Joe Kaleita, Orlando Sentinel
Approximate travel time: 1 hour, 4 minutes
Parking/admission costs: Free
Facilities: Beach facilities include three pavilions along a 1,000 foot boardwalk, six dune crossovers, maritime hammock, onsite vendors and year-round lifeguards. Park facilities include restrooms, three outdoor showers, drinking fountains, two medium pavilions, a playground, a nature walk, sand volleyball court and a dog park.
Other notes: Service animals are allowed in all areas; dogs are allowed in the Lori Wilson Dog Park but are otherwise prohibited in the rest of the park and on the beach. Surfcasting is permitted without a fishing license for Florida residents. For more information, visit www.cocoabeach.com/beachinfo.html.