This land has a story to tell, and if you listen closely you can hear it when the breeze rustles through the mangroves and ripples across the water. It shares the stories of the people who lived here long ago, feeding their families from the richness of the land and water.

According to Vernon Lamme, one of the first Florida archaeologists and an early homesteader of Merritt Island in 1912, he wrote in his book Florida Lore Not Found In History Books that “the Indian River was saltier than the seas and teeming with fish, and the Caribbean pine trees on Merritt Island stood so close to each other, a two-wheeled cart drawn by 4 yoke of oxen could make no road through them — many were five feet in diameter and it was almost impossible to drive a nail into the lumber until it was seasoned.”

“Magnificent flocks of pink curlews (Roseate Spoonbills) could be found in the lagoons. Nearly every homesteader boasted of a bald eagle's nest on his property. And a little farther south were the egrets, millions of them, although the hunters even then were thinning out the flocks to adorn the society ladies millinery with their plumes.”

Read more about Vernon Lamme and his stories about Merritt Island. If you're interested in Florida history, there's a link for buying his book.

Keeping true to the history and culture of Merritt Island and the surrounding areas, as locals we revere the natural beauty of the land and abundance sea life in the rivers and beyond. We hope that you’ll come to love it as we do, and create new memories.

Cape Crossing was the site of Merritt Island’s first post office, opened in 1889. It then became Tingley’s Fish Camp, and was most recently the home of The Tingley RV Park and Marina, a well known landmark in Merritt Island for 50 years.

Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center
Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge and Mosquito Lagoon

For Nature-Lovers, Bird-Watching & World Class Fishing

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Travel time: 25 minutes

Experience nature up close! People come from all over the world for the best bird-watching on the east coast. Consisting of thousands of acres and 1,500 species of plants and animals, this is a true nature-lover’s paradise. Learn more at

Mosquito Lagoon

Travel time: 35 minutes

Time to go fishing! Mosquito Lagoon is known worldwide as the best place to catch redfish and a variety of others. To book a charter visit

Cocoa Beach

Travel time: 15 minutes

Surf’s Up! Dig your toes into the sand at Cocoa Beach, known as a world-class surfing destination on the Space Coast, fast becoming a destination for travelers and residents who desire to explore all of the outdoor water-activities the area has to offer. Visit the historic Pier at Cocoa Beach for outdoor dining options and Ron Jon Surf shop for beach gear.

Kennedy Space Center

Travel time: 15 minutes by car

Unleash your inner astronaut! There are so many interesting things to see and do at Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, for more information visit

Jetty Park

Travel time: 15 minutes

Jetty Park is a favorite where locals go to watch shuttle launches from Kennedy Space Center. There are also campgrounds for those who want to sleep under the stars. Visit to learn more.

Port Canaveral and Orlando International Airport

Amusement for Kids of All Ages

Universal Studios, Disney World & Epcot

Travel time: 60 minutes

Fun for the whole family! So much to see and do, especially if you're a Harry Potter fan.

Brevard Zoo

Travel time: 20 minutes

Introduce the family to over 120 different species of animals from around the world

Historic Photos Courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

Orlando International Airport

Travel time: 40 minutes

For your convenience we offer shuttle services to and from the airport and ship terminal.

Port Canaveral

Travel time: 10 minutes

Bon Voyage! Port Canaveral is one of the largest ports along the eastern seaboard and offers many cruising opportunities for Florida residents.

Grab Your Passport! International Travel Convenience by Air or Sea

Cape Crossing is nestled in a serene location on the northwest side of Merritt Island between the Indian River directly to the west, and the Banana River to the east, on the Canaveral “Barge” Canal “water bridge” offering direct access to both rivers, intracoastal waterway, Port Canaveral and the Atlantic Ocean. Some may remember this site as Tingley’s Marina.

It gets even better if you value convenience of travel by air or sea. There are no stoplights between us and Orlando International Airport, and Port Canaveral is only moments away.

Our Little Piece of Paradise and Surrounding Attractions

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