Melbourne Beach FL is Brevard County’s vacation destination. Located south of US 192, also known as 5th Avenue in Indialantic, it was incorporated about 1923. Rich with history, Melbourne Beach is a small seaside town on the East coast of central Florida known as the Space Coast. The main street that runs through the town is called Ocean Ave. Ocean Ave runs between the Atlantic Ocean and A1A on the East to the Indian River Lagoon and Riverside Drive on the West, approximately 1 mile between the 2 bodies of water. Along Ocean Ave, between the ocean and the river, tourists and locals alike will find shops, cafes, parks and historical sites to enjoy.
Some believe that the famous Spanish explorer and Governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce De Leon originally came ashore in Florida in Melb. Bch in 1513 not Ponce Inlet which is further north and not St. Augustine which is even further north. Suffice it to say that the Town of Melb. Bch believes it to be so and is planning a grand 500 year anniversary celebration of Ponce De Leon’s alleged Melbourne Beach landing for April 2013.
But don’t wait until 2013 to plan your visit to the town of MB because its a picture pretty little town that you wont want to miss. Here are some of the fun things to do in Melbourne Beach Florida:
- Volleyball at Ocean Park
- Bocce Ball at historic Ryckman Park
- Fishing off the Melbourne Beach Pier or on the beach
While visiting the pier make sure you read all about the Melbourne Atlantic Railroad that ran up and down Ocean Ave. transporting tourists, winter visitors and residents.
Enjoy the historical buildings around Ryckman Park and Ocean Avenue like:
- The Old Town Hall
- The Fraser Estate
- The Captain Beau Jeans house and original post office
- The Community house built by money raised by the Ramblers
- The community Chapel
If you are looking for a day at the beach, there are several beautiful beaches in the area:
- Spessard Holland Parks – 3 miles south of US 192 on A1A
- Bonsteel Park – 14-15 miles south of US 192
- Coconut Point Park – 5-6 miles south of US 192
- Juan Ponce De Leon Landing – 6+ miles south of US 192
Those looking for a Bed and Breakfast in Melbourne Beach FL there is Port Hiver. There are also several small hotels on the beach side such as Surfcaster, Ocean Pines, Sea View and Sandy Shoes.
Being out in the fresh Florida salt air all day will work up an appetite, but no worries, there are great places to eat around the town. For seafood and steak and a generous pocketbook there is Dijon’s, for smaller budgets but large appetites we enjoy Robburitos, which offers large burritos made with fresh ingredients and homemade sauces. Then there is always Boscos Beach Market for take out, open from 8am-8pm most days.
Melbourne Beach Florida a great place to live or visit year around, don’t miss it.