South Brevard

Welcome to South Brevard

Sophisticated seclusion is found in spades in this contemporary Florida enclave

Luminous, white-sand beaches, exceptionally beautiful homes, a chic feel in a country setting—South Brevard is one of Florida’s loveliest gems. Made up of several unique cities and towns, including Melbourne, Palm Bay, Grant-Valkaria, and what’s known as the “South Beaches,” this tiny region is home to exquisite entertainment but maintains a private, farm-like ambiance.

While near several of the Space Coast’s principal attractions—including the Kennedy Center Visitor Complex and Cape Canaveral—South Brevard County undeniably qualifies as an outdoor enthusiast’s oasis. From paddleboarding and kiteboarding to turtle watching and kayaking, this stretch of the Sunshine State has nearly boundless options for leisure, yes, but also for under-the-sky amusements.

What to Love

  • Close to Miami and Jacksonville

  • Home to downtown Melbourne, a charming dining and shopping destination

  • A golfer’s paradise, with championship-quality courses

  • Sprawling waterfront homes and chic condominiums

  • Striking palm-lined streets


Local Lifestyle

The residents of South Brevard County love their sunshine—and savor it in wide, open spaces. The region enjoys a rustic, out-of-the-way vibe but also presents its share of impressive taverns, shops, and restaurants. In other words, it’s an ideal home for everyone from professionals and artists to golfers and families.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

From Palm Bay’s waterfront cafés to Downtown Melbourne’s medley of 40 bars and restaurants, dining in South Brevard is a cause for celebration. Take The Shack Riverfront Restaurant & Tiki Lounge, for one—a gorgeous venue on the shoreline of the Indigo River. Al fresco tables ensure you can savor views of the water while their chefs prep meals ranging from filet mignon with pan-seared scallops to Louisiana praline Mahi. Live performances by local musicians enhance The Shack’s allure, while happy hour draws in a lively crowd for bar bites and libations.

Also, along the Indian River—a 121-mile lagoon and vital habitat for manatees—you will find the hip and enticing Yellow Dog Café. The superb lunch spot features an extensive menu brimming with Southern faves such as conch fritters, blackened cod fish, and shrimp and grits—splendid meals that are cooked to perfection in an open-air kitchen. Soak up the waterfront views and stay for a while. Their bread pudding with bourbon whiskey sauce is one for the record books.

Searching for an uber-fun experience? Strike out for Melbourne’s Squid Lips Overwater Bar & Grill. Beloved by locals, this casual eatery serves terrific eats—like coconut fried fish with mango chutney and Carolina Gold-marinated pork—in a colorful, upbeat space.

Premier shopping is found throughout South Brevard County, but the lushly-landscaped Melbourne Square Mall stands out from the crowd. Presenting independent stores alongside famed retailers, this spacious center answers your needs while keeping you pleased for hours.

Things to Do

To be sure, South Brevard County may be an escape in itself, and yet Turkey Creek Sanctuary takes the concept of refuge to a whole new level. Boardwalk paths and nature trails appeal to joggers and runners, while birders will be thrilled with the park’s status as part of the Great Florida Birding Trail—a 2,000-mile long natural wonder that curves through the Sunshine State and houses 514 avian species, including limpkins and swallow-tailed kites. Manatees, armadillos, ospreys, alligators, and cotton-tailed rabbits all call Turkey Creek home.

Palm Bay’s Andretti Thrill Park offers a different type of exhilaration—chiefly the excitement that’s discovered when you’re on a swiftly spinning coaster or rock climbing high into the sky. This South Brevard darling also features laser tag, miniature golf, water rides, and Go Kart speedways, rendering it the perfect outing for children—and adults who want to feel like kids.

South Brevard County also hosts various festivals throughout the year. Residents especially anticipate the Grant Seafood Festival, a bustling annual event booming with live tunes by locally and nationally notable musicians, booths teeming with arts and crafts, and, of course, a bevy of seafood. Lobster bisque, beer-battered fish, fried shrimp, lobster rolls, smoked fish dip—nearly every dish you can imagine is happily served at this much-loved fete. Best part yet? All proceeds from the affair are put back into the community.

Downtown Melbourne’s annual Food and Wine Festival is just as brilliant. Held every winter in the heart of historic Melbourne, the fest presents discerning wine and inspired creations by South Brevard’s seasoned and celebrated chefs. Live music adds to the zest, while the memory of strolling Melbourne’s picturesque streets with a glass of Cab in hand will most surely linger.


Students in South Brevard County are served under the Brevard County District. Schools in or near South Brevard include:

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