Port Canaveral Cocoa Beach Excursion Reviews
The Cocoa Beach excursion is good if you want to pick up some souvenirs from Florida, but that is it. We were dropped off at a store and did not even know which way to go to find the beach. The beach we found did not have a changing area or bathroom. We spent a few minutes on the beach,went back to the shops and went back to the ship. It took us longer to get off the ship and get the bus, than the time we spent a Cocoa Beach. Was not fun and wished we had just stayed on the ship.
Our first stop, Port Canaveral, we chose to do the beach day. Getting off the ship was a breeze, but then we boarded the bus. The bus had a broken air conditioner. Heat and no air conditioning is a bad combination for northerners like us. My fiancee felt like she was going to pass out and we barely made it to the 7-11 next door to the drop off point. We had to buy a bunch of water and rehydrate and stand in the air for a while before we could go down to the beach. The return trip had air conditioning, so that was fine.
There was a rental place right on the beach. The people were super friendly. You could rent an umbrella, 2 chairs, and a boogie board for $40 (total, you get $10.00 back).
Either we were let out at the low rent end or the beach is just trashy. After walking on to the sand in our barefeet we had to hurry up and put on our water shoes because the sand was FULL of ground up seashells and walking in your bare feet was hazardous. Before the beach we went to Cocoa Village and outside of places to eat, all of the shops look like they were in your grandparents basement. Nothing even worthwhile mentioning.
This is a nice beach. It reminds me of the Jersey shore as opposed to a white sand Caribbean beach. It was a little crowded, but we found a spot with no problem. The water is a little rough with a lot of waves - my 5 year old loved it. The water was nice and warm. We had no problem getting on the shuttle back and forth to the ship. We had a very short wait both times. The shops around the beach are normal gift shops and some chain stores like Walgreens. We went through the Ron Jon gift store where there are some good deals to be found.
Horrible, complete waste of time
we just went to the beach after stopping at ron jons and it is a huge store but it was nice to see even though i didnt buy anything. everything is really expensive. we went across the street and got cheap souvenirs and bathing suits.
Weather seemed nice at ship but was very blowy at beach so didn't stay long. Can rent chairs. Beach a block from where shuttle leaves you off. Nothing much else. Should have stayed on ship. NASA tours looked nice but pricey. Disneyworld, etc. seem too far away and too short for money.
On the third day, we docked in Port Canaveral, Florida where they had this one excursion called the:
"Coco Beach Shopping Shuttle" and there was a variety of things that you could do, there was a "Ron Jon Surf Shop where there was a big fish tank and there was a shark in there and also other kinds of fish. There was a McDonalds right down the street if you and your kids were hungry and there would be a Shuttle Bus that you would take to the Shopping place, it would take you approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
A short ride to the beach. The tour guides did show us some of the area as we drove and they were very amusing. They even gave out tips for going to the beach.