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Getting Here............................................5 Important Information..............................6 St. Johns County Map..............................7 Map of St. Augustine................................8 Historic St. Augustine.............................10 Ponte Vedra Beach.................................12

Anastasia Island.....................................13 Vilano Beach..........................................14 World Golf Village...................................15 Beach Policies.......................................16

Special Events...................................17

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Things to Do..........................................18 Campgrounds....................................28

Health Care

Be Well, Stay Well!.............................32 Treat Yourself Well!............................34

Celebrate

Romance in St. Augustine..................35 Hosting Your Event.............................36 Getting Married..................................36

Recreation.........................................26 State Parks........................................29

Real Estate

Making a Move?................................38

Dine

Let’s Eat............................................40 Restaurants Anastasia & The Beaches................42

Stay

Accommodations...............................48 Condominiums...................................54 Bed & Breakfasts...............................49 Vacation Rentals................................55 Hotels, Motels & Resorts....................50

Here to Serve You

Buyers’ Guide........................................56 Advertisers’ Index..................................60

St. Augustine..................................44 Vilano Beach...................................47 World Golf Village............................47

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It’s easy to see why people have been settling here for over 450 years. St. Johns County combines the best of both worlds, with centuries of history and ancient natural beauty providing the backdrop for a contemporary residential and commercial lifestyle. St. Johns County has something for everyone, enticing more than 5.3 million visitors from around the world each year. Whether you’re looking forward to perusing the shops of old St. George Street, relaxing on the beach, or exploring our world-acclaimed golf courses, we have it all.

Getting Here St. Johns County is located just south of Jacksonville in Northeast Florida. It is bordered to the east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the west by the St. Johns River.

St. Augustine, a full-service aviation facility two miles north of St. Augustine on U.S. 1.

ARRIVING BY CAR

Jacksonville International Airport....... 904-741-4902 Northeast Florida Regional Airport at St. Augustine............................. 904-209-0090

I-95 runs north-south from Maine to Miami. I-10 runs west-east from Los Angeles to Jacksonville. The two meet in downtown Jacksonville about 40 miles north of St. Augustine. From the north, take I-95 south into St. Johns County. From the south, take I-95 north into St. Johns County.

ARRIVING BY AIR Jacksonville International Airport (JIA) – one hour north of St. Augustine, 45 minutes from Ponte Vedra Beach – is the primary commercial airport serving St. Johns County. Shuttle service is available between JIA and St. Augustine (reservations requested – see numbers at right). Personal and charter aircraft can also use the Northeast Florida Regional Airport at

AIRPORTS

Jacksonville International Airport Shuttles Airport Shuttle of St. Augustine, Inc.... 904-825-0004 Island Airport Shuttle......................... 904-471-3241

ARRIVING BY TRAIN: Amtrak.............................................. 800-872-7245 (Closest stations: Jacksonville and Palatka)

ARRIVING BY BUS: Greyhound......................................... 904-829-6401 Tickets sold at 52 San Marco Ave...... 904-823-8595

(Bus stop at 1 Castillo Dr. near the Historic Downtown Parking Facility.)

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Important Information ST. AUGUSTINE’S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN PARKING FACILITY The Historic Downtown Parking Facility (HDPF) is located on West Castillo Drive just off U.S. 1, within walking distance to St. George Street and San Marco Avenue as well as the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. The four-story, 400,000-square-foot structure offers 1,170 parking spaces and is open 24 hours per day year-round. It features a fully automated payment system, security, and easy connections to sightseeing vehicles and horse-drawn carriage services. Parking at the HDPF is $1.25 per hour with a $7.50 per day maximum. During selected peak days, a flat, all-day rate of $7.00 is payable on entry to ease exiting for visitors. The adjacent Visitor Information Center has clean restrooms, a small gift shop, kiosks with touch screen guides, current special event, arts and cultural information, and rows and rows of brochures and guides. For more information about the free shuttle and parking rates, please call 904-484-5160.

PARKING METERS AND PAY STATIONS Pay stations for parking are located throughout downtown St. Augustine, where visitors are issued a printed receipt that must be placed on the vehicle’s dashboard. The cost for parking is $1.50 per hour at meters and $10 a day to park in the parking garage for visitors. The meters accept quarters, nickels and dimes; credit cards and debit cards. Call 904-825-1034 for more information.

VISITOR INFORMATION AAA Auto Club South.......................... 904-825-0298 City of St. Augustine........................... 904-825-1053 City of St. Augustine Beach................ 904-471-2122 Ponte Vedra Beach Visitors Center...... 904-285-2004 St. Augustine Beach Information Center........................ 904-471-1596 St. Augustine Visitor Center................ 904-825-1000 St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce................. 904-829-5681 St. Johns County Visitors & Convention Bureau..................... 904-829-1711

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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION St. Johns County Public Transit Service (Sunshine Bus Company) .............. 904-209-3716

Regularly scheduled stops throughout the county for $1.00 per one-way trip. Half-price for students, retired and disabled people.

CRUISES Jaxport.............................................. 904-357-3006 Jacksonville is the nearest cruise ship port-of-call to St. Johns County.

HOSPITALS (For health care information, please refer to page 32)

Ponte Vedra Beach Baptist Beaches................................. 904-627-2900 St. Augustine and all other areas Flagler Hospital.................................. 904-819-5155 Baptist Medical Center South............. 904-271-6000 Memorial Hospital.............................. 904-399-6111 DISTANCES TO LOCAL POINTS OF INTEREST (in miles)

ST. PONTE ST. JOHNS COUNTY AUGUSTINE VEDRA Historic St. Augustine__________ 0________ 17 Vilano Beach________________ 2________ 15 Anastasia State Park__________ 2________ 20 St. Augustine Beach___________ 5________ 23 Outlet Malls_________________ 9________ 25 Guana River State Park________10_______ 16 Crescent Beach______________14_______ 32 World Golf Village____________14_______ 32 Faver-Dykes State Park________18_______ 50 JACKSONVILLE Beaches___________________27________ 1 Downtown Riverfront__________37_______ 20 Cruise Ship Port_____________43_______ 22 International Airport___________50_______ 30 Talbot Island State Park________60_______ 20 OTHER NEARBY PLACES Washington Oaks State Park____20_______ Palm Coast_________________25_______ Flagler Beach_______________32_______ Daytona Beach______________61_______ Amelia Island_______________76_______

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St. Augustine Ponte Vedra Beach Anastasia Island Vilano Beach World Golf Village The oldest continuously-occupied European settlement in the continental United States, St. Augustine was founded by the Spanish in 1565 (42 years before the English colonized Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock). St. Augustine is situated a mere 40 miles from the glassy skyscrapers of downtown Jacksonville, 100 miles from the rocket ships of Kennedy Space Center and 100 miles from the fantasy theme parks of Orlando – but the city’s rich history and cultural diversity make it seem worlds away. The city has more than 50 attractions including historical sites and points of interest, living history museums, animal parks and ghost tours. Many are located within walking distance of one another in downtown historic St. Augustine, while others in the uptown antiques area or across the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island are accessible via tourist transportation, making it possible to see it all without having to move your car! Guided walking tours as well as those conducted via tram, trolley, horse-drawn carriage or cruise boat all offer unique narratives of the story of historic St. Augustine, covering some of St. Augustine’s most popular landmarks.

Highlights include: The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a living histor y museum which interprets life in colonial St. Augustine circa 1740.

The Fountain of Youth Discovery Park, where it is said that Ponce de Leon went in search of everlasting youth. The Ponce de Leon and Alcazar Hotels, built by Standard Oil magnate Henry Flagler in the late 19th century. Today those grand Victorian structures house Flagler College, and St. Augustine City Hall and Lightner Museum, respectively. The original 1888 Casa Monica Hotel, restored into a luxury hotel providing world-class accommodations. Shopping in St. Augustine is a buyer’s delight with boutiques, gift shops and antique stores waiting to be discovered on nearly every downtown street. Accommodations are plentiful and range from splendid resorts to charming bed and breakfast inns. Dozens of unique restaurants dotted throughout St. Augustine, compose a varied collection of quaint cafés together with four-star rated dining establishments.

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Founding of St. Augustine St. Augustine played an integral role in the early colonization of North America. Juan Ponce de Leon, the first governor of Puerto Rico, landed near present-day St. Augustine on Easter, March 27, 1513 in search of the legendary Fountain of Youth. Claiming it for Spain, he named the beautiful land “La Florida” for the many flowers in bloom. Over the following half century, Spain launched at least six unsuccessful attempts to establish an actual settlement in Florida. Finally, in 1564, the French beat them to it with the establishment of Fort Caroline along an area of high sand dune bluffs that overlook the St. Johns River in present-day Jacksonville. The new French colony posed a threat to the Spanish treasure fleets that sailed along the Florida coast. As a result, King Philip II of Spain named his country’s most experienced admiral, Pedro Menendez de Aviles, as the new governor of Florida and instructed him to not only colonize the area, but also drive out any settlers from foreign lands that he may encounter. In 1565, Menendez drove the French out of Florida and founded St. Augustine as a permanent colony and military installation for Spain.

