HISTORY

East Coast of Florida is composed of five counties: Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie.

 

Brevard County:

 

It was said that, in 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon landed on the shores of the present day Brevard County. Mosquito County came to existence while the state was had yet been a territory. On other maps, it has been integrated in the unoffical “Leigh Read” county around 1839 to 1845. In 1844, the Saint Lucia county was established, and the name was changed to Brevard County in 1855 in tribute to George Washington Brevard, Florida State Controller from 1854 to 1860. Space Coast is the nickname attributed to Brevard County.

 

Volusia County:

This county was named for the Volusian port. This country was established in 1854. The etymology of the word “Volusia” was uncertain.

 

Indian River:

The Indian River County, which got its name from the Indian River Lagoon, was established in 1925.

 

Okeechobee:

The county, which was established in 1917, got its name from the Lake Okeechobee. The name was derived from Hitchiti words oki (water) and chubi (big).

 

St. Lucie:

The county got its name from St. Lucie of Syracuse, a Roman Catholic martyr. The county was established in 1844.

 

 

GETTING THERE

By plane:

*Orlando International Airport – the ideal airport for visitors wanting to go to Disney World

*Orlando-Sanford International Airport

*Daytona Beach International Airport

*Melbourne International Airport

 

By bus:

* Greyhound bus – connected with other important cities in the United States.

 

 

WEATHER

The high average temperature in the East Coast is 90°F, usually on July. Average low temperature is around 46°F-50°F, usually on January.

 

 

WHAT TO WEAR

During summer months, it is advisable to wear light-colored and cool clothing, especially those made from cotton. Women can wear skirts and cool sundresses. Flip flops are definitely something to bring. If you plan to stay outdoors for longer hours, bring along a hat, a pair of shades for eye protection, and apply a generous amount of sunblock with a high SPF, applying every 2 to 3 hours.

 

When on business meetings, wear appropriate clothing made of light-colored and cool materials. For night outs, it is advisable to wear appropriate outfits.

 

During the rainy and cold seasons, be sure to have a jacket or sweatshirt.

 

 

ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS

Since the region is composed of different counties, different attractions and beaches are available for tourists to enjoy.

 

Some of the beaches located in this region are:

 

*Daytona Beach

*Cocoa Beach

*Bethune Beach

*Fernandina Beach

*Flagler Beach

*Playalinda Beach

*Summer Beach

*Indialantic Beach

*Melbourne Beach

 

Other attractions include:

 

*Kennedy Space Center

SR 405, Kennedy Space Center, FL, 32899

(866) 737-5235

http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

 

*Brevard Zoo

8225 North Wickhan Road

Melbourne, FL 32940

(321) 254-9453

http://www.brevardzoo.org/

 

*Ron Jon Surf Shop

4151 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

(321) 799-8888

http://www.ronjonsurfshop.com/

 

*Animal Adventures

5001 SW Rucks Dairy Road Okeechobee, FL 34974

(863) 467-1616

http://animaladventureslive.com

 

*Wagon Wheel Horse Farm Day Rides

1225 NE 42nd Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34972

(863) 634-6397

http://www.wagonwheelhorsefarm.com

m@wagonwheelhorsefarm.com

 

*Wildlife Expedition

2355 SW 28th Street # 30d, Okeechobee, FL 34974

(863) 634-2969

 

*Thornberry Concessions Inc

3975 Highway 441 SE, Okeechobee, Florida 34974-7219

(863) 763-3055

 

*Florida Wines of Daytona

1426 S. Atlantic Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 32118

(386) 253-0332

http://www.ormondbeachwinery.com

rocky@ormondbeachwinery.com

 

*Richard Petty Driving Experience

1801 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(407) 939-0130, 1-800-Be Petty

Fax: (407) 939-0137

http://www.1800bepetty.com

*Daytona 500 Experience

1801 West International Speedway Blvd.

Daytona Beach, FL 32114 (Formerly Daytona USA)

(386) 681-6800

 

*Motorized Kayak Adventures

2116 Old Dixie Hwy Fort Pierce, FL 34953

(772) 380-6815

http://www.motorizedkayakadventures.com

motorizedkayak@gmail.com

 

*Fort Pierce Lady Deep Sea Fishing

125 Fishermans Wharf
Harbortown Marina Fort Pierce, FL 34946

(772) 466-4848

http://www.ladystuart.com

rosemarygknight@comcast.net

 

*Al’s Family Farms

2001 N Kings Hwy Fort Pierce, FL 34951

1-800-544-3366

(772) 460-0556

http://AlsFamilyFarms.com

 

*Earl’s Hideaway Lounge & Tiki Bar

1405 Indian River Drive Sebastian, FL 32958

(772) 589-5700

http://www.earlshideaway.com/

 

*Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum

1322 U.S. Highway One Sebastian, FL 32958

(772) 589-9874

www.melfisher.com/

 

 

FISHING

The seas in East Coast are not only familiar to surfers and beach lovers. This is also a good spot for anglers to catch fish. Below are the list of those fishes.

