Dip your toes in the oceans off the Florida coast during your journey along A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway. With miles and miles of white beaches, you will have plenty of space to spread out with buckets and blankets. Build sand castles or simply relax and listen to waves crawling towards the shore. The sight of surfers and sailors may just entice you into the water for your own aquatic adventures. You can charter a fishing boat and dangle a line for flounder, snook, whiting, snapper, or blues, just to name a few varieties. Or swing your feet over the pier while fishing from land. For the competitive angler, join in a fishing tournament and take home tales that will tease your friends.
If you don't want to get your feet wet but still you enjoy watching the ocean, try jogging, biking, roller blading, or strolling along the 19-mile path from Marineland to the Volusia County line. Or stash your binoculars in your beach bag for views of wildlife and birds. From May to October, visitors can turtle-watch along the shores of Flagler Beach, which is protected during this time because the eggs are hatching and the new turtles are swimming back into the ocean. Keep a lookout for dolphins, migrating northern whales, or alligators. Also, A1A is included on the Great Florida Birding Trail, so you'll be sure to see tri-color heron, marsh wrens, osprey and other birds. With so many different habitats, the environment around the Byway supports a variety of wildlife, including 50 endangered species.
History aficionados will enjoy touring St. Augustine, the oldest permanent European settlement in North America. Stop by the Colonial Spanish Quarter for a glimpse at life in 18th Century Florida. Here, costumed tradesmen will show you the ropes in candlemaking, blacksmithing and carpentry. Learn more about military might while visiting Fort Matanzas, Castillo de San Marcos, and Fort Mose. These national treasures offer tours and historical re-enactments where you can become a part of history.
A popular destination for over 400 years, the Florida coast and A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway won't disappoint!
Type of Drive: Scenic Drive
Location: St. Augustine, FL
Size/Distance: 72 miles
Submitted: 12/27/2005 by Webmaster
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