About Playa Linda

The pristine, sandbar-laden national park known as Playalinda is salvation for the Titusville surfing community -- which is segregated from the rest of Brevard's breaks by the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. With plenty of sandbars to enjoy, there is little local vibe to fear. New Smyrna Beach is nearly as easy to get to and consistently better, so it draws most of the travel traffic, leaving Playalinda to Titusville locals, and visitors seeking a casual change of pace.

Although it's slightly punchier than Cocoa Beach, Playalinda isn't all that different from the rest of Central Florida. Despite being on the north side of the Cape, the angle is essentially parallel to the southern beaches, so it doesn't provide any new wind/swell combinations. However, if the Cape is blocking a N swell from hitting southern beaches, Playalinda becomes an excellent alternative, especially when it's blowing SW. Like the rest of the state, tides are a matter of what the bottoms are doing from month to month or day to day, but it's still less of a mushburger than the Cocoa Beach breaks. As always, an incoming tide packs the best punch.

Source: Playa Linda Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced, depending on swell. Bigger hurricane swells are for more advanced surfers.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Bring your southern hospitality; not many locals in this area.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Gets crowded but you can find a peak to yourself. The best peaks on a good swell will be packed.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Average swells set up mostly average surf but this spot shines on solid hurricane swells.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

You will paddle when a solid hurricane swell is running.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Usually very clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Walking too far north. Be warned there is a nude beach on the northern end, and some things you just cannot unsee.

Access

There is an entry fee. Open year-round, but may be closed at times around rocket launches. Call for 321-267-1110 for info.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

Fall-Spring, Hurricane

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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