Travel Guide to Cocoa Beach, FL

Cocoa Beach, FL is one of my favorite places to visit. Growing up in high school and college, we would visit there every spring break with my family and it was always a blast. My parents now live 20 minutes from there and I get to visit often. I wanted to share some of my top favorite spots to visit there including my favorite restaurants, places to stay and things to do in the area.

Restaurants

There are so many different restaurants in the Cocoa Beach area, but here are some of my favorites.

Sunset Grille-has great views and good food

Squid Lips-this is my favorite one, has great views, live music, great cocktails and amazing food! My favorite dish is the grilled shrimp with green beans and fries.

Coconuts on the beach-if you’re looking for a fried seafood place and great lunch spot with beach views this is your place. They also have a large selection of cocktails.

Frigate’s-technically this restaurant is not in Cocoa Beach but it’s only about 20 minutes from Cocoa Beach and you don’t want to miss this place. It sits on the river with a beautiful view and amazing seafood! I love the mahi and the hog fish with the sweet potato fries.

Long Doggers-another great place for lunch or more of a casual dinner. They have a lot of delicious sandwiches and fried seafood as well here. My favorite is the grilled mahi on a gluten free bun with fries.

Pineapples-is a new place that just opened up and although I haven’t tried it yet. My parents said it’s got amazing food and they also have live music and dancing.

Tiny Turtle-I haven’t eaten here before, but it’s listed as one of the best restaurants in Cocoa Beach and they have a great breakfast.

Fat Donkey-this is a must have stop for dessert. They have some of the best ice cream and they have a bunch of non dairy ice cream and it is the best I’ve ever had anywhere.

There are so many more places, but these are just a few of my favorites!

Things to Do

There are so many different things to do in Cocoa Beach since it’s a vacation spot. I listed some of my favorites.

Mini Golf at either the Lighthouse Cove Golf or Gator Golf

The Pier/Beach

The Space Center

Ron Jon Surf Shop and Downtown Cocoa

Surfing

Disney is only a short hour drive

Places to stay

I have not stayed in many of the resorts or condos as my family always went to one resort. But I’m going to share the top ones along with our favorite resort growing up.

Cocoa Beach Resort-this is the resort we always stayed at and loved! It has a great pool with a waterfall and volleyball net. They also have basketball courts, tennis courts, and beach access. The rooms are beautiful as you can get an ocean view room. Also, we loved that they had a ton of activities as well including movie nights.

Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

Discovery Beach Resort

Crowne Plaza in Melbourne

Beachside Hotel and Suites

Holiday Inn Club Vacation

Cocoa Beach, FL is definitely a fun and great family destination with a lot to do there. I hope this helps in planning your next trip to Cocoa Beach. Let me know in the comments if I missed any great places. I will be sharing more travel guides with you all in the next couple of weeks.

30A FL Travel Guide

My husband’s family and I traveled to Panama City, FL area recently and had a blast. I wanted to share where we stayed, the things we did, and the restaurants we ate at. The Gulf side of FL is a must see spot and is a great vacation spot.

My husband’s family and I traveled to Panama City, FL area recently and had a blast. I wanted to share where we stayed, the things we did, and the restaurants we ate at. The Gulf side of FL is a must see spot and is a great vacation spot.

Where we stayed:

We stayed in a Condo right on the beach in the Laguna Beach area and my in laws found it on VRBO. I will link it here for you all, but Airbnb and VRBO have a bunch of condos and houses that are right on the beach to stay in. I would aim to find one close to Panama City for affordable options but would not recommend staying in Panama City since it is not as nice of an area.

Things to do:

There are so many things to do in that area. The beach is beautiful and really clear. We even saw some sting rays and crabs in the ocean while we were there. It would be fun to get some snorkeling gear so you could use for it. Definitely check out downtown Seaside, FL there are a ton of shops and food trucks there as well as live movies in the amphitheater. I also love all of the cute buildings which are perfect to capture some gorgeous shots. Don’t forget to visit the 30A store and Seaside store for cute gifts and clothes. We also ate ice cream at a cute gelato shop called Heavenly’s Shortcakes.

Rosemary and Alys beach are both close by too. Rosemary Beach is absolutely gorgeous! The streets remind me of a town in Italy and there are also a ton of shops and restaurants here. There is also a great coffee shop called Amavida and I got a non dairy cookie dough latte there. You can also bike in Rosemary, Aly’s Beach, and Seaside. They have several places to rent bikes.

