Rating: Mostly SK2, maybe a bit higher depending on conditions. Trips of up to 20 miles are possible, but will be arranged by consensus.
This is a great "get away from it all" trip that is a significant departure from paddling here in South Florida.
Sightseeing: St. Augustine, Fort Matanzas, Marineland - St. Augustine is the oldest European city in North America, with a visibly rich history that includes every major sociopolitical shift that happened along the way. In addition to the history there is a vibrant cultural scene with arts, performing arts, crafts, music, and food. There are two Markets every weekend - Anastasia and Lincolnville - and a significant variety of locally sourced food and crafts in shops. Fort Matanzas is the guard point for the inlet to the south of St. Augustine, and has its own history to share, and Marineland is an active marine research facility with dolphin and turtle programs partially supported by tourist visits.
Paddling: Pellicer Creek is the southern boundary of Faver-Dykes SP, and the ICW is to the east. Last time we visited here we took a trip up to Fort Matanzas for lunch. Fishing is good in the tidal creeks and oyster flats - have your current saltwater license - and birdwatching is excellent in the winter, with over 400 verified species. We also have local options to paddle freshwater and saltwater creeks, lakes, rivers and inlets. Surfing is available at some beaches and inlets depending on conditions.
Camping/Lodging: Sites are available at Faver-Dykes SP for various days, and sometimes pop open unexpectedly - if you're really wanting to camp at the SP keep your eye on the reservations site a few times a day. The ReserveAmerica site lists over 200 campsites available at five locations within 30 miles of Faver-Dykes, and Flagler County has various County parks with sites as well - the closest being Princess Place Preserve, right across Pellicer Creek from Faver-Dykes. There are also other private camping venues and tons of hotels, motels, B&Bs, etc. all around the area. If you plan on lodging at a hotel we can store your kayak on-site at Faver-Dykes when you're not using it, you'd just need to get it to and from camp.
Beach Camping: There are two water-accessible island camps in Faver-Dykes directly on the ICW north of Pellicer Creek, each with a few sites - these are available on a "first come" basis, but we've never seen anyone using them. Pack out all garbage, bury solid waste as normal for beach camping, and in general leave the site cleaner than when you showed up. No limit on duration of stay, no reservations, no fees.
Gear: Gear will depend on what you're planning to do, where you're planning on staying, and weather. Read over the Gear page and either come to a Kayaking Q&A or email the Organizer with any questions. A wide range of camping and paddling gear is available through Industrial Paddlesports at a Meetup discount - either email the Organizer or call[masked]-1688.