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Make a holiday villa in Cocoa your home away from home

Cocoa holiday villas are in the perfect location to experience the nature preserves, parks and conservation areas of central Florida, as well as being magnificently positioned for some of the best beach life the States has to offer. HomeAway.co.uk connects you to a superb range of holiday accommodation in Cocoa, from villas to apartments, all air-conditioned, and most with access to swimming pools and the ocean. Holliday villas in Cocoa also typically include Wi-Fi, dishwashers, and washer/dryers to take the edge off household chores, as well as access for wheelchairs.

Things to do

-Cocoa Village: Take a walk from your Cocoa holiday rental through the pristine downtown area of Cocoa Village, with its myriad shops, restaurants and bars. Visit the Florida Historical Society or take in a show at the famous Cocoa Village Playhouse, or simply drop a fishing line in the river to while away a lazy afternoon.

-Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory: This 210-seater planetarium showcases the heavenly sights of the universe on a 70 foot overhead hemispherical screen, mimicking the views to be seen through the rooftop observatory's 24 inch telescope. The facility also includes a conventional big screen theater and an exhibition hall, often used to celebrate the achievements of the nearby Cape Canaveral.

-Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science: Encompassing almost 20 acres of nature preserve that straddles three Florida ecosystems, this museum collects and presents historic cultural artifacts as well as specimens of natural history with the aim of promoting the region's cultural heritage.

-Indian River Queen Private Cruise: Experience an authentic riverboat trip on this triple-decked paddle steamer! Serving up great food, gorgeous Florida waterway scenery and live music on the Friday night and Sunday afternoon public cruises, the boat is also available for private hire for up to 234 guests.

-Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex: With two IMAX cinemas, bus tours of the space port, the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Rocket Garden and the Shuttle Launch Experience where you can be part of a simulated shuttle launch into space, the Kennedy Space Center is a must-see while staying at your Cocoa rental.

Weather in Cocoa

Cocoa has a humid subtropical climate, with short, mild (high temperatures in the low 20s Celsius) winters and long, hot summers. Temperatures can top out in the mid 30s C during the latter, with rainfall coming mainly from short summer storms lasting from May to October. Thus Cocoa can be enjoyed at any time of year, though British guests may find the winter especially to their liking, as the winter Florida climate closely resembles British summertime. Ever fancied celebrating Christmas in swimwear on a beach?

Travel to Cocoa

The nearest major airport to Cocoa is Melbourne International Airport, 24 miles away, though this doesn't offer direct connections to Europe, and is even somewhat limited domestically. Melbourne also has the nearest Greyhound station. Orlando International is also handy, at 39 miles distant., which does have direct flights, meaning you don't have to go through the faff of changing planes at any point. Orlando also has the nearest Amtrak station, but as usual for American cities, the most convenient option is to fly in and rent a car.

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