A sweep of Atlantic Coast beach awaits along the southern tip of Amelia Island, where the sand glistens and the surf is frequently up. Amelia Island State Park protects 200 acres along the island’s shore.
Location: Amelia Island
Fees: $2 per person. $60 for one-hour guided horseback ride along the beach.
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Paddlers have miles to explore in the marshes on guided trips and on their own. Anglers flock here for the mile-long George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier, where the state record flounder was caught.
But it’s the soft thud of hooves on sand that intrigues the most, as this park offers a rare find: a place to canter along the surf. If you’ve dreamed of riding a white horse down a wild shore, here’s your chance! Trail rides must be reserved in advance with Kelly Seahorse Ranch.