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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Merritt Island, Florida

Merritt Island is a peaceful community of 36,000 located on the so-called “Space Coast” of Florida’s east coast. Its centerpiece is the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, 22 square miles of wetlands and home to more than 300 species of birds. There are also many wonderful beaches in the area.

Where to Retire in Merritt Island and Home Prices

If you choose to live in Merritt Island find it is possible to live near the water or national wildlife refuge. You can live in town or in one of the many gated communities in the town or surrounding area (see link at top left). The median home value in Merritt Island was $429,672 in early 2023, according to

What Is Special about Merritt Island

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Many public parks, Cocoa Beach Pier, many gated golf communities, proximity to Cape Canaveral and the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Space Coast Birding, Wildlife Festival each January

What Is Not Special about Merritt Island

• Crowds in season •  Merritt Island is off the beaten track • Hurricane season

Climate and Physical Environment

Merritt Island is midway down the east coast of Florida. According to the Wikipedia Merritt Island was originally an island and is still referred to as one. To the west and south it is separated by the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Causeways lead to Atlantic Beaches such as Cocoa Beach.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Merritt Island culture is built around its proximity to nature and the space program.


Crime rate is below average in Merritt Island.

Medical Facilities

Cape Canaveral Hospital is 4 miles away


Orlando is the nearest big airport.

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