Retro-Metro: Itinerary

A trip to Florida’s Historic Coast can transport you back to the 1560s, but what if you only want to go back to the 1950s? We’ve got a spot for you.

June 22, 2020
Magic Beach Motel

1. Magic Beach Motel

You’ll love the beach party vibe when you stay at Magic Beach Motel on Vilano Beach. Built during 1951 and renovated with modern amenities, it’s a throwback to a slower, gentler time when family vacations were all about the road trip. With its iconic neon sign and restored murals, you’ll feel like you’ve been here before (or wonder why you haven’t.)

2. Coquina Sands

Just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll soon discover one of the best family-friendly beaches and a great place to take a stroll looking for shark teeth in the coquina sands.

3. GTM Research Reserve

For an adventure that will evoke summers past, take the family just slightly north to the GTM Research Reserve in Ponte Vedra Beach, where you can enjoy nine miles of trails for hiking and biking, as well as the perfect location for fishing along the Guana Dam. Bring your binoculars, because whether walking or paddle boarding, you’ll come upon a rich diversity of wildlife and vegetation unique to this natural reserve.

4. Red Boat Tours

If you enjoy seeing wildlife in the wild, there’s nothing like a Dolphin and Wildlife Tour with Red Boat Tours. The Captain and crew know where the dolphins play and manatees roam. And don’t forget to say hello and take a selfie with the area’s most famous bird, the very photogenic Blue Bird of Happiness on the Vilano Beach Pier.

5. Classic Car Museum

If you really want to go back in time and immerse yourself in the retro vibe, a short drive to this St. Augustine museum will bring back those memories. Enjoy classic cars from the late 1800’s to modern day sports cars, as well as memorabilia that’ll appeal to car enthusiasts of all ages.

6. Sunset Dinner

Top off the evening with a sunset dinner on the Intracoastal Waterway at Cap’s on the Water, where the freshest local-caught seafood and farm-to-fork produce are served with the hospitality and care of a bygone era.

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