One of our absolute favorite beaches in Florida is Marineland. This beach is right on the edge of the St. Johns and Flagler County lines. A short drive from St. Augustine or Daytona. Marineland Beach has everything a beach-goer can love during any season in Florida. During the summer months we take refuge from the heat in the water, picnic under a pavilion, and shower off before sanding-up the car! Although I don’t have pictures shown, there ARE spots along the shoreline without rocks hindering your swimming or time in the waves.
What about the other seasons?
Does Florida have any other seasons?
The spectacular thing about Marineland is that it is perfect during the winter months too. When it’s too cold to swim in the ocean, we enjoy jumping the rocks, searching for shells and wildlife, and listening to the waves crash.
What is most appealing about Marineland is: it is always quiet, enjoyed mostly by locals, and less crowded than the nearby tourist beaches. Vacationers and tourist mainly stay further South towards Daytona Beach or near historic St. Augustine. This leaves Marineland Beach available for those who want to relax and enjoy their family time.
Another great thing families will love about Marineland is that you can’t drive on this beach. I remember being completely stressed when I took my toddler to Daytona Beach for the first time. I was so worried, we didn’t stay and opted to go somewhere cars could not venture instead. Kids, water, and cars don’t mixed. I urge parents of young children NOT to take their kids to Daytona Beach, it isn’t safe for them.
If it is your first visit, be sure to stop into Marineland Dolphin Adventure. They offer inexpensive viewing opportunities of their Dolphins AND even opportunities to SWIM with them! This adventure makes a great birthday gift or anniversary date!
Once Upon a Time…
Marineland was known as Marine Studios and was the location for several movies and firsts in Dolphin marine science. The first Dolphin born in captivity was born at Marineland AND the first dog to scuba dive did so here too! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, after all, Marineland is the world’s oldest oceanarium? Learn more about their history in “Marineland” by Cheryl Messinger before your visit.