Family enjoying the beach on Florida's Space Coast

Navigating Florida’s Oceanfront Options – Explore the Space Coast

Posted on: January 30, 2024

Florida’s oceanfront features a mosaic of coastal towns along the Atlantic, each boasting its unique charm. Yet the Space Coast, situated just 45 minutes east of Orlando, is drawing heightened attention from worldwide travelers. Recognized as the third-best place to live in Florida by U.S. News & World Report, the region is not only a bustling hub for the space industry, but also welcomes beach enthusiasts and adventures with its laidback coastal lifestyle. Beyond the accolades, this region offers a distinct experience that goes beyond the typical sun-and-sand stereotype of towns on Florida’s Oceanfront. Let’s take a closer look at the unique adventures and experiences that await on the Space Coast.

Sea turtle underwater on Florida's Space Coast

Endless Sun, Surf, and Sand

With over 72 miles of coastline on the Space Coast, there is ample room for leisurely strolls, hunting for seashells, or enjoying some of the state’s best surfing in the Atlantic Ocean waters. A vibrant coral ecosystem and crystal-clear waters also make Satellite Beach a hub for snorkeling. Colorful tropical fish, seahorses, sea stars, turtles, and more can be found in the waters just offshore. Additionally, from March to October, visitors have the opportunity to witness the annual spectacle of sea turtle nesting season. Observing the hatchlings of leatherback, loggerhead, and green sea turtles find their way to the ocean adds to the Space Coast’s unique charm.

boating on Florida's Space Coast

Space Coast Sightseeing Tours

The Space Coast is also filled with guided tours for every interest. Fishing enthusiasts can choose charters like Miss Cape Canaveral, Native Son Fishing, and Odyssey Charters for a chance to reel in grouper, snapper, amberjack, king mackerel, wahoo, and marlin. To the west, the Indian River Lagoon offers a biodiverse haven for kayakers and paddle boarders. Discover mangrove tunnels on day tours with Airboat Rides of Melbourne and Space Coast River Tours, featuring sightings of manatees, fish, and migrating birds. For a unique adventure, experience nighttime bioluminescent kayaking from late June to September. Kayakers can marvel at tiny luminous organisms creating a glow-in-the-dark underwater display during clear kayak tours provided by A Day Away Kayak, Cocoa Kayaking, Sobe Surf, and others.

The Kennedy Space Center

Naturally, it wouldn’t be referred to as “Florida’s Space Coast” without a profound connection to the space industry. Situated at the epicenter of the global space race, Florida’s Space Coast boasts an increasing presence of tech giants launching rockets from this coastal region. Merritt Island, home to the Kennedy Space Center, stands as one of NASA’s ten field centers since 1968. Serving as the primary launch pad for human spaceflight, the center ensures a steady stream of rocket launches. The Visitor Complex offers an iconic day trip, providing space enthusiasts and history buffs of all ages with the opportunity to tour launch pads, meet veteran astronauts, walk beneath real rockets and shuttles, and even schedule training sessions in spaceflight.

shopping on Florida's Space Coast

Cocoa Village

For food enthusiasts and fashion lovers, the downtown district of Cocoa Village seamlessly merges history with coastal charm. Walk along cobblestone streets shaded by palm trees, and explore a delightful array of dining venues, an antique mall, art galleries, and local boutiques lining the waterfront. Preserving its heritage, the city boasts historic venues such as the Cocoa Village Playhouse, Porcher House, Derby Street Chapel, and the Moore Center. The nearby Riverfront Park not only provides an excellent vantage point for rocket launches but also offers a playground and an outdoor amphitheater that buzzes with activity. The area hosts family-friendly events like BBQ & Blues, Halloween in the Village, Art Fairs, Sip & Strolls, and more, creating a vibrant atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

Performing arts on the Space Coast

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

The Maxwell C. King Center in Melbourne is the preferred choice among locals for embracing the performing arts. Celebrating its 35th year, this venue hosts a diverse array of events annually, featuring everything from comedians and singers to youth theater and Broadway shows. Serving as the residence for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the King Center is a hub for world-class concerts, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives, enriching the community with the magic of live symphony music.

Rooftop pool deck on Space Coast condominium

A New Luxury Condo on Florida’s Oceanfront

With much to see and do on the Space Coast, the area has emerged as a sought-after destination for those seeking a quintessential Florida lifestyle. Satellite Beach has become renowned for its delightful small-town coastal atmosphere and extensive connectivity to other Florida cities and international destinations. However, decades of limited new developments have resulted in a scarcity of available inventory for ocean-view residences.

Exterior rendering of Lumena Satellite Beach

Located across from Hightower Beach Park on A1A, Lumena Satellite Beach provides a refreshing new take on luxurious living by the sea. The luxury condominium community not only addresses the rising demand for oceanfront living in the region, but also redefines affordability without compromising on quality. Lumena’s inaugural tower, boasting just 44 residences, is priced from just above $1 million, or $373 per square foot. The large, flow-through layouts span between 2,500 to 3,700 square feet, with two-to-four-bedroom residences and four- to five-bedroom penthouses available. Every resident in the building will be spoiled with resort-style amenities including a rooftop amenity deck featuring a tropical pool and cabanas overlooking the ocean. Residents will also enjoy an ocean-view clubhouse, fitness center and a range of other resort-style amenities.

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