Part of America's national-park system, spectacular Canaveral National Seashore includes 24 miles of undeveloped white-sand beach. Two roads squeeze along a skinny bridge of barrier island, one heading 6 miles south from the small beach town of New Smyrna Beach and another 6 miles north from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Each road dead-ends, leaving about 16 miles of wilderness beach between them.
The best time to visit the park is between October and April, when migrating birds flock to the beaches. During the drier months wildlife-viewing opportunities are also better and there are fewer mosquitoes. Turtle-nesting tours run in June and July.