We continue our roadtrip through America from Amelia Island en Amelia City towards St. Augustine. In the previous two blogs we have, among other things, lovely on the beach with the 4×4 camper stood and cycled in the old center of Amelia City while we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise on the beach every morning. It was now time to drive a little further south to stay on schedule. We therefore went looking for a nice place to stay nearby St. Augustine where I came to realize that Florida is truly wonderful. In this travel report you can therefore read everything about the ride, the place where we spent the night and the reason why Florida is so great in my opinion.
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The ultimate tour of North America
This article is part of a large one-year tour the United States en Canada in 2022, with a Dutch 4×4 camper that we shipped ourselves… It is a bucket list worthy and a once in a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten.
We wrote almost 100 articles about this ultimate tour. Below is a handy overview in 5 expandable categories.
2. Highlights & Itineraries
3. Cities & places of interest (AZ)
- Tour America | Amelia City
- Tour America | Amelia Island
- Tour America | Annapolis
- Tour America | Ice Lake Trail
- Tour America | Kennedy Space Centre
- Tour America | KeyWest
- Tour America | Miami
- Tour America | New York City
- Tour America | Ouray
- Tour America | Salt Lake City
- Tour America | Savannah
- Tour America | Seattle
- Tour America | Silverton
- Tour America | St Augustine
- Tour America | Washington DC
- Tour America | Wynwood
4. National Parks & Monuments (AZ)
- Tour America | All National Parks (list)
- Tour America | Black Canyon of the Gunnison
- Tour America | Death Valley
- Tour America | Dinosaur
- Tour America | Everglades
- Tour America | Glacier
- Tour America | Grand Teton
- Tour America | Great Sand Dunes
- Tour America | Mesa Verde
- Tour America | Rock Mountain
- Tour America | Yellowstone
- Tour America | Yosemite
5. Plan your vacation to America here
- Itineraries compare | TUI, Americaplus, sawadee en Djoser.
- Motorhome rental companies compare | WorldWideCampers.com
- Fly & drives compare | Americaplus.
- Cruises and city trips compare | Travel deal.
- Flight tickets compare | Skyscanner, TUI, KLM. as KAYAK.
- Rental cars compare | Sunnycars, Alamo en rental cars.
- Tours and Activities compare | GetYourGuide.
- Camping sites reservation| RECREATION.gov
- Hotels & Resorts reservation | Booking.com.
- SIM cards order | USAsim en International sim.
- Parking at airport | Parkos, Central parking of park care.
- travel items (suitcases, world plugs, etc.) | Bol.com.
Sent away by the police
I already talked about it in the previous blog: we were taken in during the third night Amelia City Knocked awake at night by police who thought we should leave. Since we didn't want to get into trouble or go to great lengths to find another suitable place in the middle of the night, we decided to just drive back to the Florida Welcome Center† Staying overnight is allowed here.
Logistics and the route
The next morning we took it easy. The interrupted night had some effect on both of us, Malou and I were both unprepared! That's why I only brewed a few cups of strong coffee and worked on the website a bit until we were cleaned up a bit. In the end we only left in the afternoon, first of all to refuel, do some shopping and discharge water. The logistics had to be taken care of again so that we could go a few days ahead without paid facilities.
After replenishing everything at a Walmart Supercenter, we drove on to a beautiful spot on the beach that we found through iOverlander. The distance we drove today was not too bad, after all we try not to drive too many long stretches. In total we drove about 60 miles today, about 100 kilometers.
Florida is just amazing!
We had arrived well before sunset at South Ponte Vedra Beach Recreation Area (Location here † It's just one of thousands of free oceanfront parking spots in Florida. And this place was again equipped with covered picnic tables, free showers and toilets. Ideal! I would like to tell you more about that.
Because you're actually starting to get used to it, but in the meantime I realize that they have it really well done here. I've been to many countries and areas and wow, this is definitely one of the cleanest and most manicured places I've ever been.
1450 kilometers of beach
You can find or say a lot about Florida (or America), but oh how well they have it together here. Florida is as flat as a pancake, just like the Netherlands. But what makes this state so great isn't even the 570 beautiful beaches which in total is an astonishing stretch 1450 kilometers† No.
