Destination guide

Take in the beachside beauty of Merritt Island

The beaches and riverfront create a pretty picture of Merritt Island. This welcoming city allures visitors with its bird watching and stargazing. Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach Pier are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. If you need more space to accommodate a family vacation or friends trip, rental homes often come with separate dining areas and spacious living rooms.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Merritt Island

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Merritt Island a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Cocoa Beach Pier (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Savannahs Golf Course (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Traxx at Jungle Village (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Golf-N-Gator (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Cocoa Beach Country Club (7.3 mi / 11.7 km)
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (7.4 mi / 12 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Merritt Island

If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, August, July, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 90°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Merritt Island

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to take in the scenery, Merritt Island is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Manatee Sanctuary Park (4.1 mi / 6.5 km)
  • Cherie Down Park (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Alan Shepard Park (6.2 mi / 9.9 km)
  • Lori Wilson Park (6.9 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Cocoa Beach Skate Park (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • Thousand Island Conservation Area (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
Transport

Transportation options to and around Merritt Island

Fly into Melbourne, FL (MLB-Orlando Melbourne Intl.), the closest airport, located 22.2 mi (35.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.), which is 38.2 mi (61.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Merritt Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,030 vacation rentals near Merritt Island. From 213 Houses to 654 Condos/Apartments, 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.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Merritt Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Merritt Island:

  • Orlando Beach: 20 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne Beach: 17 vacation rentals
  • Floridana Beach: 26 vacation rentals
  • Seacrest Beach: 186 vacation rentals
  • Cape Canaveral Beach Gardens: 186 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I rent Houses in Merritt Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 213 Houses in Merritt Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Merritt Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 654 rentals available
  • Cottages: 19 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 19 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Merritt Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 690 vacation rentals with pool available in Merritt Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.