VIBE: Relaxed, Family Friendly
Spessard Holland North Beach Park, 2207 Atlantic St, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Where can you find a pretty beach that offers you the gift of quiet relaxation? Three miles south of U.S. Hwy 192, this community beach park is a hidden gem that often remains quiet when other main Atlantic beaches are busy. Find out more.
Spessard Holland North Beach Park is located at 2525 Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach. It's only one hour from the Kennedy Space Center and relatively close to Orlando. This is a nice county park that we're sure the locals don't want you to find. You can reserve pavilions for a gathering or eat at the restaurant outdoors. This coastal area has lots of foliage, sea grapes, and wild grasses. There is lots of free beach parking.
Melbourne Beach Sand
This large beach offers some of the prettiest, softest sand we have seen that sparkles in the sun. The sand is a little firmer down near the shore, similar to Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach. When you enter the beach from the walkway the sand is thick which is great for building a sand castle. The beach sand was replenished in 2020 so there is plenty for fun activities. It is a short distance from the parking lot to the ocean. No need to lug your gear for half a mile.
Melbourne Beach Ocean Water
With three dune crossovers, it's easy to get to this ocean beach. Our visit in January was delightful but the water was a little cold. This is to be expected at this time of year. The warmest water in winter can be found in the Palm Beaches where the Gulf stream is close to the Florida coast all year. You can also go to the Gulf coast near Naples and Sanibel Island to find warm water. Even Siesta Key Beach may have cool water in December! The ocean water in Melbourne Beach is blue and clear. It will start warming up in no time (April) with a little help from the Gulf Stream.
Melbourne Beach Parking and Amenities
We found Spessard Holland North Beach Park while driving up the Florida coastline from Jensen Beach. There wasn't much traffic going north in Brevard County so after seeing this inviting sign we pulled in. There were lots of spots to choose from at this eclectic, little park. Parking is free. To top it off, there's an outdoor, take-out restaurant too. What a great find!
This park has restrooms and 4 outdoor showers. There are also 2 indoor showers. If you want to have a picnic there are covered picnic areas with built-in barbecues. Two of the pavilions can be reserved ahead of time. It is accessible according to the website.
Melbourne Beach Activities
This beach park has lots of charm and is so relaxing. This art wall is an example of the "island vibe" everywhere. It's kind of bohemian: creative, artistic and free-spirited. Surf fishing is popular here. Since the Atlantic waves are smaller at this beach it's a great place to catch fish. There is no pier to fish from and lifeguards are seasonal. There is no dog beach here, only service animals are allowed. Alcoholic beverages are allowed in designated areas.
"Billie's On Da Beach" is a takeout restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch until three o'clock. They offer salads, delicious sandwiches, and French Fries. They boast, "All fresh ingredients, we hand patty our burgers daily. We don't even cut the potatoes for our fries until you order." Makes us want to go back and find out! A place to eat right on the beach is an added bonus no matter where you go, and this cafe is no exception.
Look Out! This Could Happen...
There isn't much to warn you about at this beach...maybe excessive relaxation? This beach looks just like a postcard. It is a little off the beaten path. On your drive in from I-95, you have to go through the City of Melbourne and may pass the Sarno Landfill which does not smell good! We suggest you take the exit onto Route 192 instead of 518. There is also a RacTrac gas station off that exit if you need fuel. On our way home from the park on I-95 north, nature treated us to a sunset. A perfect end to a Florida beach road trip.
With its quiet, unspoiled beaches, and its slower pace of life, Melbourne Beach is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy some much-needed R&R.
Trucks At This Beach
Take a look at this beast we caught lurking near Melbourne Beach. It’s a white with purple accent Ford F250 Super Heavy Duty with a 6.7L power stroke engine. This beast had some subtle custom touches like the Forgiato polished rims mounted with Fury Country Hunter MT tires. The front bumper was also changed to a Go Rhino BR10.5 heavy-duty unit. But the key modification is “The Any Level Lift”. This isn’t your ordinary lift kit as it is a patented system that gives the driver the ability to control the ride height of the truck. With the hydraulic coilover mount version, you can control the lift height range up to 13” in the front and 12” in the rear. With the manual coilover mount, you can set your ride at 4”, 6”, 8”, 10”, 12” or 13”.
What We Really Think About Melbourne Beach
Spessard Holland North Beach Park in Melbourne Beach is a delight. The locals like to go to the Melbourne Beaches, rather than Cocoa Beach, because it is often less crowded. It has almost everything a beachgoer could ask for: clear water, silky sand, sand dunes, plenty of free parking, and food! We will be going back this summer to swim. We also want to try the restaurant. Sounds like a perfect escape for a beach day.
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