BBQ, Ruins and Woods at The Hammock, Palm Coast

North of the Daytona area beaches, and south of St. Augustine and Jacksonville, lies miles of quiet, mostly residential beach communities. Last year, I visited Flagler Beach (and posted about it – Sunrise to Sunset Flagler Beach and I am Thankful for Campy Beach Towns ) and drove Scenic Highway A1A for miles, from New Smyrna Beach to St. Augustine. This was my first exposure to this area since childhood.

Recently, my brother got in touch to tell me that he and two of his children would be in Palm Coast. I got in my car and made the one hour and twenty minute trip from Orlando to an area called The Hammock which is on the barrier island east of the town of Palm Coast.

It was very hot, and a work day, so I had to keep the visit short, but we had time enjoy delicious barbeque from Captain’s BBQ at Bing’s Landing. We ate outside on nice covered picnic tables. We toured the site of a former sugar and cotton plantation that was interestingly called “Mala Compra” or bad bargain!

Then, we took a walk in the woods along the Matanzas river, which is the sliver of water separating the island from the mainland. There were plenty of birds and lizards for my nephews to photograph.

Junior Shutterbugs

If you want beach and waterfront that is populated, with amenities, but not overrun with partiers and sun worshipers, check out Palm Coast and Flagler county beaches.

Matanzas River

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