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Florida's Atlantic Coast

A map showing all of the coastal counties on Florida's Atlantic Coast

The high-energy Atlantic rims Florida's 12 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. The 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, 14 aquatic preserves, five national parks, seven national wildlife refuges and the 73,352-acre Guana Tolomato Matanzas 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 in 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, 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)
Nassau County, just south of Cumberland Island, Ga., is a county with a rural feel and home to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. Nassau has many oceanfront retreats with miles of sandy beach. (More) Map
Duval's 15 miles of coast are jam-packed with beach access, 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) Map
St. Johns is rich with an intricate history of exploration, colonization, piracy and the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine. More than 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 re-enactments. (More) Map
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) Map
Volusia's 36 miles of beaches, Daytona's nightlife, and NASCAR racing make Daytona Beach a popular destination. A variety of well-maintained beachfront parks are available in the county.  (More) Map
Brevard's 71 miles of Atlantic coastline are ideal 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) Map
Indian River is an ideal location for enjoying 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) Map
St. Lucie has a long stretch of white sand beaches that make up more than 20 miles of the coastline. (More) Map
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) Map
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) Map
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) Map
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) Map
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November 1, 2023 - 11:21am

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