What Are the Attractions in North East Florida?

What Are the Attractions in North East Florida?
For years, Florida destinations such as Disney World in Orlando and Miami's famous South Beach have dominated the state's tourism limelight. However, one of the best-kept secrets in Florida is the appeal of its northeastern cities, islands, beaches and historical attractions.

The Region

Some consider the drive southward, via Rt. A1-A, along the coast from Amelia Island, one of the best ways to see Florida. The drive along the coast, known as the First Coast, features cities such as Jacksonville and historic St. Augustine, dozens of state parks, public access beaches and noted golf courses.

Amelia Island

Located in the northeast quadrant of Florida, Amelia Island features beautiful Fernandina Beach and a Civil War-era fort at Fort Clinch State Park. Nearby are the Talbot Islands, which are among the few undeveloped barrier islands and known for their quiet beaches and birding and paddling opportunities.

Fort George Island

Kingsley Plantation, one of Florida's earliest plantations, is on Fort George Island. It is now part of a state park and includes an ecological and historical preserve. South of Fort George, the road turns inland to the Jacksonville area.


Near Jacksonville Beach is Ponte Vedra Beach, which runs through Sawgrass golf course, a part of the PGA circuit and home to the Players Tournament. The modern city of Jacksonville offers professional sporting events, nightlife, shopping and culture. It is also a home port for Carnival cruises to the Caribbean.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States. The city includes the seventeenth century Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest stone fort in the United States, a busy "old town," a lighthouse and museum, and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park.

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is one of the best-known beaches in northeast Florida, and is home to one of the largest spring break crowds of young people in the nation.

Article Written By Debbie Selinsky

Debbie Selinsky is an award-winning writer based in North Carolina. Selinsky is the former senior editor of "Success Magazine" and deputy director of the Duke University News Service. She has written about travel for many years and specializes in cruise travel, having sailed on more than 100 cruises. Selinsky attended North Greenville University, Oregon Institute of Technology and the Poynter Institute for Journalistic Excellence.

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