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Florida's Historic Coast® encompasses the entirety of St. Johns County including St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches.

St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, features more than 60 historic sites and attractions, national monuments, architecturally rich churches and unspoiled natural settings – all providing a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. With nearly 500 years of colourful local history to draw from the themed attractions and historical sites in St. Augustine bring the history and romance of the Old City to life.

Ponte Vedra Beach is home to the PGA TOUR and ATP Tour; world-class golf and tennis facilities; award-winning spas; an abundance of boutique shopping; and a variety of recreation and social amenities.

The Beaches of Florida’s Historic Coast span 42 miles from Ponte Vedra in the north to Marineland in the south. The activities are varied and plentiful – from swimming and surfing to shell collecting and hiking. The beaches of this beautiful stretch of Atlantic shoreline offer year-round fun in a seaside paradise.

A broad selection of resorts, hotels, condominium rentals, vacation homes and Bed & Breakfast Inns provide a variety of lodging choices for visitors.

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is 50 minutes north of St. Augustine; 30 minutes from Ponte Vedra. The Northeast Florida Regional Airport is available for private and chartered planes, 5-minute drive to downtown St. Augustine or 20-minute to Ponte Vedra. By car, both destinations are easily accessible from the north and south by Interstate 95 and from the west by Interstate 10.

Top 5 Experiences

  • See the 16th century Spanish militia re-enactors fire the cannons at the Castillo de San Marcos, a national monument and the oldest masonry fort in the United States.
  • Climb the 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and take in the spectacular view.
  • Play one of several 'bucket list' quality golf courses including the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club’s Lagoon course, the Slammer & Squire or the King & Bear at the World Golf Village.
  • Visit the Pirate and Treasure Museum, which contains the world’s largest collection of authentic pirate artefact including an actual pirate flag and treasure chest.
  • Enjoy a feast for the senses by dining in one of the many unique restaurants and bistros on Florida’s Historic Coast. Year-round fresh seafood, locally sourced produce and cultural influences make the area a foodie’s dream come true.

Sightseeing & Tours

  • Ghosts and Gravestones: St. Augustine – Explore the darker side of the 'Nation's Oldest City' and revisit the site of the terrible tragedies that occurred in 1873 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse or enter the town’s most haunted building, the 'Old Jail'. From £17pp.
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour – Discover the history of America's oldest city, founded in 1565. From £20pp.