Restaurants:

We ate at a couple really great restaurants while we were there. I am going to include the ones we ate at as well as some other recommended restaurants.

George’s in Alys Beach:

The food was amazing here and the atmosphere was great! They have indoor and outdoor seating. Inside is a little loud, so if you are looking for a quieter setting I recommend sitting outside. Make sure you get there early to put your name on their waitlist too. I got the Jerk Crusted Gulf Snapper and it was amazing and they made it for me gluten and dairy free! My husband and his parents got the Shrimp plate which you can get grilled or fried. They also have a wide selection of drinks to choose from.

Old Florida Fish House:

If you want an amazing atmosphere then this will be a must on your list of restaurants to visit. Most of their seating is outdoors and it’s lined with market lights and beautiful plants. The food is also amazing. I did have a hard time finding something dairy free on the menu, but they were willing to make me a grouper with french fries and green beans. I had a really delicious watermelon cocktail. They also have live music and events on the weekends and can accommodate for special events. There are a ton of places to take pictures there and there is the cutest coffee shop/wine bar next door that is on our list for next time.

Crackings in Grove Garden:

This is a must stop for brunch food. They have live music and the most delicious brunch food. They had a lot of options for my allergies including gluten free pancakes. I went with the scramble though since the pancakes do have dairy in them. They also have outdoor and indoor seating. Make sure you put yourself on the wait list before you arrive since they do have a long wait on the weekends.

Other restaurants to visit

Cuvee 30A (Rosemary Beach

Pescado (Rosemary Beach)

The Citizen (Aly’s Beach)

Great Southern Cafe (Seaside)

Seaside Food Trucks ( lots of different food to choose from here)

Havana (Rosemary Beach)

Bud and Alley’s (Seaside)

My favorite Vacation dresses

There’s nothing I love more than traveling and going on vacations especially when spring time rolls around. I wanted to share my favorite dresses for vacation.

Two of my favorite boutiques to shop for vacation dresses are Red Dress Boutique and Pink Lily Boutique. I also love Lulu’s and their adorable vacation collection.

This adorable pink dress is from Pink Lilies newest collection Sweet Escape and is perfect for a beach vacation. It pairs well with a straw clutch and some cork heels. I linked it here for you all! Pink Button Dress, Nude heels, Straw Clutch
This adorable tie dye blue dress is perfect for the beach and goes well with sandals or heels. It’s so gorgeous and flowy too and would be perfect for some beach pictures. Blue Tie Dye Dress, Nude Sandals
This adorable skirt from Lulu’s is perfect for vacation. I love the floral details on it and the color. It’s so bright and fun! I linked it here below. Yellow Floral Skirt, White Bodysuit, Cork Heels
I love this adorable floral jumpsuit from Francesca’s. It has the cutest tie back and smocked top. It pairs well with heels and a straw clutch. Floral Jumpsuit, Cork Heels
This gorgeous maxi skirt from Chicwish is perfect for a beach vacation. I love the floral patterns and the beautiful flowy skirt. Floral Maxi Skirt, White Tank Top, Nude Heels
This two piece set is perfect for vacation. It has slits on each side and looks stunning in pictures. Green Floral Two Piece Set,
I love this adorable yellow colorblock dress for vacation. It’s so gorgeous and looks stunning with heels and a straw bag.
Love this adorable floral smocked off the shoulder dress is perfect for a beach vacation. It has two slits on each side and pairs well with heels. Floral Dress, White Heels
This adorable blue romper from Pink Lily is a perfect vacation look. I love pairing it with this nude heels and straw clutch. Blue Floral Romper , Nude Heels

I also linked several of my favorite vacation dresses from Red Dress Boutique Here

I love shopping for new outfits for vacations and all of these looks are perfect for that.

Top 5 Favorite Restaurants in Melbourne, FL

This post is long over due from me as I get a lot of questions about FL even though I don’t live there, but visit about four times a year since my family lives there. One of our favorite things to do when traveling is to try our different restaurants and Melbourne, FL and the surrounding area has a lot of fantastic restaurants to choose from. I wanted to narrow it down to five of our top favorites when we visit.

