Slow Wave

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Off Florida's Cocoa Beach     Photo: Photograph by Kevin N. Murphy

Just because Kelly Slater grew up surfing here doesn't mean you'll be overmatched. This barrier island, an hour east of Orlando, is full of mellow, clean lines. Rent boards from Bilt Surf & Skate and head south to 2nd Light—a reliable outside break, especially at high tide. (Check 2ndlight.com for conditions.) Cool down with a Salty Dog (fresh-squeezed grapefruit and vodka) at Johnathan's Pub. The next day, rise early for dawn patrol at Sebastian Inlet, or, if the surf's flat, book a campsite on the nearby Canaveral National Seashore and rent a canoe for a paddle in the lagoon. Then maul fresh fish on the patio at Coconuts on the Beach.

EXPENSE REPORT
Two surfboard rentals (biltsurfandskate.com): $160. Drinks at Johnathan's (321-783-9368): $20. Two catch-of-the-day sandwiches and two Lynchburg Lemonades at Coconuts (coconutsonthebeach.com): $27. One night at the Inn at Cocoa Beach (theinnatcocoa­beach.com): $145. Two Canaveral National Seashore park passes and campsite, plus canoe rental (386-428-3384): $51. Cookout food and snacks: $30. Total: $433.

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