Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ponte Vedra Beach

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve on Florida's First Coast is part of a network of 28 protected coastal areas along the United States coast from Alaska to Puerto Rico, The National Estuarine Research Reserve System. This program is a partnership between NOAA and the US coastal states with the goal of protecting estuarine lands and water.DescriptionThe Reserve is over of salt marsh and mangrove tidal wetlands. It includes oyster beds, tidal lagoons, critical habitat and offshore seas spanning St. Johns County and Flagler County. This estuarine ecological system produces a rich abundance of marine life including numerous commercially and recreationally valuable forms of sea life. The upland areas include pine flatwoods, maritime hammock, coastal strands and dunes, and mangroves. (GTMNERR) stretches from Summer Haven in the south all the way to Ponte Vedra Beach in the north, which is over 30 miles.
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  • We love this beach! No houses, condos, hotels around at all. Just beach, ocean, and sand dunes for miles. A great place when you want quiet solitude. 
  • The area is very pretty and worth the trip just for that. The beaches along the area are not crowded and we found a great deal of sea shells. While others found a shark tooth, we never did. 
  • My wife and I hike the Guana/Talomato on a regular basis during the cooler months. There are too many mosquitoes and other creatures during the Summer months. Still some really good fishing in the riv...  read more »
  • Plenty of trails to hike, which is what we did. Well marked and none are very challenging. Be sure to bring lots of water and bug spray. It is Florida.... The one thing that kept the 5th star out was the wild pigs. We saw one on the east side or the loop and a pack of 7 on the other side. All piglets and my wife thought they were the cutest. Ferrell pigs are invasive and can be quite aggressive. So just be aware. .
  • I attended the annual Florida Bird Festival here and just loved it. Excellent photography classes, and the grounds and buildings are beautiful. Enjoyed hiking some of their wonderful trails.
  • Go find the tree on the Intercoastal next to the beach and put up your eno. Relax and swing in the breeze. Perfect afternoon chill spot.
  • One of the nicer parks in the area with miles of trails. Watch out for ticks!
  • One of my favorite places to paddle. This is a beautiful place.
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