Things to do in Northeast Florida, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach: hiking, biking, trails, canoeing, kayaking, paddle, places to camp, lodging, unique restaurants, historic places, places to stay, road trips and Funky Florida.
Florida has miles of beaches, but nothing like the beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Here, wind and surf have turned coquina rock into sculpture.
The charming Riverview Hotel accommodates guests at the gateway to New Smyrna Beach’s arts and entertainment district, a half-mile strip of historic homes, quaint galleries and friendly pubs leading to one of Florida’s most popular beaches.
A fascinating look at Florida’s St. Johns River from the air, underwater and along it many branches, illustrating the river’s history, beauty, and the challenges the river faces from humans. A flotilla of sea, air and undersea craft explores the St. John’s from Jacksonville to its source in Indian River County.
This historic restaurant near Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park at Cross Creek is a great place to eat like a cracker. It offers an old Florida ambiance and menu.
When I visited St. Augustine recently, I discovered Princess Place Preserve, a delightful out-of-the-way historic estate that is a good place to hike, kayak, camp and see wildlife. The 1888 hunting lodge is magnificent — and has a great story of a real princess behind it.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park near St. Augustine has two sides — historic gardens amid ancient live oak trees on one side and a beach with fantastically shaped coquina rocks on the other.
FLAGLER BEACH — This quaint little beachside community is a refreshing change from the high-rise condos and hotels that populate much of Florida’s coast.
The Castle Windy Trail is a shady respite from the often brutal and never-ending sun of Cape Canaveral National Seashore, a tree-shrouded path that takes you through coastal zones of saw palmetto, live oak, sable palm and eastern red cedar.
ORMOND BEACH — The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is a 30-mile road trip through live-oak canyons, waterfront postcard scenes, abundant wildlife, two state parks and an historic site. Along the way, there’s camping, hiking, biking and paddling opportunities. And don’t forget the winter whale watches!