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There are vast stretches of beach along the Atlantic side of Florida. With bases at New Smyrna Beach, Cocoa Beach, and Miami we explored up and down the coast and into the interior. (photo by Ebyabe, Wikimedia Commons)

Highway A1A is the scenic and historic coastal byway that runs from St. Augustine to the Keys.

Daytona Beach has a hard-packed sand beach allowing motorized vehicles to drive on the beach. This  made Daytona Beach a mecca for motorsports, now the site of the Daytona 500 NASCAR races. (Ebyabe, Wikimedia Commons)

The Marine Science Centre in Daytona features habitat dioramas and interactive displays.

At the marine center, injured turtles and sea mammals are rehabilitated and returned to the wild.

St. Augustine, founded in 1565 is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in continental US. Castillo de San Marcos still stands.

St. Augustine has many historical buildings from its Spanish and British past. The city's center is anchored by St. George Street, which is lined with historic homes from various periods.

Cocoa Beach is  located on a barrier island along along the "Space Coast." The historic Cocoa Beach pier has numerous shops and restaurants.

The long stretches of public beach attract millions of visitors each year.


The iconic Ron Jon surf shop is the  commercial center of the surf culture.


The Sandbar Sports Grill features barbequed alligator and fish tacos.


Like many coastal towns, Fort Pierce has an inland historical downtown and a beach area across a long causeway.

 Shortly after our stay in New Smyrna, our delightful everglades style tin-roof bungalow accommodation was destroyed in a hurricane.

  23 miles of beach stretch along the sub-tropical Fort Lauderdale  coast.


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