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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

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505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
+1 904-823-4500
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Fabulous for visitors and locals alike!

Beautiful beach that runs for miles, a protected Reserve from ocean to river on the lower end of... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2017
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Very Peaceful and Pretty

We love to walk on the beach and so when they temporarily closed Mickler's Landing for beach... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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The Reserve was established in 1999 as a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) System and is one of three NERRs in Florida. The Reserve staff manage the Guana Dam parking area, three beach lots (north, middle, and south), a trail system, the EEC, and a field office in Marineland, Florida. The Reserve’s 73,256 acres also includes Guana River Wildlife Management Area, Deep Creek State Forest, Stokes Landing Conservation Area, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Faver-Dykes State Park, Moses Creek Conservation Area, Pellicer Creek Conservation Area, Princess Place Preserve, and the River to Sea Preserve, all of which are managed by separate agencies. The Reserve is an important economic, ecological, and educational resource for local communities. The estuary provides valuable ecological services such as a nursery, storm protection, flood protection, oyster habitat, and water quality. Its health is fundamental to the survival of endangered ocean species such as the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and sea turtles. These resources provide economic opportunities in the form of fishing, recreational businesses, and jobs. As a NERR, the Reserve conducts scientific research, stewardship activities, and educational programs. Some of the unique aspects of this Reserve are its rich cultural history, location by the first city in America, pristine and quiet beaches, and diverse habitats.
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505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
+1 904-823-4500
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

Beautiful beach that runs for miles, a protected Reserve from ocean to river on the lower end of Padre Island.....a rare treat indeed......a learning center, located a the southern end of the Reserve is filled with exhibits and educational material, as well as a small...More

2  Thank restoman2020
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We love to walk on the beach and so when they temporarily closed Mickler's Landing for beach renourishment we ventured south (about 3 miles) to this natural preserve. Beach is very wide and long and great to walk on as there were very few people...More

4  Thank RLWOrangePark
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We owe it to ourselves to reconnect with nature and embrace the earth. The reserve was quite and peaceful. It was a welcome departure from loud city noise.

1  Thank Linda S
Reviewed 5 January 2017

On a trip here in April, we visited the park for some place to hike and really get into the Florida nature. With the water, woods, sand, and dirt, it was worth the hike. There are plenty of places to fish, plenty of spots to...More

1  Thank FourLugHero
Reviewed 5 December 2016

I love going to the beach here! There are hardly any people, and it is always amazing. Parking is totally reasonable only $3. There are nice stairways to get to the beach! love love love coming here! :)

1  Thank awesometrigirl202
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We held my daughter's wedding and reception at the Education Center, and every part of the event was perfect from initial contact through the end of the party. The venue is rented through "Friends of GTM," and allows food and beverage to be catered by...More

1  Thank Char C
GTMResearchReserve, Public Relations Manager at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2016

We're so glad that you enjoyed your time at the reserve. We're happy to have been a part of your daughter's special day!

Reviewed 17 November 2016

The GTM Nerr is the US's 25th reserve that offers over 73,000 acres of tidal wetlands, lagoons, uplands and coastal ocean. This is a place of conservation, recreation, education and research. One can spend a day at the research center viewing exhibits, hiking the many...More

Thank habaneros
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The park is a great little get away for a 2-6 mile walk around the reserve. We have seen diamondback rattlesnake and wild pigs.

Thank Joan R
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

It's our first time to this area. We typically love hiking, nature centered activities so this seemed like the place for us. There are several trails for walking or biking, fishing, opportunities for kayaking or other boating, and a wonderful education center. This was a...More

Thank Donald M
Reviewed 29 September 2016

We love this beach! No houses, condos, hotels around at all. Just beach, ocean, and sand dunes for miles. A great place when you want quiet solitude.

Thank MarynMikeS
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