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Best Beaches of Northeast Florida

From Amelia Island to New Smyrna Beach, the beaches of Florida's "First Coast" are not to be missed.

A sunny beach on the Northeastern shore of Florida.
The Atlantic shores of Northeast Florida offer a nice variety of visitor-friendly beaches. Pixabay

Amelia Island

It’s hard to pick one beach on this history-rich island, best known for the quaint town of Fernandina Beach.

American Beach, Peter’s Point, Fort Clinch and Seaside Park all are worth visiting. But we love Amelia Island State Park for its pier and ample parking.

Big Talbot Island State Park

Nature lovers will love this park just north of downtown Jacksonville. It’s best known as a nature preserve.

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Its beach is best known for the salt-weathered skeletons of live oak and cedar trees. Bring a bike and enjoy the 4-mile off-road Timucuan Trail.

Jacksonville Beach

Much like Daytona Beach to the south, Jacksonville Beach offers wide swaths of packed sand that are perfect for cycling.

Explore north from Jacksonville Beach to Neptune Beach and then continue to Atlantic Beach for a great day of site seeing and sand worship.

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Anastasia State Park

This park in North Florida stretches for four miles from Matanzas Inlet to St. Augustine. Birding and hiking fans will love exploring it.

The park features more than 1,600 acres of tidal marshes, maritime hammocks and sand dunes along with stretches of unspoiled beaches.

Smyrna Dunes Park, New Smyrna Beach

With amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, there’s a lot to love at this park along the southern shoreline of Ponce de Leon Inlet.

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It’s also one of the few beaches in Florida that allows dogs. Dogs are allowed on the inlet shore beach area – but never the Atlantic beach – and must be leashed at all times.

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