Where do I Photograph the best Sunrises in Merritt Island

December 2, 2020 My Solo Trip, The most beautiful places in North America

When I Googled: Where do I Photograph the best Sunrises in Merritt Island? I couldn’t find a good answer. I just arrived in Titusville, Florida, the night before, and I wanted to get up early to enjoy the sunrise, so I decided to try my luck.

I woke up at 5:30 AM, the last week of November, and sunrise was at 6:57. I was very close to the park, and I decided to go east, looking for a place facing the ocean.  There are not many roads to enter the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. I wasn’t sure if I would get access to the ocean through the mangrove swamps.

I entered Merritt Island through the Max Brewer Memorial Parkway. At the end of the road there is a booth where you need to pay $20 to access Playa Linda at the Canaveral National Seashore. The entrance fee is good for a week.

When I asked the guard about my desire to photograph the sunrise, he directed me to parking lot #2. I had no idea what to expect, but I felt so happy once I got there.

I listened to the ocean, and even though it was still pretty dark, I could see the twilight. I felt so thrilled once I stepped down from the top of the cliff into the beach, and what I saw took my breath away.

I used both my Sony cameras to record what I was seeing. I was photographing as well as videotaping.

For the following hour, I enjoyed every second. I watched the strong waves crashing on the beach, the tiny shore birds running into the gilded ocean, and the pelicans and herons flying on the horizon. 

The first light changed colors rapidly, and as soon as the sun peeked above the ocean, the mist from the ocean created a golden atmosphere.

The whole experience surpassed all my expectations. I was so grateful to be right there, photographing the best sunrise on Merritt Island. 

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