Florida’s Historic Coast includes St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, Ponte Vedra Beach, home to the PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS Championship, world-class tennis facilities, more than a dozen championship golf courses, and 42 miles of beautiful pristine Atlantic Coast that offer year-round fun in a seaside paradise.
Plan a visit to Florida’s Historic Coast and take advantage of special offers and themed packages for visitors to enjoy with great golf deals, romantic escapes and family fun.
Adventure travelers will have plenty of stories to tell after a visit to Florida’s Historic Coast. Put these activities on your “must conquer” list.
- Hover over alligators and crocodiles on the challenging Crocodile Crossing zip line course at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park. Or enjoy a bird’s-eye-view of the beautiful St. Augustine Aquarium grounds and the surrounding wild Florida at the new Zip Stream Castaway Canopy Adventures.
- Swim with dolphins at Marineland Dolphin Adventure or snorkel among reef fish and rays at the St. Augustine Aquarium
- Kayak the ocean and rivers through “real Florida” with professional guides from Anastasia Water Sports, Kayak St. Augustine, St. Augustine Eco Tours or Ripple Effect Ecotours.
- Learn to surf from the pros at the PIT Surf Shop.
- Reel in the big one on one of several deep sea charter fishing boats
- Climb 219 stairs to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse
Year-round, visitors can catch their favorite musicians at two of North Florida’s most unique and popular concert venues. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is a small concert venue that is ideal for intimate concert sessions hosting performers such as Mavis Staples, John Hammond, Indigo Girls, the Florida Chamber Music Project and many more. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is the largest outdoor concert hall between Atlanta and Miami, and this summer will host performers like Fleet Foxes, Brad Paisley, Hank Williams Jr., Little Big Town and may other of today’s great performers. The newest music venue on Florida’s Historic Coast, The Colonial Oak Music Park provides a venue for up and coming local artists in a relaxed outdoor atmosphere where visitors can walk right in and enjoy free performances.
Visitors can enjoy more performing arts with the EMMA Concert Association, which opens its season each fall, as well as the First Coast Opera and free summer concerts at the beach, Concerts by the Sea and historic downtown area, Concerts in the Plaza.
Staying here has never been more comfortable. Health protocols are in place and wide-open spaces abound. There are many ways to safely experience the new additions on Florida’s Historic Coast starting with some new hotels set to come online in 2021, and renovations at well-established lodgings.
In September 2020, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club unveiled the historic Ocean House and Peyton House, offering 41 new oceanfront guest rooms and suites.
Vilano Beach is a hot spot for touristic development on Florida’s Historic Coast. The new and improved Hampton Inn & Suites on Vilano Beach is currently undergoing an interior renovation with the expected completion date of March 2021. In addition to the Hampton Inn renovations, there are two new hotels scheduled to open in Spring 2021. The Holiday Inn Express Vilano Beach is scheduled to open with 50 rooms in early Spring and the Hyatt Place with an additional 120 rooms is scheduled to open on Vilano Beach in mid-2021.
In St. Augustine, the new Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Augustine sets on the banks of the San Sebastian River and will feature 117 guest rooms when it opens in Spring 2021.
In the heart of St. Augustine’s Historic District, the Renaissance Historic Downtown St. Augustine Hotel scheduled to open in Spring 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.
An average 300 weddings take place each month on Florida’s Historic Coast. Popular wedding locations include TPC Sawgrass, Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Lightner Museum, San Sebastian Winery, The Treasury on the Plaza, Hammock Beach Resort, Marineland Dolphin Adventure, Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, many of the quaint Bed & Breakfast Inns and several other unique venues found in the area.
You don’t have to be getting married or renewing vows to have a romantic visit. Here are some tips sure to touch the heart.
- The area’s 42 miles of beaches provide the perfect, peaceful place to watch the sun rise.
- See the sun rise from your own private oceanfront balcony at the luxurious Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
- The coquina sand of Ponte Vedra Beach makes for a stunning sunset stroll
- A stroll along the Bayfront in St. Augustine at dusk is the perfect way to end the day
- Take in the panoramic view from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse
- The area’s temperate climate allows for outdoor dining all year round.
- Enjoy a private carriage ride through the historic streets of St. Augustine
Squeeze Fitness into your vacation: Staying healthy while on vacation can be a real challenge. On Florida’s Historic Coast there are dozens of golf courses, miles of beaches and trails, and plenty of unique activities that keep visitors fit while having have fun when they vacation here. Here are some fitting ideas:
Get in of Golf Fitness with Great Golf Deals on Florida’s Historic Coast; participate in daily yoga, spin and golf fitness classes at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa; explore new heights at St. Augustine Alligator Farm’s Crocodile Crossing zip Line adventure; make it a SUP Saturday with Kayak St. Augustine paddle board lessons; get your swing on at the PGA TOUR Academy at World Golf Village in St. Augustine or at the new Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach - each offers personalized instruction programs. St. Augustine Cycling offers organized 20 to 40 mile daily endurance rides that start at different locations around Florida’s Historic Coast. And there are plenty of popular races that take place each year:
January: Matanzas 5K & Fun Run
March: Spud Run – Half Marathon, 5K and Cabbage Crawl
July: Bridge of Lions 5K
September: Endless Summer Run/Walk
October: Pink Up the Pace 5K
November: St. Augustine Half Marathon
Florida’s Historic Coast has a Forty-two mile stunning oceanfront is the perfect playground for surfing, swimming and playing in the sun. Include a family beach and waterfront experience with nature programs at a state park or take an eco-tour to learn more about the coastal estuaries.
FUN FOR THE KIDS
Kids enjoy living history, especially when it includes hands-on experiences. Kids Krew offers guided tours that take little ones on a tour where they become one of the pirate crew, look through a real spy glass in search of soldiers, learn how to use a compass and more. Attractions like the Colonial Quarter, Castillo de San Marcos, The Old Florida Museum, Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, and the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum each offer exciting interactive experiences where kids see and feel how our history happened. One of the newest ways to edu-tain kids is with a visit to the St. Augustine Aquarium to feed the sharks and rays or perhaps learn to snorkel in the tank filled with Florida reef fish and rays.