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Port Canaveral

Dedicated on November 4, 1953. Its first industry was commercial fishing. Cargo vessels arrived within a few years, laden with oil and newsprint, and tanker vessels began carrying central Florida’s orange juice to New York in 1958. By 1966, the cargo tonnage moving through the Port had reached one million tons per year. Today, nearly 4 million tons of cargo moves through each year, the Port is home to a major petroleum terminal and tank farm and we’re busy preparing for even more cargo growth.

Port Canaveral also has played an important role in America’s space program, supporting nearby Cape Canaveral launches from the start. In 1961, the capsule of Alan Shepard, first American in space, was retrieved on its return by vessels homeported at Port Canaveral. In 1965, the Canaveral Lock opened, connecting the Port to the Banana River and designed specifically for passage of huge Saturn rockets. During the shuttle program, solid rocket boosters retrieved at sea were returned to the Space Center via Port Canaveral. As the space program evolves, Brevard County and Port Canaveral will continue their critical support.

Our cruise history began in the 1970s when port-of-call ships discovered the attractions of central Florida, and our first homeported cruise ship set sail in 1982. Our first dedicated cruise terminal opened that year and we started the climb to our position today. Carnival homeported its first ship here in 1990, Disney joined us in 1998 and Royal Caribbean arrived in 2000. Now we are one of the world’s busiest cruise ports with 4 million revenue cruise passengers per year and the most port-of-call ship visits of any Florida home port.

If you haven’t eaten out lately at Port Canaveral, you’re missing a great experience. Port Canaveral’s restaurants offer a range of fare from finger foods to full-course dinners. If you’re in the mood for seafood, where could the day’s catch be fresher than where it goes directly from the fishing boat’s deck to the restaurant kitchen? If you’re not in the seafood mood, how about a great grilled steak, smoked pork ribs, fettuccine alfredo, fried gator bites, or a big piece of bourbon pecan pie? It’s all here.

The Cove is a waterfront recreation area at Port Canaveral with restaurants, lounges, shops, charter boats and a casino ship. Many Cove restaurants have outdoor tables and tiki bars, great locations for watching the cruise ships glide by regally or just enjoying an onshore breeze. When the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t end.

It gets livelier…with DJs, live bands, dancing and karaoke. Feel free to explore. There’s amazing variety within easy walking distance. (And if you like camping, you could be just an easy stroll to your bed when the evening ends.)

Fishing Charters, Shark fishing, Eco tours, Wildlife Adventures and Paddle boarding trips abound in Port Canaveral.

Please Check out all our available trips.

Port Canaveral Fishing Charter Boats

Inshore & Nearshore Fishing Charters

Cruises & Wildlife Tours

 Paddle Boarding Tours & Lessons