Introduction to Cocoa, Florida
Cocoa, Florida, in Brevard county, is 22 miles N of Melbourne, Florida (center to center) and 109 miles E of Tampa, Florida.. The city is in the Melbourne - Titusville - Palm Bay area. There are 16,412 residents in Cocoa.
Cocoa was founded sometime around 1860. It was initially settled by fishermen. The city was subsequently incorporated in 1895. It suffered extensive destruction when a fire destroyed the entire business district in 1890. However, this did not deter people from pushing ahead with further growth for the city. The development of the city was given a great boost with the laying down of a railway network. The state suffered further damages in 1894-95, when the citrus crop was destroyed by the ‘Great Freeze’; this event was followed by another phase of development which ended with Great Depression in 1929. After recovering from the Great Depression, Cocoa has become a very strong city.
Cocoa and nearby Attractions
- Porcher House
- Historic Cocoa Village
- Alma Clyde Field Library of Florida History
- Brevard Museum of History & Science
- Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory
- Cocoa Playhouse
- Cape Canaveral Lighthouse
- Florida Solar Energy Center
- The Kennedy Space Center
- Disney World
- Sea World
The beaches and the Indian River are the favored spots of recreation. One can indulge in both salt water and fresh water fishing, swim or laze around. There are daily cruises out of the marina, organized by the Indian River Queen. The Cocoa Village hosts special events throughout the year; these events include parties, street celebrations and fund-raisers.
The Melbourne International Airport is the closest major airport to Cocoa.
Cocoa Higher Education
The city is served by the Brevard Community College