What’s New with Lodging on Florida’s Historic Coast

Check out unique and renovated accommodations in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach.

May 31, 2021

Florida’s Historic Coast includes St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, and Ponte Vedra Beach, home to the PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS Championship. Plus there are world-class tennis facilities, more than a dozen championship golf courses and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches that offer year-round fun in a seaside paradise.

There is plenty old-world charm and seaside elegance found along Florida’s Historic Coast, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of new adventures and fun waiting for visitors.

Unique Accommodations

Enjoy intimate gardens and panoramic views of the downtown St. Augustine skyline at Marker 8 Hotel & Marina. This treasure features 26 rooms all equipped with coffee makers, rain showers, modern furnishings and the best views of the inlet, all within walking distance of downtown.

Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Augustine San Sebastian, the destination’s newest hotel on Florida’s Historic Coast, is situated along the San Sebastian River. The hotel features a pool located at river’s edge, Hidden Harbor Marina and is within walking distance to unique shops, art galleries, historic attractions, and incredible restaurants.

In the heart of St. Augustine’s Historic District, the Renaissance Historic Downtown St. Augustine Hotel is scheduled to open in late summer 2021. This fantastic hotel is designed to replicate the historic San Marco Hotel that sat on the same spot during the Gilded Age. The new hotel will feature 89 guest rooms, distinct event spaces, world-class dining, traditional Southern hospitality and modern amenities.

Renovated Properties

At the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, the newly restored historic Ocean House and Peyton House offers 41 new oceanfront guest rooms and suites. The resort offers multiple dining venues for guests to enjoy. And in these times of social distancing, the popular Surf Deck Grille, which sits on the sand’s edge, offers full-service lunch and dinner with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. The campus-style layout of the resort provides guests a real sense of confidence and comfort, without crowded elevators or hallways to access guest rooms and resort amenities. The resort blends classic European leisure, nostalgia, and friendly competition with the debut of the new sun-dappled Croquet Lawn and Bocce Court for guests.

The Hampton Inn & Suites on Vilano Beach recently completed a major renovation of all guest rooms and common spaces. This seaside inn is a preferred choice of many visitors, and these extensive renovations allow the Hampton Inn & Suites to provide the very best seaside getaway.

The newly opened oceanside Historic Watermelon House, a luxury 6-bedroom vacation home located on the Intracoastal Waterway on Crescent Beach, offers a luxury getaway in the pristine Matanzas Inlet area of St. Augustine. Built in 1890, this historic mansion was the Mellon family winter home and often hosted prestigious guests like Eleanor Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Cary Grant and Robert Frost. The House recently underwent a total renovation, giving it the feel of a private resort perfect for small destination weddings and comfortable family gatherings.