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Visiting the Melbourne Coast

Visiting the Melbourne Coast

WELCOME to the Melbourne Coast! Ideally located approximately half-way down Florida’s east coast in southern Brevard County, there is a world of Florida charm, nature and recreation, culture, dining and shopping awaiting you. Bask in the sunshine on our 33 miles of unspoiled beaches by daylight or take a romantic moonlit walk while enjoying an evening’s tropical breeze. Our semi-tropical climate allows you to partake year-round in many outdoor recreational pursuits such as golf, fishing, boating, swimming, surfing, camping and more.

Relax in your choice of over 4,000 affordable rooms, suites, condos, bed and breakfasts and extended-stay rentals. Our fine hotels and motels offer beachside, riverside or mainland locations. You will find a wide variety of fine restaurants, cafés, coffee shops and shopping options galore from the modern centers to historic downtowns. Cultural opportunities and attractions abound. Boaters will find numerous marinas available for convenient docking.

For more information, contact The Melbourne Regional Chamber at (800) 771-9922 or visit us at www.themelbournecoast.com

Melbourne FL Tourism

South Brevard has nearly 40 Chamber member lodging establishments which range from oceanfront hotels with on-premise dining, banquet facilities, swimming and beach access, to extended stay, business travel and bed and breakfast accommodations. For a complete listing, visit www.themelbournecoast.com.

Hungry? You’ll find hundreds of eateries, from elegant riverfront dining to intimate ethnic cuisine on the beach or great seafood near great shopping. There’s a number of great delis, plus fusion, Italian, Mexican and Island cuisine to be found. Or try this year’s Best Martini on the Melbourne Coast, the “Love Martini” from The Melting Pot. Check www.themelbournecoast.com for a full list to meet any appetite.

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And if shopping is on your to-do list, South Brevard has much to offer: Melbourne Square Mall (with shops like JC Penney, Dillard’s, Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods), Hammock Landing and The Avenue Viera all have many national chain stores, restaurants and specialty shops. Walmart has four locations, plus Lowe’s and Best Buy for your convenience. Downtown Melbourne and Eau Gallie both offer more eclectic offerings with everything from clothing to antiques, art galleries, pubs, casual to fine dining, cigars and imports. And for great bargains, don’t forget to check out Super Flea & Farmers Market open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays just off I-95 at Eau Gallie Boulevard.

GETTING AROUND – TRANSPORTATION
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Melbourne International Airport

AIR TRAVEL: Melbourne International Airport offers travelers several flights daily through Delta Airlines and US Airways as well as through various charter services. Ph: (321) 723-6277. www.mlbair.com. Established in 1929, the Melbourne International Airport (MLB) serves East Central Florida, including Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties, generating more than $1 billion annually in economic activity. The airport is 25 miles from Port Canaveral, 48 miles from Kennedy Space Center, 20 miles from Cocoa Beach and 74 miles from Orlando-area theme parks.

Governed by the seven-member Melbourne Airport Authority, the airport’s state-of-the-art facility includes three runways and a 200,000-square-foot terminal serving Delta Air Lines, US Airways, Direct Air, AirGate Aviation and Baer Air. In 2008, Delta Air Lines celebrated 25 years of service at Melbourne International Airport.

MLB has three runways, including its main runway, 9R/27L, which is 10,181 feet long. The main runway and associated taxiways and ramp are adequate to handle Boeing 747 or L-1011 wide-body commercial jets, as well as large cargo aircraft such as the C-5, C-17 and Antonov 124.

The facility accommodated more than 330,000 estimated passengers in 2010. Melbourne International Airport is one of the nation’s busiest airports for general-aviation operations, ranking 49th nationwide with nearly 125,000 takeoffs and landings in 2009.

More than 2,000 U.S. Navy and Marine pilots were trained at the airport when it served as Naval Air Station Melbourne during World War II. NAS Melbourne also was home to more than 250 German POWs, who worked mostly at the station’s laundry and mess hall. In 1947 Melbourne Airport was deeded to the city and operated as a municipal airport. The era of commercial air service began in Melbourne with the arrival of Eastern Airlines in 1952 CVB.

BUS SERVICE: Local service provided by Space Coast Area Transit. Ph: (321) 633-1878. Long distance travel provided by Greyhound Bus Lines - terminal located at the Melbourne International Airport. Ph: (321) 723-4323

SHUTTLE: Melbourne Airport Shuttle offers door-to-door pick-up service with special rates for destinations such as Port Canaveral. 1-800-826-4544

AUTO RENTAL: Avis (321) 723-7755, Budget (321) 951-4809 and Hertz (321) 723-0315 all have locations at the airport.

LIMOUSINE: Hot Rayz Limousines’ fleet includes 28-passenger down to four-passenger limos for weddings, city tours, sightseeing, parties, proms, airport service, nights on the town and more. Ph: (321) 242-9996. www.hotrayzlimos.com

CRUISES: Conveniently located to our area, Port Canaveral is one of the world’s busiest, but least congested cruise ports from which you can take a three-, four- or seven-day voyage to the Bahamas, eastern Caribbean or Mexico’s Gulf resorts. Visit www.portcanaveral.org or call (321) 783-7831.

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