Beach Rules

Dunes - protect them

The dunes, which are the mounds of sand on the landward side of the beach, are the barriers that protect properties from high tides and storm surges. Many of the dunes rely on vegetation to stay in place as both wind and sea work at relocating them. For this reason, there is one over-riding rule pertaining to the dunes: Please stay off the dunes! It's the law in Cocoa Beach and in every other beach along the Atlantic Coast.

General rules

We ask that you enjoy the beach. And if you find that previous visitors have not been as courteous, your assistance in picking up the beach would be very much appreciated. It's an activity that most local beach-goers practice. Here are rules necessary to maintain our beautiful natural resource - the beach:

  • Animals - not allowed on the beach - except Service Dogs on a leash. Refrain from feeding wild birds on the beach.
  • Fires - are only allowed on the beach with a permit, allowed in certain areas of the City during certain times of the year. No open fires, including any type of charcoal. View more information on the Beach Permits page.
  • Fireworks on the beach is not permitted. 
  • Glass - on the beach - Cocoa Beach is one of the few that allows alcohol on the beach, glass bottles are against the law.
  • Holes - for safety reasons, please do not dig large holes
  • No camping.
  • Leave only your footprints - leave no trash or cigarette butts on the beach.

Turtles, Turtle Nests, or Turtle Hatchlings - please do not disturb

Sea turtles are an endangered species, if you are lucky enough to see a turtle come ashore, give it very wide berth, do not shine a flashlight or use a flash camera.

  • Nesting and hatching season in Florida extends from March 1 through October 31.
  • Ideally, lighting should remain off throughout the night during this period. Light sources remaining on until 11 PM will still affect about one third of the hatchlings emerging from nests on a given night.

Stranded Marine Mammals - please do not push back to sea

From time-to-time, large sea mammals such as whales, manatees and dolphins may beach themselves. If you happen onto the scene of a beaching:

1.) Call the Cocoa Beach Police Department at 321-868-3251 and request them to call Sea World

2.) Try to keep the mammal comfortable by pouring sea water over the exposed skin and keep it shielded from the suns rays by covering it with wet towels until Sea World officials arrive.


Fishing from the beach, known as surfcasting, is a popular sport in Cocoa Beach. Year round, many varieties of fish may be caught from the beach. Florida residents are not required to obtain a fishing license for surfcasting. Do not fish where people are swimming.