Space Coast: Kennedy Space Center & Beach Fun in Florida

With spring just around the corner, you may be considering taking a vacation to Florida’s Space Coast. With beaches and activities for the entire family, not to mention the Kennedy Space Center, the time spent here will be well worth the trip.

According to the official website of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism, here are just some of the launches scheduled for April:

  • On April 1: The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) technology demonstration mission for the Missile Defense Agency. Launch time: noon.
  •  On April 6: The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite O, or GOES O, for NASA and NOAA. The weather satellite will orbit 22,300 miles above the planet to monitor conditions across the U.S. Launch time: noon.
  • On April 10: The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch NASA’s Kepler spacecraft to discover and characterize hundreds of planets. Launch time: noon.
  • On April 24: The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to the moon and a lunar impactor secondary payload called the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Launch time: noon.

Transportation is provided for viewing these launches where you and your family will be only seven miles from the shuttle pads. You can purchase tickets at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

You can select accommodations at the well-known Cocoa Beach area resorts, situated along 72 miles of beach. In addition, the weather is fabulous and there are an abundance of activities to participate in such as Brevard Zoo, Space Coast Museum, and other exciting venues as well.

Cocoa Beach accommodations are both affordable and family-friendly. Check out the many hotels, Inns, and beach resorts to determine availability and price. Also, call the airlines on any Wednesday to ascertain the lowest fare available if booked a minimum of two weeks in advance.

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Puerto Vallarta Beach Fun

For a Spring Break vacation, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico.

Packed with incredible white-sand beaches, along with the Mexican culture, most college students will simply stake a claim on a section of the beach and remain there for the duration of the trip.

Those who love shopping and other recreational activities can take a trip to Tequila or attend concerts, visit craft shops and explore the many pieces of sand sculptures that are proudly displayed along the beachfront.

A four star hotel may offer the following package starting at $550.00 including airfare:

  • All rooms feature central air conditioning and mini-bar
  • Satellite television reception
  • Telephones and wireless Internet
  • Restaurant
  • No Smoking Rooms/Facilities
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center or Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Beach
  • Room Service
  • Concierge
  • Shops/Commercial Services
  • Barber/Beauty Shop
  • Spa Services

In addition, Puerto Vallarta has the cleanest water in Mexico.  The water is treated and purified, but the distribution system is not so perfect.  In most hotels and restaurants, you will get purified water – if in doubt, always ask. You can purchase bottled water as well.

If you are a nature lover, then a must-see visit to Cuale Waterfalls should be added to your list of things to do. It takes about four hours to get there, but it is well worth the trip. Once you arrive you can take a dip in the many pools that lie beneath the waterfalls. Or you can take a horseback ride through the Sierra Madre Mountains and enjoy the beautiful landscape and scenery.

For a great Spring Break vacation, book early! Contact your travel agent soon to reserve your spot on one of the great beaches of Puerto Vallarta.

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