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Golfers Paradise
A destination on every golfer’s bucket list, Florida’s Historic Coast has more than a dozen championship golf courses. The most famous course, THE PLAYERS Stadium Course with its 17th Island Green at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach is where THE PLAYERS Championship takes place in May.

Another popular “stay and play” spot is at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, one of Florida’s most historic seaside hotels and home of the Ocean Course and Lagoon Course.

At the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, vacationers live out their golf fantasies on two great courses – the Slammer and Squire inspired by Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead, and the King and Bear, jointly designed by golfing greats Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The World Golf Hall of Fame is the only place in the world where golf’s greatest players are enshrined along with exhibits tracing the evolution of the game and players’ personal memorabilia.

Thrill-Seekers
Adventure travelers will have plenty of stories to tell after a visit to Florida’s Historic Coast. Put these activities on your “must conquer” list.

Romance
Approximately 100 weddings take place each month on Florida’s Historic Coast. Popular wedding locations include TPC Sawgrass, Casa Monica Hotel, the Lightner Museum, the Pena-Peck House, Hammock Beach Resort, Marineland Dolphin Adventure, Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club or any of the quaint Bed & Breakfast Inns.

  • You don’t have to be getting married or renewing vows to have a romantic visit. Here are some tips sure to touch the heart.
  • The area’s 42 miles of beaches provide the perfect, peaceful place to watch the sun rise.
  • See the sun rise from your own private oceanfront balcony at the luxurious Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
  • The coquina sand of Ponte Vedra Beach makes for a stunning sunset stroll
  • A stroll along the Bayfront in St. Augustine at dusk is the perfect way to end the day
  • Take in the panoramic view from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse
  • The area’s temperate climate allows for outdoor dining all year round.
  • Enjoy a private carriage ride through the historic streets of St. Augustine

Dining along Florida’s Historic Coast ranges from classic fine dining, casual waterfront eateries with old Florida settings, leisurely meals at sidewalk cafés and eclectic bistros. Many of the area’s restaurants feature unique culturally influenced selections, a bounty of fresh caught seafood and locally grown produce.

Dog Friendly
St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches has approximately 50  pet friendly accommodations, ranging in price point and type of accommodation, including the  Bayfront Marin House Bed & Breakfast, which was recently named one of the Top 10 places to spend the holidays by BedandBreakfast.com.  You can see a complete list of pet friendly accommodations by selecting the pet friendly amenity in your room search at http://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/listings/hotels.

Leashed dogs are welcome on designated areas of the beach. St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth is pet friendly and St. Augustine’s historic district, including St. George Street, welcome leashed pets. In addition, there are more than 20 dog-friendly restaurants and cafes with outdoor dining options.

Culinary Paradise
Fresh Seafood, year-round farm-fresh produce, spicy favorites featuring the destination’s signature datil peppers, Spanish tapas and the very best in New World cuisine are just a few of the culinary delights enjoyed by visitors to Florida’s Historic Coast. The area’s temperate weather means you can dine waterside and outdoors all year long.

The culinary culture here is a melting pot of flavors reflecting the influences of hundreds of years of Spanish, Irish, Greek, Italian, Brazilian, Cuban, French, Minorcan, and British cultures that have settled on Florida’s Historic Coast. Even today, chefs come from around the world to open their own restaurants or create inspiring dishes from the kitchens of our world-class resorts.

  • Foodies can find special events on Florida’s Historic Coast year-round:
  • Noche de Gala (Night of the Ball) Feb. 23
  • 32nd Annual Lions Club Food Festival March 1-3
  • Hot Food ‘N Spicy Blues Fest March 3
  • 18th Annual Rhythm and Ribs Fest April 5-7
  • Taste of St. Augustine April 27
  • Dine on the Wild Side May 12
  • Taste of the Beach May 19
  • Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast month-long prix fixe dining October
  • Spanish Wine and Food Festival October 3
  • 29th Annual Great Chowder Debate Nov. 3

African American Heritage
You may recognize St. Augustine for its Spanish and British cultural history, but did you know that the oldest city is the birthplace of African-American History? From its earliest days through the turbulent 1960s, African-Americans have played key roles in the story of St. Augustine. This vital contribution by people of color is well-documented, but not well-known.

The first recorded birth of a person of African descent in what would become the United States occurred in St. Augustine in 1606. The first people of African descent to make their homes in what is now the United States did not come here as slaves – they were officers, soldiers and sailors in the Spanish military of the 16th century.

The first legally sanctioned African-American town in the nation was founded in 1738 in Spanish Florida. Former slaves escaping their English masters founded Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, a military community, which is today known as Fort Mose.
 
Fort Mose Historic State Park is located three miles north of St. Augustine’s city gate. On June 22, 2013, Battle of Bloody Mose Anniversary Commemoration will be held at the park. Exciting reenactment of the 1740 Battle of “Bloody Mose” which forced the British to retreat from Spanish Florida. www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.
 
Freed at the end of the Civil War, former local slaves created the Lincolnville district of St. Augustine—an area that has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. 
 
In 1963 and 1964, Civil Rights demonstrations in St. Augustine and the violent attempts to stop them gained national and international media attention. In St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion, the Andrew Young Crossing commemorates the June 9, 1964 Civil Rights march led by Young, and there is a monument dedicated  to the St. Augustine Foot Soldiers who participated in the Civil Rights Movement.  
 
Visitors to St. Augustine can tour many other key sites and markers related to the turbulent struggle for civil rights with the aid of a self-guided cell phone tour available for download at www.accordfreedomtrail.org/sites.html
 

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