The Canaveral National Seashore is the most pristine stretch of beach on the east coast of Florida; with twenty-four miles of untouched sand, natural dunes, vegetation, and flora and fauna that enables the ecosystem to thrive, through re-nourishment. This is one of the best Florida beaches to experience real beauty and family memories for the Fourth of July.
Located south from New Smyrna Beach, this is a place of beauty that looks the same as it did centuries ago. There is no human encroachment; no development or disturbance of the natural habitat. When people journey to this seashore, they are seeing the same scenery that the indigenous tribes of Florida first witnessed and utilized as a food source, and the early pioneers migrating from other parts of the south to New Smyrna Beach experienced as well. Surprisingly this protected area has remained literally untouched-no homes in abundance built here, and the environment is in similar condition as it was in the past; with the dunes forming the most sublime and scenic setting.
The sand dunes are unique in this national park. They are natural, not man-made, and dunes in general aren’t the norm in Florida, like in other parts of the country. These sand dunes and the area is lush with sub-tropical vegetation that is unique to the ecosystem and this part of Florida in general; due to the intra-coastal waterways and various species of wildlife, and their has been vast archeological activity in this particular area from Florida’s past Indian tribes which lived by the sea; the abundance of food sources made for a most healthy diet.
These days, the wildlife is protected. In the summertime, there are giant Loggerhead turtles that come in from the sea and lay their eggs on the beach; up to eighty at a time, then swim back out to sea. They return again, only to lay a new nest of eggs. The turtle’s pack their eggs firmly underneath the sand before heading back out to sea. One might also catch a glimpse of the elusive Florida scrub jay; a beautiful blue- in-spots bird that is considered endangered.
The fun begins with the availability of recreational activity; a must on the fourth. From the beach, people can catch red fish, search for shells, surf and even kayak. There are nature trails and guided tours as well. Aside from the breathtaking natural beauty, horse enthusiasts; those who own their own horses, are allowed to ride them on the beach; though in the north section only and by reservation.
Educational programs abound. School trips include fun ways to learn about nature for the kids; including being a ranger, and volunteer opportunities are available for qualified adults. The Canaveral National Seashore is located at the end of New Smyrna Beach, heading south down A1A.