Storied History of St. Augustine 1513 Ponce de Leon lands near the site of St. Augustine and declares La Florida for Spain. 1565 Menendez establishes St. Augustine and drives the French out of nearby Ft. Caroline. 1586 English pirate Sir Francis Drake burns and pillages St. Augustine. 1668 Captain John Davis and his band of English buccaneers slaughter 60 townspeople in the streets and plunder their homes. Such clashes become increasingly common with the establishment of English colonies in Georgia and the Carolinas. 1672 Construction begins on St. Augustine’s famous coquina fort, the Castillo de San Marcos. 1696 The Castillo de San Marcos is completed. In its history it never falls to any outside attacks. 1702 Governor James Moore of Carolina leads a two-month siege on the Castillo without success. 1740 British General James Oglethorpe of Georgia launches another unsuccessful attack on St. Augustine. 1763 After the French and Indian War, Spain trades Florida to Great Britain in exchange for Havana. St. Augustine comes under British rule for the first time.

1783 After maintaining its allegiance to Britain during the American Revolution, St. Augustine and Florida are returned to Spanish rule under the terms of the Treaty of Paris, signed between England, France and Spain. 1821 A colorful ceremony in St. Augustine marks the peaceful transfer of power as Spain sells Florida to the United States. Spanish soldiers leave St. Augustine, never to return again. 1837 Osceola, famous leader of the Seminole Indians, is captured near St. Augustine and held prisoner for two months in the Castillo de San Marcos before being transferred to South Carolina. This occurs during the Seminole War, which carries on for much of Florida’s 24-year territorial period. 1842 The Seminole War ends in Florida with the surrender of much of the Seminole nation. 1845 Florida becomes the twenty-seventh state of the Union. Tallahassee is selected as the capital due to a geographical compromise between St. Augustine and Pensacola. Tourism also begins to take hold about this time. 1862 During the Civil War, a Union blockade appears off the city’s inlet and demands the surrender of St. Augustine. That night, Confederate troops retreat and the Union occupies the city through the end of the Civil War in 1865. 1883 The Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Halifax River railway is completed, linking St. Augustine with its booming neighbor to the north, Jacksonville. During the winter of 1883-1884, Henry M. Flagler, co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, visits St. Augustine and is amazed by its charm and tourism potential. 1883 Henry Flagler’s two magnificent hotels, the Hotel Ponce de Leon (now Flagler College) and the Alcazar Hotel (now houses the Lightner Museum) open for an elite tourist clientele. He also purchases the Cordova Hotel (now the Casa Monica). The three hotels make St. Augustine a magnet for high society travelers, earning the city the nickname “Newport of the South.” 1896 Flagler’s East Coast Railway reaches Miami, opening the door to developing South Florida. Today, St. Augustine remains a popular international tourist destination, retaining a unique mix of small town charm, Southern hospitality, historical integrity and seaside appeal.

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Ponte Vedra Beach Ponte Vedra Beach is just 20 minutes north of St. Augustine and features top-rated golf and tennis resorts, is home to the PGA and ATP tours and exclusive residential neighborhoods where one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world, THE PLAYERS Championship, is held. If golf and tennis don’t pique your interests, you’re sure to find something that does at Ponte Vedra’s 138-acre Davis Park, complete with fishing ponds stocked for children’s catch and release, dog parks, a playground, and playing fields for soccer, football, softball and baseball. In Ponte Vedra, the community of Nocatee is one of the fastest-growing, master-planned, unincorporated towns in the nation, offering its residents a unique balance of work and play in a walkable, livable community for all ages. Located three miles from Ponte Vedra Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 85% of the community is in St. Johns County, and the remaining 15% is in Duval County.

Ponte Vedra Beach History Ponte Vedra Beach has a rich and unique history. Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer best known for his pursuit of the legendary “fountain of youth,” is believed to have landed on what would later become Ponte Vedra Beach on April 2, 1513. A small settlement begins to take shape in the Ponte Vedra Beach area. Haciendas were built and the roots for gracious living were planted. The area remained sparsely populated through the late 19th century. In 1914, minerals were discov-

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ered, and a community known as Mineral City grew up around the mining operations there. Titanium extraction was significant, as well as that of zircon and rutile. These minerals were recovered from beach sands by a private commercial firm called National Lead Company, directed by Henry Holland Buckman and George A. Pritchard. During World War I titanium was a component of poison gas, and therefore a strategic mineral. After the war, mineral demand dropped, so the National Lead Company changed its focus to building a resort community. The name of the community was changed to Ponte Vedra, apparently after the city of Pontevedra, Galicia, (Spain). The actual reason is unknown, but there was a rumor that one of the developers read a newspaper article that erroneously claimed Christopher Columbus was born there. In the early 1920s, the National Lead Company built a 9-hole golf course and 12-room clubhouse constructed of logs for the use of their employees. After the company left Ponte Vedra, that real estate became the foundation of the Ponte Vedra Club. Stockton, Whatley, Davin & Co. was a developer of Ponte Vedra Beach in the early 1930s and owned the Ponte Vedra Club. Today, Ponte Vedra Beach is home to THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament and its world headquarters for the PGA Tour, thanks to a now-legendary 1978 deal in which developers Jerome and Paul Fletcher “sold” PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman 415 densely wooded acres. The purchase price: one dollar. In addition, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP Tour) also calls Ponte Vedra Beach home, bringing even more national and international attention to the area as a recreational Mecca. Today, this thriving community has come to be considered one of the most luxurious and prestigious recreational and residential destinations in Florida, if not the entire country. It was voted Money magazine’s “Best Place to Live in Florida” and among the top 50 places to live in the United States. With above-average income, low crime rate and top-performing schools, This is a great place to live and work!


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Anastasia Island Just across the Intracoastal Waterway from St. Augustine you will find Anastasia Island, a barrier island lined with wide, sandy beaches, offering sun-seekers a number of options in addition to the well-known St. Augustine Beach, home of the St. Johns County Ocean Pier and Pavilion, which features a splash fountain and playground for children to enjoy.

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St. Augustine Beach is an area boasting a variety of motel, hotel, condominium and camping resort accommodations, and is located four miles south of downtown St. Augustine on Highway A1A Beach Boulevard in the City of St. Augustine Beach.

Area Beaches Anastasia State Park – At the St. Augustine Inlet, one mile east of downtown St. Augustine and directly north of St. Augustine Beach on Highway A1A. A little farther north, Lighthouse Pier invites fishermen to the tranquil Salt Run, a tributary of Matanzas Bay that separates the popular Anastasia State Park from the city limits of St. Augustine. Frank B. Butler County Park – Two miles south of St. Augustine Beach on Highway A1A. Butler Beach was developed as a recreation area for blacks during the age of segregation by Frank B. Butler, a wealthy black businessman. Crescent Beach – Three miles south of St. Augustine Beach on Highway A1A. The coastline has a crescent-shaped curvature, affording beachcombers a breathtaking view of the many beach houses and low-lying condos that dot the landscape. Fort Matanzas National Monument Beach – At the southern tip of Anastasia Island, at the Matanzas Inlet, seven and a half miles south of St. Augustine Beach on Highway A1A. Fort Matanzas is an old stone stronghold

set on an island in the middle of the Matanzas River that is only accessible by ferry boat. About a mile further south is Marineland, which opened in 1938 as the world’s first oceanarium. River to Sea Preserve – At the south end of St. Johns County before entering the town of Marineland. Small parking area on intracoastal side. Very limited off beach parking, just steps away from famous Marineland. Very quiet beach with coquina shells and plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Things to Do “On the Island” Pack up the car – on many of our beaches, you can even drive the car right onto the sand – bring a cooler with sandwiches and sodas and spend an entire day! Other popular activities are beach volleyball, miniature golf, bicycling, roller-blading and tennis. Many items such as surf boards, jet skis, and kayaks are available to rent from area retail shops, which also carry swimwear, beach accessories, casual wear and gifts. More than 150 restaurants lining Highway A1A offer a little taste of everything, and our relaxed beach lounges provide the perfect setting for a serving of nightly entertainment. For additional dining and shopping, S.R. 312 is a causeway that connects the northern end of St. Augustine Beach with busy South St. Augustine, where many national chain restaurants and retailers are just a short drive away. 904-829-5681 WWW.STJOHNSCOUNTYCHAMBER.COM

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Vilano Beach Vilano Beach is synonymous with sand and water, as it is located on the northeastern coast of Florida and surrounded by water on nearly every side. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, the Intracoastal Waterway on the west, and the St. Augustine Inlet on the south, Vilano Beach is the perfect picture of a sunny Florida town. Driving into Vilano Beach is a highly recommended experience itself. From St. Augustine, simply follow A1A north, over the Usina Bridge (also known as the “Vilano Bridge”). The vista that emerges as you reach the crest of the bridge is one of stunning, almost surreal beauty.

Rest, Relaxation and Lots of Fun A boardwalk with environmental signage passes over the saltwater marsh and beneath the Usina Bridge, joining the residential area and Town Center. Vilano Beach offers two pavilions with public access to the ocean and river, one of which features a children’s splash fountain. The area is one of the most popular spots in the county for swimming, surfing and skim boarding. But if more adventurous activities are to your liking, you won’t miss out on any of the action here; rent a deepsea or fresh-water charter and enjoy a day of fishing. Parasailing, windsurfing and jet-skiing are also available for rental. There are a handful of hotels and motels situated within walking distance to the beach, as well as several eclectic restaurants with oceanside seating and Intracoastal views sprinkled along Coastal Highway A1A.

