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Cape Canaveral

The once-bustling commercial fishing area of Cape Canaveral is still home to a small shrimping fleet, charter boats, and party fishing boats, but its main business these days is as a cruise-ship port. The north end of the port, where the Carnival, Disney, and Royal Caribbean cruise lines set sail, has some good waterfront restaurants, with big viewing decks. Port Canaveral is now Florida's second-busiest cruise port for multiday cruises, which makes this a great place to catch a glimpse of these giant ships. It’s also a great place to catch sight of an unmanned rocket being launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.


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