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Guana-Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve at Florida
Guana-Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Guana-Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Experience the Florida coast like it was centuries ago in this protected coastal reserve. With 26 different coastal areas to explore, you'll have to pick and choose which area of the estuary you would like to see. Find quiet beaches, exciting wildlife, sand dunes, easy hiking trails and forests in this beautiful wetland wilderness, one of the top things to do in Ponte Beach, FL.


  • Look for birds, dolphins, sea turtles, fish and other wildlife
  • Pack a picnic lunch and dine outdoors
  • Enjoy a private beach with dunes and lagoons
  • Kayak through mangroves


Park your vehicle for only $3 when you visit the reserve – but be sure to bring cash and exact change as there is no attendant.

Acres to Explore

Discover more than 73,352 acres of wilderness in this massive coastal reserve and estuary. Explore mangrove wetlands, oyster beds, tidal lagoons, dunes, pine flatwoods and secluded beach areas.


  • What kind of facilities are at Guana Tolomata National Reserve?

    This massive wilderness area consists of several state parks, forests and conservation areas. It features numerous facilities, including restrooms, picnic areas, playgrounds, visitor centers and interpretive exhibits.
  • What are the Friends of the GTM Research Reserve?

    This is a private non-profit organization created by citizens to support and enhance the reserve’s educational and environmental programs.

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