Sunsets over Guana River, Florida

Driving to St. Augustine from Jacksonville Beach one night, I pulled off A1A into an area called Guana River.  The sun had just set creating gold illuminated rays through the darken blue sky.  As we watched the sky get darker, the colors starting fading into soft pinks and purples and it cast a beautiful reflection on the water. It was such a fantastic cap to my wonderful trip to St. Augustine.

Once a Florida State Park, Guana is now a National Estuarine Research Reserve.  The area is home to several endangered animals including the Right Whale, manatees and the Anastasia Island beach mouse.  The marshland and ocean are also home to sea turtles, alligators, snakes, river otters and, on occasion, you can also spot a Florida Panther or a bald eagle. During the day the area is filled with hikers and kayaks and is perfect for a half day excursion.


Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers, Wedding Nouveau, and The Vacation Gals. She is currently the social media and marketing director for Inside Out Media, a media company that owns and


  • Reply July 24, 2011

    Nick Laborde

    Well done, love the colors. Don’t think I’ve ever been to the Guana River, I’ll have to check it out next time I’m down there.

    • Reply July 24, 2011


      Thanks, Nick! Guana is a really interesting area- lots of hiking and water activities. Definitely a good spot to check out.

  • gorgeous jade! will have to check it out when i head to florida to see my dad! :)

  • Reply July 25, 2011

    Mark Wiens

    The sky and reflection of warm colors off the water is incredible! Nice shots Jade!

  • Reply July 25, 2011

    St. Augustine

    Lovely photos!
    I found the link on the St. Augustine paper:

  • Reply July 25, 2011


    That’s my chosen country!!! Getting more homesick by the minute. Such lovely pictures.

  • Love sunsets! These pictures are spectacular and I can see why you pulled over to take them.

  • I love that you can find beautiful sunsets in so many locations.

  • Reply July 25, 2011

    Jeremy Branham

    Beautiful photos! I love sunsets much better than sunrises! :)

  • Reply July 25, 2011


    Love Sunset photos!

  • Reply July 26, 2011

    Kris Koeller

    These are quite nice. I love the sunsets in southwest Florida. If you can survive the mosquitoes and the alligators, its well worth the photo!

  • Reply July 26, 2011


    Really beautiful colours :)

  • Reply July 26, 2011


    St. Augustine always looks so beautiful in photos, especially sunsets and twilight…sad I’ve never been there!

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