Cape Canaveral, Florida
is situated in the central East Coast of the state
midway between Jacksonville
and Miami. The history of Cape Canaveral and its
region is fascinating. It dates back to an astounding
10,000 years ago, when the Ais and Timicuan Native
Americans journeyed to the area. They settled there
for the extraordinary fishing, and survived through
much hardship up until the Colonial times. There
was much European and Spanish exploration of the
region. At first, the Cape region was not that attractive
to the Spanish, due to a lack of natural treasure.
The French managed to settle in the Cape quite peacefully,
but eventually, the Spanish pushed their way in,
drove the French from the area, and attempted to
create settlements. The Ais, being a very war-like
tribe, fought off the Spanish in the end. In 1763,
Florida became a British colony, and was turned over
to the U.S. as a result of the Revolutionary War.
Throughout the years,
few people settled in the Cape, due to the extreme
conditions and its isolated position,
being only accessible by boat, until later in the
In the 1920’s individuals from Orlando began
investing in the land of Cape Canaveral. First they
put money down to obtain beachside property. Shortly
thereafter, they began developing and the town grew
from there. In the late 20’s and 30’s
activities slowed down due to the Depression. While
the original investor defaulted, another stepped
up in the 50’s, after World War II, and recovered
the virgin land, full of vegetation and wildlife.
Soon thereafter, a community was built, the Space
Program sprouted, and the city of Cape Canaveral
was incorporated. Today, Cape Canaveral’s
location makes it a prime vacation destination
from around the world. It also remains an ideal
location for retirees, due to its warmth and reasonable
The city is just over
fifty miles east of Orlando, and surrounded by several
unique landmarks, such
as the Banana River to the west, and Cocoa Beach
to the south. The John F. Kennedy Space Center,
where the nation’s space program was born
and bred, is also located to the north of the
Port Canaveral, opened
in 1953, is a well-known spot to the north of the
city. The Port is the
second busiest seaport behind Miami. It receives
and sends hundreds of ships every year. There are
six cruise terminals here, along with an attractive
area with dining, shopping, and charter boats, just
to name a few of the Port’s amenities.
The Orlando International Airport welcomes countless
numbers of tourists from around the world each
year. Luckily, Cape Canaveral is easily accessible
this world-renowned airport. The travelers
who visit Orlando usually have their sites
theme parks or swimming with the dolphins in Orlando, but more and more are heading
east to Cape Canaveral to learn about the area,
in a bit of outdoor adventure. There are activities
waiting at practically every corner in Cape
Canaveral. The city has several places to visit
worth a trip from anywhere in the world.
Kennedy Space Center
is one of them. The center is home to the world-renowned
U.S. Space Program.
the Visitor Complex, guests are submerged in
the realm of outer space. The US Astronaut
Fame is housed here. Also, visitors can talk
peer into space at the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium
and Observatory, take field trips and more.
A privately guided tour of Kennedy Space Center
is an excellent
Out of doors and not
too far from the Space Center lies a pure jewel.
The Merritt Island National
Wildlife Refuge is home to over a thousand
species of wildlife.
The 140,000 acres of pristine land hosts mammals,
birds, reptiles, amphibians, and marine life.
Sea turtles lay their eggs along the beaches,
Indian manatees float in the warm waters, peregrine
rest on poles, and eastern indigo snakes flourish
in the refuge.
Cape Canaveral can be a haven for sheer relaxation
or a place for unforgettable activity and adventure.
Climb aboard a Sea Doo and tackle the waves
along the beach shore. Use your own power to
through the waves and go beyond the surf by
renting a sea
kayak, or take up windsurfing. There are several
schools near Cape Canaveral that teach the
skills necessary to fly across the water. Of
surfing is always an option. Some of the world’s
best surfers honed their skills at a young age
Beach, just down the road from Cape Canaveral.
There are surf schools, surf camps, and private
readily accessible. All programs focus on fun
and safety of the sport.
Ecotourism has become
a main attraction in the Cape Canaveral area. Its
success is due to the
substantial, and intriguing ecology and history
of the region. There are many tour operators
to the audience of travelers interested in
ecotourism. Be sure to seek out a close encounter
endangered manatee, or alligator. If a more
laid back encounter is desired, find a way to bird
watch from a pontoon boat, or cruise through
the rivers’ islands
and learn the history of the area. Whatever eco-activity
you choose you can be assured that a day out
in Cape Canaveral is a day that is outstanding.
