Although the formal gardens are the centerpiece of this park, Washington Oaks is also famous for the unique shoreline of coquina rock formations that line its Atlantic beach. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, this property was once owned by a distant relative of President George Washington. The gardens were established by Louise and Owen Young who purchased the land in 1936 and built a winter retirement home. They named it Washington Oaks and, in 1965, donated most of the property to the State. The gardens make remarkable use of native and exotic species, from azaleas and camellias to the exquisite bird of paradise, sheltered within a picturesque oak hammock
Across A1A there is a road that leads down to a nice boardwalk to the beach. For miles each way there are formations of the coquina rocks The access road opens usually long after sunrise, so if you want to catch a sunrise here, you need to walk in from A1A. The problem with this is not only the length of the walk, but that the deputies don't like for cars to be parked on the side of the road. Parking is also available in the Marineland parking lot. Some have used a path that goes down to the water by one of the condos just south of Marineland.
WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING ?
A tripod and your favorite zoom lens.
A hat, sunscreen and water are good to carry.
Filters to slow shutter speed to get soft water effects.