Romance is a Common Theme of Stories Past and Present on Florida’s Historic Coast

January 15, 2019
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St. Augustine, the Nation’s oldest city, and luxurious Ponte Vedra Beach are popular destinations for weddings, honeymoons and anniversary retreats. However, you don’t have to be celebrating a romantic milestone to will find plenty of ways to set the mood and make lasting memories.

Top 10 ways to experience romance in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach

Spectacular Sunrise – 42 miles of unspoiled beaches provide a peaceful place to watch the sunrise.

Horse & Carriage Ride – Day or night, a leisurely horse and carriage tour through the nation’s oldest city is a cozy way to see the sights. Find a carriage along the bay front in St. Augustine.

Gourmet Dining – Florida’s Historic Coast is a “foodies” paradise. And an intimate dinner at Vernon’s in the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa offers an extensive wine collection, top chef inspired cuisine and a luxury setting make this dining experience one to remember.

St. Augustine Lighthouse Tour by Moonlight – The breathtaking view from atop the St. Augustine Lighthouse – one of the most popular spots in the area for marriage proposals – is even more spectacular at night by the light of the moon. Sip champagne and snuggle beneath the stars.

Bed & Breakfast Inns – What could be more romantic than staying at a historic bed and breakfast inn? Well-appointed rooms, rare antiques, in room spas, freshly made gourmet breakfasts and a warm welcoming Innkeeper ready to accommodate any request.

Luxury Retreat – Sip coffee from your private balcony overlooking the ocean at the AAA Five Diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Relax in the award-winning spa, enjoy a gourmet meal with a spectacular view and take in the sun on the sand in your own private cabana.

Sidewalk Dining – The oldest public street in the nation offers plenty of local sidewalk dining on Aviles in downtown St. Augustine. Sip a glass of wine along the red brick street and enjoy cuisine with an Italian, Spanish, Greek or Americana flair.

Let the music move you – Live music can be heard around every corner in the Nation’s oldest city. From a soloist in the local tavern, to free weekend concerts in area attractions, you’ll find a memorable soundtrack for your vacation.

Sinful Samples – Sip a selection of bold and refreshing Florida wines at the San Sebastian Winery. Take a tour of the St. Augustine Distillery and sample handcrafted spirits including vodka, gin, rum and bourbon. And finally savor the succulent hand crafted chocolates as you tour Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory.

Sunset Sail – Toast the end of another spectacular day aboard the Schooner Freedom. Sail aboard the tall ship for a completely different view of St. Augustine’s historic district – from the sea.

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. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaway 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.