Ponte Vedra Beach is Swimming in Culture, History, Arts & Entertainment

Florida’s Historic Coast may be known for its golf, beaches and luxury resorts, but it’s also a place steeped in history and culture.

April 20, 2022

You’ll find history and culture around every corner in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach. Here are just a few of the many discoveries that await.

Mining History

Ponte Vedra Beach is known as the jewel of the northeast coast. That’s in part because the area has a little-known history as a mining settlement, which may be why the area is such a “jewel.”

The discovery of high-demand minerals such as titanium, zircon and rutile in 1914 earned the area the name Mineral City, later renamed Ponte Vedra Beach. Mining operations recovered minerals from the area’s beaches until high demand dropped in 1921, following World War I.

While visiting modern day Ponte Vedra Beach, be sure to shop for your own personal gems like Italian ceramics, fine linens and handmade shell art at Mineral City.

Legendary Links

Got a golfer in the family? As the home of TPC Sawgrass and THE PLAYERS Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach has an impressive history in the world of golf.

THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is legendary among professional and weekend golfers alike. THE PLAYERS Championship is one of the most anticipated PGA TOUR events each year, and awards the biggest purse.

Florida’s Historic Coast® is also the home of the World Golf Hall of Fame, the only place in the world where golf’s greatest players are enshrined along with exhibits tracing the evolution of the game and personal memorabilia and artifacts from its 160 members. With unique items from golf’s biggest names (Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Nancy Lopez, Phil Mickelson, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam, just to name a few) the Hall of Fame is truly one of the game’s most revered places.

Arts & Culture

Ponte Vedra Beach has an impressive arts scene that can be experienced by visiting the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. The Cultural Center features revolving exhibitions, special events, workshops, lectures and art classes that can be enjoyed by visitors throughout the year. There are also a number of private galleries in the area like Stellars Gallery, Cutter & Cutter Fine Art and Village Arts that feature exceptional works of some of Florida’s great art producers.

Further up the boulevard just north of Ponte Vedra Beach is The Brumos Collection. The Brumos Collection imparts a sweeping story of automotive development through racing. Vehicles spanning three centuries show the collaborations and rivalries that changed the automotive world. Interactive media brings them to life and allow you to explore at your own pace.


Year-round, visitors can catch their favorite musicians at one of North Florida’s most unique and popular concert venues. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is a small concert venue ideal for intimate concert sessions that hosts performers such as Pablo Cruise, Steep Canyon Rangers, Ricky Skaggs and many more. And, those are just some of our international sights without international flights®.

Explore arts, culture and heritage events, and create your cultural journey, at www.historiccoastculture.com.