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Vacationing at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort feels like a true family vacation from the daily grind, it is a tropical oasis just for families. If you are looking for a vacation spot for the entire family where it doesn’t feel like a chore to entertain the kids and you actually get to relax, then set your sights on this Westgate Resort property. There is direct access to the beach, surfing lessons, the Cocoa Beach Pier, and (just steps outside your luxury room accommodations) the Wakulla Falls Water Park.
Of course, the first stop (and many thereafter) is the beach. Whether you are looking to do some surfing, body-boarding, seashell hunting, or laze under a cabana with exclusive service amenities like sunscreen, sunglass cleaning, aloe gel, and even some beach toys for the littles, definitely check out the beach scene.
The waves are soft, the water is cool and exfoliating, and the sand finely pressed under your feet. It’s time to explore Cocoa Beach.
Surfing Lessons at Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort
While you are lounging underneath the canopy of a cabana let the resort’s experienced staff give your kids a surfing lesson. The knowledgable instructors at the Cocoa Beach Resort will take your child of any age who feels comfortable in the water (don’t worry, they stay in the shallow water) and teach them the mechanics of surfing. From the first position of the surfboard to catching their first wave, it’s an unforgettable experience.
As a parent, you will appreciate the excitement and accomplishment when your superstar new surfer comes to you and exclaims, “I want a surfboard!” There’s nothing more heart-warming than seeing your little one pick up something so quickly and instantly fall in love with a traditional ocean sport you never knew they’d enjoy.
Learning to surf is easier than you realize. Take your kids and let them explore some of their natural talents on the waves. Sure, it’s fun and games to jump and leap over the incoming waves, but to actually catch one and ride it in…priceless.
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Visit Ron Jon’s Surf Shop
An icon in Cocoa Beach, Ron Jon’s Surf Shop is a must visit when vacationing with the family at the beach. Ron’s Surf Shop is known worldwide as the place to shop for one’s surf and beach lifestyle. If you are looking for the best surfing gear, apparel, and knick-knacks head to Ron Jon’s.
Open 24/7, yes, all hours of the night, get your shopping done on your time anytime. Whether shopping for souvenirs, seashells, or your own fiberglass, custom-made surfboard, a stop at Ron Jon’s will give you a chance to grab all the goods you need for your perfect beach vacation and everything you need to take home to remember it by.
Wakulla Falls Water Park
Ready to head back to the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort after the beach? Continue to unwind and relax as you enter the “kid zone” where a different type of adventure awaits just outside your door. The Wakulla Falls Water park at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort includes:
- Lazy River
- Adults-Only Relaxation Area
After a morning at the beach in the crashing wave, spend the afternoon simply relaxing in the lazy river. Send the kids off to the Splashpad as you lay back, soak up some vitamin-D sun rays, and forget about all the things to do you left behind at home. Now is the time to remind yourself to enjoy your vacation.
The water is consistently cool and refreshing, inviting you to take a dip or, better yet, float your cares away down the lazy river.
As you relax in the lazy river, the kids will be just fine as they are occupied, expending their excess energy stores in the splash park. With the mini water slides, spitting water towers and arches they’ll never want to leave! The platform is perfectly grated with a non-slip surface which maximizes the enjoyment but minimizes skinned knees.
When the kids need a break from the water play (if that’s even possible), the resort provides daily activities within the park. You can play Jenga, get your face painted, build new creations, and play Connect Four with the kids – giant-style. On the weekends, the whole family will enjoy a special movie night right there in the pool area which is the perfect ending to the day’s excursions!
Even though you are traveling with your children, you can still travel light. The Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort provides beach toys, bodyboards, and even floaties and life jackets for the inexperienced swimmers. Not only does it cut down on the bulk of your packing, but it also gives you peace of mind while your child is in the pool. This family-friendly resort destination makes vacationing truly stress-free and relaxing for the parents.
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While the kids play, unwind with your love in the adult-only relaxation area because this oasis is just for you. Lounge in the early rays of the day with a coffee in hand or take a nightcap cocktail with you by the fireside.
The Makua Lanai adult zone is a sweet mini-vacation spot to continue to decompress throughout your trip. The island-themed rattan lounge chairs are comfortable and give you that true island vibe.
