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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“hidden gem”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

the museum/aquarium is a great place...located on the river, it offers spectacular views of the water and wildlife......well done!!

Visited October 2012
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Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
2 reviews
“Dial out from technology”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

Rented a kayak and had the most peaceful day. Great place to crab or fish also...bike and hiking trails also...beautiful, quintessential Florida scenery

Visited December 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Unspoiled”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Unspoiled Natural spot to walk and think. Florida at its natural best . Wild life abounds and it is very educational for everyone even the kids

Visited September 2012
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St Augustine, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“An Amazing beach in pristne condition”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

I have gone to this beach many times over the past 25 years. It is a rare example of what the coastal beaches, dunes and wetlands must have been like before developers got their hands on Florida. I have seen sea turtles hatch and leaving their nest for the sea, dolpins at play as well as swimming sharks here

Visited August 2012
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Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A must see for everybody.”
Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

We live in the area and come here as often as possible. Lots of wildlife. I recommend this for everyone both near and far

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