Merritt Island is located in the Intercoastal Waterway flanked by the Indian and Banana River. Cape Canaveral is a Barrier Island on the Atlantic ocean; only about 2 miles of Intercoastal water seperate the two. As both towns are on the water, they both have a very beachy feel and demeanor to them. Cape Canaveral has quite a few hotels and attracts quite alot of tourism including the cruise ship port.
Things to do in Merrit Island and Cape Canaveral
On Merritt Island you can go to Kelly Park or the Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary and of course anything you want to do on the Intercoastal; paddle boarding, windsurfing, fishing, boating, and swimming. You can also take a space coast river tour and you are just minutes away from the Kennedy Space Center. Play golf at the Savannahs Golf Club. You can also go skateboarding at the Paradise Funplex as well as putt putt golf, batting cages, and amusement games. In Cape Canaveral you can go to the beaches anywhere, but Jetty Park is really nice. You can hit the Cocoa Beach Pier and go fishing, get a drink, or grab a meal. You can spend an hour or two inside the World Famous Ron Jon's Surf Shop and there are plenty of resteraunts all along A1A. You can also ride go carts and play putt putt golf at the Jungle Village
Schools serving Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral
The main schools in Merrit Island and Cape Canaveral are; Capeview Elementary School, Robert L. Stevenson Elementary School, Tropical Elementary School, Lewis Carroll Elementary School, Audobon Elementary School, Mila Elementary School, and Gardendale Elementary Magnet School. Middle Schoolers go to: Edgewood Junior/Senior High School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and finish at Merritt Island High School. For those seeking private or Religious schools, Merrit Island and Cape Canaveral have quite a few to offer; Brevard Private Academy, Divine Mercy Catholic School, Merritt Island Christian School, and Wise Christian School.
Shopping in Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral
There is an abundance of unique shops in and around Merrit Island and Cape Canaveral. From T-Shirt shops on the beach to Merritt Square Mall, you can get your shopping on in this area. Also, there are lots of smaller shopping centers located throughout the area. If you want anything beach related you have to at least stop by and look at Ron Jon's Surf Shop and Cocoa Beach Surf Company.
Business Community of Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral
The business community of Merrit Island and Cape Canaveral are mainly situated along State Road 520 and A1A. Some of the major employers in the area include: Lockheed Martin Launch Operations, Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance, The Boeing Company, NASA, Sea Ray Boats, and the Cape Canaveral Hospital. Plus there are lot of tourism jobs at all the hotels, resorts, and resteraunts.
Traffic and Driving in Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral
Traffic congestion in Merritt Island and Caper Canaveral is only on State Road 520, 528, and A1A. It also only happens a little during rush hour and on the weekends with all the beach goers for all over central florida going to the beaches. The other major roads; Courtenay Parkway, Banana River Drive, and Tropical Trail keep fairly congestion free.These are the opinions of writers and not the opinions of SunStateApartments.com or any of our advertising partners.