What makes Florida so great is how bizarrely clean and cared for it is here. All the beaches we have seen are all spotlessly clean. And that's not all. The countless free facilities are usually well-maintained and even on the verges of the roads or in the parking lots you will hardly see any litter. What a relief.
The Netherlands is a mess
Because I now realize that in the Netherlands every time a large cleaning team has to clean entire parks in cities when there has been a day of sun.
And how about Zandvoort or Scheveningen? After a summer day, we always get to see those terrible photos of what people leave behind. hopeless. Apparently that's normal for us.
In Nijmegen, where we come from, litter is really everywhere. A lot is cleaned up and swept, but let's be honest: it's mopping with the tap open because everyone just throws everything on the street. Everywhere on the street you see butts, McDonalds bags, cans, bottles and other litter. Especially at traffic lights and parking lots!
Good information in Florida
In Florida you don't have to clean much because you simply don't throw everything on the street here. The reason is actually quite simple: good information† People here are very aware of the fragile nature – everywhere you see signs on the beach with information about the impact of waste and about the animals that suffer from it. The information and information provision here is simply very good. You can not ignore it.
In fact, there are sometimes even some sort of shopping baskets with information about waste and whether you want to take it with you if you see waste. We Dutch can learn a lot from that.
All those rules and information seem to work because we enjoy beautiful clean parking spaces here every time, including facilities and clean beaches!
Dinner at sunset
And as we arrive at another beautiful place to settle down for today and tonight, we realize once again that Florida is truly amazing. We enjoy a homemade dinner at sunset with the sound of the waves just behind us.
After dinner we decide to go for a walk on the beach. The sun has just set and the sky turns a beautiful pink again while we enjoy the peace. All you hear here are the waves breaking in the surf. The sea makes so much noise that you hardly hear the birds, wind and passing cars.
We also find the orange-pink color of the sand near the water striking. This is the color of the countless shells that slowly turn into sand. Further away from the water, the sand is much whiter.
Early to bed and early up again
After the walk we get ready to go to bed early again. We have been living with nature for some time now. We wake up when the sun comes up and go to sleep when it sets. We no longer need an alarm clock and I can tell you that is a wonderful feeling. Tomorrow morning we will again enjoy a beautiful sunrise!
Malou is up early today, because she had already missed a beautiful sunrise a few times! Without Malou noticing, I take a photo from our bed in the camper, a filter or editing is not even necessary. What colors!
Is this normal…? For us now. It's just another beautiful morning on the east coast of America and as crazy as it sounds, it's starting to get very normal and normal for us.
Again we see a group of small beach birds running very fast on the beach. It's a crazy face with those short legs! Very nice to see. The birds always run away from a wave, but as soon as it retreats, they run after it again, hoping that small fish or other animals will come out to eat. You can see some of them on the right in the photo below.
Drone photos of the beach in Florida
The sun was already a bit higher on the horizon and so it was time to get the drone out. I haven't flown much with it until now. This is actually because it is quite a hassle every time. Are you allowed to fly here, is it not too windy, pack and unpack…
Still, every time I look back at the images afterwards, I'm glad I went up into the air for a while. I first tried to capture the contrasts well from an average height and I take a photo of an early beach walker. Wow!
In the photos below you can see our camper parked. The photos also perfectly show what a standard beach looks like in great Florida: a parking lot, a toilet/shower building, a dune with some vegetation and of course the beach. Who wouldn't want to wake up here every morning?
After another wonderful morning in Florida, we enjoy the beach until the afternoon. Later in the day, we will explore picturesque St. Augustine, the oldest settlement in America.
You can read all about it in our next blog!
Plan your vacation to America here
- Itineraries : TUI, Americaplus, sawadee en Djoser.
- Motorhome rental companies : WorldWideCampers.com
- Fly & drives : Americaplus en Travelworld.
- Cruises and city trips for America you book with Travel deal.
- Flight tickets for America you book with TUI, KLM, KAYAK en Skyscanner.
- Rental cars : Sunnycars, Alamo en rental cars.
- Tours and Activities in America you book via GetYourGuide.
- Camping sites in National Parks you book on RECREATION.gov
- Hotels & Resorts in America you book with Booking.com.
- SIM cards : USAsim en International sim.
- Parking at the airport you can arrange via Parkos, park care of iParking.
- travel items (suitcases, bags, world plugs, etc. can be ordered at Bol.com.
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