A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway – Florida

Picture of a Sign for Route A1AAn RV vacation down the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway is just the thing to give you a new view of life and add sparkle to existence. You’ll be driving south with the Intracoastal Waterway on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, surrounded by incredible views and abundant wildlife. This is a drive where you can experience the best beaches, take part in adventures beyond your dreams and find a special harmony as you build a sand castle on the sand.

Shed all stress at your starting point at Ponte Vedra Beach with the many fine activities you’ll find here. Go biking and get in the mood for your trip. Play some tennis or hire a fishing guide to try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Visit the Malacompra Road Park/Beachfront Park and take a little time out for fabulous Florida sights.

One stop you won’t be able to resist is St. Augustine, Florida. This historic city is the oldest settlement in the United States that has been continually inhabited. This is where you can finally see Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth in person. You’ll feel you stepped back in time when you arrive at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument as people dressed in the costumes of those times welcome you with live demonstrations.

While in St. Augustine, be sure to take in the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum to get some more interesting historical background, but then you’ll want to get out in the bright Florida sun to soak up some rays. The best way to do that is to try some swimming or surfing at Anastasia State Park. Rent a canoe and go paddling in the tidal salt marsh.

An entire world of salt marshes and wetlands awaits you at the Guana Tolamoto Matanzas National Research Reserve. This unique spot gives the visitor a special view of oyster bars, lagoons and mangroves. This reserve spreads out to either side of St. Augustine and you’ll find places to enjoy fishing, canoeing and you even might like to try shelling along the beautiful beaches.

Do you love surf fishing? Here’s your chance at Flagler Beach Pier Ramp close to Flagler Beach. The lovely boardwalk provides you with not only great exercise but also a chance to see dolphins and huge spouting whales. Don’t forget the excitement of Marineland. It’s a popular place where you will marvel at the antics of the sea animals.

Canaveral National Seashore

Canaveral National Seashore

In Painters Hill discover what water activities are all about at the beachfront areas of Varn Park Beach. Further along the route, park your RV and frolic around Gamble Rogers Memorial Park and get into the water for some snorkeling. And don’t neglect the Canaveral National Seashore. Explore these memorable places while you have the opportunity.

When you come to the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway you know you’re getting close to the end of your motorhome vacation. But here you can extend your getaway time by driving this highway for its 166 miles. Once you pass Miami Beach, this lovely highway ends, but you can always continue south all the way to Key West. It’s completely up to you.

Picture credits: The picture of the Canaveral National Seashore is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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