The north end of Cocoa Beach near Ron Jon is busy and "touristy." This area is favored by teens, as there are places to shop, the beach, and a pier where young people like to hang out. There are several places to learn to surf, and Ron Jon is only one of them. Several schools teach surfing right on the beach. It takes only a few minutes to get the basic principles then the rest is practice and diligence. The entire beach is good for surfing, not just the pier area. There are 3 hour lessons and 1 hour lessons.
The south end of the beach is older and more quaint, like a small town. There are several excellent restaurants including authentic Cuban right on A1A. Try Simply Delicious for breakfast; it was gourmet at half the price with great service. The south end of the beach is much more quiet than the north end, especially during spring break time. At the pier area, the spring break crowd tends to congregate, and in April the Annual Ron Jon Surf Competition goes on as well. Those who want a more laid-back, relaxing experience should probably avoid the north beach during this time.
Cruise ports are within 10 miles or less of Cocoa Beach and you will meet many cruisers and can get opinions about many cruise matters from this crowd.
Located on Florida 's Space Coast, Cocoa Beach offers a sunny shoreline with activities such as parasailing, casino cruises and the Brevard Zoo. It's the closest beach to Orlando, so you can enjoy Orlando's attractions and also get to relax on the coast of Florida . Port Canaveral, the state’s fastest growing port, is a popular departure point for Caribbean cruises.