Two Historical Places of Florida: St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra – U.S.A
This is where America was first settled. Nestled on the Sunshine State’s striking northeastern shore, fittingly dubbed Florida’s Historic Coast, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra enchant visitors with 42 miles of unspoiled natural beaches, world-class golf and historic charm.
The beautiful shoreline shimmers with white quartz sand, beckoning all interested in shelling, surfing, sandcastle building or relaxation. Take a dip, throw in a line or enjoy water sports with the entire family.
Off the beach, there are more than a dozen championship golf courses and the World Golf Hall of Fame. If you’re in town May 9-14, watch pros tee off at THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Shoppers must explore the small boutiques and art galleries along St. George Street in the Historic District of St. Augustine. Or, search for bargains at the area’s two outlet malls—St. Augustine Outlets and St. Augustine Premium Outlets.
Visit more than 60 historic sites and attractions in St. Augustine where old-world charm abounds from national monuments and architecturally rich churches. Explore the Castillo de San Marcos, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, and the Colonial Quarter. Attempt to reverse your age at The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. The more intrepid can spot every species of crocodilian in the world at the Alligator Farm and Zoological Park.
Experience life in the 15th through 17th centuries at historical re-enactments, the most popular being that of Pedro Menendez de Aviles’s landing at St. Augustine on Founder’s Day in September.
EAT AND PLAY
More than 95 restaurants serve fresh seafood and locally sourced produce, and food and wine festivals are scheduled throughout the year.
Tour the St. Augustine Distillery, producing small handcrafted batches of whiskey, rum, vodka, gin and bourbon using local ingredients. Or sample your way through the Whetstone Chocolate Factory and the San Sebastian Winery.
Live music emanates nightly from taverns, bistros, bars and restaurants in the St. Augustine Historic District. The night scene heats up May through September with free evening concerts held downtown and at the St. Augustine Beach Pier.