• Visitors enjoying a stroll along Canaveral National Seashore's pristine beach

    Canaveral

    National Seashore Florida

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  • BOARDWALK CLOSURE AT PLAYALINDA

    Boardwalk #3 at Playalinda is closed for repair/replacement. This closure will be remain in effect for up to 8 weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I find hazardous waste on the beach?
Don't touch it, make a note of the specific location, then report your sighting to a park ranger. (more)

Are JetSkis allowed at Canaveral National Seashore?
Personal Watercraft (PWC) are prohibited on all waters under the legislative jurisdiction of Canaveral National Seashore. (more)

What restrictions are there on seaplane operations at Canaveral National Seashore?
Operating or using an aircraft on lands or waters other than at locations designated pursuant to special regulations is prohibited. 36CFR 2.17(a)(1)

How about airboats? Are they allowed?
No. Launching or operating airboats is prohibited. 36CFR 3.6(k)

I lost my park pass. Can you look up my number and issue me a free replacement?
No. Unfortunately, you will need to purchase a new one. All park passes contain the following disclaimer on the back; "NOT responsible for misplaced, lost or stolen cards."


Does Canaveral National Seashore have any RV parking spots available?
Both Apollo & Playalinda beach have a limted number of RV parking spaces available. Details.

Do You Have Kayaks For Rent?
No, we have canoes available for rent if you are camping. Kayak rentals are available outside the seashore.

Can I Ride A Horse On The Beach?
You can in the Apollo District with a permit, between November & mid-April. For information and reservations please call (386) 428-3384, extension "0".

Can we feed the wildlife?
No. Feeding of wildlife, including birds and animals, is strictly prohibited. Keep the "wild" in wildlife. If you feed them they may become ill from human food or become a nuisance and aggressive.

What is the Backcountry, and Is It Okay to Hike Out There?
Klondike Beach is designated as the backcountry area of Canaveral National Seashore. Visitors wishing to hike in the backcountry must have a permit. To obtain a back country permit, speak with the Visitor Use Assistant on duty at the entrance station.

Are Wedding Ceremonies Allowed In The Park?
Yes, on a limited basis. A special use permit is required. (more)

My Wedding Permit was approved. Can I pay the entrance fees in advance for people I've invited to attend?

Advance payments for guests has proven to be problematic, resulting in refunds or additional charges, due to frequent variations between estimated participants versus actual. An alternative option is available. (more)

I own a metal detector. Can I bring it to the park to search for coins in the sand?
No. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR 36) prohibits "possessing or using a mineral detector, magnetometer, side scan sonar, other metal detecting device, or subbottom profiler." [Section 2.1(7)]

I need to get a Florida Fishing License. Can I buy one at Canaveral National Seashore?
No. We are a Federal Agency. Florida fishing licenses are issued by the by the State of Florida. (more)

I Use A Wheelchair. Are There Handicap-Accessible Ramps At The Seashore I Can Use To Get Out To The Beach From The Parking Lot?
Handicap ramps between the parking area and beach are located at parking lots 1A & 5 at Apollo Beach (our north district), and by Eddy Creek (by the pavilion) and parking lot 8 at Playalinda (our south district).

Are There Any Bike Trails At Canaveral?
There are no bike trails, only the paved roadways.

Are Dogs Allowed On The Beach?
No.

Can I Ride My Powered Skateboard, Moped Or Motorized Scooter In The Park?
To operate any motorized vehicle within the seashore or the adjacent refuge, it must be registered, licensed and insured, just like a car or motorcycle.

Can I Drive My Car On The Beach?
Only authorized government and emergency vehicles may be driven on the beach.

Who Should I Contact To Become A Volunteer In The Park?
Our VIP coordinator is Ranger Laura Henning. Email

Do You Allow Snorkeling At The Beach?
Yes.

How Do I Make Island Camping Reservations?
Contact our visitor center at (386) 428-3384 extension "0".

How Can I Apply For A Job At Canaveral National Seashore?
Vacancy announcements are posted in USAJOBS

When & Where Do I Call To Make Turtle Watch Reservations?
Reservations for June programs are taken May 15th. Reservations for July programs are taken June 15th. The number to call is (386) 428-3384, extension "0".

I Have A Concealed Weapons Permit. Can I Bring My Firearm With Me To The Park?
Yes, although certain restrictions apply. The law regarding weapons in national parks was revised Feb 21, 2010 (learn more).

Are Alcoholic Beverages Allowed On The Beach?
Yes, but glass containers are prohibited. You must be at least 21 to consume alcohol.

Did You Know?

Shell mound

Almost 150 archaeological sites have been recorded at Canaveral National Seashore. Some of these sites date as far back as 3,000 years BC. Most of these consist of oyster or clam shells, a testament to the bounty of Mosquito Lagoon for Florida’s people, past and present.