Port Canaveral a ‘Hidden’ Gem of Opportunities for Play and Business


Port Canaveral is an Atlantic seaport an hour’s easy drive east of Orlando, nestled among the beautiful beaches that draw many Brazilians to the coast. It’s a resource worth exploring, both as one of the world’s most popular cruise ports and the most efficient cargo gateway for our region. It’s also a great place for international visitors to find uniquely Floridian recreation experiences and opportunities for fun far beyond the average port.

The Most year-round Cruise Choices

With more year-round homeported cruise ships than any other port in the state of Florida, Port Canaveral is a perfect springboard for sea voyages to the Bahamas, Caribbean (eastern, Western and Southern) and Florida’s own key West. Three major cruise lines — Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean — homeport ships here, offering 3-, 4-, 5-, 7-, 8- and 9-day itineraries with Innovative onboard and Island adventures.

With a great selection of cruises plus a reputation as a relaxed easy-to-use port, Canaveral has experienced a 38 percent surge in multi-day passengers in the past two years, making it the fastest growing cruise port in Florida. The Port opened its seventh dedicated cruise terminal and adjacent parking garage in 2012, after an 11-month fast-track construction process, and already is planning for an eighth in the near future.

Exploration Center is Newest Attraction

throughout its 60 year history, Port Canaveral has opened its doors to the public, working to build and attract facilities that make it a destination in itself. Today these include an ocean beach with year-round lifeguards, three public parks, overnight camping and cabin accommodations, a popular fishing pier, boat launching ramps, marinas, charter boat companies and waterfront restaurants.

The newest addition to the Port’s recreation facilities is an iconic seven-story 22,000-square-foot visitor exploration center, opening this fall. Built to welcome visitors to the Port and the Central Florida region, its two observation decks provide the best views anywhere of Florida’s renowned Space Coast. Inside, four floors of hi-tech interactive exhibits combine learning and fun as they carry visitors through 12,000 years of local history from shipwrecks, treasure hunting, military battles and Ponce de leon’s landing to today’s commercial fishing, beach environment, surfing, citrus industry, space exploration and cruise and cargo business.

The center’s opening is just the beginning of a major expansion of the Cove — The Port’s Harborside dining and entertainment district — which also includes plans for a concert-ready outdoor amphitheater and new space for large and small retailers, additional restaurants and entertainment venues and potentially a boutique hotel.

Channel to Cargo Opportunities

Port Canaveral actively welcomes partners to support and share in its growth, with a variety of business opportunities in the maritime and leisure industries. It also provides significant benefits and potential savings to companies that want to ship goods efficiently to the thriving Central Florida market.

  • A central location, closer to more major Florida markets overall than any other seaport.
  • Closest port to the Greater orlando market with its growing population of more than 7 million residents and 60 million tourists and visitors annually.
  • Direct access to the atlantic ocean, 45 minutes from buoy to dock.
  • Deepwater channel, with widening and further deepening under way
  • Largest dockside freezer/chill warehouse space on U.S. south atlantic coast.
  • Available capacity for business expansion.
  • More than 80 million square feet of distribution and industrial space within an hour drive.

One of the few Florida deepwater ports that offer room for growth and expansion, Port Canaveral is investing in the future of its cargo business by adding two new cargo berths with Post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes this year and widening its shipping channel by 100 feet and deepening it to -44 feet by 2014 (with future plans for -55 feet).

Greater orlando has many resources for Brazilian tourists and companies. Port Canaveral has much to offer both.

Shannon Feeley


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