St. Augustine & Ponte Ve­dra: Redis­cover Florida’s His­toric Coast


Look no fur­ther than North­east Florida’s His­toric Coast for ad­ven­ture, fam­ily fun and a his­tor­i­cal bo­nanza. Af­ter all, the St. Augustine and the Ponte Ve­dra Beach area has been wel­com­ing vis­i­tors for hun­dreds of years. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing 42 miles of At­lantic beaches, his­toric charm and renowned golf cour­ses.


Castillo de San Mar­cos in St. Augustine’s His­toric District should be at the top of your to-do list. Ex­plore the Castillo, meet 18th­cen­tury re-en­ac­tors and hear a can­non fire. Keep ex­plor­ing at the Colo­nial Quar­ter, Foun­tain of Youth Arche­o­log­i­cal Park and the St. Augustine Pi­rate & Trea­sure Mu­seum.

The Guilded Age is also re­flected in St. Augustine’s his­tory. The Fla­gler Col­lege Legacy Tour takes you through rail­road mag­nate Henry Fla­gler’s for­mer lux­ury re­sort (now Fla­gler Col­lege). Built in the 1880s, Villa Zo­rayda is a replica of the Al­ham­bra Palace in Granada, Spain.

No trip to Florida’s His­toric Coast is com­plete with­out a visit to its pris­tine beaches. The St. Augustine Light­house and Mar­itime Mu­seum of­fers breath­tak­ing views from the top, which you can ex­pe­ri­ence day or night on moon­light tours.

At the World Golf Hall of Fame, a new in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion, “Ma­jor Moments: Cel­e­brat­ing Golf’s Great­est Cham­pi­onships,” fol­lows the story of four men’s ma­jor cham­pi­onships—the Mas­ters, US Open, Open Cham­pi­onship and PGA Cham­pi­onship.


Ar­rive hun­gry to sa­vor di­verse cui­sine. Restau­rants in­clude influences from Spain, France, Italy and Greece, re­flect­ing the area’s his­tory. Add spice to your life with the lo­cally grown datil pep­per, found in many lo­cal restau­rants’ pre­pared dishes. It’s hot stuff!

Step aboard the car­riage-drawn Tasting Tours to ex­pe­ri­ence the area’s sa­vory op­tions. Then visit the San Se­bas­tian Win­ery, Whet­stone Choco­late Fac­tory and the St. Augustine Dis­tillery.

TOP: The St. Augustine sky­line from the Bridge of Lions. CEN­TER: A surfer on St. Augustine Beach.

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