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Florida’s Historic Coast has an abundance of activities for everyone to enjoy
Think this destination is all about history? Think again! There’s so much new to see and do. You’ll find yourself surprised!
St. Augustine Live music has been a regular part of the nightlife scene in the historic district for years, but now the explosion in talent and artistry of performers and songwriters has created pop-up stages and even prompted attractions that present history during the day, to open at night for free concerts on weekends.
Along with city’s already popular dining scene and its mainstay fresh seafood, entrepreneurs are opening new restaurants with eclectic menus featuring Polish, Greek, rustic Italian, vegetarian, and creative dishes that harken back to traditional Florida southern hospitality.
Ponte Vedra Beach This jewel on the northeast shore of Florida’s Historic Coast is known as a traditional, quiet beachside town where the accommodations are luxurious and the golf is legendary. The opening of Sawgrass Village, a modern entertainment, dining and shopping complex, is shaking things up. Yoga with a brew. Fine art and personal shoppers. Cocktails and Seafood Happy Hour. It’s not your typical mall and restaurant row, not even close.
St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach has been listed in the Top 10 U.S Beaches by Trip Advisor users two years in a row. So the secret is out. New hotels are springing up along with restaurants like Salt Life Food Shack with its expansive outdoor deck with a beach view, raw bar and large craft beer selection. And events are attracting visitors and locals alike with a free summer concert series, food festivals and the popular New Year’s Beach Blast Off!
Anastasia Island Anchored by the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Anastasia Island is an emerging shopping and dining area. Concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre include world-renowned artists, but it’s the “Amp’s” new Backyard Stage events that everyone is talking about. The Backyard events – which actually take place in a small staged area behind the venue – are free or low cost and feature up-and-coming bands with food trucks and local artists displaying their wares.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse is always one of the area’s top attractions. And why not? With that amazing view from the top after climbing 219 steps. But it’s what’s under water that’s really getting attention. Shipwrecks. Secrets from the sea, artifacts, and archaeologists. That’s all we can say. You’ll have to see it for yourself.
Vilano Beach What used to be a local secret has become a burgeoning stretch of A1A attracting vacationing families with coquina sand beaches, plenty of seaside lodging options like the funky Magic Beach motel, a shopping complex with swimwear for sale, surfboards to rent, and a pet friendly restaurant knowns as Beaches where you can ride up on your boat or wave runner. Surfers and skim boarders enjoy the perfect shore break
Lincolnville There’s a lot going on in this small part of St. Augustine that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A free walking tour and markers tell the little known history of Lincolnville’s important role in the Civil Rights movement. From 1963 to 1964, the area originated peaceful protests led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Andrew Young.
Attracting attention to Lincolnville in a completely different way, the St. Augustine Distillery is quickly becoming one of the hottest spots in town. The St. Augustine Distillery utilizes local ingredients to produce whiskey, rum, vodka, gin and bourbon in hand crafted small batches. Since opening in 2014, the Distillery has already won awards and many fans for its products. The Distillery is housed in a historic building that once served as an ice plant and free tours and tastings take place daily.
Uptown The Uptown area is still known for the beautiful Mission Nombre de Dios and the great cross that towers over the Nation’s oldest city. But the once quiet, empty stretch of San Marco Avenue is now lined with eclectic boutiques, a wine bar, and the popular “Uptown Saturday Night,” event that brings out shoppers the last Saturday of the month who enjoy live music, libations and the chance to mingle with friends old and new. The always popular Raintree restaurant has expanded with a romantic brick courtyard adding to the cozy, up-tempo vibe of this newly chic region of the city.
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