Florida’s best kept secret is…


Source: greenbrevard.com

Source: greenbrevard.com

I have been fortunate enough to travel to almost all parts of the Sunshine State – only the Keys and the Gulf Coast between Tampa Bay and Port St. Joe are areas I have not visited over the years. Each region of this lovely state has its own special offerings, but to me the absolute best is…Brevard County.

In case you do not know Brevard County by name, it is perhaps best known as the Space Coast of Florida, where the awe-inspiring Kennedy Space Center is situated along the East Central Atlantic Ocean coastline. Among the communities there are Melbourne, Palm Bay, Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Rockledge, Melbourne Beach, Satellite Beach, Indiatlantic, and Indian Harbour Beach.

Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Cape Canaveral National Seashore

But Brevard County is sooooo much more than the awesome scientific and exploratory expertise of the Kennedy Space Center. It is also home to the gorgeous beaches of Cape Canaveral National Seashore, the magnificent beauty of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Indian River Lagoon, the East Coast’s Surfing Capital in Cocoa Beach, Ron Jon’s largest surf shop, the nation’s largest resident population of manatees (more than 600), a primary coastal nesting location for three species of sea turtles, the nation’s soon-to-be busiest cruise ship terminal at Port Canaveral, a vibrant high-tech industry, the Astronaut Hall of Fame, the artistic quaintness of Cocoa Village, the Brevard Zoo, Melbourne International Airport, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, lovely residential neighborhoods, historic and cultural sites galore, numerous publicly preserved beaches and natural areas, impressive hotels, home of Florida Beer Company, and a myriad of other great amenities plus being in easy proximity of Orlando’s and Daytona’s additional attractions.

Carnival cruise ship departing last Friday evening

Carnival cruise ship departing last Friday evening

Source: port-canveral.com

Source: port-canaveral.com

One of my favorite aspects of Brevard County is that unlike so many others parts of Florida, it does not feel overrun by development and traffic. Fortunately, the extensive  network of preserves and parks should limit the threats from sprawl to a certain extent. Sure, there are some areas for improvement, but the positives attributes of Brevard County far outweigh any minor negatives.

I adore the inspiring scenic beauty and cultural vibe of Brevard County – I just hope the county never loses these admirable qualities that make it my top choice in Florida to reside someday.

Manatee in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Manatee in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

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