About Cocoa Beach

Surfing at Dawn near Cocoa BeachThis picture embodies everything I love about living on the Florida coast. This is my son when he was 12, so eager to hit the waves by dawn that he walked to the beach in the dark with his buddies and their surfboards.

I met my husband in the 1980s in Winter Park, Florida where he was in the Navy. But he was from Merritt Island and took me to Cocoa Beach on the weekends where we sailed off the beach in his Laser and spent endless days in the sun with friends. I remember going to Ron Jon Surf Shop back in 1988 before it became the monolith that now resides in Cocoa Beach. From the dawn of the Space Program to the television show I Dream of Jeanie, Cocoa Beach has quite a colorful history. 

Cocoa Beach was settled in 1925, but the big boom came in the '50s when NASA came to Cape Canaveral with the Kennedy Space Center. My husband's family came along with the NASA boom and settled in Satellite Beach, about 10 miles south of Cocoa Beach, where we now live. 

Patrick Air Force Base is between Satellite Beach and Cocoa Beach and keeps us on our toes with giant planes circling above and an occasional visit from the Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds

I collect most of my shells for Soul Shells on a beach near Patrick on the north side of Cocoa Beach. I like it because the slope of the sand is gradual so the surf is a little more gentle. 

We hope that you all are able to visit our beautiful little corner of paradise one day. I wouldn't live anywhere else. 

Soul Shells artwork