Having gone to college at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne I can honestly say I love this city! Small and charming, Melbourne has it all. Melbourne has the coolest little neighborhoods anywhere. The streets are lined with French Victoriana homes, much like New Orleans, there are palm trees everywhere you look, and the food is to die for! From fresh seafood to spicy Creole dishes the city is filled with great little mom & pop cafes and bistro's.
A bit slower pace, Melbourne is great because it is so close to Orlando as well. Just over an hour's drive or so and you visit Disney World, the NASA space center and even go to the beach! I good mix of college kids and locals keeps the nightlife exciting. My friends and I always love renting a charter boat and going fishing off shore. There's nothing like reeling in a 300 pound swordfish! There's great diving nearby too. Melbourne was an important civil war area, and throughout the city you can find several good museums and old military forts to explore. Beautiful weather, friendly people great food, I love Melbourne!