Tips for Planning the Perfect Family Vacation in Ponte Vedra Beach

Where to stay? Ponte Vedra Beach, just a few miles north of St. Augustine, the Nation’s oldest city, is known for its sprawling resorts offering everything from three bedroom villas, oceanfront rooms and spacious accommodations. After a visit to Ponte Vedra Beach, you’ll put it on your list of favorite Florida vacations.

The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is a AAA Five-Diamond rated favorite among travelers. The Sawgrass Marriot Golf Resort and Spa caters to families with a children’s pool and to golfers with the adjacent TPC Sawgrass. And the nearby World Golf Village Renaissance offers entertainment on property including mini-golf, the World Golf Hall of Fame and the Murray Brother’s Caddyshack restaurant.

Pack your sunscreen! Ponte Vedra Beach is known as a beautiful stretch of unspoiled nature. Head over to Mickler’s Landing, a popular beach access, and look for shark’s teeth while you are collecting shells.

Check out the entertainment schedule at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The Concert Hall attracts national and international acts, soloists, comedians and performances by up-and-coming artists.

Don’t worry if you leave something at home. At Sawgrass Village you’ll find everything you need. Restaurants, menswear, ladies fashions, home goods, jewelry stores, chocolates and you can pick out a soon-to-be-favorite bottle of wine.

If you love brunch, plan to visit Trasca and Company at Sawgrass Village from 10 a.m. to noon. Mimosas are served up with live music.

Bring your sneakers. Your family of explorers will enjoy walking the miles of trails at the GTM Research Reserve. And at the Education Center you are greeted by a giant whale and displays of the many animals that call the Reserve home.

Make time to take the family to a movie experience like no other. The World Golf Village IMAX Theater’s 50 foot wide and 80 foot tall screen combined with digital surround sound puts you in the middle of the film’s action.

Book your spa treatments before you arrive. The Spa at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club is known for its wide range of luxurious treatments, an outdoor pool and a distinctive grotto. It’s also the largest spa in the Northeast. The Spa at Sawgrass Marriott will have you relaxed from head to toe. Couples massages are available.

Carry your clubs along. Ponte Vedra is known as a golfer’s paradise. It is home to TPC Sawgrass and the famous Stadium Course, home to THE PLAYERS Championship. The Lagoon Course at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club The course, although not especially long, places a premium on accurate drives and thoughtful approaches. Water is definitely the dominate feature with a mosaic of lakes and lagoons. Tall pines, palms and ancient, sprawling oaks form the contours of this lushly landscaped course. Check out all the courses on Florida’s Historic Coast on the Florida’s First Coast of Golf website. You can even book your tee times.