1. Frigate’s Restaurant Bar and Grille

Florida has a lot of restaurants and bars that are on the water, but this one tops off all of them. The food and atmosphere are both excellent. The restaurant sits right on the Eau Gallie river and is surrounded by beautiful palm trees, twinkle lights, and a dock that goes out to the water. Almost all of the seating is outdoors and you just get that vacay vibe from it. All of their food is amazing, but I particularly love their market grouper that is fresh and can be made different ways with a sauce on top. You must try their sweet potato fries which come with a maple dipping sauce that is amazing. I also love their many cocktails including their red wine sangria. I’ve never had a bad meal there yet and always enjoy the views. Here are some pictures of the restaurant for reference.

2. Yellow Dog

We recently got to eat here with my parents for New Years Eve and it was SO good! It’s definitely on the pricier side, but the food is delicious! Everything on their menu we ordered was so good. They have lots of great fish, steak, chicken, seafood, and even duck on their menu. I got the maple chicken and it was delicious! They even had gluten free and dairy free bread for me as well. I also put a picture of it below for reference.

3. First Watch or Keke’s

These are our two favorite spots for brunch. Both have amazing and unique menus and offer a lot of gluten and dairy free options for me as well. My hubby loves the french toast at both places and I love getting the breakfast hash at both of those places as well. The coffee is also so great and First Watch even has non dairy creamer too!

4. Grilles

This one will always be a favorite to us as it is the place Corbin and I went to with our family after we got engaged. This is more of a casual waterfront restaurant. On the weekends they have live bands out on the patio and dancing and beautiful views of the water. Any of the seafood and fish items are delicious and they have amazing fries!

5. Sands on the beach

If you’re looking for a beachside restaurant this is a great place! It sits right on the beach and has access to the beach from the restaurant. The food is great! I love their salads for lunch and fish for dinner as well. I also love that you can grab a drink and go spend some time on the beach at the same time.

Bonus: Fat Donkey Ice Cream or Del’s Ice Cream

This one is a bonus for you all! Fat Donkey is our absolute favorite place to grab ice cream in the local area. They have a ton of ice cream options and also a non dairy menu which I love of course! If you’re looking for non dairy try their chocolate almond fudge flavor. We used to love Del’s when I could eat regular ice cream, so I definitely recommend checking them out if you don’t have any allergies in the family.

I get so excited sharing all of these restaurants with you all and it makes me excited to visit these places the next time I go! Please let me know in the comments if you’ve been to any of these places or tried them and what your favorite dish is!

Denver, CO Travel Guide

We just got back from an amazing trip to Denver, CO. It’s an incredibly beautiful and gorgeous place with lots of mountains. We visited some of the highlights in just two days. I wanted to share my favorite places we visited along with our favorite restaurants and recommendations.

We just got back from an amazing trip to Denver, CO. It’s an incredibly beautiful and gorgeous place with lots of mountains. We visited some of the highlights in just two days. I wanted to share my favorite places we visited along with our favorite restaurants and recommendations.

 

One of my favorite places to see was the Red Rocks Amphitheater. The rocks are so stunning with all of the colors. This is a great place to catch a concert or yoga. They have several events going on there during the year. You can also do a workout on the stairs as well or hike around the rocks too. It’s also a beautiful spot to take pictures. Another place to see Red Rocks and hike is the Garden of the gods. It is so stunning!

 

Another beautiful place to see phenomenal views is Rocky Mountain National Park. There are many trails you can hike if you enjoy hiking. We drove on the highest road Trail Ridge Road which has many stops and overlooks along the way. Depending on the time of year you go, you will see lots of animals along the drive. We saw elk, deer, and moose close to many of the roads and paths. I also would highly recommend walking around Sprague Lake or Bear Lake at the end of the trail ridge rd. We saw so many different animals around Sprague Lake in the late afternoon. I also recommend getting to the park in the early morning to have enough time to drive through and have a nice dinner afterwards. We also loved going in the gift shop near the highest point of the rd. They had so many unique gifts.

 

We ate at an amazing restaurant for lunch called Acova. It has lots of gluten free, non gmo, and vegan plates. I got the chicken cobb salad and it was so good. A few other restaurants I recommend in the Denver area include: Linger, City’ O City, Snooze, Holidaily Brewing Company, Root Down, and Tap Fourteen Uptown. There are so many good restaurants and food in Denver.

 

Denver is a beautiful place to visit and if you get the chance to go there it’s so worth it!