Coconut Point Park

3535 SR A1A S, Melbourne Beach, 32951
(321) 255-4400
sunrise to sunset

beach

Located within the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge complex, Coconut Point Park (not to be confused with Coconut Point Sanctuary located south of this site) warrants a stop if you are passing through the Melbourne area. The primary habitats here are beach/dune and coastal strand. Check for shorebirds on the beach such as Black-bellied Plovers, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling and Red Knots in fall and winter, and scan for Northern Gannets, Bonaparte’s Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls feeding close to and/or on the beach. From late summer through winter look for fishing boats passing by and the flocks of gulls and terns that follow them; these flocks often attract the attention of Magnificent Frigatebirds, and Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers who are looking to steal a meal. Watch the surf for Common Loons and Lesser Scaup in winter. Sea turtles nest here from spring to fall. One of the two dune crossovers is wheelchair accessible.

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