Area beaches North Beach – Over the Vilano Bridge on A1A North at second highway walkover. Facilities include restrooms, showers, highway walkover, off beach parking, grills, playground, and picnic pavilion. Pavilion use is on a first come, first serve basis. Sunbathing and fishing are popular activities on this coquina-type beach. Surfside – One-half mile north of the Vilano vehicle access ramp on Highway A1A. Offers newly-renovated restrooms, dune walkover, showers and picnic tables. Pavilion is available on a first come, first serve basis. This beach is a popular spot for sunbathing, fishing, horseback riding and 4x4 driving. Horseback riding is allowed north of the Surfside access ramp year-round with a special beach-use permit. Beach driving/parking is permissible with a special beach-use permit. To obtain a permit go to www.sjcfl.us/HCP/Permits.aspx. Usina Beach – Four miles north of Vilano Beach on Highway A1A. Beach offers endless recreational uses including fishing, sunbathing, beachcombing, surfing, and vehicle access ramp. Beach driving/parking is permissible with a special beach-use permit only. To obtain a permit go to www.sjcfl.us/HCP/Permits.aspx.

ADDITIONAL BEACHES IN OUR AREA Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR Between Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine on Highway A1A. Recreational activities include hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and bird watching. Visit the GTMNERR education center, or follow the dune walkovers to the beach. Mickler’s Beachfront Park At the south end of Ponte Vedra on Highway A1A. Horseback riding, sunbathing, and fishing are popular on this stretch of beach. South Ponte Vedra Beach Recreation Area Two and a quarter miles south of the GTMNERR on Highway A1A. Along with Mickler’s Landing, this beach is known as one of the best locations in the state for beachcombers to find fossilized shark teeth. A1A, the town’s main commercial artery, sports many upscale boutiques, eateries and shopping villages. 14

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World Golf Village World Golf Village is a resort-style community built to celebrate one of the world’s greatest and most beloved sports. With the World Golf Hall of Fame museum as its centerpiece, the area is also home to two Hall of Fame member-designed golf courses, an IMAX® Theater, luxurious accommodations, restaurants and more!

Top Things To Do at World Golf Village Go back in time and putt on an indoor, 19th century-style green using an old-fashioned, wood-shafted putter and a gutta percha ball. Try out the Hall of Fame’s state-of-the-art golf simulator and play a virtual hole at a legendary course like Pebble Beach and others. Tour a variety of exhibits displaying artifacts and stories from the lives and careers of the Hall’s over 100 members… and hear stories from the members themselves by enjoying “Voices from the Hall,” the museum’s audio tour. Take an elevator up 110 feet to the Hall of Fame’s Trophy Tower for a panoramic view of World Golf Village and to see men’s and women’s major trophies. Take a swing at the 132-yard Challenge Hole (a simulation of the famous island green from THE PLAYERS Stadium Course 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass) for a chance to win prizes and play the 18-hole natural grass Putting Course. Take a lesson or clinic at the PGA TOUR Golf Academy and receive training like the pros!

Test your skills at World Golf Village’s two world-class courses: The King & the Bear, the only course in the world co-designed by Hall of Fame members Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus and The Slammer & the Squire, designed by Hall of Fame members Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead. Surround yourself with comfort and excitement at the beautifully transformed Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center. Enjoy an exquisite dinner at the hotel’s finest restaurant, Villagio Italian Grille. Take in a show at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX® Theater – showing Hollywood fulllength feature films and traditional IMAX documentaries – all family friendly – on an 80-foot wide, six-story high screen with a powerful sound system providing an unforgettable experience!

Shopaholics will appreciate the Shops at World Golf Village, a lakeside shopping and dining complex, as well as two major outlet malls located just five miles south at I-95 and S.R. 16. St. Augustine Premium Outlets have 85 stores while the St. Augustine Outlets have 75 stores and include the V. F. Outlet. A variety of restaurants and hotels, as well as a family amusement center, complement the outlet malls.

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Beach Policies

Beach Driving & Parking Passes – Motor vehicles are permitted to park on several stretches of St. Johns County Beaches for a moderate fee. Traffic is regulated and the ten-mile-per-hour speed limit is strictly enforced. Pedestrians are urged to stay alert and use caution. Soft sand and high tides may prevent access and driving on the beaches. Passes are required for vehicular access from March 1 through September 30. Daily and annual passes to drive and park on beaches can be obtained from toll booth operators. Preseason annual pass sales run December 1 through March 1. Rates are $40 for St. Johns County residents and $60 for non-residents and can be purchased at Recreation and Parks Office, St. Johns County Tax Collector’s Offices and the St. Johns County Pier. Handicap rates, $30. Day rate: $6 for St. Johns County residents, $8 for non-residents. Beach Use Permits – For special uses of the beach, such as events, horseback riding, commercial fishing and 4x4 activities, permits are required. Please visit www.sjcfl.us/HCP/Permits.aspx. For more information about St. Johns County beaches, contact Beach Services at 904-209-0331.

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Beach Etiquette & Policy – Please be considerate of the environment, the animals that live there, and other beach goers to help ensure St. Johns County’s beaches are a joy now and for years to come. Driving and parking hours on beach are from 8:00am to 7:30pm during sea turtle season (May 1 – Oct. 31). Possession of alcoholic beverages and glass containers is prohibited. Unleashed animals prohibited, owner must remove defecated material from beach. Lanterns and flashlights are strictly prohibited during sea turtle season (May 1 – Oct. 31). No loud music. Harassing animals is strictly prohibited. Open fires prohibited; heated objects shall be disposed of properly. Fireworks prohibited. Overnight camping prohibited. Minimize all beach front lighting visible from the beach. Prohibited to solicit or canvass commercial activities. Motorized boats are not authorized for launching from the Atlantic Ocean Beach. Do not remove beach sand and vegetation. Reduce litter and marine debris by disposing of your trash properly. At the end of your visit fill any holes left by sandcastles and tire ruts. Tents, shelters, chairs, catamarans, trailers, towels, shoes and other such items are prohibited from being left on beach overnight. When crossing dunes, use designated walkovers. All pedestrian activities are prohibited within the Conservation Zone, 15 feet seaward of the dune line.


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Farmers’ Market at the St. Augustine Pier................................ 904-347-8007 First Friday Art Walk................................. 832-779-2781 Flagler College Tours................................ 904-823-3378 Old City Farmers’ Market..........www.staugustinefm.com Uptown Saturday Night............................ 904-824-3152 Wednesday Market (SAB)......................... 904-347-8007

JANUARY Old Town Art Show................. www.oldtownartshow.com Nights of Lights Festival........................... 904-825-1004 Matanzas 5K & Fun Run........... matanzas5k@yahoo.com Arbor Day Celebration.............................. 904-825-1004 Single Action Shooting Society’s Annual Florida State Championship................ 904-808-8559

FEBRUARY Cathedral Festival.................................... 904-824-2806 www.thecathedralfestival.com Noche de Gala............... nochadegala@casamonica.com Flight to Freedom..................................... 904-823-2232 Arts & Craft Festival................................. 352-344-0657

MARCH Lions Club Seafood Festival..................... 904-829-1753 Lighthouse Night Festl & 5K..................... 904-829-0745 Searle’s Sack of St. Augustine.................. 904-534-6168 Celtic Festival.......................www.celticstaugustine.com Spring Arts & Craft Festival..................... www.oldtownartshow.com Blessing of the Fleet................................ 904-824-9725 Easter Promenade................................... 904-829-2333 St. Augustine Easter Parade..................... 904-829-3800

APRIL Rhythm & Ribs Festival............................ 904-669-1872 EPIC Flower & Garden Expo..................... 904-829-3295 Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest.................. 904-209-4422 Taste of St. Augustine/ Race to the Taste 5K........................... 904-829-2273 Gamble Rogers Festival........ www.gamblerogersfest.org

MAY THE PLAYERS........................................... 904-285-7888 Music by the Sea Concert Series.............. 904-347-8007 Concerts in the Plaza............................... 904-825-1004 Taste of St. Augustine Beach.................... 904-347-8007

JUNE Drake’s Raid............................................ 904-824-9823 Music by the Sea Concert Series.............. 904-347-8007 Concerts in the Plaza............................... 904-825-1004 Anastasia State Park’s Annual Beach Bash............................. 904-461-2003 Kingbuster 400 Tournament..................... 904-509-0026

JULY Music by the Sea Concert Series.............. 904-347-8007 Concerts in the Plaza............................... 904-825-1004 World Golf Village Fireworks..................... 904-940-4123 Fourth of July Celebration & Fireworks........................................ 904-825-1004 Kingfish Challenge................................... 904-824-8324

AUGUST Music by the Sea Concert Series.............. 904-347-8007 Concerts in the Plaza............................... 904-825-1004

SEPTEMBER Ponte Vedra Auto Show............................ 904-285-2004 St. Augustine Birthday Celebration........... 904-825-1004 Music by the Sea Concert Series.............. 904-347-8007

OCTOBER Greek Festival.......................................... 904-829-0504 www.stauggreekfest.com St. Augustine Amateur Men’s Golf Tournament....................... 904-209-0352 Ancient City Kids Day............................... 904-829-2273

NOVEMBER Great Chowder Debate............................. 904-829-8646 Nights of Lights Festival........................... 904-825-1004 Fall Arts & Crafts Festival......................... 904-824-2310

