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Do you desire a beachfront condominium with a walk-out balcony that allows you to take in sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean? Or perhaps a riverfront estate where you can cast a fishing line from your own backyard? How about a family friendly gated subdivision with nearby parks and A-rated schools?

Whatever your preference, one of the best things about Brevard County is that within its borders, you are sure to find a community that suits your lifestyle. From secluded to suburbia, woodsy to waterfront, Brevard County has it all.


Scottsmoor is Brevard County’s northern-most community, located on the edge of Volusia County, and one of its oldest, having been settled in 1861. It remains mostly rural.

About 7,000 people live in Mims, much of which also remains rural. In recent years, however, the area has attracted residents who prefer to live peacefully among a natural-Florida setting, yet still enjoy easy access to Orlando and other larger communities.

With attractions like the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum and the U.S. Space Walk Hall of Fame, as well as easy access to the Canaveral National Seashore, Black Point Wildlife Drive (part of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge) and the Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary, it’s no wonder Titusville is alluring to history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike.

Its 44,000 residents also enjoy optimal health care at Parrish Medical Center and an historic downtown district with a nearby municipal marina.

Port St. John
Port St. John is one of Brevard County’s major family communities, an unincorporated area west of the Indian River with about 12,000 residents. Its population enjoys the 192-acre Fay Lake Wilderness Park, which has a fishing lake, and Fay Park, which has sports fields and courts, as well as picnic areas.

Cape Canaveral

The city of Cape Canaveral celebrated its 60th anniversary and even in a post-shuttle era remains a desirable locale as its neighbor, Port Canaveral, is one of the area’s leading entertainment destinations and continues to grow as one of the country’s premier cruising and shipping ports. Home to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, close to 10,000 residents live in this quaint beachfront city are frequently treated to impressive rocket launches.


Cocoa boasts old-Florida charm to the east, natural Florida charm to the west and modern Florida assets all around. It has the tree-shaded streets of Cocoa Village, with some of the area’s finest restaurants, shops and galleries, as well as the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse and Riverfront Park. To the west are venues for horseback riding, fishing and airboat rides in the St. Johns River system.

Cocoa also is home to the main campus of Eastern Florida State College (EFSC), which also serves as a regional branch of the University of Central Florida (UCF). The Astronaut Memorial Planetarium, the EFSC/UCF Joint Use Library and the Florida Solar Energy Center also are here.

Merritt Island
With about 36,000 residents, Merritt Island has some of Brevard County’s most colorful history, having been founded as a citrus growing and cattle-raising community in the mid-1800s and having become a home to thousands of aerospace workers a century later. Today, Merritt Island’s Tropical Trail boasts some of the most impressive waterfront estates in the area.

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge occupies 140,000 acres on the northern part of the area, and is home to sea turtles, osprey, alligators and bald eagles.

Cocoa Beach
Home of the world’s largest surf shop (Ron Jon Surf Shop), the world’s greatest surfer (Kelly Slater), condominium-lined Cocoa Beach is one of the more well-known tourist destinations in Brevard County. It’s home to two major surfing festivals (on Easter and Labor Day weekends). It’s also home to Cape Canaveral Hospital and dozens of restaurants and shops, as well as some of the area’s finer hotels.

Rockledge, which dates to 1887, is Brevard County’s oldest incorporated community, a winter-resort city that now is largely residential, famed for the stately homes set among tall oaks along its riverfront. The family oriented city of about 25,000 also has a thriving recreational scene that includes various country clubs. Rockledge also is home to Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge.

Meticulously developed as a master-planned community, Viera is a family oriented town that reaches east and west of Interstate 95. Its approximately 21,000 residents live in carefully maintained subdivisions, each with their own features and amenities. Not merely residential, it also has the Brevard County Government Center, including the Harry T. and Harriet V. Moore Justice Center and Brevard Public School Board; Space Coast Stadium; the Brevard Zoo; various golf courses; The Avenue Viera, an open-air shopping and dining destination; and Viera Health Park.

One of the earliest of the region’s planned communities continues to thrive, with about 20,000 residents that live in homes ranging from cozy townhomes to multi-million-dollar mansions. It has a full-service country club, Suntree Country Club, and access to some of the area’s better restaurants and shopping, not to mention an easy ride to the beach over the Pineda Causeway.


The 38-square-mile “Harbor City” is a microcosm of Brevard County, with about 76,000 residents from the rural west to the oceanfront. Home of Melbourne International Airport, it also has one of the region’s premier entertainment and shopping destinations (Historic Downtown Melbourne); an arts district (Eau Gallie Arts District); and Eastern Florida State College’s Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts diverse, top-notch entertainment. Museums, galleries and festivals complete Melbourne’s cultured atmosphere.

Two institutions of higher learning – Eastern Florida State College’s Melbourne campus and Florida Institute of Technology -- are here, as are many high-technology companies.

West Melbourne
West Melbourne has seen a boom in residential construction in recent years that coincides with its commercial growth. New Haven Avenue is one of the area’s busiest shopping districts, populated with numerous restaurants and retailers (Target, Sam’s Club), as well as name-brand furniture stores. The area also is home to Hammock Landing, a newly built open-air shopping and dining destination.


Satellite Beach
Nestled between the beach and the Indian River Lagoon, Satellite Beach was named by people who arrived here during the dawn of the Space Age. Most of its approximately 10,000 residents are retirees and young families who enjoy its shops, restaurants and surf. The area also is home to various beach parks, as well as a 35-acre sports and recreation park.

Indian Harbour Beach

Only about two square miles, Indian Harbour Beach boasts some of Brevard County’s most luxurious properties, including the private enclave Lansing Island, as well as luxury condominiums and beachfront homes. It also has Kiwi Tennis Club, one of the top facilities of its kind in Florida, and public parks and beaches.

Only about a square mile, Indialantic is an eclectic city with lots of history as a surfing hot spot. It also is an upscale residential and shopping community. Its Fifth Avenue district, which ends at the beach, includes shops, galleries and bistros with more than the usual panache.

Melbourne Beach
Affluent Melbourne Beach is historic (said to have been discovered by Ponce de Leon) and sedate, though not without its share of activities and attractions. Its pier is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and its bright old “Pink House” now is a much-favored bed-and-breakfast, Port d’Hiver. Sebastian Inlet State Park also is in Melbourne Beach, offering an abundance of fishing, surfing, canoeing, kayaking and many other water-based activities.


Palm Bay
The most populated city in Brevard County, over 100,000 people call Palm Bay home. This remarkably diverse, 67-square-mile city has every imaginable type of housing. Palm Bay Hospital is located here, as are about 30 schools, including a campus of Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) with the University of Central Florida (UCF) offering several baccalaureate programs here. And Turkey Creek Sanctuary, one of the city’s 29 parks, is a favorite with nature lovers.

Palm Bay also has established itself as a business-friendly community with many mid- to large- technology and manufacturing companies, like Globe Wireless, staking their territory here.

Malabar is one of those towns that retains its “Old Brevard” flavor. Malabar’s residents live ˗ usually quite comfortably ˗ among tall oaks and pines, sometimes with cattle and horses as neighbors.

In 2006, the communities of Grant and Valkaria became a single incorporated town, founded to control its growth and preserve its ecosystem, as well as its nearly 4,000 residents’ rural quality of life. The town is home to the Valkaria Airport and the ever-popular Grant Seafood Festival.