Florida's Northeast beaches are the first ones you come to when you enter the state. Our beaches run along several state parks and have trails you can hike or bike along; you can drive on several and even horseback ride right in the surf of a few. They have posh resorts with piers and boardwalks and the wide sand is great for lying out or looking for shells.
Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach
Amelia Island is a lush beautiful island, with many miles of beaches and several state parks that have trails great for hiking, biking and nature watching. Fernandina Beach is the northern most city in Florida and has been an important seaport from early on, which is evident in its Victorian-era architecture and charming historic district. Amelia Island State Park is one of the few places on the east coast where you can horseback ride right on the beach it also offers riding tours along the shoreline.
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Fort Clinch State Park is located on a peninsula near the northernmost point of Amelia Island
, at the entrance to the Cumberland Sound. It covers 1,100 acres and includes Fort Clinch, one of the most well-reserved 19th century forts in the country. It's made up of sand dunes, plains, a maritime hammock and an estuarine tidal marsh. It's been a part of the park system since 1935 and it opened to the public in 1938.
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Talbot Island State Park
Big Talbot Island State Park is located on Big Talbot Island which is part of the unique Sea Islands chain and is just 20 miles east of downtown Jacksonville
and just south of Amelia Island
The park is primarily a natural preserve and is an excellent location for nature study, bird-watching and photography.
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Jacksonville Beach is a great place to spend a few days, as it will take you that long to see it all. The beaches are nice and wide so I guess that's why they made the pier's boardwalk so nice and wide. You can browse the shops at the boardwalk, ride your bike or rollerblade along, but be sure to watch for people, because this place is always crowded, day or night.
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Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Beach is known for two things, posh resorts and pristine golf courses, but they do have great beaches as well. The beach there is wide and sandy, great for laying out getting a tan or looking for shells, as lifeguards watch over all guests.
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Hanna Park is 17 miles east of Jacksonville
. It's over 450 acres are made up of sandy beaches, freshwater lakes, wooded camping sites and natural dunes. It has a water playground with fountains for the kids, kayaking, canoeing, fishing
, and is known for excellent surfing. Most of the land has been left in its natural, wooded state.
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St. Augustine Beaches
The beaches of St. Augustine are located on Anastasia Island. There you will find a short pier extending into the Atlantic Ocean, as well as fishing and surfing. At nearby Anastasia State Park you can enjoy camping, nature trails, beach time, water sports, and an archaeological site where coquina rock was mined to create the nearby fortress, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Anastasia State Park, located just south of historic St. Augustine on Anastasia Island, has four miles of pristine beach, a tidal salt marsh, and maritime and upland hammock.
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Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park welcomes thousands visitors from all over the world every year to enjoy its many natural wonders. Anastasia's four miles of beautiful beaches attract walkers, joggers, fishermen, surfers, kayakers, bicyclists and water sports enthusiasts.
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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River. It’s a little over 30 minutes south of St. Augustine
. The beaches at the Park are spectacular. They are famous for the unique shoreline of coquina rock formations both on and for a short distance off shore. The gardens are well known for their, camellias, azaleas and roses and they have exotic species like bird of paradise and all are beautifully covered by an oak hammock.
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Vilano Beach is has many natural resources. There are nine different wildlife habitats and 125 different kinds of birds that visit, nest or live here. The beaches provide nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles, it also serves as a wintering and calving ground of the northern right whale and has several public parks
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Along Florida's east coast tucked in between Daytona Beach
and St. Augustine
you'll find Flagler Beach; once a sleepy little fishing village Flagler Beach has flourished in to a vibrant seaside community while maintaining much of its original charm. The big 'Flagler Beach' emblazoned across the roof of the Flagler Beach Municipal Pier Restaurant is and has been a draw to the pier for a long time and is arguably the most familiar sign on the beach.
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By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com