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Florida's Atlantic Coast

Atlantic Coast Map

The high energy Atlantic rims Florida's twelve, east coast counties from Nassau County at the northern boundary to Miami-Dade at the southern end. This coast is lined with historic state parks, beautiful palm-lined beaches, vast salt marsh estuaries, occasional inlets, coral reefs, urban areas, fishing piers, lighthouses, national parks, and wildlife refuges. This diverse shoreline is edged with densely populated cities, rural areas, and an extensive chain of barrier islands. Vast portions of Florida's east coast are protected and preserved by 38 state parks, 13 aquatic preserves, 5 national parks, 7 national wildlife reserves, and the 73,352- acre GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Visitors can enjoy horseback-riding on Amelia Island, surf fishing or windsurfing on Jacksonville's wide, resort-lined beaches, kayaking and canoeing the many paddling trails, sightseeing historic St. Augustine's downtown, exploring Flagler's coquina beaches, or enjoying races at Daytona's International Speedway. Tour Kennedy Space Center near the Cape Canaveral National Seashore, or paddle the freshwater marshes and preserves of Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin; surf in Palm Beach or sun on the popular beaches in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

Atlantic Counties (north to south) Map Amenities
Nassau County - Fernandina Beach

Nassau County, just south of Cumberland Island, Georgia, a county with a rural feel, which is home to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. Nassau has many oceanfront retreats with miles of sandy beach. (More)

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Duval County - Atlantic Beach

Duval's 15 miles of coast is jam-packed with beach accesses, fun beach bars and restaurants, and hot spots for surfing. Jacksonville's metropolitan center has a multitude of cultural, dining, shopping and live entertainment activities. (More)

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St. Johns County - Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

St. Johns is rich in an intricate history of exploration, colonization, piracy, and the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine. Over 100 beach accesses stretch along 41 miles of the Treasure Coast. St. Augustine's historic downtown has haunted tours, live entertainment, museums, art galleries and historical reenactments. (More)

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Flagler County - Flagler Beach

Flagler has a laid back feeling with the historic downtown of Flagler Beach. This county is a popular destination for surfing, fishing, camping and boating. Atlantic Right Whales migrate here for the spring. (More)

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Volusia County - New Smyrna Beach

Volusia is famous for its 48.8 miles of beaches, nightlife and NASCAR in Daytona. Volusia maintains numerous, well-kept beach front parks. (More)

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Brevard County - Cape Canaveral

Brevard's 71 miles of Atlantic Coastline is an ideal location for surfing and fishing. Also known as the Space Coast, it is home to the John F. Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral National Seashore. Cocoa Beach is a popular vacation area and is well known for its surfing scene. (More)

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Indian River County -

Indian River is an ideal location to enjoy a quiet, beach vacation in a relaxing, quaint area. Search for treasure lost in a massive 1700s shipwreck along the beach, or enjoy an afternoon of fishing or scuba diving near Sebastian Inlet. Vero Beach has a charming downtown with upscale dining, boutiques and art galleries. (More)

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St. Lucie County - Fort Pierce Inlet

St. Lucie is a tranquil, laid back coastal county with well kept, county and city owned beach parks. Large artificial reef structures create wonderful scuba diving opportunities along the coast. Golfing, biking, boating, bird viewing, and guided sea turtle walks are some of the many outdoor recreational opportunities available to visitors of St. Lucie County. (More)

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Martin County - House of Refuge

Martin marks the end of the southern Atlantic coastal counties without a large metropolitan presence. Enjoy the walk along the coast in the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and experience the aesthetics of undeveloped Florida barrier islands. (More)

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Palm Beach County - Jupiter Inlet

Palm Beach is well known for its sprawling miles of palm tree lined beaches and world renowned golf courses. Palm Beach marks the beginning of the South Florida Metropolitan Area, and is a wonderful place for nighttime entertainment, fine dining and shopping. (More)

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Broward County - Fort Lauderdale Beach

Broward, located in the middle of the South Florida Metropolitan Area offers charming beaches along an urban backdrop. Beach accesses are available at almost every street end in Fort Lauderdale along with places to eat and shop. Take a day excursion to the everglades or go scuba diving off the coast in Broward. (More)

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Miami-Dade County - Miami Beach Boardwalk

Miami-Dade, located at the southeastern end of Florida, is a popular destination for all walks of life. Along with the big city excitement of Miami, Miami-Dade County also offers miles of beautiful beaches. The southern portion of the county is mostly mangroves with ideal fishing and boat launches. (More)

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Last updated: January 07, 2016

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