Monday, October 20, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Staycations - Melbourne Beach

Miami can be tough location for travel aficionados like us. We are cornered at the bottom of the Florida peninsula like a child in time-out, a seven-hour road trip away from our closest neighboring state. Unlike our friends in other parts of the country, a cross-state trip requires careful planning and consideration. And, while we continue to dream about frivolously crossing state borders, we have learned to find enjoyment in crossing Florida county lines.

Most recently, we ventured to the Space Coast, former home of the John F. Kennedy Space Center. There, nestled in the middle of Brevard County, is a coastal town of just over 3,000 residents called Melbourne Beach. Melbourne Beach offers everything we're looking for in a staycation: peace and quiet, anonymity, and fun places to explore. Best of all, it is only three hours north - a distance far enough to feel like a vacation, but close enough to make the ride home bearable after a lazy Sunday in the sun.

We first discovered the area on one of our many surf trips upcoast. It drew our attention because of its proximity to good surf breaks and great beaches. It kept our attention because we've continuously been able to snag last-minute oceanfront hotel room reservations for around $100 per night on Priceline. Plus, at the end of the weekend when we tally our expenses, they're often substantially less than if we'd spent the weekend at home. That's what happens when you live right smack in the middle of a world-class tourism destination.

There are three places on our Melbourne Beach ritual you cannot miss when you go. For breakfast and/or brunch, head to local diner staple The Blueberry Muffin and get a muffin with your meal. The wait to be seated seems long but, like their signs read: "It's worth the wait". For cocktail hour, we like biker bar Lou's Blues for their laidback ambiance and the ocean views from their second floor outdoor deck. Before you leave, stop by The Longboard House to check out their selection of surf boards, clothing, and other unique beach town gifts.

Below are a few great snapshots from our most recent visit. For more photos, check out the @ThankYouMiami Instagram page.

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What is your favorite Florida spot for a staycation? What do you like about it? What must-see spots are part of your visit ritual? Are there any Melbourne Beach spots you would have liked to see featured? Leave a comment below or leave us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

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