DECEMBER December to Remember.......................... 904-209-3751 Nights of Lights Festival........................... 904-825-1004 St. Augustine Christmas Parade............... 904-824-4997 Holiday Trees at WGV............................... 904-687-6043 Colonial Nightwatch................................. 904-501-0391 St. Augustine Beach Surf Illumination....... 904-347-8007 Christmas Tour of Homes........................ 904-794-0168 Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse..................... 904-829-0745 Holiday Regatta of Lights......................... 904-824-9725 Holiday Tour of Bed & Breakfast Inns...............sahistoricinns@yahoo.com Beach Blast Off – New Year’s Eve Fireworks................. 904-669-5670 www.sabevents.com 904-829-5681 WWW.STJOHNSCOUNTYCHAMBER.COM

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There’s always something to see and do in St. Augustine and nearby beaches, where the pace can be leisurely or energetic and the experience rewarding, informative and memorable. Relive history, explore nature, enjoy a seaside meal, have a camping adventure or shop for local treasures. It’s all here waiting to capture the imagination of kids of all ages! Symbols found in this section: $ AAA CH GR MIL SJC SR ST

Admission charge/tickets required AAA discount honored Child discount or free admission Group rates available Military discount St. Johns County Resident discount Senior discount Student discount

Things to Do ART GALLERIES The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach.................................. 904-280-0614 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach; www.ccpvb.org Cutter & Cutter Fine Art........................... 904-810-0460 333 Village Main St., Ponte Vedra Beach www.cutterandcutter.com Georgia Nick Gallery................................ 904-342-2186 11A Aviles Street, St. Augustine www.georgianickgallery.com James Coleman Signature Gallery......... 904-829-1925 65 King Street, St. Augustine; www.tropicart.com St. Augustine Art Association................. 904-824-2310 22 Marine Street, St. Augustine; www.staaa.org Stellers Gallery........................................ 904-273-6065 240 A1A North Ste. 13, Ponte Vedra Beach www.stellersgallery.com

ART FOR FUN / ART STUDIOS The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach.................................. 904-280-0614 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach; www.ccpvb.org Painting with a Twist............................... 386-965-7066 292 SR 312 W, St. Augustine www.paintingwithatwist.com/staugustine Painting with a Twist............................... 904-687-4307 268 Solana Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach www.paintingwithatwist.com/ponte-vedra-beach Painting with a Twist............................... 904-518-4932 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Suite 105, Fruit Cove www.paintingwithatwist.com/jacksonville-fruit-cove 18

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ART WALKS First Friday Art Walks............................................. FREE 832-779-2781; www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 art galleries. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town TrolleyTours offer participants a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Trains run on a continuous loop every 15 minutes. Uptown Saturday Night.......................................... FREE 904-824-3152 San Marco Avenue Merchants Association’s Uptown Saturday Night offers the opportunity for self-guided tours through an inspiring mix of exhibits, music and refreshments among area galleries and shops in the Uptown/ Antiques District of St. Augustine.

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S OMOING N tag! Children’s Museum of St. Augustine 76 Dockside Dr, Ste 105, St. Augustine 904-647-1757; www.tagmuseum.org. Dedicated to the growth and development of children and families through play-based learning experiences that celebrate the sciences, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Honoring the rich history and culture of our past and present and imagine the future. Colonial Quarter.............................................. $, MIL, SR 33 St. George Street, St. Augustine 888-991-0933; www.colonialquarter.com Where history comes alive! Take an immersive, captivating journey through centuries of St. Augustine’s rich history, brought to breathtaking life at the Colonial Quarter – the revitalized two-acre signature attraction in the heart of the downtown historic district. Experience the Nation’s Oldest City like never before with an Historical Adventure Tour that immerses you in the sights, sounds and smells of three centuries. You can also climb to the top of a 17th century watchtower replica, dine on classic pub fare, Spanish tapas and more!


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The Old Jail Museum....................... $, CH, GR, MIL, SJC (part of Old Town Trolley Tours) 167 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine (uptown) 904-829-3800; www.trolleytours.com Completed in 1891, The Old Jail housed prisoners for over 60 years. Costumed deputies take you on a guided tour through the sheriff’s quarters, where he and his family lived adjacent to 72 prisoners, and then into the original cell blocks. Guests can visit the male and female cells, maximum-security area and the gallows, which ended the lives of numerous criminals. See the large collection of guns used in actual crimes, and even take a picture with the south’s most feared sheriff, Joe Perry! The Oldest Store Museum Experience........ $, MIL , SJC 167 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine 1-888-910-8687 (TOUR); www.trolleytours.com Live actors and over 100,000 “Essential Items!” Watch in amazement as friendly clerks, a butcher and a snake oil salesman demonstrate the very latest inventions for turn-of-the-19th-century living. Meet the proprietor, Mr. C.F. Hamblen. Step back in time and discover the latest and best time-saving miracles from 1900. Castillo de San Marcos............................$, CH, MIL, SR One S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine (bayfront, downtown) 904-829-6506; www.nps.gov/casa Famous “Old Fort” built between 1672 and 1695 of coquina (a local shell-rock material). Never captured, it was the principal fortification that enabled Spain to control Florida for 235 years. Now operated by the National Park Service. Closed Christmas.

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Fiesta Falls Miniature Golf........................................... $ 818 A1A Beach Boulevard, St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-461-5571; www.lafiestainn.com/ st-augustine/fiesta-falls-mini-golf.html Fiesta Falls, our 18-hole miniature golf, is right next to La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites. Open to the public and fun for all ages; it’s an award winning landscaped course featuring 8 waterfalls, caves, a 65 ft. Spanish ship and a view of the ocean from the mountaintop gazebo. For an extra challenge, play under the stars on the lighted course. Located next to La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites, one mile south of the St. Augustine Beach Pier. Flagler College...........................$, CH, GR, MIL, SJC, SR 74 King St., St. Augustine (downtown) 904-829-6481; www.flagler.edu Tour Henry Flagler’s masterpiece. Built between 1886 and 1888, the former Hotel Ponce de Leon was once one of the grandest resorts of its time. Now reborn as Flagler College, much of the original Spanish Renaissance architecture and ornamentation have been restored. Fort Matanzas......................................................... FREE Access from S.R. A1A just south of Crescent Beach, St. Augustine 904-471-0116; www.nps.gov/foma A stone tower built between 1740 and 1742 to prevent an attack on St. Augustine from Matanzas Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway, it became the most important auxiliary fort to the city’s defense. Surrounded by a 298-acre park and beach. Closed Christmas.

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Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum.......... $, CH, GR, MIL, SR, AAA, ST, SJC 259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine (uptown) 904-824-8874; www.fortmenendez.com Hands-on museum chronicling the history of St. Augustine from pre-European times to 1845. Visitor experiences include writing with real quill pens, operating an old corn mill, playing 18th century games, working on a Timucuan Indian canoe, petting rare breed animals and other unique activities. Specialty school group tours available. Fort Mose State Park.................................................... $ 15 Fort Mose Trl., access from U.S. 1 N., St. Augustine 904-823-2232; www.fortmose.org Site of the first free black community in the present-day United States. Fort Mose was settled by slaves who fled the Carolinas to Spanish Florida in search of freedom. These settlers fought on the side of the Spanish against the army of British General James Oglethorpe. The original fort was sacked and a second one rebuilt, the site of which is part of an archaeological study (no fort remains). Boardwalk and picnic area. Part of Northeast Florida’s Black Heritage Trail.

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Fountain of Youth............. $, AAA, CH, MIL, GR, SJC, SR 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine (uptown) 904-829-3168 or 800-356-8222 www.fountainofyouthflorida.com Drink from Ponce de Leon’s legendary spring and view the landmark cross. Indian burial ground, Discovery Globe and planetarium on site. IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame....................................... $, CH, GR, MIL, SR 1 World Golf Pl. (World Golf Village), St. Augustine 904-940-IMAX; www.worldgolfIMAX.com Dramatic geographic adventures, fantastic animated movies, awesome animal encounters, festive rock concerts and other magnificent film productions come to life on a gigantic 80-foot wide by six-stories tall screen, the largest IMAX screen in North Florida, complemented by a powerful sound system. Call for titles and show times during your stay. Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens................. $, AAA, GR, MIL 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 904-757-4463; www.jacksonvillezoo.org Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. Visit the Jacksonville Zoo for a true family adventure. Oldest Store Museum Experience........................ $, CH, GR, MIL, SJC 167 San Marco, St. Augustine 904-829-3800 Watch in amazement as friendly clerks, butcher and snake oil salesman demonstrate the very latest inventions for turn-of-the-century living. Meet the proprietor, Mr. C.F. Hamblen. Step back in time and discover the latest and best time saving miracles from 1900! Oldest Wooden School House.......................... $, CH, GR, SJC, AAA, MIL 14 St. George St., St. Augustine (downtown) 888-653-7245; www.oldestwoodenschoolhouse.com Built more than 200 years ago, this authentic building


