Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ponte Vedra Beach

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#1 of 6 in Parks in Ponte Vedra Beach
Dedicated to the preservation of an unspoiled and undeveloped natural treasure, supporting a vibrant ecosystem and subsystems. Sea turtles, land tortoises, porposies, , manatees, roseate spoonbills, North Atlantic right whales...all these and many more live here year-round or are seasonal visitors.
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  • My companion (who is from Ohio) and I rode our bicycles in "the Guana," as it is known to locals, and into the adjacent Wildlife Management Area the day after Christmas. We happened upon a viewing tow...  more »
  • This place is amazing because you can walk or bike through the forest, near the river and the trails that cross the beach. I saw aligators, turtles and fish.  more »
  • Guana is a great place to visit. The hiking is scenic from the visitors station, but if you really want to see a lot and get further into the wetlands,best to bring a trail or mountain bike due to dis...  more »
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  • This is one of the areas best kept secrets. Located on A1A between Ponte Vedra and St Augustine, the research and education center is hidden just off the highway so that it is easily (and often) missed. This is well worth the stop,... especially if you have kids. The life-sized Humpback and Right Whales were awesome! Check out my pics
  • Great place to fish parking very close to water no long walks carrying your stuff when fishing is good it is GOOD shrimp also. Kid friendly also and restrooms available gas station right at gate also and it sell basic tackle and frozen bait.
  • This is the most beautiful place to mountain bike in the area! Many distinct and divers micro-environments due to the coastal location.
  • I love the hiking; I think the trails should be better marked.
  • This is a wonderful place to go for a hike and experience nature. The paths are very easy and give you various perspectives on the nature that is around. There are opportunities to see all sorts of wildlife, from butterflies, hermit crabs, armadillos to alligators. If you are even mildly into photography, this is a great place to go and capture nature . Bring a lunch and you can picnic in one of the pavilions or near the river. Bring your fishing pole and you can fish riverside or lake side. Overall, it is well worth the $3 a car and is a good family outing if you want an easy hike or just a day out and about in nature
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