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Escape to Nature: A Day at River to Sea Preserve 

by Cindy Moody

Just an hour and ten minutes from Ponte Vedra Beach lies a hidden gem waiting to be discovered: the River to Sea Preserve just south of Marineland. This coastal sanctuary is perfect for nature enthusiasts, beachcombers, and adventure seekers alike, offering a variety of activities and amenities to enjoy.

If you’re into treasure hunting, the pristine shoreline of River to Sea Preserve is a haven for sea glass enthusiasts. Spend leisurely hours combing the sands and uncover glimmering gems polished by the ebb and flow of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a free and rewarding activity, great for collectors or anyone looking for a serene beach experience.

Adventurers can rent paddleboards to explore the tranquil waters, immersing themselves in the breathtaking coastal scenery. Glide across the water or simply soak up the sun-drenched beauty—the preserve offers endless opportunities for aquatic exploration.

If sandy toes aren’t your thing, don’t fret; a meandering boardwalk offers an alternative route to enjoy the panoramic views without the discomfort of sand. Walk along the elevated path, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, as you take a leisurely stroll through coastal splendor.

Hungry? Check out Ragga Surf Caffe, a permanent food truck known for its scratch-made breakfast and lunch menu. Situated within the preserve and open from 7 AM to 2 PM, Wednesday through Sunday, Ragga Surf Caffe provides the perfect pit stop to refuel and recharge. Indulge in delectable delights while overlooking the ocean—a feast for both the palate and the senses.

Beyond the beach, explore the inland trails winding through lush landscapes, showcasing the region’s native flora and fauna. Whether on foot or by bike, the natural wonders of this coastal sanctuary will not cease to amaze you.

As with any hidden gem, popularity may lead to limited parking, particularly on weekends. Plan accordingly to ensure a stress-free day of exploration and relaxation.

For those seeking more adventures, nearby Marineland features an array of attractions and activities. From educational experiences to aquatic adventures, there’s something for everyone just a stone’s throw away.

Whether seeking solace in nature, embarking on thrilling adventures, or simply indulging in the beauty of coastal living, a day at River to Sea Preserve promises an unforgettable escape from the ordinary. So grab your sunscreen and paddleboard, and prepare for an unforgettable day!

For more on River to Sea Preserve visit their website here: https://www.flaglercounty.gov/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/4/339


About the Author

Cindy Moody, a Realtor since 2011, joined The Volen Group in 2022. Cindy is a Cornell graduate who enjoyed a 9 year career with Marriott and moved with them from NYC to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1990. Cindy holds herself to the highest level of integrity, while having fun along the way.

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