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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

#1 of 19 things to do in Ponte Vedra Beach Features Animals
505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
+1 904-823-4500
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Spontaneously pulled in and I'm glad I did!

Beautiful place!!! nice wide and well-kept hiking trails (all flat), under a canopy of diverse... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2016
San Diego
Great nature and fishing

Catch trout, red drum, flounder and crabs. Or walk along the trails or even ride around. Bring a... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2016
Paul D
Metro Manila, Philippines
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The Reserve was established in 1999 as a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) System and is one of three NERRs in Florida. The Reserve staff manage the Guana Dam parking area, three beach lots (north, middle, and south), a trail system, the EEC, and a field office in Marineland, Florida. The Reserve’s 73,256 acres also includes Guana River Wildlife Management Area, Deep Creek State Forest, Stokes Landing Conservation Area, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Faver-Dykes State Park, Moses Creek Conservation Area, Pellicer Creek Conservation Area, Princess Place Preserve, and the River to Sea Preserve, all of which are managed by separate agencies. The Reserve is an important economic, ecological, and educational resource for local communities. The estuary provides valuable ecological services such as a nursery, storm protection, flood protection, oyster habitat, and water quality. Its health is fundamental to the survival of endangered ocean species such as the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and sea turtles. These resources provide economic opportunities in the form of fishing, recreational businesses, and jobs. As a NERR, the Reserve conducts scientific research, stewardship activities, and educational programs. Some of the unique aspects of this Reserve are its rich cultural history, location by the first city in America, pristine and quiet beaches, and diverse habitats.
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505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
+1 904-823-4500
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

Beautiful place!!! nice wide and well-kept hiking trails (all flat), under a canopy of diverse flora. Lots of local wildlife....tortoises, turkey vultures, colorful banana spiders all made the hike exciting

Thank hartman_defender
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Catch trout, red drum, flounder and crabs. Or walk along the trails or even ride around. Bring a canoe and paddle to your heart's content. Great family activity.

1  Thank Paul D
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This area is so beautiful and still feels and looks like the real Florida.There is so much life in the Guana and the marshes and swamps. The beaches to the east are uncorwded and wild like it was years ago. If you love real places...More

Thank Lee M
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Terrific place to get out of the sun and walk for a couple of hours to various waterfront beautiful views. Bring a fishing pole if you like. The paths are color coded and fairly easy to follow but if a little lost, just ask someone....More

Thank Houdoni
Reviewed 21 July 2016

We didn't know what to expect but decided to take our 6 1/2 year old son to the educational center at Guana. He loved it and so did we! Everything was labeled well and there was a wonderful display outlining the ecological environment of the...More

Thank Mumfry
Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is the best beach in Jax and Ponte Vedra Beach. If you go please clean up your trash and respect others.

Thank hydrati0n9
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

I've lived in Florida 34 years and learned some things I didn't know about estuarine environments. The views are amazing. Education center is handicapped accessible, as are some walkways. Would love to have been able to participate in a guided exploration. Those take place infrequently,...More

Thank Gigi L
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

It was hot out, so we didn't really explore the trails. We stopped at the nature center which has nice exhibits of the wildlife. Staff was very friendly.

Thank loneflower1
Reviewed 21 June 2016

I love to spend a day here. Fishing, or across at the beach access. The nature is breath taking. The real Florida - dunes, tides, crabs, birds, lizards, and of course the insects too! I've seen plenty of kayakers - I just haven't given that...More

Thank NotListening81
Reviewed 17 June 2016

With four energetic youngsters who will go in four different directions, my wife and I decided that the public beaches near Jacksonville Beach were too crowded to keep track of them safely. We headed down A1A aiming for the third parking spot with beach access...More

Thank appecruzer
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Sarah A
I was wondering if there is someplace nearby that offers equestrian camping? I would like to plan a day trip to Guana with my horses but will need somewhere to spend the night.
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