Atlantic Beach, Florida
Atlantic Beach was rated as one of the Top 10 Beaches for 2013 by the Travel Channel with its sugary sand, bright sunshine, and azure blue water.
Consistent with its old Florida charm, Atlantic Beach has a laid-back feel in a historical setting that's true to its ecological roots. You'll enjoy the local shops and restaurants, surfing the waves, tanning on the beach and swimming in the ocean, walking the beach and shelling, and going on your own ecoadventures. And when you’re ready to pamper yourself, stay at a world-class resort.
Dutton Island Preserve
Dutton Island Preserve is Atlantic Beach's largest park. It's a pristine salt marsh ecosystem offering exceptional wildlife viewing.
The park consists of 9,000 feet of nature trails, a fishing and viewing pier, a canoe/kayak launch, picnic areas, pavilions, camping areas (reservations required), and parking.
From Dutton Island Preserve, take the St. Johns River Ferry across the river to Ft. George Island State Park, Huguenot Park and the Talbot Island parks.
Talbot Islands State Parks
Big Talbot Island and Little Talbot Island are two of only a few remaining undeveloped barrier islands within Florida.
Little Talbot Island is a 2,500-acre island with five miles of pristine beach, picnic pavilions, a short nature loop, and a four-mile hiking trail. Activities include a guided kayak tour of the island, surf fishing, sunbathing, shelling, and nature watching.
Big Talbot Island is a nature preserve that's great for birdwatching and photography. Other activities include hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and picnicking. Amenities include picnic pavilions, nature trails, a fishing pier, a boat ramp, bike trails and beaches.
Both islands are a great place to have a wedding in a natural beach environment. For more information, download:
- Your Dream Wedding at Little Talbot Island State Park
- Your Dream Wedding at Big Talbot Island State Park
Hannah Park is located immediately north of Atlantic Beach. Popular activities include swimming, picnicking, surfing, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, camping, hiking, and biking.
Shelters are also available that can be reserved. And camp sites include primitive sites, and camp sites with full hookups.
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Atlantic Beach, Florida Government: Official City of Atlantic Beach, FL government website.
Wikipedia: Information about Atlantic Beach, FL.