Kate’s Tree

From the northern terminus, located in Callahan, it doesn’t take long to arrive at the first major destination of A1A: Fernandina Beach (less than 30 miles). Located on Amelia Island, Fernandina offers a mix of true beach culture and Old Florida charm. Here, palm and live oak trees both appeal to travelers. On the island,… Continue reading Kate’s Tree

Duval County: St. Johns River Ferry to Margaritaville

For those traveling A1A south, there is much to see once entering Duval County, the second county on this journey, and my home base. This also means that you have arrived in Jacksonville, the LARGEST city in area in the Lower 48 (overall, it finishes below Sitka, Juneau, Wrangell, and Anchorage, Alaska, and just ahead… Continue reading Duval County: St. Johns River Ferry to Margaritaville

3. Nassau County (I-95 to US 17): John Muir Ecological Park and Nassau Holiday Motel

Part 3 of the journey on A1A focuses on a short, three-mile stretch from the Florida Citrus Center, adjacent to where A1A crosses under I-95, and where it intersects US 17. You are approaching Yulee, a bedroom community of close to 30,000 residents located 30 miles north of Jacksonville. This second town on A1A (first… Continue reading 3. Nassau County (I-95 to US 17): John Muir Ecological Park and Nassau Holiday Motel

2. Nassau County (Callahan to I-95): Alligator Sighting Ahead

If I leave here tomorrowWould you still remember me?For I must be traveling on now‘Cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see From the northern terminus of A1A, located in Callahan, travelers will travel 15 minutes, musically the length of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird,” before arriving at the I-95 overpass. I mention Lynyrd Skynyrd at… Continue reading 2. Nassau County (Callahan to I-95): Alligator Sighting Ahead

A Saturday on A1A: Jacksonville to Fernandina Beach

It’s the last weekend in February 2021, and the weather report from Alexa on Friday announced that temperatures would get into the 80’s in Jacksonville. We could not let this go by without day tripping A1A. A perk of living in Jacksonville, the LARGEST city in area in the Lower 48, is its proximity to… Continue reading A Saturday on A1A: Jacksonville to Fernandina Beach

Florida State Parks Along A1A

Here is a fun fact—the only state with more state parks than Florida is New York. Florida has 175 state parks and nine state trails. Of these, you can easily get to 42 of these Florida gems along your A1A experience. The photo above is at Big Talbot Island State Park in Jacksonville—home to Boneyard… Continue reading Florida State Parks Along A1A

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1. Nassau County: Let the Ride Begin

Jimmy Buffett sings this line in “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season,”: “Strollin’ down the avenue that’s known as A1A.” Let’s go. But for a bit, we will forgo the smell of salty air and the sound of waves gently rubbing the shores while beach chair lounging, margarita in hand. Taking the purist, complete approach… Continue reading 1. Nassau County: Let the Ride Begin