Merritt Island is truly an island, and it is Florida's largest island. This Brevard County island is home to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a major tourist attraction and launching point for NASA. Juxtaposed with this is the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, a 140,000-acre nature sanctuary. As of the 2010 census, the population was 34,743. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center are located on the northern part of Merritt Island. The southern area is heavily residential, with centralized light commercial and light industrial areas. The island does not belong to any official city. The central part of Merritt Island, previously known as Merritt City, is home to the majority of the population and includes the local high school, library, and shopping district.
Merritt Island owes its name to the king of Spain. The entire island was part of a land grant given by the king to a nobleman named Merritt.
Merritt Island offers an incredible variety of homes and condos. Riverside and oceanfront abound with a glorious sunrise and sunset views alike. You won't be disappointed living in this gorgeous town by the sea.
Merritt Island has an abundance of wildlife from manatees to the roseate spoonbill. On any given day one might see dolphins, manatees, alligators, tarpon or snook roll, and even a rocket launch. Our little island is a daily collage that is ever-changing. If scenery, boating, fishing or just walking a trail to take in the mixture of pictures our lovely island provides, this might be the place for you.