Merritt Island, FL, USA

Merritt Island, FL, USA

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Where to stay around Merritt Island, FL?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 931 vacation rentals near Merritt Island. From 549 condos to 183 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Merritt Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Stay at Cape Canaveral Condos

Cape Canaveral, Florida, is a small city located on the state's northeastern coastline. Known as the place where the space shuttles launch, Cape Canaveral is also well-regarded for its expansive public beaches and outdoor recreational activities. You can stay at condos, townhouses and rental houses while visiting Cape Canaveral. The condos feature amenities including private decks and patios, in-ground swimming pools and central air conditioning so that you can cool off after a day in the sunshine.


While visiting Cape Canaveral, you and your travel companions can enjoy many fun annual events. The Annual Cape Canaveral Art and Craft Festival, held in March, features hundreds of artisans and craftsman displaying their wares. The Annual Chili Cook-Off, held every October in Manatee Park, features hot and spicy family chili recipes from around the region. If you are up for a drive, visit the Conch Shell Blowing Contest while staying at rental houses in the Central Florida Keys. This annual event is part of the Old Keys Days, which also include arts and crafts, music and cultural events. Some other fun events in Cape Canaveral include:

  • Annual Reindeer Run/Walk: Held in December, this charity event benefits several organizations within the city.
  • Florida Key Lime Pie Festival: Held each January, this is a must if you like key lime pie.
  • Pirate Costume Bash: Held every January, this fun party allows you to dress up like a pirate and enjoy live music and great food.

Family Attractions

Cape Canaveral is home to many hands-on and educational family attractions, the most popular of which is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. At this center, you can walk through the Astronaut Hall of Fame and learn about all of the different space missions and vehicles. The Manatee Sanctuary Park is another popular family attraction. At this park, visitors can watch the manatees feed on the sea grass that grows along the park's boardwalk. If going to one of the Disney theme parks has been a dream of yours, make the short drive to villas in Disney / Orlando and spend a few days with Mickey Mouse and his friends.


The Canaveral National Seashore is a beautiful beach operated by the National Parks Service. While some sections of the beach may be closed due to nesting sea turtles and birds, you can still enjoy the ocean and watch the animals as they raise their young. Another popular beach is the Cocoa Beach, which features a large pier perfect for fishing. Cocoa Beach also has great waves for surfing. At the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, there are protected wildlife areas as well as some beaches to enjoy. You could also drive across the state and go shell collecting on the beautiful beaches on Florida's south central Gulf Coast while staying at houses for rent on Sanibel Island.


Cape Canaveral has mild winters, with typical January daytime high temperatures around 71 degrees Fahrenheit. Summertime in Cape Canaveral is hot, with July and August daytime temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. The best time to visit Cape Canaveral is from November through February, as the weather is mild and the beaches are not yet crowded with spring break guests.

How to Get There

To get to Cape Canaveral, you may rent a car or drive your own, using State Route A1A, 520 and 528. If you prefer to use public transportation, the city is services by Space Coast Area Transit (SCAT), which has connections throughout Brevard County. If you want to fly to Cape Canaveral, the nearest airport is Melbourne International Airport (MLB), which is 28 miles away. You can rent a car at the airport to get the rest of the way to Cape Canaveral.

Attractions In and Around Merritt Island

First time in Merritt Island and looking for things to do? Take the kids and check out Cocoa Beach Pier, Traxx at Jungle Village and Golf-N-Gator. Visitors searching for nearby landmarks can take a trip to Kennedy Space Center. To appreciate the outdoor scene, make time for beaches like Alan Shepard Park and Playalinda Beach and green spaces such as Manatee Sanctuary Park and Cherie Down Park.

Plan to attend a game or event? Get tickets for Cocoa Expo Sports Center or Space Coast Iceplex. Also while in town, you can visit Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Savannahs Golf Course or Brevard Veterans Memorial Center.