Accolades for Florida’s Historic Coast

In recent years Florida’s Historic Coast visitor experiences have received great recognition. Here is a list of some of the destination’s impressive accolades:

August 8, 2022
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Barbara Golden, 904-209-4425 / 904-669-8142 (m)

St. Augustine, Fla. (2022) - In recent years Florida’s Historic Coast visitor experiences have received great recognition. In addition to the destination’s recognition, many local businesses here are recognized nationally for their exceptional offerings and customer service. Here is a list of some of the destination’s overall impressive accolades:

Southern Living ( August 2022) - St. Augustine recognized as the City with the Most Historical Homes in The U.S. (August 2022)- St. Augustine is recognized as #3 of 30 Most Beautiful Small Towns and Cities in Florida.

BestLife (August 2022) - St. Augustine makes the list of The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Visit for History Buffs.

Lonely Planet (June 2022) – St. Augustine included on the list of the 10 Most stories places in the US to visit in 2022.

USA Today 10 Best (April 2022) – St. Augustine Harbor named among the 10 Best Urban Paddle Trails in the U.S.

Trips to Discover (April 2022) – St. Augustine (Beach) named a Top 15 Best Family Beach Vacation in the U.S.

Southern Living (March 2022) - St. Augustine Ranked #5 out of 20 of The South’s Best Beach Towns 2022

TripAdvisor (February 2022) – St. Augustine Beach named #14 in Traveler’s Choice Award for “Top 25 Beaches in United States”

Conde Nast Traveler (December 2021) – St. Augustine Made the #1 slot on the U.S. Cities That Are Full of European Charm list

Wonders Within Reach (December 2021) – St. Augustine awarded “Most Progressive Destination” for its enthusiasm and effort to improve accessibility.

Smart Meetings (November 2021) – St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau was recognized with the magazine’s Platinum Choice Award, the most prestigious award in the meetings industry, for displaying the highest standards of overall excellence in service and amenities.

Hotwire (October 2021) – named St. Augustine #9 in the Top 10 Ittie Bittie Cities, ranked on appetite for “revenge travel” and a desire to level up travel experiences

Southern Living (September 2021) – St. Augustine among the 25 Favorite Fall Beach Destinations

Thrillist (August 2021) – The Beach at Guana Reserve at Ponte Vedra Beach was included as one of the Underrated American Beaches You Need to Hit Before Summer’s Over.

Conde Nast Traveler (August 2021) - Writers at Conde Nast included St. Augustine near the top of the list of The 26 Most Beautiful Towns in America.

Global Traveler (July 2021) – The Readers of and voted St. Augustine Favorite Beach Town, Florida East and Best Family-Friendly Beach Town, Florida East. (June 2021) – Named St. Augustine # 6 in the Top 10 Best Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations for 2021.

U.S. News & World Report (May 2021) – Best Vacations: Travelers Seek Nature, Adventure in 2021-22 - St. Augustine ranked the #4 Best Cheap Vacations in the U.S. and #4 Best Weekend Getaways in the South. (May 2021) – named St. Augustine Beach one of 10 most gorgeous beaches to visit this summer

WKMG (May 2021) - Best of Central Florida, WKMG TV announced St. Augustine Beach/Ponte Vedra Beach as the People’s Choice for Best Beaches of Central Florida. (April 2021) – recognized the 8,436 miles of shoreline and select Crescent Beach as the #1 beach in their “9 Amazing-Yet-Overlooked Beaches in Florida You Need to Visit in Your Lifetime” list. (April 2021) - published their Top 20 Beaches in the United States, including St. Augustine as a great beach destination with excellent sights—such as the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument. (February 2021) – Between castles, beaches, museums, national parks, ghost tours, distilleries, restaurants, and wineries and tons of things to do, St. Augustine made the top of the list of the 21 Cutest Small Towns In Florida.

US DOT (February 2021)
- The A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, which spans from Ponte Vedra Beach south through Florida’s Historic Coast to Flagler Beach has been designated an All-American Road, one of only two in the State of Florida.

Travel + Leisure Online (February 2021) – St. Augustine named one of 11 Best Small Towns in America for its local arts, crafts, history, beaches and more.

Convention South (January 2021) – St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau was awarded the 2020 Readers’ Choice Award for exhibiting excellence, creativity and professionalism in the meetings and conventions industry.

TripAdvisor (January 2021) – St. Augustine was listed as #2 Trending Destination in the U.S. and #25 Trending Destination in the World among travelers eager to get back to traveling.

Country Living Magazine online (September 2020) – Listed St. Augustine among the “20 Small Towns that Leave a Big Impression”

Women’s Day Magazine (September 2020) – Listed St. Augustine among Top “18 American Destinations That Look Like Europe” (September 2020) – Listed St. Augustine #1 “U.S. Destinations That Feels Like Europe” (August 2020) – Listed St. Augustine #4 in “The World’s Most Beautiful Ancient Cities”

Southern Living (July 2020) – St. Augustine ranked #1 for Most Historic Homes in U.S.

