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Playalinda Beach (Playa Linda - Spanish for "beautiful beach") is a beach located on Florida's east coast in Canaveral National Seashore.

Beach information

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NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building seen from the southern part of Playalinda Beach

Playalinda is considered a surfing location by many of the locals.

Playalinda is accessible from Titusville, Florida. The beach is currently open to the public daily between 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm as of July 2020. Access to the beach may be closed periodically in preparation for rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or the Kennedy Space Center, which are just south of Playalinda Beach.

Canaveral National Seashore has concurrent jurisdiction with both the state of Florida and its counties of Volusia and Brevard. Federal, State and County law enforcement officers may enforce any and all respective laws/ordinances that do not conflict with Federal laws and regulations.

Park fees

  • Per vehicle : $20.00 per day
  • Motorcycles: $15.00 per day
  • Walk-in fee : $10.00 per day (bicycles, pedestrians, occupants of large non-commercial vehicles).
  • CANA/MINWR annual pass: $40 (Valid at Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.
  • America the Beautiful annual pass: $80 is available to anyone; gives access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites.
  • Senior pass: $80.00 Lifetime

Free entrance days, 2017

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents' Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Geography

Location of Playalinda Beach, Florida

Playalinda Beach is on a barrier island separate from the mainland by the Indian River. The first parking spot is located at 28°39′16″N 80°37′54″W / 28.65438°N 80.63177°W / 28.65438; -80.63177. Canaveral National Seashore's 24 miles (39 km) of shoreline is the longest stretch of undeveloped public beach on the east coast of Florida. The stretch of drivable beach is just over 4 miles (6.4 km) long.

The barrier island is a thin ribbon of sand lying between the ocean and Mosquito Lagoon. In some places it is no more than 100 yards (91 m) wide. Unlike many barrier islands with primary and secondary dunes, Playalinda has only a single dune. The island provides an important buffer against tropical storms and hurricanes, absorbing the initial brunt of wind and waves.

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