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A-Z of Northeast Florida: I is for Islands

Talbot Islands State Parks
Talbot Islands State Parks
by Angie Bell

There are numerous islands in and near northeast Florida, but I am just going to highlight some of them for you to visit and enjoy!

  • Little Talbot Island – With more than five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, this is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida.
  • Big Talbot Island – The island is mainly a natural preserve that is a great location for nature study, bird-watching, and photography.
  • Anastasia Island - East of St. Augustine, it is separated from the mainland by the Matanzas River which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Here you will find the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
  • Shipwreck Island at Adventure Landing – located in Jacksonville Beach, this place is fun for the whole family!
  • Merritt Island - Two and a half hours south of Jacksonville, here you will find the Kennedy Space Center and The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
  • St. Simons Island – Just over an hour from Jacksonville, this lovely spot has a lighthouse to climb, lots of shops and restaurants, and was the home of well-loved author Eugenia Price.
  • Amelia Island - Voted among the Top 10 North American Islands by Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards, you can find history at Fort Clinch and great food and entertainment in Fernandina Beach.
  • Fleming Island - 15 miles southwest of Jacksonville, Fleming Island is bordered by water or wetlands on all sides and ranks among the richest zip codes in the Jacksonville area.