When we returned from North Carolina about two years ago, I had to find a beach since we did not live within a reasonable distance to Clearwater Beach. I had been to New Smyrna Beach, just south of Daytona Beach, and really liked it because a person could drive their car onto the beach. But it seemed like a long drive from where we lived. Then I thought about Cocoa Beach and quickly dismissed it because living right next to Disney the last thing I wanted to do was be near more tourists. That is when I discovered Satellite Beach, which is about 10 minutes south of Cocoa Beach on A1A.
I have given Satellite Beach its Forgotten Beach label because that is what it reminded me of the first time I went. It looked deserted, like one of those old western movies, except there wasn’t any tumbleweed rolling on the beach. I could count the number of people on the beach with my hands and feet. This discovery was shocking to me as this beach is nestled between two large tourist towns of Cocoa and Melbourne. But their loss is my gain, as I don’t like tourists running around kicking sand on me anyway.
The reasons for liking Satellite Beach, other than its secluded feel, are multifarious. First, the waves are pretty nice if you like any kind of surfing—board, body, or wind. The waves usually average about 3-4 feet and get much higher when there is a hurricane. Secondly, there are some great restaurants that one can only find on the beach—Longdoggers, Goombays, and Da Kine Diegos. My personal favorite is Longdoggers, because the food is good and shirt and shoes are not required. Finally, the people are super nice. Living in Orlando has the feel of living up North (forgive me if I offend anyone up North), so finding town where the atmosphere is cordial and laidback is almost like going to heaven.
So if you’re ever in the mood to get away from it all, make a trek to Satellite Beach, it’s only about an hour and a half from Orlando. No—Stop. You can’t all go over there at once because that would kill the cocooned feel. One at a time, people. One at a time.