Canaveral National Seashore is located in Volusia County and Brevard County Florida. We have only visited the Volusia County side, South of New Smyrna Beach. On our last visit on June 28 we caught the launch of Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket, watched gopher tortoises go about their business, got a peak at some dolphins, and got a huge surprise on the beach.
Apollo Beach is the beach on the Volusia County side of Canaveral National Seashore. There is no driving allowed on the beach and parking is limited, so be early, be flexible, pack lunch and be patient. There are bathrooms at each beachside parking site (there are 5 beach parking areas), but there is no running water. They do provide paper and hand sanitizer though, but toilets aren’t much more than a step up from a porta potty. The greatest benefit of limited parking however is that even when the parking lots are full there is plenty of room to spread out and find a spot on the beach. There are no lifeguards and high tide usually reaches the boardwalks that lead you from the parking lot to the beach. Shallow pools form during low tide which is especially great for the little ones. The sand on the beach is mostly broken shells and searching for seashells is among our favorite things to do on this beach. It is very beautiful and quite untouched.
The pristine nature of this National Seashore is evident everywhere you look with shore birds, tortoises, and beach flora in abundance.
On our last visit we found a most unexpected thing sight – nudists! Now we have been here plenty of times and everyone has been clothed, but on this particular visit… We didn’t notice at all until we got home and started editing our photos from our trip. Now I don’t know if this is something that is allowed, if it was a special meet up, or if it was due to the time of day…who knows. This will not keep our family from going – they kept to themselves, and as I said, we didn’t even notice until we reviewed our photos from the trip. Maybe next time we won’t use the telephoto lens…
We also viewed a SpaceX launch on a resupply mission to the International Space Station from a distance. This launch however ended with the rocket coming apart mid-flight. We didn’t know it at the time, but it just sort of looked funny when it went further down range. The photo below is of the Falcon 9 before the flight anomaly. We’re huge fans of Elon Musk and SpaceX, and can’t wait to see another launch soon.
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