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Port Canaveral on a Budget – Eat, Stay & Play Affordably

You’ve booked your Port Canaveral cruise, and now you’re planning to arrive early to ensure you don’t miss the boat. That’s wise as there are many factors out of your control such as traffic accidents, delayed flights, and weather. 

However, as you start to consider the cost of a hotel, airport transfers, or cruise parking, it all starts to add up. Not to mention dining and entertainment prior to your departure. Luckily, you can visit Port Canaveral on a budget and still have a fantastic pre-cruise stay with plenty of affordable options.

Here’s a look at 3 tips to do Port Canaveral on a budget

1. Book a Pre-Cruise Vacation Package

Whether you’re flying or driving, there are options for you that include everything you need for one packaged rate. Our team here at Sail Port Canaveral is committed to getting a package that suits not only your needs but also your budget.

  • Fly, Stay & Cruise: For those flying into Orlando International Airport  (MCO), this package provides round-trip transportation from the airport to your hotel accommodation to Port Canaveral the next morning. These packages start at $259/night.
  • Park, Stay & Cruise: For those driving to Port Canaveral, this package provides one-night hotel accommodations, parking for the duration of your cruise, and transfers to/from the port. These packages start at $189/night.

    By bundling everything together, you have automatic savings built in. Plus, you eliminate the stress of figuring out the rest of the details such as transfers, rental cars, and parking options once you’re in town.

    Tell us about your trip and our team at Sail Port Canaveral will be in contact with you.

2. Take Advantage of Free Things to Do

From culture to exploring nature and hanging beachside, you’ll find that no matter what time of year you visit, these free things to do will set the tone for your cruise vacation. 

One question we get asked often is, “Do I need a rental car?” To put it simply, no. Depending on where you stay, everything you need will likely be on-site at your hotel or within walking distance. If not, Uber and Lyft are available in the area.

The beach is always a top choice for travelers. Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach are the closest beaches to the port, and throughout the area, you can experience the beach culture with free (or low-cost) activities such as the Kelly Slater Statue at the entrance of Downtown Cocoa Beach or the Florida Surf Museum, where admission is only $3 per person. 

Additionally, Space Coast Fun Guide has a variety of coupons for things to do in the area including airboat rides, Cocoa Beach helicopters, and museums.

3. Save on Food Costs

All throughout the Port Canaveral/Cocoa Beach area, there are budget-friendly restaurants, many of which run specials each night.  Here’s just a sample of some of the offerings. 

  • Longdoggers Cocoa Beach: Enjoy 49-cent peel and eat shrimp every Sunday. Dine-in only. View more here. 350 W Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach | 321-613-0002


  • Shark Pit Bar & Grill: Happy hour takes place daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays and Fridays, enjoy $2 tacos. View more here. 4001 N Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | 321-868-8952


  • Sand Bar Sports Grill: Wing It Wednesday has 50% off 8 wings with every purchase of any draft pitcher. View more here. 4301 Ocean Beach Blvd, Cocoa Beach | 321-799-2577

Plus, there’s a variety of coupons available on Space Coast Fun Guide for places like Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Squid Lips, and more.

If you have kids traveling with you, here’s a quick rundown of restaurants offering kids eat-free specials:

  • Cocoa Beach Fish Camp Grill: Kids eat free with a purchase of a regular price entree. Valid Tuesday, 5 to 9 p.m. View more here. 5602 N Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | 321-613-4020


  • Gator’s Dockside Port Canaveral: Kids eat free with every paying adult. Valid Tuesday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Plus, they have other specials taking place throughout the week such as all-you-can-eat wings on Monday. 683 Dave Nisbet Drive, Port Canaveral | 321-783-5136


  • Denny’s Cocoa Beach: Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday, from 4 to 10 p.m. with every adult entree. View more here. 1245 N Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | 321-783-4005


  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Merritt Island: On Tuesdays, kids eat for $3.49 when an adult entree is purchased. View more here. 1450 N Courtenay Parkway #36, Merritt Island | 321-455-666

Booking your pre-cruise stay on Florida’s Space Coast doesn’t have to be a hassle. Trust our team at Sail Port Canaveral to find the best price and accommodations for you.

CALL US TODAY!  321.783.8655

It’s also important to highlight that many area hotels offer complimentary continental and/or buffet breakfast to their guests. Confirm with your hotel’s website or by calling them directly. 

*Please note that deals and promos are subject to change without notice.

As you can see, a pre-cruise stay in Port Canaveral is filled with budget-friendly options for a great vacation. Join our email list to learn about upcoming deals and promotions.

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