When planning a trip to Florida, Melbourne Beach may not yet be on your radar. It is a small, residential area with a slower pace of living than other cities in the region. We recently took a trip to visit Melbourne Beach. See why we thought it was the perfect vacation spot for laying low and relaxing in the sunshine.
Melbourne Beach, Florida
This isn’t our typical spot. Normally, when we fly into Florida it is to visit one of the fun loving theme parks. This trip, however, we were after relaxation and that’s just what we got.
Melbourne Beach is a quiet area with lots of residential areas and a few hotels along the beach. There isn’t a lot of tourist attractions in the area making it a great place to experience the true spirit of Florida. Days here seem longer. People go for walks during the day and sit at the beachside lounge for drinks or dessert in the evening. Many people say “hi” when you pass them. It’s not about the rush of vacation here. It’s more of a temporary change in lifestyle.
During our week in Melbourne Beach we mostly laid low, spending our days swimming in the pool and laying in the sunshine. Although, on some of the days we ventured out – both around Melbourne and the neighboring cities. This is what we found.
7 Places to Visit In Melbourne Beach
1 . Walk Melbourne Beach Pier
The Melbourne Beach Pier is a historic pier built by the Melbourne and Atlantic Railroad Company in 1889. Not only is it a beautiful place to walk, but we’ve often seen dolphins jumping in the distance and it has the most beautiful view of a Florida sunset.
2. Play at Ryckman Park
Nearby Melbourne Beach Pier, this park includes both a historic building and a fun playground for the kids to unwind. We spent many evenings at this park, playing on the structures and having dinner at its picnic tables before watching the sunset over Melbourne Beach Pier.
3. Visit the Barrier Island Sanctuary
This free exhibit was something we randomly fell upon while driving A1A. It is a nice stop for finding out more about sea turtles and their conservation.
4. Grab Ice Cream at Sundaes in Melbourne Beach
After spending the day in the sunshine, we were all ready for a little ice cream to cool us down. This quaint little shop has tasty ice cream that definitely hit the spot.
5. Sweeten up the evening with dessert or a drink at Sand on the Beach Restaraunt/Bar
This was one of our favorite evenings. We sat outside at one of the tables facing the water while the kids ate key lime pie and the parents sipped on cocktails. This location also serves meals, although all we’ve had was its sweets!
6. Play in the sand on Melbourne Beach
During our stay, the beach was pretty quiet. Besides us, there were only a handful of other beach goers making it a great day to splash in the water and lay in the sand.
7. Drive A1A.
A1A is the highway that runs through Melbourne Beach and the Florida island. One day, when we had nothing else to do, we drove the coast and found the sights breath-taking. This drive is perfect for a lazy Sunday stroll. You never know what you’ll find.
One of the things I love about Melbourne Beach is the close proximity to other Florida attractions without the constant crowds. Here are a few of the places we loved visiting that were within driving distance.
1 . FishLips Restaraunt in Port Canaveral
2. Disney Springs for free fun
Where are your favorite places to visit in Melbourne Beach, Florida? Tell us in the comments!