First Coast History

Florida’s First Coast Overview & History 

The name First Coast” (sometimes called the “Historic Coast”) refers to both the first permanent European settlement (St. Augustine) which lies within its boundaries, and also that it is the “first coast” within the state of Florida that one would encounter while traveling southbound along the Atlantic seaboard.   The area extends along the eastern Atlantic Coast of Florida from the Georgia border, past the southern end of Anastasia Island, to Marineland.

Florida’s First Coast is not only rich in history, but is also home to numerous unique areas of unspoiled Florida nature.  Anastasia State Park is one of the well-known Florida State Parks in the area, but there are abundant other opportunities to experience “off the beaten track” nature activities.

Visitors to the northeastern coastal area of Florida will find not only articles and resources for Anastasia Island,  but a diverse array of other shoreline destinations for Florida First Coast adventures.  Follow the links provided within this section of Florida Nature Guide for both beach and other inland activities near the First Coast.






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