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Crescent Beach - A Retreat with Pelicans, Sea Kayaking, and Sandcastles.FLCresBCH237Castles Florida's northeastern coast remains a secret family vacation destination offering miles of un crowded beaches, awesome sunrises, iridescent sunsets, seaside eateries and delightful one-of-a-kind shopping. Dolphins swim along the coast and frolic in the Matanzas River. Shrimp boats mark the horizon, their nets caressing the waves. It is a place for sandcastles and sunset ceremonies.

During the holiday season St. Augustine celebrates with music, magical lights, and plenty of family entertainment. Remarkably beautiful, Crescent Beach is just south of St. Augustine Beach and historic St. Augustine. The beach is never crowded; no high rises exist; there are no malls or large shopping centers. Off-the-beaten-path and without the stress of population, vacation days become effortless. Each morning pelicans patrol the tide line diving between the waves as if queued by a Vivaldi symphony. During the warmest months sea turtles return to nest along the dunes; during the windy  season wind surfers race across the water and kite surfers jump never ending waves.

The beach itself stretches for miles allowing visitors with a beach pass to drive ever- so-slowly along its edge. The hard-packed sand makes walking, running or bike riding near the waves possible. Moms with strollers face the breeze and weave around tide pools. Impromptu volleyball games break the sameness matched by surf fishing and sand gliding. Dogs enjoy the beach, surf, and sometimes the sea with their masters. Occasionally horseback riders race along the surf. Unlike other beaches in Florida which have mounting restrictions on beach use Crescent Beach is a family friendly, all-purpose beach.

 This is the spot for anyone in love with the sea. It is possible to rent a really cool  beach house or  condo  with  easy beach access and awesome views of the Atlantic and Intercoastal Waterway. Need to know: Many of the beach houses are  pet-friendly with prior approval.

During the springtime, rare right whales may be seen off shore and fresh Mayport shrimp, one of the superb local delicacies, is available in local supermarkets. During the summer moths sea turtles nest along the beach. Need to know: South Beach Grille located right on Crescent Beach is a spot with great food and marvelous atmosphere. Coastal Kayaks is just minutes from the beach. They rent kayaks for adventures and conduct moonlight excursions.  

Our family has had the good fortune to enjoy this remarkable beach on more than one occasion. We love this spot! There is a very positive energy about this beach h We have sipped ice tea on the beach; watched dolphins at play, and walked for miles on one of the best beaches on the planet. The place is an ideal location for chilling out; the light is great; the ocean is always dramatically beautiful, sunrise to sunset. Stargazing is awesome all year long but best during the winter months and from May through September sea turtles nest at the the edge of the dunes only steps from the beach houses. 
I no longer own property on the beach but we do return for family time away from crazy schedules. I recommend two companies in the area Each offer excellent options for families. Stay at the edge of the ocean with sand dunes at your door step or nest just off the beach and enjoy a short walk, either way the island is made for families.  Need to know: It is  easy to fly into Jacksonville and drive down the coast or land in Orlando and make you way to the beach.
Content Content and comments by Nancy Nelson-Duac, curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files. Copyright updated 2018.


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