Named after an American astronaut and businessman, Alan Shepard Park is located in a scenic area ideal for watching space rocket launches. Featuring a wide and clean sandy beach, this oceanfront park is a great mini getaway for those who wish to stay away from the big city hustle and bustle for a little while. At the same time, it is close enough to local tourist retail shops, which can be easily reached by walking.
Location and Access
Alan Shepard Park is located at the east end of State Road 520 (299 East Cocoa Beach Causeway) in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
There is a parking lot with more than 300 parking spaces where you can park your automobile or recreational vehicle for a fee of $15 per day or $2.50 per hour. They accept credit cards. Overnight parking and buses are not permitted. The beach is public, so there is no entrance fee. The area is ADA accessible.
Park visitors can make use of public restrooms and outdoor showers. If you would like to have your lunch in the fresh air, bring your favorite food and occupy one of the covered tables in the picnic area. There are also 10 large picnic pavilions. You can use public barbecue grills for cooking.
If you want to eat in a restaurant instead, that is not going to be a problem since the park is located close to local shops and eateries. The park also has playground facilities for kids, so the little ones won’t get bored during your visit.
The beach is wide and very clean. Swimming in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean is going to be an enjoyable experience. The beach has a lifeguard station, so you can feel safe in the water. The watchful lifeguards will immediately make swimmers go out of the water in case they spot a shark. There are beach rental services on-site where you can rent umbrellas, sunbeds, boards, etc.
Fishing is allowed, so you can take your fishing equipment. There are some shells in the sand to collect. Sunrises are spectacular, and during the day, you can sit and watch the cruise ships depart off into the ocean.
Unfortunately for dog owners, there is a $150 fine for bringing animals. The beach is well supervised, so don’t risk your money.
- 55 minutes from Orlando, FL
- 2 hours 10 minutes from Tampa, FL
- 2 hours 20 minutes from Jacksonville, FL
Hotels and rentals
If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Alan Shepard Park Beach which you can visit: