I am from Alabama
originally. I have lived in Melbourne since 1997. It is the best kept secret from tourist in Florida.
Cocoa Beach is for the tourists. The locals go to the beach in Indianalantic, Patrick Air Force Beach or Sebastian Inlet.
Some surfers go to Cocoa beach, but, the parking cost is unreasonable.
I live on the mainland, but, am five minutes drive from the intercoastal waterway which is great for fishing, boating and playing with jet skis or para sails.
The beach is five minutes further east.
The barrier island protects the mainland during hurricane season. We had four in 2005, I had $25k damage to my house. Insurance here deducts 4% of the housing value from hurricane damage, that is a bad part of living here.
The heat has been unbearable. I had twenty three pre-cancers burned from my arms and chest. That is the other problem with the area.
Melbourne is about sixty miles east of Orlando and 200 miles north of the Florida Keys, (and Miami if you speak Spanish). If you don't speak Spanish, just keep driving south.
I work at Kennedy Space Center. Jobs are not plentiful when NASA lay's off. We are about to have that happen again in September. The sun fades paint on your car, every subdivision has homeowner's organizations that run your life, the cops give a lot of tickets here, I have had only three in 40 years of driving, all here in the space of ten years.
Love bugs and other critters drive you crazy.
I'm a redneck from Alabama and have a problem with the fact that most here are from the North east and don't know the true meaning of being from the South. It is the only State where you have to drive North to go South.
Other than that, it is great to live here.
Originally Posted by Brent
I have been reading up on Florida and Melbourne is recommended a lot. I have found a few places that look good apartment wise there. Anyone ever been there?