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Little Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville

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The 8 km (5 mi) long beach at Little Talbot Island State Park offers opportunities for swimming, surfing, shelling, kayaking, and fishing. Located on a Florida barrier island, the park supports a variety of natural habitats, from sandy dunes to forests and marshes. While hiking or biking on the trails, you can stop by a picnic pavilion to have a snack. Camping is available, and you can reserve a spot up to 11 months in advance. The park has a limited number of canoes, kayaks, and bicycles for rent. Be cautious in the water, because the beach has no lifeguards and the currents can be strong. Arrange your visit to Little Talbot Island State Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Jacksonville using our Jacksonville vacation route planner.
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  • We enjoyed our stay and the park didn't fail. Great campsite, amenities (showers, clean bathrooms, great staff). The kids loved it and our camping neighbors were very social.  more »
  • Little Talbot Island State Park is a Florida treasure. On one side of the road is the beach which has the feel of early Florida, with no commercial influence. A lovely quite beach, with exception of t...  more »
  • Well maintained park with boardwalks. It is not overly manicured so it feels very natural. It is usually quiet, but can get packed on the holidays. Go and enjoy!  more »
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  • We wanted to rent kayaks and looked for them on their homepage. The link we followed sent us to a company that rents kayaks. That particular company has a nice little gift shop but the kayaks weren't really great. No working food rests and very low seating so that you hit your hands with every paddle. We kayaked through oyster fields which was good to have seen it, but really not exciting at all. The "sand beaches" are hardly beaches at all. The one was about 4 meters broad. The other one was loaded with boats blasting loud music . So not really what we expected at all. I was very disappointed that the State park sent us to an address that had us kayaking in a completely different area/environment.
  • Very clean, We didn't see as many animals as described which could have been because it was so hot outside but we did see a tortoise as we were leaving, Overall we enjoyed the experience and would love to go back to see if we can see more wildlife.
  • I love the hiking trails here, and they go right to the beach! It's a great place to get some exercise and good views, all in one.
  • Small but less traffic. $5.00 to get it well worth it. Don't have to worry about big crowd.
  • Beautiful natural beaches and great camping available here.

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Accommodations are spread out across Jacksonville and mainly consist of large hotels. For a more scenic stay, consider a hotel on the riverfront or the coast. Beachside accommodations provide the added benefit of being in a much quieter and slower-paced part of the city, but you are farther away from the majority of the city's cultural attractions. If you are planning a longer stay, consider a vacation rental with a kitchen to help ease food costs. These rentals are frequently located in residential neighborhoods.
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