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exists in its original state. Audio-animated, life-size students clothed in realistic period attire sit as the professor conducts class in a scene complete with rare school books, slates and old maps. Potter’s Wax Museum.................................................. $ 31 Orange Street, St. Augustine(downtown) 904-829-3800: www.potterswaxmuseum.com Potters Wax Museum has over 160 wax figures, many of them have lived at the museum for over 60 years!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.....................................$, CH, GR, SR, MIL, SJC 19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine (where uptown meets downtown) 904-824-1606; www.ripleys.com/staugustine The Original Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is now celebrating more than 60 years of amazing, exciting exhibits, delighting and fascinating the entire family. Located in the historic “Castle Warden” building, Ripley’s features three floors of unique exhibits from across the globe. Marineland Dolphin Adventure........................$, CH, SR 9600 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-471-1111 or 877-933-3402; www.marineland.net The world’s first oceanarium invites you to join in creating lasting memories at their 1.3-million-gallon series of dolphin habitats. Choose from a variety of interactive programs, which range from those for land-loving guests to enjoy dolphins up-close, to those that offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in the dolphins’ aquatic world as you swim with the gentle residents. St. Augustine Alligator Farm.... $, AAA, CH, GR, MIL, SR 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine (Anastasia area) 904-824-3337; www.alligatorfarm.com Rare white alligators are one of 23 species of crocodilians featured at this zoological park showcasing various

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species of reptiles, birds and small monkeys. Overall, the park is home to more than 25 endangered animals. From May–July hundreds of nesting wild birds drop by the park, which is also part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. “Maximo” is an impressive, giant crocodile on display. Hourly shows. Banquet facilities & RV parking available. St. Augustine Aquarium...................$, CH 2045 State Road 16, St. Augustine 904-495-5608; www.saaquarium.com The St. Augustine Aquarium, Snorkel Adventure is an exciting new Northeast Florida marine attraction. The first phase consists of an 80,000-gallon Snorkel Adventure, an interactive Shark & Stingray Cove, seahorse and hands-on habitats. Interact with some of Florida’s most beautiful marine species and enjoy shark, stingray and fish feeding. For the adventurous, snorkel up close and personal with sea life in a natural Florida reef environment. They supply the wetsuits, masks, snorkels, vests and shoes. All you need is bathing suit, towel and dry clothes. Clear vision rafts are also available by request as part of your snorkel package. St. Photios National Shrine.....................................FREE 41 St. George Street, St. Augustine (downtown) 904-829-8205; www.stphotios.com The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, an institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768. St. Augustine Wild Reserve.......................................... $ Advanced reservations by phone or online 904-940-0664 (or email chufff@aol.com) www.staugustinewildreserve.org The St. Augustine Wild Reserve is a non-profit corporation created as a rescue center for unwanted exotic animals. Tours are guided by an experienced wildlife professional. Advanced reservations are required. Donations are $30 per person.

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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum..................$, CH, GR, MIL, SR, SJC 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine (Anastasia area) 904-829-0745; www.staugustinelighthouse.org Climb the winding staircase to the top of the 165-foot tower to get a bird’s eye perspective of the surrounding waters that proved treacherous to so many sailors long ago. A maritime museum in the restored lightkeeper’s house features interactive living history exhibits, artifacts from local shipwrecks, a period room and a video theater, all of which tell the story of life as a lightkeeper. St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum................$, AAA, CH, MIL, SJC, SR 12 S Castillo Drive, St. Augustine 877-467-5863; www.thepiratemuseum.com The Pirate and Treasure Museum is a unique collection of authentic pirate artifacts coupled with elements of interactive technology that reveal a scintillating historic adventure through the Golden Age of Piracy and the lives of the era’s most infamous pirates. San Sebastian Winery............................................ FREE 157 King St., St. Augustine (downtown, a few blocks west of Flagler College) 904-826-1594; www.sansebastianwinery.com Complimentary tours and wine tastings are offered every 15-20 minutes. On-site wine shop offers a unique assortment of wine accessories, gift items and gourmet foods available for purchase. World Golf Hall of Fame....... $, CH, GR, MIL, SR, ST, SJC 1 World Golf Pl. (World Golf Village), St. Augustine 904-940-4133; www.worldgolfhalloffame.org A 75,000-square-foot museum featuring state-ofthe-art, interactive exhibits that showcase the sport’s evolution, including its greatest innovations and players. Offers an entertaining and educational way for golfers


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and non-golfers alike to learn more about the game. Includes an observation tower and putting green. Steps from an IMAX theater and professional courses.

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CONCERTS Please note: all dates and show times are subject to change. Please call before making plans. More information can be found by contacting the St. Johns County Visitors and Convention Bureau at 904-829-1711 or online at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com. EMMA Concert Series.............................. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com Nationally and internationally acclaimed ballets, pianists, violinists and other fine entertainment throughout the year at the Flagler College Auditorium (14 Granada Street) in downtown St. Augustine. Music by the Sea..................................... 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com Bring your chair and appetite to enjoy live music and local flavors at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion every Wednesday evening from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Admission is free, but bring

you own lawn chair or blanket and $10 for an optional feature dinner. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall........................ 904-209-0399 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is the newest venue in the community and is located in the heart of Ponte Vedra. St. Augustine Amphitheatre.................... 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com The St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located on Anastasia Island, is a strategically-planned performing arts venue with the capacity to hold an audience of up to 4,500. A brand-new conference room, four concession stands, a merchandise area, a large plaza, and an elaborate array of walking trails make up the new facility. The amphitheatre plays host to national and international acts, but also provides an ideal location for community and non-profit organizations’ performances, festivals and events. Summer Concerts in the Plaza............... 904-825-1004 www.plazaconcerts.com Hear a variety of live musical performances in the historic Plaza de la Constitucion every Thursday evening from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Admission is free, but bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

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FARMER’S MARKETS The Old City Farmers Market Every Saturday morning at the St. Augustine Amphitheater on A1A South in St. Augustine. 8:30am-12:30 pm on Saturdays. Admission is free. The Nocate Farmer’s Market www.nocatee.com Featuring more than 70 vendors from 10am–2pm every third Saturday of the month at 245 Little River Road in Ponte Vedra. The Wednesday Market 904-347-8007; www.thecivicassociation.com Every Wednesday, 7:30am-12:30pm at Pier Park in St. Augustine Beach. World Golf Village Farmers Market Every Second Friday, 3-7pm at 1 World Golf Place in Saint Augustine. St. Johns River Farmers Market Every Saturday, from 10am-2pm at Alpine Groves Park.

GHOST TOURS Ghost Tours of St. Augustine’s “A Ghostly Experience Walking Tour”............ $, CH, GR North end of St. George St. (downtown) 904-829-1122; www.ghosttoursofstaugustine.com Nightly 1.5-hour walking tour of the historic area emphasizing the local folklore and ghostly experiences that have colored St. Augustine’s history. Voted the #1 Guided Tour in Florida. Reservations required. Old Town Trolley’s “Ghosts & Gravestones”..........$, GR 167 San Marco Ave. (uptown) 904-829-3800; www.ghostsandgravestones.com Dare to board the Trolley Of The Doomed! Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City with a ghost host as your guide. Learn of the terrible 1873 tragedy that occurred at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Enter the town’s most haunted building, The Old Jail, for an upclose and personal encounter. Reservations are required. Ripley’s St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains’ “Ghost Train”........ $, GR, AAA, MIL 19 San Marco Ave. (Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum) 904-824-1606; www.ghosttrainadventure.com Face your fears in the most interactive paranormal experience in St. Augustine. Ride the famous “Ghost Train” and hear the chilling legends and haunted tales. Walk the ancient byways amongst hallowed and haunted sites. Investigate unexplained phenomena, residual energies, orbs, and other ghostly manifestations.

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Bird Island Park 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra; 904-209-0346 An innovative, passive park to be enjoyed by all generations with ample opportunities for small group gatherings, theatre events, children’s programming, picnicking, bird watching, strolling and relaxation. GTM Education Center at National Estuarine Research Reserve........................................ $ 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500; www.gtmnerr.org Approximately 60,000 acres of salt marsh and wetlands, estuarine lagoons and offshore seas. Upland hiking and bike trails provide additional recreation, three beach-access parking lots and two small boat launches are located off A1A in South Ponte Vedra. Parking fee of $3 applies.

STATE PARKS See page 29 for a complete listing.

SHOPPING Historic Shopping District – Much of St. Augustine’s Historic Walking District is a shopper’s paradise. The pedestrian-only St. George Street and surrounding streets including Aviles, Charlotte, Cordova, Cuna, Hypolita, King and Spanish have a vast array of interesting and unusual shops to explore. National Department Stores – For more traditional mall shopping, Ponce de Leon Mall, in busy South St. Augustine, features Belk, JC Penney’s and Sears. Also in South St. Augustine, Cobblestone Village is home to seven national anchor stores, along with 25 specialty stores that complement the Wal-Mart and other major chains found near the intersection of U.S. 1 South and S.R. 312. Outlet Malls – Outlet shoppers will also find much to their liking in St. Johns County as St. Augustine Premium Outlets and St. Augustine Outlets are situated across I-95 from one another along S.R 16, five miles south of World Golf Village. St. Augustine Premium Outlets 2700 Florida 16, St Augustine, FL 32092 904-825-1555; www.premiumoutlets.com/staugustine An exciting collection of 85 outlet stores from the world’s leading designers and brand names, offering savings of 25% to 65% every day.


