Canaveral National Seashore is located on a barrier island along Florida's Central East Coast between New Smyrna Beach and Cape Canaveral. There are 23 miles of pristine beaches and no cars roaring down the beach, no towering condos, no surf shops, no beach motels, and no lights; it is the last of Florida’s coastal wilderness. Some of the best beaches of the Canaveral National Seashore are Apollo, Klondike, and Playalinda, with endless ocean, rough seas, and boardwalked dunes covered with palmettos and sea oats.
Even with no shops, games, or lounge chairs, the beaches are popular and can get crowded. You can swim, sunbath, snorkel, surf, or fish, or you can watch rockets take off from the Kennedy Space Center launch pads. At night, you can join rangers at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and go see sea turtles lay hundreds of eggs in the sandy nest. You can also look for endangered wildlife – 13 species such as peregrine falcons, bald eagles, and manatees live in the Seashore.
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