Anything else, just ask. 🙂
Stuff to do:
Karen’s Kayak Tours (and rental). Karen is a certified naturalist and give great tours out of Honest John’s.
Honest John’s Fish Camp: Started in the 1880s, it’s part of old Florida for sure and they rent kayaks and john boats.
Indian River Wildlife Tours: Clark has been on the lagoon for many decades, has a 100 ton captain’s license, is a wonderful photographer, and gives great wildlife tours based out of Honest John’s.
In deference to covid he does not mix groups, so you’ll have him to yourselves alng with the porpoises, flocks of birds in the refuge islands, and the sea turtles who spend a lot of time in the lagoon before coming out to the beach to lay their eggs.
Sebastian Inlet: Considered the most dangerous boating inlet in Florida, it can get wild with big standing waves during tide changes. But the fishing is great and there are fishermen out on the long jetty 24 hours a day. Pull in on the north side and walk out to the end of the jetty to see the waves and fishing action.
Kennedy Space Center: Get there early and give yourself the whole day for this one. It’s worth it!
Grocers, restaurants, etc.
Most of these are sprinkled very closeby in our little beach town.
*Cafe Surfinista: “Hip Central” with all sorts of heathy stuff and everything’s good. It’s up by the boardwalk. They have coffees and an outside take out window.
*Lily’s Mediterranean Fresh Grill: New and really good!, which is hard to admit because we’ve been Skewer’s fans since the parents ran it. Up by the boardwalk.
*Skewers: A couple of blocks away towards the river/bridge. Great Lebanese. Wonderful stuffed grape leaves, both sirloin and vegetarian. Gyros, falafel sandwich, good dinners.
I’ve lived on their lamb gyro w/ greek salad lunch for decades. The simple family recipe for the rice nearly makes it a meal in itself.
Take out or eat in.
*Thai Thai II: Great Thai and wonderful sushi. About a mile north on A1A, in a little shopping center with Ichabods bar out in front.
Eat in or order online or by phone, park and walk up to the window. They have clean pens to use for credit card payment and hand sanitizer at the outside take out counter.
They now serve in the restaurant too.
*Around the World Cafe: Unique breakfasts and lunches and great baked goods.
Nini’s Cuban Cuisine: Nina’s is new and getting great reviews which is certainly deserves.
*Starbuck’s: A couple of blocks north on A1A
Scott’s on 5th: Scott’s has been a very long time favorite for that special, unique dinner in a very nice setting. Plus, it’s a stroll from the Bungalow, just a couple of blocks down 5th Ave.. 🙂
Island Fish Grill: Another long time favorite obnly a couple of blocks away. Real nice setting and it’s consistently good.
*Longdoggers: The best place for basic beach grub and in the same very close shopping plaza as the new Publix. A couple of blocks north on A1A. Outside seating.
Burgers (even veggie) w/ good waffle fries, wings, ribs, boiled shrimp, mahi sandwiches, etc.They have a drive up window, so you don’t even have to get out of your car.
Or you can dine at the outisde and indoor tables.
*Petrillo’s: Best pizza in the area and good italian dishes. The take out clerk is at the bar just inside the front door, but their restaurant is also fully open.
A few blocks north on A1A 321-984-1330
*Oceanside Pizza: New kid on the block and serious competition with a full menu. It’s right next to the new Publix. 321-327-5150
*Moo’s Ice Cream: Drive thru old time soft ice cream cones dipped with sprinkles if you like, banana splits, hot fudge sundaes, etc.
It’s just past Longdoggers. No website but it’s pretty easy to spot, painted like a jersey cow.
*Asian Gourmet: Old family restaurant. Great selection from seafood to vegan. 459 N Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32935. 321-255-6471
*Intracoastal Brewing Company: Great brews and ciders with food trucks and a nice outdoor setting under a big canopy. Dog friendly. 🙂 652 Wesdt Eau Gallie Blvd, (321) 872-7395
*Publix, the predominant grocer in Florida, is a couple blocks north on A1A.
*ABC Liquors: Just past Starbuck’s north on A1A
*Village Market. It’s brand new and a couple of blocks west on 5th Ave towards the bridge. Wide variety of gourmet choices. Pricey on some items, but everything is good and they have a 3rd story bar deck with an ocean view!
*Melbourne Beach Market: Good ethnic market with 5 types of hummus, tabouleh, big wine selection, good meats.
It’s south on A1A on Ocean Ave in Mel Beach.
*Downtown Produce: The local produce wholesaler’s gourmet market with everything from meats and seafood to wines, produce, and deli. 13-15/lb frozen shrimp for $10/lb
Direct Seafood: Age old wholesale seafood place that sells retail. Probably the freshest fish in town. Nothing on display, but a huge selection of fresh fish, clams, shrimp, etc. 1643 Cypress Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935. 321-242-2243
Indialantic Seafood Company: Good fresh fish, in the shopping center next to Publix