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Photos: A Florida Dream Trip You Can Take NOW

If you've got three days and a tank of gas, the beautiful beach towns of Florida's "space coast" make for a perfect winter getaway!

  1. Two local surfers walk along Melbourne Beach.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  2. Vacationers play in the waters of Cocoa Beach, with Cocoa Beach Pier in the background.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  3. A pelican sits perched on Cocoa Beach Pier.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  4. A rainbow shines near the Patrick Air Force Base and Satellite Beach.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  5. A local surfer surveys the waves of Satellite Beach.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  6. A surfer shows his skills for tourists watching from Cocoa Beach Pier.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  7. A local surfer preps his board for the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  8. The porches of the South Beach Inn on Cocoa Beach.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  9. A fisherman cleans his catch on Cocoa Beach Pier.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  10. Local bikers take a stroll across the sands just south of Cape Canaveral.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  11. Tables at local restaurant, Sun On The Beach, in Melbourne.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  12. Fried chicken & waffle from Sun On The Beach in Melbourne.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  13. A guest room of oceanfront Tuckaway Shores Resort in Melbourne, Florida.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  14. Merritt Island’s Black Point Wildlife Drive in Titusville, Florida.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  15. A child enjoys the shark tank at Cocoa Beach Surf Company.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  16. A shark inside the Cocoa Beach Surf Company shark tank.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  17. The original Ron Jon Surf Shop at sunset in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  18. Surfboards for sale outside of the original Ron Jon Surf Shop.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  19. Inside the original Ron Jon Surf Shop.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  20. An exterior view of Casa Coquina in Titusville.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  21. A Cocoa Beach Surf Company surf lesson at Cocoa Beach.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  22. A Cocoa Beach Surf Company instructor and student during a private surf lesson.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  23. A flock of birds spotted at the Black Point Wildlife Drive near Cape Canaveral.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  24. A classic Cuban meal from Roberto’s Little Havana.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  25. A kid bikes near Highway A1A and Satellite Beach.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  26. A vacationing kid enjoying his day on Satellite Beach.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  27. Mai Tiki Gallery on the Minutemen Causeway in Cocoa Beach.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  28. A Mai Tai from Mai Tiki Bar on Cocoa Beach Pier.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  29. A replica space shuttle along Highway A1A between Titusville and Cocoa Beach.

    (Whitney Tressel)
  30. A view of Cocoa Beach from Cocoa Beach Pier.

    (Whitney Tressel)

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