Rather than give you some random, generic local information, I’d like to provide you with some suggested establishments and my personal favorites.
FOOD: I have to start with food because it is my favorite subject next to fishing!
Grills Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar. For grilled fish, you need not take more than a few steps from the Relentless II into the restaurant. You can have your catch grilled to perfection or sample something from the menu. The Tiki bar is also a great place for drinks and entertainment.
Rusty’s Seafood and Oyster Bar. Rusty’s will gladly cook your catch to order. For fried fish, this is the place to go! It’s also a great place to throw back some oysters and cocktails.
Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill. During football season, Fishlips is the place in the port to watch the games. They also have a varied menu with good food. It’s also a pretty good spot to head for some nightlife.
Coconuts on the Beach. A great place to eat, drink and watch the sights on the beach. Located on the beach at the end of Minuteman Causeway in Cocoa Beach.
Roberto’s Little Havana. Great authentic Cuban food. Located in down town Cocoa Beach.
Smokehouse Foods. No Website Available. Right next to the marina, the Smokehouse is a great place to have a quick BBQ lunch or pick up some smoked foods to go. It’s also a great place to have your fish smoked and packaged. (321) 784-9300
Seafood Atlantic. No Website Available. Located right next door to to Sunrise Marina, Seafood Atlantic provides both wholesale and retail seafood sales. Pick up some seafood to go or sit on the covered outdoor deck and have the freshest seafood meal right out of the showcase. (321) 784-1963
El Tucan. No Website Available. The only place I go for Mexican food. Located in Merritt Island, it’s about a ten minute drive from Port Canaveral. Ph. (321)453-7501
Taco City. No Website Available. A local hole in the wall place with great Tex Mex. Located in south Cocoa Beach, but worth the ride. Ph. (321) 784-1475
Lodging: Because you’re gonna need a decent place to flop after a long day of fishing and/or vacationing.
Radisson Resort at the Port. The Radisson has nice rooms and a great pool/bar area for both the kids and adults. Also located just a stone’s throw from Port Canaveral. Don’t quote me, but I think they provide transportation to and from the port.
Country Inn and Suites. The Country Inn is the newest hotel in the area and also the closest to the Port. I believe that they also provide shuttle service.
The Marlin. The Marlin is more of a small mom and pop establishment. Waterfront, fully furnished condos with nightly, weekly or monthly rentals. With complete kitchens and grill access, you can cook your own catch for the whole family.
Bait and Tackle. Just in case you want to use your own gear.
The Fishing and Diving Center – No Website Available. Located in south Cape Canaveral, Robbie or George will be happy to help you with all of your fishing and diving needs. (321) 783-3477
Sunrise Marina. The marina where the Relentless II is located, you can find what you need from bait and tackle for the fish to food and apparel for yourself.
Handler Fishing Supply. Adrian can handle your needs from equipment servicing to custom rods to fishing apparel.