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DISCOVER THE MANY GEMS OF ST. AUGUSTINE PONTE VEDRA
 
(2022 - Winter/Spring Issue)

Writer: MADELAINE LAFRAMBOISE



Filled with charm, elegance and magic, Florida’s Historic Coast is home to over 60 historic sites and attractions which all provide a flawless, picturesque backdrop for your family getaway, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Situated a world away from a traditional family beach vacation, you’ll experience 68 kilometres of pristine beaches with everything from Old World charm to new  world cuisine and perfect beach days filled with sun and just the right amount of adventure.

Castillo de San Marcos

The imposing Castillo de San Marcos, dating back to the 17th century, is the oldest and largest masonry fort in America. One of the most visited historic monuments in St. Augustine, the National Monument has a grand entrance, drawbridge and bastions that ensconce many exhibit rooms detailing its history, with weapon demonstrations and cannon firings on weekends.

Flagler College

Built in 1887, the Spanish Renaissance-style building that was once the prominent and lavish Hotel Ponce de Leon is now a part of Flagler College, a private four-year liberal and fine arts college. A National Historic Landmark, visitors can take a Flagler Legacy Tour to see the opulent interiors that once hosted dignitaries, royalty and celebrities. What was once the dining room of the hotel continues to showcase a rare collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

For the best views of the historic downtown and its surrounding coastline, 219 steps take you to the top of the 50-metre-high St. Augustine Lighthouse. There is also a Maritime Museum with displays of artifacts related to the area’s rich maritime history.

World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum offers a comprehensive insight into the world of golf. With interactive displays, golf memorabilia, and audio-video presentations showcasing both the game and its greatest legends, you can go on the ultimate golfing journey. Visitors can also play over 165 courses on a simulator.

Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

The six-hectare Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a historic archaeological site that offers a glimpse into the lives of the first Spanish settlers who came to St. Augustine in 1565. With re-creations of Spanish and Timucuan buildings and historical re-enactments, visitors will also enjoy other park attractions like the Founders Riverwalk and Observation Tower. With peacocks freely roaming the expansive grounds, the park is a picturesque retreat.

So, whether you’re a history buff, an outdoor adventure seeker, a golf enthusiast, a shopping maven or a foodie with a big appetite, St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra is a one-of-a-kind destination with an unforgettable past.  With plenty of wide-open spaces and so much to see and do, you’ll find there is something for everyone.

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