A nature lover’s paradise, Merritt Island is a large peninsula surrounded by the Indian and Banana Rivers, and home to the 220 square-mile Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. With its close proximity to both Orlando and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and just minutes to the Space Coast’s white, sandy beaches, Merritt Island is an ideal place to call home. Surrounded by an abundance of water, nature, and wildlife, and famous for its beautiful tropical climate, Merritt Island’s combination of beauty and convenience is hard to match.
Yachtsmen, fishermen, and lovers of nature are drawn to Merritt Island and all that it has to offer. Locals can be found, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking through nature preserves, bird watching, and just enjoying the natural beauty of this exquisite town. Merritt Island is known for its luxurious waterfront estates, as well as its affordable residential neighborhoods, many with riverfront dockage. Whatever your desire – gated, non-gated, or boating community, townhouse or condo on the water – Merritt Island can meet your requirements.
Highlights of Merritt Island include the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, a 140,000-acre nature sanctuary and one of the top 5 spots in Florida for birding; NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, located in North Merritt Island; and Canaveral National Seashore, which borders the refuge and is the longest section of undeveloped beach on Florida’s Atlantic coast, making it one of the most important sea turtle nesting beaches in the United States.
With its abundance of nature and beauty, Merritt Island is one of the true treasures of Florida’s Space Coast.