Much of what you can do on a vacation depends on where you can get to. When you’re disembarking from a cruise out of Port Canaveral, many families find themselves without a car. Thankfully in the Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach areas, that’s not a problem. There are many options for families of all sizes to get out and explore our amazing beach town without a car or a care in the world! Check out these amazing options for getting around the Cocoa Beach area on your next vacation.
Rideshare Your Way around Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral
It’s easy to get around once you disembark from your cruise. Just pull up your favorite ride-hailing app to book a ride anywhere on Florida’s Space Coast. Local drivers operate at all hours of the day and night and are great sources of information about the area. Not only can they take you from point A to point B, whenever and wherever you need it, but they’ll also be able to point you to their favorite haunts for a chance to live like a local – even if just for the weekend.
Great Restaurants and Attractions only a Rideshare Away
7 miles from Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1
Downtown Cocoa Beach is where the action happens! With restaurants like 4th Street Fillin Station, Coconuts on the Beach, and others all within walking distance, a short rideshare will bring you to live entertainment, legendary oceanfront views, and beach culture that will make you want to stay a few days more.
12 miles from Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1
Cocoa Village is an arts and cultural district with attitude. It’s located across the Indian River Lagoon and is home to craft breweries, inspired restaurants, art galleries, and theaters that are only a short ride away from the cruise terminal. Hailing a ride is also a great way to visit Cocoa Village because the streets of this district are often closed down for art, food, and music festivals as well as concerts that bring local and national acts to Cocoa Riverfront Park. You’ll never have to worry about parking!
Cruising around the Cocoa Beach Area in Style
If you’re looking for a speedier, sleeker way to get around town, check out Space Coast Slingshots where you can rent a Polaris Slingshot. Located four minutes from Cruise Terminal 1 in Port Canaveral, it’s the perfect mode of transportation wrapped into an excursion. Rent a Slingshot for 1 to 8 hours and motor around town by yourself or on a number of guided tours. Contact the vendor for longer rental periods if you’re in town for more than one day and want to ride in style for your entire stay in the Cocoa Beach area.
Great Restaurants and Attractions a Slingshot Away
3.5 miles from Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1
The Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is an ideal first stop after hopping off a cruise and into a Polaris Slingshot. The Pier offers shops, restaurants, and a tiki bar over the Atlantic were you can watch surfers, beachgoers, and even sea turtles and dolphins playing in the surf. Around the pier, you can enjoy world-renowned beaches and other local hotspots like upscale Sage Bistro, Golf N Gator mini golf, and Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures, just to name a few.
Rent a Bicycle and Stay Active on Your Car-free Vacation
Who said you need horsepower to get around Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach? These towns are in close proximity and are full of food, shopping, and entertainment options easily accessible by bike. Bike rental operations line the beaches of Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral and are a great option for active families who enjoy taking the scenic routes to get around town. Places like A1A Beach Rentals have beach cruisers, road and hybrid bikes, fat-tire all-terrain cycles, and even electric power bikes for rent on an hourly or weekly basis. Or if you just need a road bike to take you from Jetty Park to the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, sign up for Zagster and take a spin on the Space Coast’s bike-share program. It’s a great way to get around town with no strings attached.
Great Attractions and Restaurants a Bike Ride Away
.6 miles from Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1
3-minute bike ride
Do a little bit of exploring once you disembark. Rent a bike and take a short ride to the Port Canaveral Exploration Tower. This exhibit takes visitors through Florida and space history and tops it all off with a sky-high view of Port Canaveral. Not only is this the perfect place to add education to your vacation, but you may also catch a rocket launch. When you’re hungry, hop on your bike for a short ride to one of the many restaurants in The Cove, including fresh seafood at Rusty’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill, island fare at Junkanoo Island Kitchen and Rum Bar, and chef-inspired eats at Rising Tide Tap & Table. You can’t go wrong.
1.3 Miles from Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1
6-minute Bike Ride
Take a ride on the nature side to Jetty Park where you can ride your bike on the hard-packed beaches all the way down to the Cocoa Beach Pier if your legs will let you. Discover scenic Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach all from the comfort of a fat-tired beach cruiser. It’s the best way to take in a sunrise and experience the Space Coast.
Hop on the Trolley for a True Beach Experience
If you just need a ride from here to there in the legendary Cocoa Beach area, hop on the Cocoa Beach Trolley. This trolley takes travelers and their surfboards, bikes, coolers, and umbrellas on a loop up and down the historic A1A highway. Starting at Shepard Park (Next to Ron Jon Surf Shop) up to the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral, this $1.25 ride can take you to all the hot spots in between! ***Trolley Service to start***
Great Attractions and Restaurants a Trolley Ride Away
.6 miles from Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1
The Cocoa Beach Trolley makes its turn at the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral where you can learn about Florida and space history from seven-stories up. Grab a nice view of the Port and, if you’re lucky, a chance to see a rocket launch from the best seat in the house! Hungry? There are plenty of restaurants in The Cove that serve fresh-caught seafood and Sunshine State Favorites.
Ron Jon Surf Shop & Alan Shephard Park
5.6 miles from Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1
26 Minute Trolley Ride
Take the entire Cocoa Beach Trolley Ride from Port Canaveral and end up at Ron Jon Surf Shop and Alan Shephard Park. This highly-recognizable building is where you’ll want to shop for all your souvenirs. They, and the Cocoa Beach Surf Company next door, offer surf lessons too. Take the opportuntity to pick up a new skill after a cruising vacation! Further, there are tons of local restaurants and attractions all along the trolley route. Hop off and experience the Sandbar Sports Grill, Golf N Gator, Coasters Taphouse, Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures, Florida Beer Company, A N.Y. Pizza House, Florida’s Fresh Grill, and so many more!
Plan your Stay in the Cocoa Beach Area
When you’re planning a trip to Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, transportation is only part of the equation. Choosing the perfect place to stay is just as important. Check out these prime Cocoa Beach Area hotels and motels to elevate your stay, whether it’s just a few days before or after your cruise or for a whole week’s vacation. Remember to ask your concierge for shuttle services too. Many of our hotels include transportation to and from the airport, cruise port, and to top attractions in the area.
Customized Transportation for Your Family Vacation
If you need a more specific transportation plan to accommodate your family’s unique needs, check out the this transportation guide. Everything from beach-to-beach shuttles, VIP limosine services, and private taxi and cab companies are here in the Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral area to help you get around town!