By the Sea: Canaveral National Seashore

We have lived in Orlando, Florida now for over 9 months and we’ve had many adventures discovering our new state. One of our favorite places to go is the Canaveral National Seashore. We like to start with exploring the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Here you can pick up a National Park Service map for the area, a stamp for your Parks Passport and go on a short boardwalk hike. The center does have a very nice restroom that you can use before heading to the beach! (John deems this important to note).

If you’re looking for a good place to eat before (or after!) you go to the beach, I recommend Dixie Crossroads. One of John’s coworkers first recommended it to us and told us to get the rock shrimp because it is the restaurant’s speciality. We really loved the shrimp and the corn fritters they serve as an appetizer, which are covered in powdered sugar!

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“Forget about trying to compete with someone else. Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision.” – Herbie Hancock

Playalinda Beach is not as busy as most in Florida and it feels like you’re on a remote island. There are no towering resort hotels or flocks of people heading to restaurants. If you drive down to lot #13 you can enjoy this beach without any clothes on, if that is your thing. If you go to any of the other lots you will be far from any nudity, which is what we prefer! The beach is full of fun shells, wildlife and the sound of the Atlantic ocean.

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“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

We explored this beach for the first time in the evening during the Florida “winter” months. We decided that it would be awesome to enjoy some sunshine while most of the country was in a winter storm. We stayed on the beach until dark taking pictures of the beautiful sunset. I highly recommend this beach and encourage you to check it out next time you’re traveling the Space Coast! FYI, Canaveral National Seashore is run by the National Park Service and does require an admission fee.

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“Countless as the sands of the sea are human passions.” – Nikolai Gogol

We try to support the National Park Service as much as we can, so we have no problem paying the entrance fee. We used to have an annual pass when we lived in Denver, but we let it expire once we moved here since there aren’t as many national parks nearby. We will get one again soon since we plan on going to the Everglades and Dry Tortugas here in Florida. Have you been to either of these parks? If so, please tell us your must-dos for when we go!

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