The coastal lagoons and salt marshes of Northeast Florida are beautiful, peaceful places with broad stretches of calm water surrounded by vast swaths of tall bullrush and chord grass. This is the Florida the European explorers saw when they arrived in the 16th century, and it’s the Florida that sustained the native populations, who took fish and oysters from the water. Kayak Amelia runs three-hour guided tours from Little Talbot Island State Park or you can rent a kayak and do your own thing. Aside from seeing lots of grass, you’re very likely to see dolphins. During the spring and summer, it’s not uncommon to see manatees as they come into the protected coastal waters or as they head south in winter when it gets cold (if it’s really cold, they head for the freshwater springs, though) and whales. The area around Amelia Island is the only known calving ground for North Atlantic right whales, who come here to bear young before heading north to feed in the spring and summer. The tours run about $60 per person with a brief “learn how to do this” beforehand and the route follows the current, so you’re going downstream at all times.
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