Tag Archive for: Guana River State Park

North Access, Guana River

28 Jul
July 28, 2018
Guana River Reserve

Expansive view of the Guana River Reserve as shot from the northern-most public access.

Up the River with a Paddle

28 Jul
July 28, 2018
Guana River Kayaking

Even on overcast days, the beauty of the Guana River Research Reserve inside Guana River State Park is evident.

Guana River State Park: Beautiful even when she’s moody…

27 Dec
December 27, 2017
Guana River State Park, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Guana River State Park – Even in the dead of winter, she’s still gorgeous!

Hurricane Joaquin Swell

08 Oct
October 8, 2015

A few GoPro shots from the recent Hurricane Joaquin swell. These were all taken in the Ponte Vedra Beach area and inside Guana River State Park on October 3rd and 4th, 2015. Good times after an unusually long, flat summer due the global El Nino weather pattern that brought waves to most of the rest of the world, but which inhibited tropical storm development this year in the Eastern Atlantic. It seems all of that stored up energy was released in a single storm which provided some pretty epic Florida conditions.

Hurricane Joaquin, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL October, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin, Jacksonville, FL October, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin, Northeast Florida, October, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin, Guana River State Park, October 2015

surfing in Hurricane Joaquin in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL October, 2015

Surfing in Guana River State Park in Hurricane Joaquin, October 2015

Old Palm Valley

23 Jul
July 23, 2015

Old Palm Valley, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Old Palm Valley… In so many ways, it has changed over the years. In so many ways, it has stayed the same. There’s a peaceful, sleepy feeling to the area that never goes away. It’s part of its DNA.

Heaven Under Our Feet and Over Our Heads

19 Jul
July 19, 2015
Guana River State Park

Perhaps one of the most stunning viewpoints of Guana River State Park

Catches a lot more than you (and me!)

04 Jan
January 4, 2015
Florida waterfowl

One of the more skilled wade-fishermen at Guana Reserve State Park

Quality Time

30 Dec
December 30, 2014
Girl strolling on Florida beach

79 degrees and sunny on Dec. 29th. What’s not to love about Northeast Florida?

Took a late afternoon stroll with KK, today… A few leftovers from the swell still rolling in… Enjoying the holidays and getting to spend time with my family.

Guana Sunset

15 Nov
November 15, 2014
Sun going down in Guana River State Park

You walk into the world you make

Times Like These…

04 Oct
October 4, 2014
Guana River State Park at sunset

The beautiful serenity of Florida’s coastal backwaters

Backwater Backyard

01 Sep
September 1, 2014
Mother and daughter kayaking in Guana River State Park

Gretchen and Kaelyn in the kayak with Kendall on point on the SUP, exploring Guana River State Park

 

Stand-up Paddelboading in Guana State Park

Kendall taking in the beautiful, natural, peaceful setting of Guana River State Park

 

Yesterday was Labor Day and we had some time, so decided to go explore our “backwater backyard” in Guana River State Park. We went up to North Guana Outpost (check ’em out!), rented a kayak and a couple of SUPs and were on our way (you can launch straight out from the back of the store)! The Guana, as always, was spectacular! It is so beautiful. We saw a lot of fish and birds and could hear gators, but never actually saw any. We went out at high noon, and it was pretty darn hot. An early morning excursion might be even better. But it was awesome and I highly recommend it. Great exercise, too! $25/hr. for board/kayak rentals or $50 for a 1/2 day. We may have to invest in a couple of SUPs for Christmas!

 

 

Sea Life’s Beauty

30 Aug
August 30, 2014
Driftwood on the beach

Sea life’s beauty, tossed up on the shore.

Guana River Sunset

31 Jul
July 31, 2014
Guana River Sunset

The sun sets over Guana River State Park

June “Gloom”, Florida Style

08 Jun
June 8, 2014

Guana State Park, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Well, “gloomy” only in the respect that June traditionally tends to be pretty flat- not a lot of waves for surfing around here at this time of year, although we just enjoyed a nice multi-day run of swell to kick off the month. A pleasant surprise! But, Northeast Florida is beautiful year-round!

Florida Solitude, Guana River State Park

24 Feb
February 24, 2014

Florida Coastal Solitude, Guana State Park

Guana River State Park

01 Jan
January 1, 2014
Guana River State Park

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Guana River State Park between Jacksonville, FL and St. AugustineGuana River State Park ocean side, between Jacksonville, FL and St. Augustine

Above are a few images of 12,000-acre Guana River State Park in the Greater Jacksonville, FL area, between Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine. Even on a cold winter day in December, her beauty shines through. The park runs from the Atlantic Ocean, across dunes, marsh and over to the Tolomato River. The place is gorgeous, loaded with hiking and biking trails, and lots of wildlife (bird sanctuary, calving ground for Right Whales, among many other species). I asked my wife to marry me here at the northern entrance to the park. I love to surf at Guana because it breaks well, handles larger swells better than most places around here, and is typically uncrowded. Gretchen thought that I was stopping to check the surf on the way out to eat one evening when I popped the question to her on top of the highest observation deck in the park. We later built a home right on the edge of the marsh in Guana and lived there for about 12 years or so. We ended up moving, but not too far- just about mile down the road off A1A. Guana River State Park is an excellent place to run, surf, fish, kayak, hike, bike, look for sharks teeth, or just explore and relax. If you’re looking for something to do in the Jax area one weekend, try to check it out. There’s also a great research center with some pretty cool displays at the southern entrance near Vilano Beach.

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