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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jan 31, 2003
Written DirectionsStart your route in St. Augustine Florida. Begin this drive at the junction of A1A North (San Marco Avenue), at the Bride of Lions downtown St. Augustine Historic District (For the side trip to the St. Augustine Historic District mentioned above. At the intersection of A1A and San Marco Avenue, travel about a quarter of a mile south on San Marco Avenue to the Visitor Center Welcome Station on the right, at San Marco Avenue and Riberia Street). Continue by taking A1A southward. At the intersection of A1A and old A1A (312) turn left. Follow the beach route of A1A. Along this route you will pass access ramps to NE Florida's unspoiled beaches.
SceneryThis ocean drive along the northeastern Florida coast is what many people think of when they think of the Sunshine State. White sandy beaches, small restaurants, and pubs, a Caribbean laid-back atmosphere.
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Tourism OpportunitiesYou will pass such other points of interest including Bar-Non-Saloon, St Anastasia State Park, St Augustine's alligator farm, and the Anastasia outdoors theater, that on Saturday mornings hosts an arts and crafts thief's market.
Along the way you will pass A1A Grill, and after A1A beach joins back with A1A business you will pass the Oasis Restaurant. Staying on A1A you see on the left Butler beach park. out-of-the-way beach park, that is just right for a pick nick lunch.
On the right see Ft Matanzas National monument.
This Spanish outpost fort was built in 1740-1742 to guard the Matanzas Inlet and to warn St. Augustine of British or other enemies approaching from the south. Fort Matanzas now serves as a reminder of the early Spanish empire.
In addition, the park, which is located on barrier islands along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas estuary, provides a boardwalk through a natural habitat rich in wildlife with the salt marsh, scrub, and maritime hammock now protecting endangered and threatened species like the historic Fort Matanzas protected St. Augustine long ago.
After crossing the Matanzas inlet bridge you will enter Marineland. Florida's oldest ocean aquarium. Open everyday except Tuesday's.
Leaving Marineland, on the right is the entrance to Washington oaks state gardens. The Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River provide the natural boundaries for the 410 acres of coastal scenery that comprise of walks, gardens, that are great for Kodak moments.
If you would like to take a nice side trip, visit the St. Augustine Historic District (directions are provided below). This drive's starting point is the Historic district of St. Augustine, one of the most famous in America. At the intersection of A1A and San Marco Avenue, travel about a quarter of a mile south on San Marco Avenue to the Visitor Center Welcome Station on the right, at San Marco Avenue and Riberia Street.
Stop here for orientation, recommended walking routes, tips on the best places to park and walk the historic streets where cars aren't allowed, tram and buggy ride information, and brochures on more than 20 historic buildings and sites. The narrow streets border preserved or re-created 16th- and 17th-century homes, inns, shops, and public buildings. St. Augustine is America's oldest community that has been in continuous use, founded 42 years before Jamestown and 55 years before pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.