USA Today (July 2020) – 10Best Readers’ Choice, St. Augustine named a “Best Historic Small Town” (July 2020) – St. Augustine listed among “17 Epic U.S. Travel Destinations You’ve Probably Never Heard Of”

USA Today (July 2020)
– St. Augustine listed in “Get Your European Fix in These U.S. Towns” (June 2020) St. Augustine listed among “The 50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever”

Southern Living (June 2020) – St. Augustine Beach listed #8 in “The 25 Best Beaches in America” (October 2019) – Listed St. Augustine #3 among the Friendliest Cities to Visit in Florida

The Active Times (August 2019) – Listed St. Augustine among the Best Coastal Towns in America. (August 2019) – St. Augustine made the #7 spot on editor’s “The Prettiest Beach Town in 30 Beachy States”.

Pollstar Magazine (July 2019) - Ranked St. Augustine Amphitheatre as the #2 Amphitheatre in the US and #3 worldwide.

Golf Magazine (June 2019) – The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach was ranked as one of the Top 10 Public Golf Courses in the world. (May 2019) - St. Augustine named #2 on the list of “The 25 Most Charming Towns in America”.

USA Today (May 2019) - St. Augustine named a Best Historic Small Town by popular vote.

Southern Living Magazine (April 2019) - St. Augustine named #3 Best Small Town in the South and #1 Best Food Town in the South in the magazine’s annual crowd-sourced Best of the South awards. (February 2019) - Listed St. Augustine as a Top 20 unique city for people in their 20’s to visit. A place that will teach you things you will carry well into your 30s and beyond.

Trip Advisor (February 2019) - Based on feedback from the TripAdvisor community, St. Augustine Beach was selected was once again as a Top 10 Beach in the U.S.

USA TODAY (December 2018) - Nights of Lights listed among 10Best Readers' Choice award for Best Public Holiday Lights Display.

Coastal Living (December 2018) - St. Augustine is among 20 Best Christmas Towns in Florida for Nights of Lights.

CNN Travel (December 2018) - St. Augustine listed among the 9 Best Places to See Christmas Lights in the USA for Nights of Lights.

Huffington Post (November 2018) - St. Augustine listed as #2 on 14 US Cities with a European Vibe.

Travel Pulse (September 2018) - St. Augustine is America’s Most Enchanting Oldest City.

Conde Nast Traveler (September 2018) - Named one of the Most Beautiful Towns in America- 20 prettiest towns in America (June 2018) - Listed St. Augustine as a top 25 choice for a romantic weekend getaways (June 2018) - St. Augustine listed as the #1 Most Beautiful Town in the United States that Feels International.

BuzzFeed (March 2018) - Most Amazing Places To Take Kids In All 50 States - St. Augustine.

USA Today 10 Best (January 2018) - Readers of USA Today ranked St. Augustine’s Historic Area among the Top 10 Attractions in Florida.

Parent Magazine (January 2018) - St. Augustine listed in the Top 5 Family Friendly Destinations that Mimic Your Dream Vacation.

US News & World Report (December 2017) - Listed St. Augustine among the Top 50 Most Romantic Places in the World.

Time Inc. (December 2017) – Listed St. Augustine among the 33 Amazing U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018.

AARP (December 2017) - Ranked St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights #1 in the 10 Top Holiday Light Displays in the US.

Thrillist (October 2017) - Named St. Augustine’s St. George Street among the Most Stylish Streets in America.

US News & World Report (August 2017) - Ranked St. Augustine #7 among the 12 Best Romantic Getaways in the US.

US News & World Report (June 2017) - Ranked St. Augustine #15 in Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA because of the history and unspoiled beaches.

Jetsetter Magazine (May 2017) - St. Augustine named among the 9 Cutest Small Towns in America.

Money Magazine (March 2017) – Money Magazine named St. Augustine #1 in its Best in Travel list for destinations that deliver the most value for your dollar.

Condé Nast Traveler (January 2017) – The editors of Condé Nast Traveler recognized St. Augustine as one of the 17 Most Beautiful Towns in America.

USA Today 10 Best (December 2016) – St. Augustine was listed #8 in the Best Warm Weather Getaway as voted by USA Today readers.

Condé Nast Traveler (October 2016) - Condé Nast Traveler 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards recognized St. Augustine as #9 out of 15 on its list Best Small Cities in the U.S.

Travel + Leisure (July 2016) – Travel + Leisure readers selected St. Augustine one of America’s Favorite Beach Towns in the magazine’s annual America’s Favorite Places survey.

GoGoBot (July 2016) - St. Augustine was among the top 10 Rising Star Foodie Destinations as part of its 2016 Foodie Tribe Awards.

Budget Travel (June 2016) - St. Augustine was included in Budget Travel’s list of 25 Most Beautiful Cities in America.

Travel & Leisure (May 2016) – St Augustine was listed #4 on Travel + Leisure’s reader-selected Annual America’s Favorite Towns list. (May 2016) – St. Augustine Beach was listed #6 in the Best 30 Beaches in the World for Families.

GoGoBot (March 2016) - St. Augustine was selected by GoGoBot members as a 2016 Top 10 Family Travelers’ Rising Stars Destinations award.

TripAdvisor (August 2015) - St. Augustine was included in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Traveler's Choice Awards among the Top 25 U.S. Destinations to Visit.

Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. Florida’s Historic Coast remains an easy to access drive destination, and it is so easy to get here via air too. Air service to Florida’s Historic Coast is available through Daytona Beach International (DAB) and Jacksonville International (JAX) airports, both less less than an hour from Florida’s Historic Coast, For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at,become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.