As a native Michigander, I can tell you that the Florida heat is relentless in the summertime. Still after 24 years, I have yet to become accustomed to the heat here. So the beach is a nice place to go when it becomes unbearable, to splash in the ocean, collect seashells and enjoy conversation with the locals.
Satellite Beach is just south of Cocoa Beach. While Cocoa Beach is a great place to visit too, Satellite will offer a bit of a slower, more relaxed atmosphere for a traveler to enjoy. There are now full-time lifeguards perched along Pelican Park, the locals call this the ‘Mark’ which stands for Mark Realty. Mark Realty was housed in the ‘A’ frame type building on the North end of Pelican Beach’s parking lot. The building is now rented out for weddings, birthdays and other events. Mark Realty is now across the street from the park. It is a great place to surf and play in the ocean, have a barbeque or just read a book under an umbrella. You will find a bench to rest on and a memorial to our dear friend whom we cannot forget, Rob Turner, who passed in a tragic car accident at 17 years old. He loved the beach, he learned to surf here and we miss him terribly.
When you’ve tired of the surf and feel a bit hungry, you’ll want to visit a local favorite, Da Kine’s Insane Burrito’s. The address: 1360 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, FL 32937. The name speaks for itself, so try the burrito. You’ll be stuffed ’til at least dinner time. The chicken taco’s are my favorite, a bit lighter, but get the rice and beans too. You must try the Jasmine rice, yummy, yummy. My teenager loves the Chicken Gringo with rice and beans. Anytime we go to the beach, this is where I must stop for him before heading home.
We also love Sebastian Inlet, just a few more miles south of Satellite Beach. Of course, I do say a few more miles, but it’s probably more like 17 miles south. When you come from the city, 17 miles of A1A coastline driving is a bit quicker than 17 miles city driving. Ya’ll know what I mean? Yo’ know what I mean! Aye? Once in Sebastian and you can’t miss the signs. Sebastian Inlet, you will veer off to the right which seems like you’re going towards the river, but once in, you’ll be able to park close to ocean access. There are restrooms, showers, changing rooms and a snack bar. If you fell like fishing they have bait and tackle too. I like to walk the boardwalk to see what they’re catching for the day! Bluefish. If you catch a Bluefish, I’ve heard they’re not that yummy, so throw it back. Unless you have a local giving you instructions on what to do with the thing next. Consisting of ‘bleeding’ it, gut it, and put in milk to cut the acid-like taste. Does not sound enjoyable to me, but it may to you. There is a small wading pond off the west end of the parking lot, just right for small children.
On the way back north, stop by New England Pub and Eatery for dinner. They have delicious fresh seafood with a full bar, a perfect way to end a day at the beach!
Once you’ve visited the East shore of Florida and know it the way the locals do, you might not want to go back home.