Number four on our constantly growing list of “Why We Heart Brevard” is something Brevard County has that very few other areas do, and that’s what we like to call “Beachside.”
We considered naming this reason “72 Miles of Coast” or “Brevard Beaches” but neither of those quite capture the essence of what it means to have a beachside community.
“Beachside” on the other hand, is inclusive of both AND carries additional meaning. It’s the perfect word to describe one of the best aspects of our unique county.
Having a beachside means:
- Beaches, of course… not to mention all the great stuff that comes with them. Boardwalks. Piers. Swimming, sailing and surfing. The list goes on.
- Oceanfront dining. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a good meal while feeling the breeze, listening to the surf and enjoying the view of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Easy stay-cations. If you live on the mainland, all you have to do to escape the everyday is cross a causeway bridge (another reason to heart Brevard). Boom, you’re in paradise. (Discuss amongst yourselves if this works in the opposite direction too.)
- Brevard beachside culture. Brevard is Brevard, you might say. We disagree. Beachside isn’t only a place people live, it’s a way of life. A style, too. Flip-flops and surfing, rocket launch gazing and shirtless dining. Tourism. Local flavor. A place where old Florida and new Florida converge. Restaurants with fresh fish. Most of the live music venues. Amazing artists. A laid back, groovy vibe. Beachside even has its own magazine, of which we are huge fans.
- Great people. Let’s face it, beachside wouldn’t be beachside without beachside residents. These folks work hard to make Brevard’s beachside towns great places to live, work, raise a family and have a great time!
If you live on the mainland and haven’t visited a Brevard beachside destination lately, why not take a half day to visit? Here’s what you do. First, find a mom and pop diner for breakfast. You won’t be disappointed. Then, take a walk on the beach. Follow that by patronizing some of the local shops and galleries. Make sure to either buy something or make a mental note of items you want to purchase as gifts later on. Around noon, find a cafe, club or restaurant with an ocean view. Have a light lunch and a cocktail. You’ll feel great. Trust us!
Have an idea for our next installment of “Why We Heart Brevard?” Let us know in the comments!