Are you looking for an affordable, family-friendly beach destination on Florida’s Space Coast with beautiful oceanfront property and plenty of amenities? I have the answer!
It’s the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort.
As parents of two young daughters, ages 5 and 7, our first priority when deciding a vacation destination is whether the location has the facilities for our kids to have a BLAST without us being the only source of entertainment. (Mom and Dad want to relax, too!)
The Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort had plenty of “extras” to keep our girls busy in the heat, between the swimming pool, jacuzzi, large splash pad, and the lazy river.
The hotel recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation, and the facility went beyond my expectations. Every single one of the resort’s rooms have a large living area, a full kitchen, two big bathrooms, and two bedrooms: one with a set of twin beds and another with a California king. The decor is modern and inviting, and we didn’t have to deal with inconveniences older resorts experience like rust, leaky faucets, or outdated decor. (Anyone else remember the Pelican motifs from family beach vacations in the 1980s?)
Westgate Resort Cocoa Beach also has two restaurants on-site: the poolside Aloha Tiki Bar & Cafe, where you can order sandwiches and adult libations, as well as the Beachside Cafe, where you can grab a snack or ice cream.
Because the rooms have full kitchens, we were able to run to the grocery store across the street from the hotel and grab perishable breakfast foods and snacks, without worrying about where we would store them.
On the topic of concierge-level service, the Westgate Resort Cocoa Beach’s experience exceeded my expectations with towel service, complimentary sunscreen, bluetooth speakers, and someone who is on deck to clean your sunglasses every 30 minutes! (I mean, for real!) The beach area also has plenty of ways to keep your kids entertained, between offering surf lessons, volleyball, corn hole, football, soccer, and items to make sand castles.
As if the on-site resort services weren’t enough, Westgate Cocoa Beach is also close to the Cocoa Beach Pier and offers complimentary shuttle service between the Pier and the Resort every half hour. (My kids LOVED riding on the trolley.) This convenient service means you never have to worry about parking. A historic landmark on Florida’s Space Coast, the world-famous Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier stretches 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and offers something for everyone — including award-winning restaurants and bars, live entertainment, gift shops and boutiques, surf lessons, bicycle rentals, and a beach concierge and cabana service. While we were there, we even saw a wedding on Cocoa Beach– and the Pier offered the perfect venue for the reception.
Dining and entertainment venues at the Pier include the Rikki Tikki Tavern, which features a thatched roof, open-air seating, food service and spectacular ocean views; Pelican’s Bar & Grille, a casual ocean eatery; Keith’s Oyster Bar, the only open-air seafood bar on the beach; The Boardwalk Bar, a casual bar and eatery; and Sea Dogs, known for its delicious beef hot dogs and sweet treats.
This post is sponsored by Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort. However, I’d never promote a vacation destination that I didn’t enjoy, and all opinions are my own.