Spring break is fast approaching and if you’re planning a day at a Florida beach, I highly recommend the James H. Nance Park and beach. The James H. Nance Park and beach is situated within the middle of the lovely town of Indialantic Florida. The entire east side of the town is beachfront, however, the James H. Nance Park and beach area has developed into one of the crown jewels of Florida’s eastcoast beaches. Here are my five reasons why this is such a good beach to go to:
1. Amenities- This Park has a full set of amenities for making your visit here enjoyable. You have bathrooms, showers, playgrounds and grills. However, this park does come at a small price. You need to pay to park here so make sure you bring change for the meters. .25 cents will get you 20 minutes on the meter. You can add more money and get the meter up to a several hours if you’re planning on spending part of the day. The City of Indialantic is very serious about their parking meters and failing to pay the meter will most likely get you a parking ticket.
2. Boardwalk- Just south of the park is the Indialantic beach boardwalk. This wooden boardwalk runs along the edge of the beach and provides a wonderful overlook to people watch. This boardwalk is very popular and during good beach weather the parking areas will fill up fast as people meander around the boardwalk and beach.
3. Shops- 5th Ave is the main East and West corridor for the city of Indialantic and dead ends into the boardwalk area. Along 5th Ave, is an eclectic collection of shops, restaurants and services that can add a positive spin to your beach day.
4. Bizzaro’s Famous New York Pizza- This pizza joint has become an Indialantic institution. Serving New York style pizza, which means big slices, beach goers will be lined up buying their slices as soon as the restaurant opens. Two slices and a large drink will run you $8.25.
5. Cleanliness- The Township tries very hard to keep this area clean. On the day my family and I went, I could not find one piece of litter on the beach.
There are a few drawbacks to this beach, and I want to give those to you also:
1. Crowds- This beach is very popular! It draws a huge audience from central Florida, and it is also on the South Brevard bus route. You will see busses dropping off busloads of people here, which translates into the area being very crowded and very busy. Some people will fish, some will surf, some will just lay out.
2. Crowd attitude- Unfortunately, not everyone remembers this is a family beach. On the day we went several people felt the need to talk with obscenities on a regular basis.
3. Lifeguards- There could be lifeguards and there may not be lifeguards. Due to budget cuts lifeguards are not a sure thing. On the Saturday that we went, they were nonexistent.
If you like more secluded beaches, read my follow up article on the South Brevard County Beaches.