About 70 miles east of Orlando, the Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach area is a worthwhile destination if you have a time. Cape Canaveral is quite a site and the tour is really interesting. And if you like beach running, Cocoa Beach is one of the greats in North America. You can run for nearly 10 miles along this wide beach, and at mid to low tide, the surface is firm and fantastic for running. It’s the site of the USA Beach Running Championships. And once you clear the main part of somewhat honky-tonk Cocoa Beach, it’s really quiet. Our route follows the course of the “Run on the Beach” half marathon and 10k (May), which starts at Cocoa Beach Pier and heads south for 6.5 miles, turning around at Nielson’s Surf Shop at Orlando Beach. A fun alternative activity is to rent a ‘beach bike”, and do that activity or combine it with a run.
Good side option: run across the W. Cocoa Beach Causeway, which is 3.5 miles ONE-WAY.