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About Cocoa BeachLong a popular spot with locals, Cocoa Beach also is known for its location at the heart of the Space Coast. Cocoa Beach Pier extends 800 feet into the Atlantic, affording opportunities for fishing, surfing, dining and dancing.

Visitor Centers Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism—Cocoa Beach 430 Brevard Ave. Suite 150 Cocoa, FL 32922. Phone:(321)433-4470 or (877)572-3224

ShoppingWhen in Cocoa Beach, a stop at Ron Jon Surf Shop, 4151 N. Atlantic Ave., is definitely a requirement. From bikinis, beach toys and boards to sandals, sunscreen and tiki décor, this multilevel megastore of surf holds everything you need for the beach and the beach lifestyle. Even non-surfers won't feel out of place here, and no one should leave without picking up the ultimate Cocoa Beach souvenir: a Ron Jon T-shirt. Phone (321) 799-8888.

How about a saber cat fossil or a dinosaur egg as a souvenir? While a shop that specializes in dinosaur paraphernalia isn't the first thing you'd expect to find by the beach, The Dinosaur Store, 250 W. Cocoa Beach Cswy., is a happy surprise (unless you have ornithoscelidaphobia, i.e., a fear of dinosaurs). Dig into the assortment of dinosaur-related merchandise, which includes everything from fossils and shark-tooth necklaces to toy triceratops and museum-quality pieces; phone (321) 783-7300.

NightlifeAfter a long, hot day in the sun, nothing quenches a thirst like an ice-cold mug of suds. There's plenty of beer to be had in Cocoa Beach, and what better place to get one than an air-conditioned Irish pub? Paddy Cassidy's Irish Pub, 2009 N. Atlantic Ave., and Nolan's Irish Pub , 204 W. Cocoa Beach Cswy., are both laid-back establishments with inviting Irish interiors and welcoming bartenders; phone (321) 783-0810 or (321) 783-8499, respectively.

Local favorite Cocoa Beach Brewing Company, 150 N. Atlantic Ave., is a nanobrewery that sits inside what could be your neighbor's house, except for the glowing neon sign in the window that says "OPEN." Join the off-duty rocket scientists who frequent the place and sip one of the pub's homemade brews in the living room, kitchen or backyard patio; phone (321) 613-2941.

If a dark jazz club featuring talented local performers is what you have in mind, Heidi's Jazz Club, 7 N. Orlando Ave., fits the bill perfectly; phone (321) 783-4559. Get set for guffaws, chuckles and belly laughs at Gregory's Upstairs Comedy Club, 900 N. Atlantic Ave. Nationally known comics take the stage every Thursday through Saturday at 9 p.m. and patrons can indulge in a full or bar menu; phone (321) 799-2557.

Step out of the hot sand and amble along the Cocoa Beach Pier until you reach the Rikki Tiki Tavern at the very end. Order a hurricane (not the real kind) or just name your poison, then kick back and enjoy the salty air, ocean breezes and tiki bar ambience; phone (321) 783-7549.

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