Port Canaveral

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Fishing Boats at Port Canaveral, Circa 1953
Fishing Boats at Port Canaveral Today


Located in northern Brevard County, Port Canaveral is a mere 45 minutes from Orlando, minutes from Kennedy Space Center, and has three international airports (plus a small private airport) all an hour or less away. It boasts easy boat access to the Atlantic Ocean or, through the Canaveral Barge Canal and Canaveral Lock, to the Banana River, which is part of the Indian River Lagoon and Florida's Intracoastal Waterway system.

Seventy five years after the US Navy's initial request for a deepwater port to be constructed on Central Florida's eastern shore, Port Canaveral was finally dedicated, on November 3, 1953. 2013 marks the 60th anniversary. Prior to the port's construction, it was an area rich with commercial fishing. With the Banana River directly west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, there was — and still is — no shortage of fishing opportunities.

Originally designed for military and commercial purposes, Port Canaveral has grown into one of the most popular ports in the world. During the Space Race, and even to this day, it provides vital transport and passage for satellite and space-related equipment. The first types of cargo to pass through the port included oil and newsprint, and in 1958, tankers even started to carry orange juice to New York. Millions of tons of cargo now pass through the port annually.

The evolution and development of Port Canaveral continues today with a 22,000 square foot Welcome Center which is currently under construction (estimated completion is Fall 2013) along with extensive redevelopment of the Cove harborside dining and retail area.

Cruises, Marinas & Boating


The first cruise ship to make Port Canaveral its home port did so in 1982. The port now serves more than 4 million cruise passengers each year at its seven cruise terminals. Most of the terminals have been recently renovated. Each have their own parking facility which is patrolled 24/7 by police.

The largest fleet of year-round ships sets sail from Port Canaveral. Three cruise lines have ships ported here and offer multi-day cruises — 3, 4, 5 or 7 days — including Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International. The port even offers an online, interactive cruise guide.

A fourth cruise line, Victory Casino Cruises, offers two five-hour cruises daily upon its four-deck, 40,000+ square foot ship. It features Vegas-style gaming, sports betting, dining, entertainment, a night club and more.

Marinas & Boating

There are six marinas located in Port Canaveral and two along Barge Canal including Bluepoints Marina at Port Canaveral, Cape Marina, Ocean Club Marina, Port Canaveral Yacht Club, Scorpion's New Port Marina, Sunrise Marina, Harbor Square Marina and Harbor Town Marina. They offer both wet and dry boat slips, and some offer charter boat services.

Bring your boat to Port Canaveral if you want easy access to the Banana River, Indian River Lagoon or the ocean.
All boat launch ramps within the port are free and open to the public!

Recreation & More

Jetty Park Public Beach

The Cove Marketplace

The Cove is located along Port Canaveral's waterfront. It features restaurants, shopping, attractions, live entertainment, charter boats and more. At local restaurants, the catch of the day comes straight from the dock to the kitchens. In the marketplace you'll find everything from clothing and souvenirs to local artwork, sculptures, jewelry, unique edibles and more.

The marketplace runs Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public Parks

Three public parks offer a variety of recreation for visitors of Port Canaveral. The largest, Jetty Park, is located on the east end. A popular destination for residents of Brevard and visitors alike, its 34 acres includes a boardwalk and the 1,200-foot Malcolm E. McLouth Fishing Pier which is lighted and equipped with fish-cleaning tables (including running water). The pier is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The park has almost 5 acres of beach access and features lifeguards on duty year-round in designated swimming areas, with additional areas designated for surfing.

One unique perk at Jetty park is the specially designed beach wheelchairs and special access ramps for those who otherwise may be unable to access the beach or pier. Additional amenities at the park include restrooms, reservable picnic pavilons, an air-conditioned concession pavilion with a bait and tackle shop, and a 126-site campground (with bathhouses and laundry facilities) for everything from tents to RV's. There is also a camping store at the campground with a lounge for socializing or just relaxing.

There are fees for camping and parking at Jetty Park. Day parking for cars is $10.00 (subject to change) and camping fees depend upon the season and type of utilities included.

Jetty Park Fishing Pier
Jetty Park Concession Pavilion
The Cove Marketplace
Freddie Patrick Park Boat Launch
Starting at Jetty Park, a mile and a half of bike paths run through Port Canaveral to the 10-acre Freddie Patrick Park, which is located at the center of the port's south side. Amenities at Freddie Patrick Park include picnic tables, fish-cleaning tables, boat launch ramps, double-length parking and restrooms. There are no fees for parking.

At the 4-acre Rodney S. Ketcham Park, there is an observation tower where you can view ships in the harbor, and fishing is allowed from the bulkheads. Located at Port Canaveral's west end, it also features boat launch ramps, picnic tables, double-length parking and restrooms.

Both Jetty Park and Rodney S. Ketcham Park are stops along the Great Florida Birding Trail. Among other species, great blue herons and snowy egrets can be seen at these parks.

A fourth park — Avocet Lagoon — has been proposed on a 4-acre site near the Canaveral Lock. Visitors will be able to view manatees, dolphins, turtles, tortoises and other wildlife from this park when it is completed.

For more information on things to do in Brevard,
check out Brevard Attractions and Visit Brevard.


Screenshot of Port Canaveral from Google Maps
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Homes Near Port Canaveral

The nearest cities to Port Canaveral are both beachside and include famous Cape Canaveral and the idyllic beach town of Cocoa Beach. Across the Bennett Causeway, to the west of Port Canaveral, is central Merritt Island. Area homes include luxury and affordable single-family homes, waterfront homes and condos, canal homes and much more.

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