Such a beautiful beach! We stayed at Anastasia State Park while visiting the historic city of St. Augustine and highly recommend this combination of culture and nature getaway. The state park is only 3.5 miles from downtown St. Augustine and includes four miles of pristine natural beach, hammock preserves and tidal salt marshes. The park offers nature trails, swimming, fishing, kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding with rental options for paddle boards, kayaks, surf boards, sailboats, bicycles, umbrellas and beach chairs. Beach parking is adjacent to a Island Joe’s Tropical Grill, a small restaurant offering breakfast and lunch. We visited in late October and were positively surprised to be able to enjoy the empty beach despite the warm temperatures.
The campground is nestled next to the beach and the camp sites are well maintained and provide much privacy as they are surrounded by hammock, palm trees and are divided into separate loops. the full-facility campground offers 139 campsites for tents and RVs with picnic tables, fire-pits, electric and water hook-up. The bathhouse with flush-toilets and showers are kept clean and there are even laundry machines available.
We loved our getaway and will definitely return next time we travel through the area!
For more info including things to do, where to shop and eat at vegan friendly farm to table restaurants in St. Augustine check out this post:
Riding the Water Taxi is a fun way to explore the city of Jacksonville. The Taxi takes a big loop all around the city and takes multiple stops on both sides of the river. With a $10 all-day pass passengers can hop on and off the boat at different stops which makes it a great way to see different areas of the City in one day. Sunset Concert Cruises and other special cruises are available as well.
Our second month of full time travel in November 2017 was all about getting into the work-groove while trying to balance it with some quality time off and small adventures. We took some time to explore the middle and northern regions before setting up base in Tallahassee where Eliane started her 13 week work assignment at a hospital and Damian was working as an independent contractor while growing his own company.
Here’s our route during our 2nd month of full time travel:
-Ocala FL – swimming in Juniper Springs and hiking at Ocala National Forest
-Jacksonville FL – explored the city by water taxi
-Fernandia Beach – great for kayaking and swimming
We found a nice spot for kayaking on the Amelia River near the historic downtown of Fernandia Beach, the northernmost city on Florida’s Atlantic coast. The Dee Dee Bartels Public Boat Ramp provides free parking and easy boat launch onto the river. The beautiful Fort Clinch State Park is located just north of the boat ramp.
We use the Innova Sunny inflatable kayak.
It is more eco-friendly than most inflatable kayaks due to the PVC-free material, while being very durable. It’s fast to inflate and deflate, stores compact in a backpack and is easy to carry on our travels.
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