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Transportation & Tourism

With its unique aerospace history, Brevard County has a special appreciation for transporting people and goods in the most efficient and cost-effective ways. Its central location on the Atlantic seaboard of Florida situates Brevard County in the middle of major space, air, sea, highway and rail corridors. In addition, many of its transportation hubs – including Port Canaveral and Melbourne International Airport – are part of Foreign Trade Zone 136, which enables qualified businesses to defer or eliminate U.S. Customs’ duties on imported goods.

Source: Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast

Getting Here, There & Everywhere
Whether its residents going to and from work, the general public moving about the county, or transporting goods to and from Brevard County, here’s how to get precious cargo where it needs to be.

By Motor Vehicle…
Interstate 95 provides easy north-south access to motorists, as does the route once called the “Federal Highway,” U.S. Highway 1. State Road A1A provides a drive with a beachside view and five causeways – the Max Brewer in Titusville; State Road 520/the Cocoa Beach Causeway in Central Brevard; and the Pineda, Eau Gallie and Melbourne causeways in Melbourne ˗ each provide access to the beaches.

Many residents use the area’s public bus system, Space Coast Area Transit, to go to and from work, as well as navigate the county.

By Air…
Motor vehicles are not the beginning or end for transportation in Brevard County, however. Delta Air Lines, U.S. Airways and Elite Airways fly from Melbourne International Airport, which is favored by businesspeople and tourists alike as a great alternative to larger, busier airports. And for private flights, Baer Air flies four aircrafts, available on demand, for corporate, leisure or cargo transportation.

The airport also has a Greyhound bus terminal and bus access via the county’s Space Coast Area Transit and is a major business hub, with technological giants like Harris Corp., Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins and General Electric represented there.

By Boat…
Port Canaveral, the second busiest cruise port, is one of the country’s foremost deep-water seaports, with cargo services, as well as cruise lines and the facilities to handle them all. It’s also home to Foreign Trade Zone 136, recreational facilities, restaurants and other businesses.

By Rail…
Florida’s East Coast Railway (FEC) is a Class II railroad that runs directly through Brevard County, along the west side of U.S. Highway 1. In 2013, the railway transported approximately 116,955 carloads of commodities that included crushed stone (aggregate), automobiles, food products and construction materials. FEC also moved 385,007 intermodal units in 2013.

Brevard County: A Great Place to Vacation

Considering the ease of getting to, from and around Brevard County, it’s no surprise that tourism and hospitality is also a huge economic driver.

Each year over 2.5 million overnight visitors with an additional 3.5 daytime visitors flock to Brevard County. And why not? With an average temperature of 73 degrees, the area boasts a nearly picture-perfect tropical climate year round, allowing travelers to enjoy over 72 miles of beaches, diverse ecosystems, world-class attractions, historic and cultural sites and events, multiple shopping districts and tons of recreational opportunities at their leisure.

And this all means big business for tourism operators. In fact, total direct spending by visitors to the county is nearly $1.5 billion annually, and the total economic impact of tourism is $2.86 billion annually.

For more information on tourism and hospitality on the Space Coast, contact the Space Coast Office of Tourism at 1-877-57-BEACH (23224), or visit VisitSpaceCoast.com