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Best Beach on Big and Little Talbot Island State Park

Beach at Little Talbot State Park

When you travel to the northeast corner of Duval County between Nassau Sound and Fort George Inlet, there are three islands that are side-by-side like alligators just sunning themselves. These islands are Big Talbot, Long, and Little Talbot Islands. The famous Highway A1A crosses them all, though it really only touches Little Talbot Island, the diamond in this chain of islands, when talking about beach access.

Big Talbot Island State Park is characterized by bluffs instead of dunes. You get to the beach by going down stairs. The sand is dark here, not the white beautiful stuff you may be used to. But it is interesting and worth a look because of the changing tides. They say shelling here isn’t good at all, and that’s because of the angle the beach jets out into the Atlantic.

Most people bypass Big Talbot for Little Talbot Island State Park. Narrow and elongated, it is the southernmost barrier is the extensive Golden Isles chain which began in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Boardwalks at both ends of the Little Talbot land lead to five acres of uncrowded beaches and so many dunes you can’t count them all.

There is a midway point on the island and you can actually get away from the noisy crowds this way. Hike here and your problem will be over. Few people come here, but it is actually quite nice!

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Location: Big Talbot – along Highway A1A at the south side of Nassau Sound, Big Talbot is between Amelia and Little Talbot Islands.
Parking: $2 entrance per vehicle (honor system)
Hours: 8 AM – sunset
Facilities: restrooms
Contact: Talbot Islands GEOPark 1-904-251-2320

Location: Little Talbot – 13 miles north of Jacksonville and seven miles south of Amelia Island along Highway A1A.
Parking: $3.25 entrance fee per vehicle. Camping fees March 1-October 31 are $15.75 without hookup and $17.88 with hookup. Rates drop rest of the year to $9 and $11 respectively.
Hours: 8 AM – sunset
Facilities: lifeguards (seasonal), restrooms, picnic tables, showers, and visitor center.
Contact: Talbot Islands GEOPark 1-904-251-2320

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