Canaveral National Seashore

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Canaveral National Seashore , USA
Extras Merritt Island
+1 321 267 1110
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car/bike $5/1
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The 24 miles of pristine, windswept beaches comprise the longest stretch of undeveloped beach on Florida's east coast. They include family-friendly Apollo Beach on the north end with its gentle surf, untrammeled Klondike Beach in the middle – a favorite of campers and nature lovers – and Playalinda Beach at the south end, which is surfer central.

Mosquito Lagoon , with islands and mangroves teeming with wildlife, hugs the west side of the barrier island. Rent kayaks in Cocoa Beach. Rangers offer pontoon boat tours (per person $20) from the visitor information center on most Sundays. From June through August, rangers lead groups on nightly sea turtle nesting tours (adult/child 8-16yr $14/free; 7am-11:30pm); reservations required.