Washington Oaks Gardens State Park: Peach Beach!

Peach Beach

Sanderlings on Peach Beach

Sanderlings Group

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is located south of St. Augustine, Florida. The eastern coastal side of the park is famous for its Peach Beach. The color of the sand comes from iron in the soil.  We are looking forward to a future visit at low tide so that we can photograph the beach’s picturesque coquina rock.

Florida: Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Lens Exhibit Building

Lens Exhibit Display at Ponce Inlet

Pair of Fresnel Lenses at Ponce Inlet

Illumination Display at Ponce Inlet

Blue Lantern at Ponce Inlet

Hanging Lantern at Ponce Inlet

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Station is a National Historic Monument.  The station is unique because the lighthouse has survived along with all seven of its original buildings.  The Lens Exhibit Building is truly exceptional – it contains one of the finest Fresnel lens displays in the world! 

Florida: Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse - Starting to Climb 203 Steps

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse - Looking Down Inside of Tower

View from Top of Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse was built in 1887.  Its brick red tower is 175 feet high – Florida’s tallest lighthouse!  If you climb 203 steps to the top of the tower, you will get a spectacular view of the Atlantic and Ponce Inlet.

Florida: Ponte Vedra Beach

Wide Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach Dunes

Ponte Vedra Crockery Shard on Coquina Shells

Ponte Vedra Beach (north of St. Augustine) is amazingly wide! It is a gorgeous pristine beach with “sand” made up of crushed coquina shells. The 30 foot sand dunes are among the tallest in Florida. On top of all that, we found sea glass – an antique piece of crockery from a ship long ago.

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