Why You Want To Visit
Marineland Beach is the only place I’ve seen on the north Florida coastline where rocky beaches can be found. For photographers, the rocks seem to change with the tides and help to make each photo unique. They also make a great foreground subject and, when paired with directional light, the textures can really make an image pop. Sunrises can produce vivid contrasts of colors, especially when there are clouds on the horizon. Alternatively, sunsets can be colorful but with much softer tones.
But Marineland Beach is more than just a photographer’s hot spot. Many families visit for a beach experience alternative to the sand and surf alone. When the tide is out, little ones can explore the remaining tide pools for aquatic life. The tide pools are tiny ecosystems in themselves, and can host shellfish, minnows, and starfish. The constant flow of water over the rocks has worn the rough edges down, leaving a smooth finish to the craggy rock surface for easy exploring.
Where Its Located
Marineland Beach is located just south of Saint Augustine and Crescent Beach on highway A1A. There is a large parking lot that doesn’t close at sunset like some of the other nearby beaches. Although I’ve never seen it overly crowded, it is a popular spot for local photographers and explorers.
Have You Been Here?
If so, what did you think? I’d love to hear how the experience was!