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St. Augustine Outlets 500 Prime Outlets Blvd., Ste 500, St. Augustine 904-826-1311; www.staugoutlets.com Located off Interstate 95 serving the Jacksonville and Daytona Beach market areas. The recently expanded St. Augustine Outlets offers more than 75 authentic fashion brands and serves as the premier outlet destination for Northeast Florida shoppers. Surf & Swimwear Shops – Along with swimwear and resort wear, every beach necessity (hats, sunglasses, towels, suntan lotion, boogie boards, and beach bags) can be found at all along St. Johns County’s miles of coastline. Upscale Boutiques in Ponte Vedra – Shoppers with refined taste will certainly be pleased with the assortment of upscale boutiques and shopping villages located near the TPC Sawgrass and ATP headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach. One of the most popular Ponte Vedra shopping venues are the shops at Sawgrass Village (215 Tourside Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082). Featuring more than 140,000 square feet of shopping Sawgrass Village boasts clothing boutiques, shoes, jewelers and restaurants right in the heart of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Old Town Trolley Tours’ “Beach Bus”............. $, CH, GR 169 San Marco Ave. (services downtown, Anastasia area and St. Augustine Beach) 904-829-3800; www.trolleytours.com Hourly shuttle service from A1A Ale Works to the Alligator Farm, the Lighthouse, the beach, and over 15 area hotels. Tickets available from hotel concierges and the driver. Red Train Tours................................................ $, CH, GR 170 San Marco Ave. (uptown) 904-829-6545; www.sightseeingtrains.com Professionally narrated tour “trains” that circulate throughout the historic area stopping at more than 20 designated locations every 15 minutes. Tickets may be purchased at 8 additional locations. Charters available. Sunshine Heritage Tours.............................................. $ 904-707-3552; www.sunshineheritagetours.com Jacksonville, FL tours and transport to St. Augustine. Sunshine Heritage tours lead you on an exploration of African American history in Jacksonville. Tour Saint Augustine..............................................$, GR 4 Granada St. (downtown) 904-825-0087 or 800-797-3778 www.staugustinetours.com A full-service receptive tour with costumed guides. Reservations required one day in advance. Customized programs available for groups upon request.

SIGHTSEEING TOURS – LAND Old Town Trolley Tours.................... $, CH, GR, MIL, SJC 167 San Marco Ave. (uptown) 904-829-3800; www.trolleytours.com Talented conductors share the history, attractions and sights of America’s oldest city. Founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, St. Augustine is a unique city filled with colonial Spanish neighborhoods, magnificent buildings and a charm all its own. The tour features 22 stops where guests can get on and off to shop, dine or sightsee. 100 points of interest are covered during the tour. Expert guides are licensed by the city and extensively trained. Ticket is good for three consecutive days. St. Augustine City Walks.............................................. $ 4 Granada Street, St. Augustine 904-825-0087; www.staugustinecitywalks.com St. Augustine City Walks is a local pioneer in creative, fun and innovative walking tours and have consistently maintained the highest levels of customer service and guest satisfaction. Tours include a savory tour of culinary highlights, a chocolate tour and a pub crawl.

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SIGHTSEEING TOURS & CRUISES – WATER St. Augustine Scenic Cruise............. $, AAA, CH. GR, SR City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez (downtown) 904-824-1806 / 800-542-8316; www.scenic-cruise.com See Historic St. Augustine from the beautiful waters of Matanzas Bay aboard the Victory III. 75-minute sightseeing cruises hosted by members of one of St. Augustine’s oldest families. Restrooms, beer, wine and soft drinks available. Groups & Charters. Coastal Fossil Adventures 904-635-6747; www.CoastalFossilAdventures.com Since its opening in 2009, Coastal Fossil Adventures LLC has been the place for guided Beach & Kayak Fossil Collecting Trips in the Jacksonville, Florida area.

SWEET TREATS Christy’s Dream Ice Cream 41 PGA Tour Blvd. Ponte Vedra Beach....... 407-496-0054 Kilwin’s Chocolate Fudge & Ice Cream 140 St. George St, St. Augustine............... 904-826-0008 Peterbrooke Chocolatier 281 Waters Edge Dr. South Ponte Vedra Beach.................................... 904-273-7878 Savannah Sweets, Inc 81 St. George Street STE A St. Augustine............................................ 904-825-0711 The Poppin Box, LLC 116 Bartram Oaks Walk – Unit 102 St. Johns.................................................. 904-484-7030

THEATRE & ENTERTAINMENT VENUES Limelight Theatre 11 Old Mission Avenue 904-825-1164; www.limelight-theatre.org Local actors perform seven different productions scheduled throughout the year at St. Augustine’s very own community theatre. Ticket prices vary. Arthur Murray Dance Studio 84 Theatre Drive, St. Augustine................. 904-819-1889 Flagler College Auditorium 14 Granada St........................................... 904-826-8600 www.flagler.edu St. Augustine Amphitheatre 1340 A1A South........................................ 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com St. Augustine Art Association 22 Marine St............................................. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

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GOLF – Professional When the deepest field in golf takes on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, fans flock to the Florida sun for a chance to catch a glimpse of the game’s most illustrious champions. You are welcome to experience one of golf ’s most prestigious tournaments – THE PLAYERS Championship. Each May, THE PLAYERS showcases excitement and intensity, not to mention the beauty of one of the most recognized courses in the world. THE PLAYERS brings the game’s top competitors to this superior, demanding golf course and offers a fan experience unlike any other, creating one of the most dynamic, compelling events in all of golf. Home of the PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS Championship, THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass has established itself as one of the premier tournament venues in all of golf. A player must display a well-rounded, complete game and triumph over one of the sport’s most daunting finishes in order to become

PGA Tour Experiences 5000 Sawgrass Village, Ponte Vedra 904-567-2038 Whether a spectacular Tournament Players Club (TPC), a luxurious destination or an outstanding resort venue, PGA TOUR Experiences matches the PGA TOUR’s highest level of quality for legendary tournaments and events. Our network of courses were designed by some of the world’s most elite architects and golf pros, while our TOURAcademy is the nation’s most prestigious source of programs to improve skills and enhance enjoyment of the game.Through PGA TOUR Experiences, you’ll be able to stay – and play – like a champion.


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THE PLAYERS champion. All of that drama, combined with a setting unequalled in golf, creates an electrifying atmosphere that makes THE PLAYERS a must-see, must-attend event. The famed PLAYERS Stadium Course was designed by renowned golf course architect Pete Dye. Since its inception, the course’s final three holes have evolved into one of the greatest risk/reward finishes in golf, highlighted by the iconic 17th Island Green, one of the most recognized and photographed holes in the game. In 2006, TPC Sawgrass completed a multi-million dollar renovation designed to elevate THE PLAYERS Stadium Course to the highest professional level for the best players in the world during THE PLAYERS, as well as provide resort golfers with PGA TOUR-quality playing conditions year-round.

GOLF – Public Home to the World Golf Hall of Fame, THE PLAYERS, PGA Tour Headquarters and various other events, golfers can choose from a variety of superb golf courses in St. Johns County designed by some of the game’s most iconic players and golf course architects. Each course features its own unique character and charm, along with excellent dining amenities, banquet and hospitality options, and instructional capabilities.

The King & The Bear World Golf Village.................................... 904-940-6088 www.golfwgv.com Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village.................................... 904-940-6100 www.slammerandsquire.com TPC Sawgrass.......................................... 904-273-3235 Ponte Vedra Beach; www.tpc.com/tpc-sawgrass Marsh Creek Country Club (Private)....... 904-461-1101 St. Augustine Beach; www.marshcreek.com The Palencia Club (Private)..................... 904-599-9040 www.palenciaclub.com Ponte Vedra Golf & Country Club............ 904-285-5552 254 Alta Mar Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 http://thepontevedragolfandcc.com Sawgrass Country Club........................... 904-273-3700 10034 Golf Club Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 www.sawgrasscountryclub.com Fiesta Falls Miniature Golf........................................... $ 818 A1A Beach Boulevard, St. Augustine Beach 904-461-5571; www.lafiestainn.com/st-augustine/fiestafalls-mini-golf.html 18-hole miniature golf is next to La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites, one mile south of the St. Augustine Beach Pier. Open to the public and fun for all ages. For an extra challenge, play under the stars on the lighted course.

FISHING PIERS Lighthouse Park Pier Old Beach Rd. & Lew Blvd. across from Lighthouse (Anastasia Area)

St. Johns County Ocean Pier A1A Beach Blvd. (St. Augustine Beach)

Old Shands Bridge S.R. 16 (west of World Golf Village)

Vilano Beach Fishing Pier End of Vilano Rd. (Vilano Beach)

INTRACOASTAL MARINAS

SAIL/TOUR BOAT CHARTERS

Cat’s Paw Marina.................................... 904-829-8040 220 Nix Boat Yard Rd. (St. Augustine) St. Augustine Municipal Marina............. 904-825-1026 111 E Avenida Menendez (St. Augustine) Camachee Cove....................................... 904-829-5676 3070 Harbor Drive (St. Augustine)

St. Augustine Scenic Cruise, Inc............. 904-824-1806 111 Avenida Menendez (downtown bayfront) www.scenic-cruise.com

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St. Johns Market Place and Flea Market RV Park 2495 State Road 207 80 • • 904-824-4210 Compass RV Park 1505 State Road 207 105 • • • • • • • • • 904-824-3574 North Beach Camp Resort 4125 Coastal Highway Vilano Beach 120 • • • • • • • • • • • 904-824-1806 Ocean Grove RV Resort 4225 A1A South across street 198 • • • • • • • • 904-471-3414 Stagecoach RV Park, Inc 2711 County Road 208 80 • • • • • • • 904-824-2319 St. Augustine Beach KOA 525 W. Pope Road St. Augustine 120 • • • • • • • • • 904-471-3113

• Cabins & Deluxe Cabin Rentals • Cable TV & Wifi • 3 miles from Historic Downtown St. Augustine • 3/4 mile from the beach (free parking) • Daily, Weekly & Monthly Sites • Daily tours leaving directly from the campground 525 West Pope Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080 INFORMATION 904-471-3113 | RESERVATIONS 800-562-4022 EMAIL camp@staugustinekoa.com | www.staugustinebeachkoa.com 28

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STATE PARKS St. Johns County & Surrounding Areas

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The entrance fee for most state parks ranges from $4.00 to $10.00 per vehicle, up to eight people. Pedestrians, bicyclists and extra passengers are $2.00 per person. There may be additional fees for camping, tours and museum entrances. Visit www. floridastateparks.org for more information. Additional fees for camping may apply. Pets are permitted in some areas of State Parks but restricted in others.

