When coming down the Florida coast from Jacksonville, you can start a new adventure by traveling in your RV from St. Augustine, Florida all the way to Daytona Beach, for a vacation segment that offers beautiful Southern sunshine, mild winter temperatures and ocean views. Bring kids, pets, and all your vacation gear, for you will find the best family getaway imaginable. Make St. Augustine your home base for a few days. Stage Coach RV Park is a lovely family park close to everything.
When you wish to spend some quiet time doing wildlife viewing, hiking or picnicking, Anastasia State Park is the perfect choice. Take a self-guided nature trail through the tidal salt marshes and across ancient dunes. One of the biggest attractions in St. Augustine is the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest structure in the city. It took twenty-three years to build and was finished in 1695. Tour the fort in about one or two hours and see some of the realistic re-enactments put on. Don’t flinch when they fire the cannons!
Continue your RV trip by traveling down the famous and scenic Highway 1A. You move right along the coastline for the best views and best attractions. Explore at Fort Matanzas National Monument and watch their video which tells of the history of this amazing fort. The nature trail is only a half mile long but well worth the exercise. You may even see the tiny Anastasia Island beach mouse. This species only lives on Anastasia Island.
Farther on down the highway, you’ll come to Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Wander the unique shoreline along the Atlantic and walk through the formal gardens. You can even fish from the seawall or from the beach. Here in Palm Coast, Florida there are many things to keep you busy. If you love to golf, there are some great courses here, including one designed by Jack Nicklaus.
In Palm Coast you’ll find the Florida Agricultural Museum where you can step back in time to live just like people did in the 1800s. Ride a horse, pick some vegetables and learn how to make molasses from sugar cane. The entire family will love to experience a trail ride through the woods, really getting the flavor of life when there were no automobiles.
Golfing is also a favorite pastime at Flagler Beach, but anyone might like to do some beachcombing. Flagler Beach is very pet-friendly, so you can bring your dog for a romp on the beach or in any of the marvelous parks. Many restaurants are also lenient about bringing your pet inside.
Now you come to beautiful Daytona Beach! You may like staying just minutes from the beach at Daytona RV Park. This new RV resort is in South Daytona, with fishing nearby as well as other local attractions. Get yourself over to the Museum of Arts and Sciences once you are settled in. You will love the beautiful collections of artworks and displays of Florida history, including the fossils of a 13-foot-tall giant ground sloth. This specimen was excavated from a fossil site in 1975.
Before heading home, drop by the Tiger Bay State Forest with its large swamps and islands, and of course lots of wildlife. This is the ideal way to end a Florida getaway. And you will be making plans to return another time, no doubt.