The Cocoa Beach Pier & Shops
Ready for some shopping and family-friendly meals? Head on over to the famed Cocoa Beach Pier which is owned by the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort companies. Not only will you find treasures to bring home and delicious dishes for every meal, but you can also watch a rocket take off for space right from the pier! The Kennedy Space Center’s launch pads are just a few miles from the pier giving you an unobstructed view of a real shuttle launch into space.
Pier Restaurants & Shops
No matter what type of meal you are in the mood for you can get breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and dinner all at the pier. The Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the Resort to the Pier. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Boardwalk Bar where you can enjoy kid-friendly breakfast selections while you watch the beach wake up to the new day.
At lunch time head over to the Pelican Bar and Grille for a delicious lunch or dinner fare. Its casual atmosphere invites families and couples alike to dine while gazing out at panoramic ocean views. Enjoy the ocean and your favorite sporting events as you order past time favorites or something new with their fresh seafood, burgers and hand-crafted drinks’ menu.
While the kids sip on some blended fruit drinks, treat yourself to a couple of cocktails at the Rikki Tiki Tavern. Overlook the ocean and its breath-taking view as you unwind with a cool beverage. Enjoy this Happy Hour Oasis from 4 PM to 7 PM Monday through Friday.
Be sure to pick up a snack at Sea Dogs on Cocoa Beach for a quick on-the-go meal as you explore the beach, shop, swim, and venture your way around the coastline. If you love live entertainment coupled with fresh oysters, then Keith’s Oyster Bar has the freshest seafood in town while specializing in fresh or steamed oysters. Don’t worry, if the kids’ palates aren’t as developed, they will enjoy the selection of fish sandwiches, seafood buckets, burgers, appetizers and salads they have to offer.
Stop by and visit the pier shops on your way out. They have many trinkets and cute stuffed animals for your kids to remember this vacation with their family. From t-shirts to mugs and keychains to flowing tropical dresses, there’s a little something for everyone. If it’s not for yourself, then bring back a thoughtful gift for a parent or co-worker.
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Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort Café
Back at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort, stop by the Aloha Tiki Bar & Café with their choices of light lunch options which includes fresh salads, burgers, Nathan’s® Famous hot dogs, wraps, and flatbreads. Be sure to indulge in some of your favorite tropical cocktails as you lounge poolside.
The Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort
Oftentimes, the highlight of any vacation getaway is the luxury accommodations that surround you. When you feel “at home” away from home, you will most likely reduce your stress, feel like you have all that you need, and thoroughly enjoy every waking moment on your vacation. And you don’t even have to do the cleaning!
Even if your activities are mind-blowing adventurous, if you have to go back to a mundane hotel room, it can instantly bring down the cool vibes you experienced all day long. This is why you’ll appreciate the ambiance and feel of a home away from home in the luxury suites the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort.
Each suite at the resort has a full kitchen, complimentary bodyboards, 100% non-smoking rooms, fitness center, and all-access to the Wakulla Falls Water Park for the entire duration of your stay.
As one of Cocoa Beach’s premier resorts, it features completely renovated and updated villas. Family-inspired luxury rooms provide guest accommodations for six to twelve people. A luxury vacation for the whole family at the Westgate Cocoa Beach is more than a trip to Florida… it’s a vacation to Cocoa Beach, FL.
From a tropical garden to a waterpark of adventure, Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort completely remodeled their former garden centerpiece into this playful, splash-tastic oasis. When your time isn’t being spent at the beach, parents can still give their children the wet and wild experience they crave.
The colors are playful, inviting, and fun, and by the end of the day, the kids are exhausted and everyone can settle into their luxury suite dreaming of the next day’s adventure.
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Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort is an ideal getaway for vacation-loving families. Explore, play, relax, eat, explore, and play some more. Take a break from eating out and take full advantage of the full kitchens and spacious living rooms the resort provides.
Whether it’s just you and a couple of kids or you want to share a vacation with your best friend’s family, everything here is perfect for groups large and small. Explore the beach’s wildlife, waters, walk the pier, relax with friends, and make unforgettable memories at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort.
Your kids will forget about those birthday gifts and christmas presents but they’ll never forget the family vacations.
Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort Traveling Mom of 5
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