Central East Florida is a magical place. In addition to being home to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, it boasts some of the most well-preserved stretches of beach and wilderness in the state. Take up residence at a Central East Florida bed and breakfast for a time and explore this fascinating region to the fullest extent.
The Canaveral National Seashore has 24 miles of secluded beach and 57,000 acres of wilderness that are protected against development: Apollo Beach in the North District of the park, near New Smyrna Beach, and Playalinda Beach in the South District. This is the longest stretch of undeveloped beach on the east coast of Florida. It is owned by the Kennedy Space Center, and managed by the National Park Service and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Travelers to the Canaveral Seashore enjoy long walks on pristine beaches, and on boardwalks over fragile dunes. They can walk to some of the 100 historic Timucuan Mounds and learn about the people who once lived in this area. Visitors may be fortunate enough to glimpse one of the three species of sea turtles that make their nests here between May and August.
There are a number of short trails in the North District, a few of which are accessible by wheelchair. Make your way to an impressive Timucuan Mound, or enjoy views of Mosquito Lake. A Canoe Trail meanders around the mangrove islands in the North District – perfect for folks who prefer paddling to walking.
Many fine Central East Florida inns are close to the Canaveral National Seashore. Find one that best suits you, and then make yourself at home there.