Titusville’s Playalinda Beach is the southern section of the Cape Canaveral National Seashore, the longest stretch of undeveloped beach on Florida’s East Coast. This seashore is 24 miles long and offers unspoiled coastal environments. Over 1,000 plan species can be found here as well as 310 bird species and fourteen endangered species. The Seashore is divided into the Northern section, Apollo Beach, the Middle section, Klondike Beach, and the Southern section, Playalinda which is Spanish for Pretty Beach.
The Cape Canaveral National Seashore provides limited services. Be sure to bring food, water, and sunscreen. The only facilities provided on the shoreline are restrooms. There are no designated picnic areas or vendors. Life guards are on duty during the summertime. Horseback riding is available on the north district of the seashore. The north district also offers self-guided tours of trails as well as beach and island camping.
Playlinda Beach is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. From May through August giant sea turtles come ashore to nest on the beach. Sea turtle nests are protected by mesh screens. Volunteers and park officials screen the nests in order to protect the eggs from raccoons. After all the eggs are hatched the screens are removed from the beach.
Additionally, the Kennedy Space Center is located on an island in the Canaveral National Seashore and the body of water between Playalinda Beach and the Kennedy Space Center is known as Mosquito Lagoon and is a popular place to fish and recreate.
By Becky Schaff