Northeast Coast Sights

Huguenot Memorial Park

  • 10980 Heckscher Dr. Map It
  • Fort George Island
  • Beach–Sight

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

Though it's officially a Jacksonville city park, this popular spot on the northern side of the St. Johns River is often grouped with Amelia's beaches. The park was closed after Hurricane Matthew caused severe damage in 2016, and officials have not announced an exact date for reopening. Call before you go to ensure access. Among a handful of places where driving on the beach is permitted, it's unusual in that no special permit is required. Families with lots of beach equipment like the option of parking close to the water, but it takes vigilance to avoid soft sand and incoming tides. The ocean side offers good surfing, boogie boarding, and surf fishing. On the western side is a shallow, sheltered lagoon that's a favorite with windsurfers, paddleboarders, and parents of small children. The eastern side offers views of the aircraft carriers and destroyers at Mayport Naval Station. The park is also an important stop for migrating birds, so at certain times of the year, some areas are closed to vehicles. Amenities: lifeguards (seasonal); parking (no fee); showers; toilets. Best for: surfing; swimming; windsurfing.

Sight Information

Address:

10980 Heckscher Dr., Fort George Island, Florida, 32226, USA

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Phone:

904-251–3335

Sight Details:

  • $3 per person 8–10 am, $4 per car after 10

Published 07/06/2017

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