Destination guide

Take in the beachside beauty of Merritt Island

The beaches and riverfront create a pretty picture of Merritt Island. This welcoming city allures visitors with its bird watching and stargazing. Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach Pier are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. If you need more space to accommodate a family vacation or friends trip, rental homes often come with separate dining areas and spacious living rooms.


Sightseeing in and around Merritt Island

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Merritt Island a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Cocoa Beach Pier (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Savannahs Golf Course (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Traxx at Jungle Village (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Golf-N-Gator (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Cocoa Beach Country Club (7.3 mi / 11.7 km)
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (7.4 mi / 12 km)

Seasonal weather in Merritt Island

If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, August, July, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 90°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Merritt Island

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to take in the scenery, Merritt Island is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Manatee Sanctuary Park (4.1 mi / 6.5 km)
  • Cherie Down Park (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Alan Shepard Park (6.2 mi / 9.9 km)
  • Lori Wilson Park (6.9 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Cocoa Beach Skate Park (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • Thousand Island Conservation Area (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Merritt Island

Fly into Melbourne, FL (MLB-Orlando Melbourne Intl.), the closest airport, located 22.2 mi (35.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.), which is 38.2 mi (61.4 km) away.

Where to stay near Merritt Island?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,096 house rentals near Merritt Island. From 237 Houses to 685 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Merritt Island is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Merritt Island?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Merritt Island:

  • Seacrest Beach: 178 vacation rentals
  • Orlando Beach: 18 vacation rentals
  • Avon By The Sea: 192 vacation rentals
  • La Cita Country Club: 18 vacation rentals
  • Winslow Reserve: 213 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Merritt Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Merritt Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Brevard Veterans Memorial Center: 1,125 home rentals
  • Port Canaveral: 774 home rentals
  • East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame: 1,141 home rentals
  • Cocoa Beach Pier: 1,095 home rentals
  • Viera East Golf Club: 1,191 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Merritt Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Merritt Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 237 Houses in Merritt Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Merritt Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 685 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 18 lodging choices
  • Villas: 24 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Merritt Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 731 vacation homes with pool available in Merritt Island.

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