 

amberjack

barracuda

bonito

cobia

dolphin

grouper

mackerel

marlin

shark

snapper

wahoo

yellowfin tuna

 

 

BEST MONTHS TO FISH

Listed are the best months when anglers can catch a whole lot of fish in the East Coast.

 

amberjack – February to April, November to December

barracuda – whole year round

bonito – January to March, September to December

cobia – January to April, November to December

dolphin – January to April, June to July, December

grouper – January to March, November to December

mackerel – April to May, October to December

marlin – April to August

shark – July to September

snapper – January to April, November to December

wahoo – November to January, May to June

yellowfin tuna – April to August

 

 

WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR WHEN FISHING

The following are the most appropriate outfit when going for a fish:

 

  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • light long sleeves, cool light-colored cotton outfits
  • jacket or other rain gear
  • boat shoes
  • sun screen with high SPF

 

The following should also be in your A-list:

 

  • camera
  • cooler
  • water or your preferred beverages
  • food
  • medicine kit

 

 

ROOM & ACCOMMODATION

Tourists come to enjoy in any way they can here in the East Coast of Florida—going to the beach, going on educational tours, or even fishing. After a day’s expedition, they may want to lounge somewhere relaxing and comfortable. Listed are some of the accomodations to choose from.

 

*Best Western Inn Cocoa

4225 West King Street

Cocoa, FL 32926

Telephone: (321) 632-1065

Reservations: (800) 695-8284 (hotels.com)

Fax: (321) 631-3302

http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/FL/Cocoa-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-Cocoa-Inn/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=10150&cm_mmc=GooglePlaces-_-BW-_-FL-_-10150

 

*Canaveral Towers Condominiums

7520 Ridgewood Avenue
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Telephone: (321) 784-1130

 

*Best Western Space Shuttle Inn Kennedy Space Center

3455 Cheney Highway
Titusville, FL 32780

Telephone: (321) 269-9100

Reservations: (800) 695-8284 (hotels.com)

Fax: (321) 383-4674

http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/FL/Titusville-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-Space-Shuttle-Inn/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=10168&cm_mmc=GooglePlaces-_-BW-_-FL-_-10168

 

*Plaza Travel Inn
621 E Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston, FL 33440
863-983-5181

 

*Big Cypress Campground
HC 61 (PO Box 54 A), Clewiston, FL 33440
Voice: (863) 983-1330
Fax: (863) 983-3122

 

*Crooked Hook RV Resort
51700 US 27 Clewiston, FL 33440
Voice: (863) 983-7112
Fax: (863) 983-3022

E-mail: crhrv@onearrow.net

 

*Royal Holiday Beach Motel

3717 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

(386) 761-5984

www.royalholidaybeachmotel.com

 

*Shoreline All Suites Inn

2435 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

(386) 252-1692

www.daytonashoreline.com/

 

*Nautilus Inn

1515 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

(386) 254-8600

http://www.nautilus-inn.com/

 

*Sandhurst Hotel & Suites

1230 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

(772) 595-0711

http://www.thesandhurst.com/

 

*La Quinta Inn Suites Fort Pierce

2655 Crossroads Parkway,

Fort Pierce, FL 34945

(772) 828-4199

 

 

WHERE TO DINE

In the region are choices of restaurants that tourists may want to try after a day of spending time outdoors. Here are some of those.

 

*Beef O’ Brady’s

4711 Babcock Street

Palm Bay, FL 32906

Telephone: (321) 724-9462, Fax: (321) 724-4270

www.beefobradys.com/

 

*Boston Market

2450 Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935

Telephone: (321) 254-6549

www.bostonmarket.com/

 

*Makoto

4700 Babcock Street Northeast
Palm Bay, FL 32905

Telephone: (321) 984-3587

 

*Brahma Bull Restaurant

2405 US Highway 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL

(863) 467-0050‎

 

*Speckled Perch Steakhouse

105 Highway 98 N, Okeechobee, FL

(863) 763-9983‎

 

*Clock Family Restaurant

1111 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, FL

(863) 467-2224‎

 

*Don Vito’s Italian Restaurant

137 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(386) 492-7935

www.donvitosrestaurant.com

 

*The Cellar

220 Magnolia Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(386) 258-0011

www.thecellarrestaurant.com

 

*Zen Bistro

112 Bay St, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(386) 248-3071

www.zenbistrodaytona.com

 

*12A Buoy

22 Fisherman’s Wharf, Seaway Drive and Indian River Drive,

Fort Pierce, FL 34950

(772) 672-4524

 

*Mangrove Mattie’s

1640 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949-3156

(561) 466-1044

www.mangrovematties.com/

 

*Mo-Bay Grill

13421 US Highway 1, Sebastian, FL 32958

(772) 589-4223

www.mo-baygrill.com/

 

*River Grille

480 US Highway 1, River Park Plaza,

Sebastian, FL 32958

(772) 589-1412

 

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