One of the most thrilling
facts about Cape Canaveral is that the waters off
the Cape are strewn with
shipwrecks from the Colonial period. So many,
that it ranks
as one of the top areas for shipwrecks in the
world. The wrecks are scattered from Cape Canaveral
along the Atlantic coast. The territory is
a famous starting point for treasure seekers.
Indeed, a day of adventure
with Captain Turtle’s
Charters of Port Canaveral is highly recommended.
Captain Turtle’s is owned and operated
by Captain John Weston, and is one of the longest
operators in the area. Captain John moved from
San Pedro, California to Merritt Island, Florida
He and his team have been providing fun filled
days for over fifteen years.
The presence of the
Captain is what makes Captain Turtle’s a gem. With over twenty-two years
of experience fishing in the Cape Canaveral waters,
Captain John Weston is dedicated to his service.
He is fully licensed and insured.
Captain Turtle’s offers fishing and sightseeing
cruises. Sailing aboard the 25 foot Sea Cat, adventurers
will venture offshore for some of the best deep water
fishing on the East Coast. Various types of fish
can be caught in the waters of the Space Coast, including
delectable tuna, grouper, wahoo, sailfish, kingfish,
dolphin, snapper and cobia.
In order to quench a different type of appetite,
Captain John offers river fishing as well.
Captain John uses his 20 foot Eagles Flats
Boat to find
the ideal spot to fish for trout, redfish and
Captain Turtle’s sets itself apart from other
fishing operators by offering two unique activities – sea
kayaking and sea burials. Imagine the sense of adventure
you may get fishing from a sea kayak, or the spiritual
freedom obtained from the burial of ashes in the
Captain Turtle’s offers numerous options for
those seeking a fishing vacation. Offshore fishing
can be chartered for full or half days and can
include bottom fishing, trolling, or kite fishing.
fishing and kayak fishing tours with Captain
John are available in full or half days also. Prices
from $300 to $600 per charter.
When packing for a
trip aboard a Captain Turtle’s
boat, don’t worry about bringing any fishing
tackle, fishing license, water, soda or Gatorade;
it’s all provided by Captain Turtle’s.
There is no shortage of places to eat in Cape
Canaveral. There is something for everyone
and every occasion,
before, after, and even during your adventure
at the Cape.
Located at the Port,
Frankie’s Wing & Things
is a local favorite. Here you can get the hottest
wings you’ve ever laid your lips on. Frankie’s
also serves affordable, fresh rock shrimp.
Another local favorite, Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster
Bar, serves food custom made for fingers. Oysters
and clams on the half shell and peel-and-eat shrimp
are paired nicely with pitchers of beer at Rusty’s.
From the “shack” it is common
to spot dolphin and other sea life.
Located a bit inland,
Smoke House Foods is the Cape’s
place for barbecue. This place is made unforgettable
by its fresh seafood selection. Smoked marlin
or mackerel are plentiful. Brunswick stew and
salmon dip are also fun and delicious items
found at Smoke House Foods. They keep guests
For a less casual environment
visit Atlantic Ocean Grill at the Cocoa Beach Pier,
just a few
from Cape Canaveral. The restaurant has an
irresistible full menu. It’ll be difficult
the fresh broiled or fresh catch of the day
to their tempting shelfish choices. They have combination
platters, whole Maine lobsters, pastas, and
selection of desserts.
It’s a breeze finding Cape Canaveral. From
Orlando, take the Beeline Expressway (S.R. 528) straight
to the coast. You will run right into Port Canaveral
and the city’s best beachside park, Jetty
Park. Stop off for a breath of fresh air and
in the soft sand.
Renting a car is highly
recommended, since getting around is so easy, and
having independence in
such a relaxing town is rewarding.
Captain Turtles Charters
Fishing and Eco Tours
Cocoa Beach Kayaking Guided Nature Tours
Guided Kayak Tours
Nex Generation Surf School
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Frankie’s Wings & Things
555 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral
Open after 5 p.m. on weekdays, and after noon
Rusty’s Oyster Bar
628 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral.
Weekday lunch buffets, a children’s menu, and
an "ask server for crayons" policy.
525 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral
Atlantic Ocean Grill
401 Meade Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL
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