Anastasia S.P. 8a 1340A A1A S. St. Augustine Beach $5 • • • • • • • • • TO 904-461-2033 sunset Big Talbot Island S.P. 8a 12157 Heckscher Dr. Jacksonville $2 • • • • • • • • TO 904-251-2320 sunset Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic S.P. 9a-5p C.R. 2001 Bunnel $4 • • • • Cl. Tue. 386-517-2084 & Wed. Faver-Dykes S.P. 8a 1000 Faver Dykes Rd. St. Augustine $5 • • • • • • • TO 904-794-0997 sunset Ft. George Island S.P. 8a 12157 Heckscher Dr. Jacksonville FREE • • • • TO 904-251-2320 sunset Gamble Rogers State Rec. Area 8a 3100 S. A1A Flagler Beach $5 • • • • • • • • • • TO 386-517-2086 sunset Guana River S.P. 8a 2690 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd. So. P. Vedre Beach $3 • • • • • • TO 904-825-5071 sunset Little Talbot Island S.P. 8a 12157 Heckscher Dr. Jacksonville $5 • • • • • • • • • TO 904-251-2320 sunset Ravine Gardens S.P. 8a 1600 Twigg St. Palatka $5 • • • TO 386-329-3721 sunset Washington Oaks S.P. 8a 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd. Palm Coast $5 • • • • • • TO 386-446-6780 sunset *Cost given is the standard entrance fee per car load (up to 8 people). Fee for each additional person, pedestrians and bicyclists at State Parks is $2.00. Visit www.floridastateparks.org for more information. Additional fees for camping may apply. Pets are permitted in some areas of State Parks but restricted in others.

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St. Johns County’s fantastic location and lovely weather could almost be enough to keep everyone looking and feeling their best. When Nature isn’t enough, our impressive health care resources are here to lend a hand through knowledgeable, skilled staff and first-rate facilities, whether you are a long time resident or a temporary vacationer. Premier among these outstanding providers is Flagler Hospital, known for its award-winning medical care and highly-skilled team of professionals. All of our convenient hospital/medical centers provide emergency, as well as inpatient and outpatient services, plus a variety of health care options that generally meet all of the needs of the individuals and families they serve. Patient care on the family care level and from specialists of every category and description is readily available throughout the county. Plus, there’s a wealth of “staying well” choices like massage and spa experiences from top-notch professionals. We’re here to help you be well and stay well!

DENTISTS PONTE VEDRA Crosswater Dental Care.......................... 904-686-1400 www.crosswaterdentalcare.com Palm Valley Family Dentistry.................. 904-834-2736 www.palmvalleyfamilydentistry.com Pamela Skaff Dental Design................... 904-280-2884 www.pjsdds.com Periodontics & Implants.......................... 904-285-8807 www.karolperiodontics.com

Ponte Vedra Dental.................................. 904-273-8881 www.pvdentalgroup.com Prosthodontic Innovations, PA................ 904-731-2120 www.eliasdental.com

ST. AUGUSTINE Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry........... 904-584-9004 www.welovebrightsmiles.com Mill Creek Dental Care............................ 904-679-3240 www.millcreekdentalcarefl.com Oxford Dental Associates, Inc................. 904-810-2345 www.oxforddental.net Palencia Dental........................................ 904-826-4343 www.palenciadental.com Smiles at Julington Creek....................... 904-342-8423 www.smilesatjulingtoncreek.com

ST. JOHNS Southlake Dental Care............................. 904-217-7202 www.southlakedentalcarefl.com St. Johns Endontics................................. 904-998-7804 www.stjohnsendo.com St. Johns Family Dentistry...................... 904-471-7300 www.staugustinedentist.com St. Johns Pediatric Dentistry.................. 904-808-4700 www.stjohnskids.com

HOSPITALS PONTE VEDRA Baptist Medical Center – Beaches.......... 904-627-2900 www.e-baptisthealth.com

ST. AUGUSTINE AND ALL OTHER AREAS Flagler Hospital........................................ 904-819-5155 www.flaglerhospital.org Baptist Medical Center South................. 904-271-6000 www.baptistjax.com Memorial Hospital................................... 904-399-6111 www.memorialhospitaljax.com UF Health ................................................ 904-244-9754 www.ufhealth.org

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HEALTH CARE

OPHTHALMOLOGISTS & OPTOMETRISTS PONTE VEDRA Atlantic Eye Institute.............................. 904-241-7865 www.atlanticeyeinstitute.com Florida Eye Specialists, P.A...................... 904-564-2020 www.floridaeyespecialists.com

ST. AUGUSTINE Eye Center of St. Augustine..................... 904-829-2286 www.eyecenterstaug.com Rowe Family Eyecare.............................. 904-824-0212 www.rowefamilyeyecare.com

• General Chiropractic • Sports & Auto Injuries • Herniated or Degenerated Discs

PHARMACIES PONTE VEDRA A1A Pharmacy Ponte Vedra.................... 904-373-0835 www.a1apharmacy.com

ST. AUGUSTINE Island Family Pharmacy.......................... 904-461-1081 www.islandfamilypharmacy.com

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TREAT YOURSELF WELL! FITNESS STUDIOS

SPAS

PONTE VEDRA

ST. AUGUSTINE

Anytime Fitness.....................................646-234-1546 www.anytimefitness.com Meridian Fitness....................................904-280-2112 www.meridianfitness.com My House Fitness..................................904-834-4711 www.myhousefitness.com Willness Fitness.....................................904-373-0589 www.willnessfitness.com

Debbie’s Day Spa & Salon.....................904-825-0569 www.debbiesdayspasalon.com LaCura Salt Spa.....................................904-217-7341 www.lacurasaltspa.com Sawyere & The Sea Whole Body Spa.....................................336-391-1367 www.sawyerandthesea.com

PONTE VEDRA BEACH

Youthful Medical Spa............................904-273-6286 www.youthfulmedicalspa.com

Ponte Vedra Fitness...............................904-285-8223 www.pontevedrafitness.com

ST. AUGUSTINE Florida Get Fit & Florida Get Dancing...............................904-217-3966 www.floridagetfit.net Funkytown Fitness..................................904-770-239 www.funkytownfit.com Yogabar..................................................904-635-1733 www.yogabar.com

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH Be Pampered Wellness Spa..................904-729-9525


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Whether you’re looking for a place to spend your honeymoon, anniversary, or any other celebration of romance, St. Augustine and the beach communities of St. Johns County offer an unparalleled blend of enchanting escapes from which to choose. The city’s romantic aura is inescapable, but if you and your love really want to lose yourselves in a fairy tale dream, here are a few suggestions:

Visit the Beach at Sunrise Sunrise in St. Johns County is best enjoyed while strolling hand-in-hand down the soft, white powder sand of St. Augustine Beach. Watch the dark sky surrender to a vivid orange horizon as the sounds of the waves bring about a sensual rejuvenation of your souls… setting the tone for a perfect day with your sweetheart.

Refer to the listings of restaurants starting on page 40 of this guide. BED & BREAKFASTS – ST. AUGUSTINE

A handful of spas and salons are nestled amongst the shops and eateries of St. Augustine. Wander into one and book a relaxing massage. Many have specialty service packages designed exclusively for couples.

Bayfront Westcott House 146 Avenida Menendez..................... 800-513-9814 Bayfront Marin House 142 Avenida Menedez....................... 904-824-4301 Beachfront Bed & Breakfast on the Ocean 1 F Street.......................................... 904-461-8727 Casa de Sueños Bed & Breakfast 20 Cordova St.................................... 904-824-0887 Casablanca Inn on the Bay 24 Avenida Menendez....................... 904-829-0928 Pearl of the Sea 7601 A1A South................................ 904-814-8002 St. Francis Inn 279 St. George St.............................. 904-824-6068 Victorian House 11 Cadiz Street.................................. 904-824-5214

Spas

Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Explore the Streets Early You won’t have to search long for a coffee shop, café or restaurant that suits your mood. Sit at an outdoor table surrounded by a garden of ivy and flowering plants. Enjoy drinks and pastries while you watch the city wake up.

Seek Out Spa Services

Be Pampered Nails / Skin.................. 904-729-9525 Debbie’s Day Spa & Salon.................. 904-825-0569 LaCura Salt Spa................................. 904-217-7341 Massage Green Spa, Jacksonville ...... 904-549-7535 Sawgrass Marriot Golf & Spa ............ 904-285-7777 Sawyere & The Sea Whole Body Spa............................ 336-391-1367 Youthful Medical Spa......................... 904-273-6286

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner No matter what you’re craving, you’re almost sure to find it in the downtown area of St. Augustine. It isn’t uncommon to see a couple lingering over exquisitely prepared meals with glasses of wine in their hands and flip-flops on their feet.

