1. An Historic Place
The most defining characteristic of St. Augustine is its authenticity. This city has been here continuously for nearly 450 years and reflects a rich Spanish heritage with Old World charm. Founded in 1565, St. Augustine's past glories as part of the Spanish Empire and the spectacular 19th-century architectural achievements of Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler are a colorful backdrop for memorable experiences. Unique attractions, historic hotels, charming inns, museums and historical sites provide inspiring settings for meetings accommodating 10 to 1,500 or more attendees.
2. Serious Seaside Settings
The allure of pristine Atlantic Coast beaches beckons, even when work is on the agenda. And Ponte Vedra Beach allows you to do that in style. Three AAA-rated resorts -- the Four-Diamond Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort and the Five-Diamond Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and the Four-Diamond Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club -- combine to offer 100,000 square feet of meeting space. Each resort has recently completed major renovations and added spectacular resort and meetings facilities. These Ponte Vedra Beach spaces also offer access to some of the world's best-known golf courses. On Vilano Beach, St. Augustine Beach and Crescent Beach, you will find a variety of smaller properties ranging from upscale boutique hotels to more modest beach properties perfect for smaller meetings.
3. Legendary Links
Known as the world center of golf, the area's legendary courses and venues combine great opportunities for recreation with facilities for getting down to serious business. The Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass offers 13,000 square feet of function space with inspiring views of the famous TPC Stadium Course, home of the PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS Championship. The World Golf Hall of Fame is home to the King & Bear, the only course ever co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, as well as the St. Johns County Convention Center and adjoining Renaissance Resort at The World Golf Village. Just imagine -- meetings in the morning and challenging golf in the afternoon, followed by an evening reception in the Hall of Fame's tower.
4. Accommodating Spaces
With more than 162,000 square feet of meeting space and 5,800 guest rooms, St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra - Florida's Historic Coast has the right meeting and convention facilities to accommodate successful meetings with 10 to 1,500 or more attendees. Each of our highly rated resorts and hotels provide professional services to assist the planner in making sure all of the group's needs are met so they can focus on their role of planning and implementing the agenda.
5. Easy Airport Access
St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra - Florida's Historic Coast is served by the Jacksonville International Airport (JIA), a 50-minute drive from downtown St. Augustine, 20 minutes from World Golf Village and 30 minutes from Ponte Vedra Beach. Conveniently located just off I-95, JIA is served by most major domestic carriers as well as several regional airlines with multiple and direct daily flight schedules. The Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine is a full-service aviation facility that can accommodate private aircraft of all sizes. Ground transportation needs can be met by one of the several nationally recognized companies located here.
6. Florida's Fabulous Climate
Gentle ocean breezes and a year-round temperate climate characterize local weather. Average daily temperatures range from a low of 57º F in January to a high of 81º F in August. Cool ocean breezes makes Florida's Historic Coast one of the state's coolest places to be in the summer months.
7. Outdoor Teambuilding
The area has a multitude of beautiful beaches, captivating waterways and inspiring terrain perfect for outdoor gatherings and teambuilding programs. Strict restrictions which limit the height of structures, plus a refreshing splash of pride in the communities create a relaxing and almost private experience for groups during outdoor meetings and themed events. Adventurous outings like deep-sea fishing, horseback riding on the beach, surf lessons, paddle tennis and guided paddling excursions are all available.
8. Friendly and Proud People
From the moment your attendees arrive, they will come into contact with the friendliest and proudest people found anywhere. Many of the service personnel and clientele alike are members of families that have been here for generations and who possess a deep love for these lands and passion for the countless histories written here. So deep is this passion, don't be surprised if your attendees are welcomed with story after story from local after local describing the many tales of triumph and tragedy of yesteryear.
9. Food for Thought - Dine-Around Simplified
The freshest seafood, locally grown produce and Southern cooking influence the flavors of the area. A wide selection of dining establishments abound. The St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAiRA), a collection of the finest independently owned restaurants in St. Augustine, provides dining choices that celebrate the culinary and cultural diversity that is unique to northeast Florida. SAiRA member restaurants are among the "local" favorites and offer experiences that range from European fine dining and sidewalk bistros to rustic waterfront grills and seaside eateries. And the organization offers a certificate/voucher program that allows the diner to choose where they want to eat -- the perfect option for a destination dine-around program.
10. Professional Meeting and Event Services
One simple call to the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau will connect you with all the services you need to make your meeting here a success. We will connect you with destination management companies, transportation, entertainment, dining, audio/visual and decor vendors, and numerous other businesses. We'll even check area hotel availability, assist with off-site selections, provide meeting facility specifics and help plan itineraries. For assistance planning your next even in St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra - Florida's Historic Coast, email Glenn Graham
or call him at 904.209.4432 today.