Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Well Jim, it all depends how fast you want to get out of there after the launch (or if it scrubs).
Just south of Port Canaveral is Jetty Park, probably the closest beach to the launch pad. It will be crowded and traffic will be very backed up trying to leave. Anywhere you hit the beach south of the port will have decent viewing, but nightmare traffic getting back out to I-95.
The better beach bet may be north of the Pad. After lift off, they will be heading northeast so you would have a better angle. You can cross over to the beach in New Smyrna, and follow A1A as far south as you can. I've never been up that way at launch time, so I can't tell you about parking and exit traffic. Also,I'm not sure about alcohol on the beach. If it's a can in a koolie you would probably blend right in though.
Your closest viewing site would be in North Titusville where the Max Brewer Causeway (Cr-402) crosses the Indian River. This area is ~8 miles from the Pad. The view is as good as anything the public can get, and if you head north up US-1 afterwards the traffic will breakup much quicker than the southern beaches.
I'll check on scoring a launch pass at work tomorrow, it's a long shot, but that would open up some other options.
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