The East Coast distance from the Florida/Georgia border to Key West is more than 500 miles.The longest stretch of undeveloped beach remaining on the Florida’s East Coast is the 24-mile strip of barrier island known as Canaveral National Seashore located between New Smyrna Beach and the Kennedy Space Center.
The Seashore, one of Central Florida’s biggest attractions, draws an estimated 1.5 million visitors annually. This thin strip of sand sits between the Atlantic and Mosquito Lagoon, no more than 100 yards (91 meters ) wide in some spots.
Created in 1975 from excess land held by Kennedy Space Center, the Seashore’s close connection to the space program is still obvious: its southernmost boundary at Playalinda Beach is in plain view of one of the space shuttle launch pads.
Canaveral National Seashore has two entrances. The northern section known as Apollo Beach is located 7 miles south of New Smyrna Beach. The southern entrance at Playalinda Beach is 12 miles east of the city of Titusville.
There is no road access to the Seashore’s third and least visited beach, Klondike Beach. The only way to reach it is by boat or walking to it from Playalinda or Apollo Beaches.
It is possible to hike the full 24-mile length of the seashore with a permit that allows overnight camping.
Turtle Watching Programs: Canaveral National Seashore serves as an important sea turtle nesting area from May through August. Sea turtles, primarily loggerheads, come ashore at night to deposit as many as 100 eggs in a single nest. Reservations are taken in May for special guided turtle nesting tours offered during summer. Call for more information.
Detailed Seashore map
Pets are not allowed on the beach. They are permitted on the lagoon-side of the park, but must be kept on a leash.
There are no facilities for food or drink at any of the beaches; bring your own supplies. Playalinda Beach is sometimes closed due to Kennedy Space Center launches.