Brevard County aka the “Space Coast”, is located halfway between Jacksonville and Miami, extends 72 miles (116 km) from north to south, and averages 26.5 miles (42.6 km) wide. Brevard has a total area of 1,557 square miles (4,030 km2), of which 1,016 square miles (2,630 km2) is land and 541 square miles (1,400 km2) (34.8%) is water. Most of the water is the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Johns River and the Indian River Lagoon. The county is larger in area than the nation of Samoa and nearly the same size, and population, as Cape Verde. It is one-third the size of the state of Rhode Island.
*An important distinction between areas in Brevard County is the mainland and "beachside" on the barrier island facing the Atlantic Ocean. On the north end of the county, Merritt Island falls in between the mainland and beachside, bordered on the west by the Indian River Lagoon and on the east by the Banana River Lagoon. (These two rivers are actually lagoons off the Atlantic Ocean and contain brackish water, a mixture of fresh and saltwater.)
January is the coldest month, with an average low of 50.7 °F (10.4 °C) and an average high 71 °F (22 °C). The warmest months are July and August with average highs of 90 °F (32 °C) and average lows of 72.2. The driest month is April with 1.6 inches (4.1 cm) of rainfall; the wettest is September, with 6.6 inches (17 cm).
Brevard County is also the home to thousands of military personnel. Military installations in Brevard County include:
-Patrick Air Force Base, near Satellite Beach, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center, and the U.S. Air Force Malabar Test Facility on Minton Road in suburban Palm Bay
-The Navy maintains a Trident turning basin at Port Canaveral for ballistic missile submarines. The Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) tests weapons on these subs, which arrive at the rate of one a month
-CCAFS houses the Air Force Space & Missile Museum as Launch Complex 26, where many unmanned rockets were launched early in the U.S. space program, including Explorer 1, the first US spacecraft placed in earth orbit.
-Northrop Grumman develops the military JSTARS electronics surveillance system used in all major US conflicts since 1990
Brevard County still maintains its small town feel with the big city vibe just miles ways. We are located 1 hour East of Orlando, 1 hour South of Daytona, 2 hours East of Tampa, 2 hours South of Jacksonville and 3 hours North of Miami, so staycations are limitless. Additionally, Brevard is the home to the Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral (one of the busiest ports in the world), the Melbourne International Airport and dozens of pristine beaches.