans for dinner. Whic...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 30, 2008

Cocoa Pier
401 Meade Avenue
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931

Cocoa Village

Attraction | "Historic Cocoa Village Shops and Restaurants"

Cocoa Village Photo, Cocoa Beach, Florida
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After a nice morning on the beach, we checked out of the hotel and headed home. We asked at the front desk for a good place for lunch and they suggested a stop in Historic Cocoa Village about eight miles inland from the barrier islands. As they didn't steer us wrong on dinner the night before, we followed their advice ... it turned out to be great choice. We walked the main street of Brevard Ave, and found several nice shops and restaurant. In the end we chose a French restaurant called Cafe Margaux. See our review elsewhere for the cafe. It was great.As for the shops, the minature doll house shop was really great and the shop owner was very informative and has been doing it f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2008

Cocoa Village
216 Florida Avenue
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32922
(321) 433-0362

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If you live in The Villages (CFL), this is not only a great beach for an overnight trip but could also be done in a day. WHICH ROUTE? We used a GPS. To get there we took the "shortest" route which basically took us on side roads, straight through the north side of Orlando on route 441. It took 2 hrs 50 min; 105 miles. On the return trip, we took the "fastest" route which took 2 hrs 7 min; 113 miles. The shortest route had a LOT of red lights and stop and go traffic -- no doubt it used more gas. On the fastest route, we took toll roads which cost us $5 (one-way). We will take the fastest way to get there in the future and give ourselves an extra hour on the beach......Read More