It's final exams week, and since this is Florida, that means it's time to get to the beach!
I grew up in Melbourne, and my family spent lots of summer days at the ocean, getting sunburned and water-logged. Paradise Beach, in fact, now owns at least one pair of my prescription eyeglasses, 13 of my sisters' flip-flops, the skin of both of my knees, and the hair color stripped out by the three bottles of SunIn my friend Sandra and I shared in 1979. The beach is in my cells... and vice versa.
I've always been fortunate enough to have friends with really old, really crappy cars to drive me around, but if you don't, you can ride Space Coast Area Transit to Indialantic for $1.25 -- 60¢ a trip or $17 all month if you're a student. The #26 bus makes several stops on FIT's campus, and you can bring your bike or surfboard with you.
Once you get there, if you're lucky, you can still see a shell or two on our Florida beaches (the ones in the jar on top of your grandma's toilet aren't quite as romantic). If you want to identify them, take a picture, and then take a gander at FIT's Holman Shell Collection, which comprises thirty years of found seashells gathered by Diane and Robert Holman, and described and archived by Martha Holman. There's even a Scotch Bonnet (you can't eat it, but you can leave it for a tourist to pick up and stick on her toilet).
If you're surfing, check the waves before you go, because this is what the Florida kids do (I know this because my son told me so). Magicseaweed has a great set of surf forecast charts, and there's an app for iPhone or Android. If you want webcams from all around Florida -- and Costa Rica (claro) -- head to CFLsurf.com. You might also take a look at the library's Marine and Environmental Systems - Sites by Discipline for lots more useful links about oceans, if you're in the mood.