St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra
Boardwalk over a marsh near the Guana River
Firing the cannons of the 17th-century Castillo de San Marcos
A horse-drawn carriage ferries tourists in downtown St. Augustine
The Lightner Museum, which offers a glimpse into old Florida
The vortex tunnel at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum
The infamously difficult hole 17 at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra
The Bridge of Lions, which connects St. Augustine to Anastasia Island
Crowds milling about on St. George Street
Golf, beaches and fine food on Florida’s historic coast
Gorgeous, golden beaches stretch all along the Atlantic coast, but the beaches of St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra are truly unique. You won’t see any towering buildings, hotels or condominiums blocking the sun while you’re playing in the sand or splashing in cool, blue waves. But you will enjoy 68 kilometers of wide coastline surrounded by natural beauty and plenty of light.
Fun Things to Do
Both on the coast and in the city, you’ll find plenty of fun for the whole family, including sightseeing by boat, kayaking while searching for wildlife, visiting the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, deep-sea fishing, taking a haunted ghost tour and riding in a horse-drawn carriage, just to name a few.
Much of St. Augustine is defined by its vast history, giving you a glimpse into Florida’s past. Explore the battle-tested Castillo de San Marcos and witness a cannon-firing from its gun decks. Venture through the Colonial Quarter to find out what local life was like hundreds of years ago. Climb to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and marvel at the stunning views of Matanzas Bay. And discover Juan Ponce de Leon’s famous Fountain of Youth.
Golf Capital of the World
This is a well-known – and well-deserved – name for this area because it’s home to dozens of world-class golf courses. Amateur players and accomplished professionals alike will find a course for every skill level. You can even visit the World Golf Hall of Fame, where golf’s greatest legacies are honored and preserved. Plus, TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra is ranked one of the top golf destinations in America and recognized as one of the most famous golf courses in the world.
Diverse Entertainment and Places to Stay
Shopping and dining options are everywhere on Florida’s Historic Coast. Choose from among upscale shops, gourmet restaurants and casual cafés in Ponte Vedra. Plus, check out the outlet shopping malls, art galleries, antique stores, bakeries and popular seafood places in St. Augustine. And don’t forget to walk through bustling St. George Street and the historic downtown district.
Lodging options range from historic hotels to beachfront inns to gorgeous golf resorts. For something a little different, go camping in a scenic park. Or, if you’re traveling with a large group, rent a multi-bedroom house on the beach.