06 May 2012 | Serenity Island
Dede & Jim Sunny Florida
Left Titusville Municipal Marina on Thursday May 3rd (my 65th birthday!!), to Cocoa Village Marina, Merritt Island...had about 15kts on the beam. Was overwhelmed w/all the birthday wishes from everyone!! Heard from all the "kids" and grandkids...as far as I am concerned, that was all I needed for my birthday!!
Cocoa history is closely tied to the water. The "local" interpretation of how it got its' name involves an old woman who lived on the banks of the Indian River and supplied hot cocoa to sailors as they traveled the river. The passing sailors would call out "cocoa cocoa" until the woman supplied the refreshment!! Believe it or not...
Cocoa Village Marina is a "must" for cruising...the price is right w/Boat US discount, the showers/heads new and spotless, and the laundry facilities looked brand new!! A little tricky getting into our dock, but the dock master will talk...then walk... you thru.
Nestled within the confines of downtown Cocoa is one of the real shore side gems in eastern Fl. It traces its' history back to the late 1800s...unfortunately, I did not get to the museum to explore its' history! The Village itself is charming...reminds me of a small Wickford. Lots of shops (for you women cruisers, a "must" is Warehouse 216), restaurants and even a local playhouse. Unfortunately they were in between plays while we were there.
Jim took me to a great little restaurant for my birthday..."The Black Tulip." Food delicious and my birthday cake was homemade key lime pie!! I learned after that it is rated as one of the top 100 restaurants in Fl...and I agree!!
My brother and sister in law drove over from Clearwater, and my niece Julie and husband Jeff welcomed us all into her lovely, large on the water home for the week-end. Great to spend my birthday week-end w/family!! Indulged in steak, lobster, hot-tub...Jim and Jeff took my 2-great-nieces out to the boat for the night...leaving Julie and myself alone Saturday night to watch a "chick-flick" in their fully equipped media room. Went to a beautiful little Episcopal Church Sunday morning...St Mark's...in the village.
Left their home on Merritt Island, and had a 4-hour sail down to a little island in the Indian River...Serenity Island. Dolphin swimming...but as usual I was too slow to catch their pic!! Beautiful sunset...and off to bed. Weather hot...92degrees, and humidity rolling in...Where to tomorrow?? Stay