There is something magical about the experience of a horse-drawn carriage tour of the historic downtown area. Listen to the “clip-clop” of hooves on old cobblestone as you and your love ride comfortably through what could easily be mistaken for the streets of a European town.

Be a Beach Bum Spend a few hours lounging on the pinkish coquina sands of Vilano Beach, as the dolphins play in the surf and you soak in the sun until the bright blue sky transforms into a whisk of orange and red. Then head over to one of the restaurants and grab a table with a view of the ocean to finish watching the magnificent sunset over dinner. 904-829-5681 WWW.STJOHNSCOUNTYCHAMBER.COM

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Sleep Well Options abound regarding accommodations in St. Augustine. Enchanting bed & breakfasts occupy restored historic homes, offering hammocks and home-cooked breakfasts, along with the individualized attention of dedicated innkeepers. Luxury hotels tout embellished suites, award-winning restaurants, and extravagant amenities.

With so many romantic diversions, it’s easy to see why brides and grooms from around the country choose St. Johns County as the setting for their big day. For more information about wedding services in St. Johns County, please contact the Visitors & Convention Bureau at 904-829-1711 or visit www. floridashistoriccoast.com.

Getting Married

CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS ON ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH

MARRIAGE LICENSES St. Johns County Clerk of Courts............ 904-819-3640 www.sjccoc.us/recording/marrlice.html $93.50, good for 60 days. The state of Florida requires a three-day waiting period if both parties are Florida residents and have not taken an approved marriage class. Along with payment, both parties need to apply together and present picture ID, Social Security Number, and if previously married, show final decree or death certificate.

CEREMONIES & RECEPTIONS ON ST. JOHNS COUNTY BEACHES St. Johns County Beach Use Permits – Special Events......................................... 904-209-0752 www.sjcfl.us/hcp/events.aspx

St. Johns County’s 41.1 miles of coquina and white, soft, sandy beaches provide a gorgeous natural setting for your special event. For all beach areas in St. Johns County (excluding St. Augustine Beach), a permit is required. There is no fee to obtain this permit. Consider the tide schedule when planning the time of day for your special event. Complete permit application and send to provided address for approval. (This may take up to two weeks to process.) www.sjcfl.us/ hcp/media/AppMinorImpact

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City of St. Augustine Beach – City Manager’s Office.............................. 904-471-2122 www.staugbch.com/info.htm Weddings or receptions on St. Augustine Beach (the area of beach between Pope Road and Surf Drive) are considered Special Events. Permits are required for any wedding/reception with more than fifteen attendees or for a wedding/reception of any size at which there is amplified music or furniture (tents, canopies, chairs, arbors, etc.). Permit fees are $100.00 for a wedding and $100.00 for a reception. Applications are available at the City Manager’s Office, 2200 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 or by e-mailing sabadmin@cityofsab.org.  

CEREMONY OFFICIANT / COORDINATORS Elegant Events................................... 904-797-2352 St. Augustine Wedding & Events Assoc.............................. 866-438-4320

Hosting your event

St. Johns County is a wonderful place to host an event. With such a diverse offering of venues and cuisine options, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for to make your event unforgettable. Use the resources listed here to plan your special occasion. RECEPTION SITES Amici Italian Restaurant..................... 904-461-0102 Casa Monica Hotel............................. 904-827-1888 COA Riverhouse................................. 904-209-3631 DoubleTree Hotel............................... 904-825-1923


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Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort........... 800-626-7263 Kingfish Grill...................................... 904-824-2111 Marsh Creek Country Club................. 904-461-1101 Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House.... 904-810-1923 Serenata Beach Club......................... 904-823-3368 The Treasury on the Plaza.................. 904-824-9056 The White Room................................ 904-824-9056

FLORISTS

CATERERS

All About Events.................................... 904-379-6822 Andy’s Taylor Rental.............................. 904-471-2991 Beachview Event Rentals & Design....... 877-782-7368 Celebrations......................................... 904-824-1965

A1A Ale Works, Inc................................ 904-829-2977 Anthony’s Gourmet Catering................. 904-264-1338 Big River Brewing Co............................ 904-829-2977 Borrillo’s............................................... 904-829-1133 By Design Catering............................... 904-679-5177 Cruisers Grill......................................... 904-824-6993 Gypsy Cab Co....................................... 904-824-8244 Honey Baked Ham Co. & Café............... 904-810-0995 KC’s Kitchen (PVB)................................ 904-624-2330 Real Paella............................................ 850-980-1650 The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village......................... 904-940-8000

Flowers By Shirley................................ 904-824-8163

PHOTOGRAPHERS Art & Alex Photography......................... 904-280-8905 Matus Foris Photography...................... 904-334-2703 Monarch Studio.................................... 904-516-8203

RENTALS

For event locations, turn to pages 48-53 to find Hotels, Motels, Resorts, and Bed & Breakfasts with meeting facilities, and pages 40-47 to find Restaurants with banquet/meeting rooms.

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After one visit you’ll see why so many St. Johns County residents are proud to say they live “on the Island,” where residential options vary from oceanfront, beachside and intracoastal views to tranquil island neighborhoods. St. Johns County, in lovely Northeastern Florida, is a haven for beach, water, and warm weather enthusiasts, with much of the area located along the Atlantic Ocean and inland waterways. Its history dates back to 1821, and today the County has become one of the highest-income counties in the United States. Historic St. Augustine’s rich history and cultural diversity have helped shape a dynamic city valued by both tourists and locals as a treasured escape. Today, more than 50 historic points of interest are nestled in our nation’s oldest city amidst boutiques, cafés, restaurants, hotels, and bed and breakfast inns. The downtown area offers a glimpse of what life must have been like many years ago, with homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places standing alongside more recently built structures embodying the same Old Florida style. On the outskirts are shopping malls and retail centers, including the St. Augustine Premium and Prime Outlets. The unique mix of old and new beckons visitors to return to St. Augustine time and again – often for good! Across the Intracoastal Waterway is beautiful Anastasia Island, a barrier island lined with wide, sandy beaches loved by sun-seekers. The well-known St. Augustine Beach is located four miles south of downtown St. Augustine in the City of St. Augustine Beach. This area is home to the St. Johns County Ocean Pier and Pavilion, which has a splash fountain and playground. Popular activities include swimming, surfing, beach volleyball, miniature golf, bicycling and tennis. A variety of accommodations, more than 150 restaurants and lounges, and a myriad of surf shops line A1A Beach Boulevard. Marsh Creek Country Club, a popular Anastasia Island development, offers luxurious homes around an 18-hole championship golf course. Vilano Beach, one of the most popular locations in the county for surfing, skim boarding, jet skiing and fishing, is located two miles north of historic St. Augustine just over the Usina Bridge, also known as the “Vilano Bridge,” and is surrounded by water on nearly every side. 38

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A nature walk passes over the saltwater marsh and beneath the Vilano Bridge, joining the residential area and Town Center Pavilions, one of which features a children’s splash fountain. There are a handful of hotels and motels within walking distance of the beach, as well as several eclectic restaurants with oceanside seating and Intracoastal views sprinkled along Coastal Highway AIA. NORTH ST. JOHNS: Ponte Vedra is just 20 minutes north of St. Augustine and features top-rated golf and tennis resorts and exclusive residential neighborhoods. Some of the most prestigious golf tournaments are headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, including the PGA Tour’s flagship event, THE PLAYERS Championship. If golf and tennis don’t pique your interests, you’re sure to find something that does at Ponte Vedra’s 138-acre Davis Park, complete with fishing ponds stocked for children’s catch and release, dog parks, a playground, and playing fields for soccer, football, softball and baseball. Nocatee is a master-planned, unincorporated town offering its residents a unique balance of work and play in a walkable, livable community for all ages. Located three miles from Ponte Vedra Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 85% of the community is in St. Johns County, and the remaining 15% is in Duval County. Only 30 minutes from St. Augustine to the south or Jacksonville to the north, country living meets convenience in the picturesque community of northwest St. Johns County, where choice residential possibilities run along scenic State Roads 16, 13, and the St. Johns River. Popular areas for outdoor family fun include Mills Field Recreational Park and Julington Creek Plantation Park and the recently opened Rivertown Park. Residents


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Golf and Country Club and South Hampton are golf course communities along County Road 210. Growth in the northwest area continues as multiuse development projects, such as RiverTown, gain momentum.

also enjoy boating, sailing and canoeing in the northwest, an area famous for its bass and freshwater fishing. The communities of RiverTown, Fruit Cove, Switzerland and Julington Creek make up the rapidly growing area called “St. Johns,” known for its numerous golf courses, boutiques and riverside mansions. Palencia, a master-planned golfing community located off U.S. Highway 1 North, spans 1,450 acres with more than two miles of land bordering the tidal marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway and Marshall Creek. The World Golf Village is a resort-style community enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, featuring the World Golf Hall of Fame and IMAX Theatre, as well as unparalleled accommodations and amenities. St. Johns

SOUTH ST. JOHNS: This area is St. Johns County’s Agricultural Center. A drive south along State Road 207 will take you into southwest St. Johns County, primarily agricultural land comprised of the small residential area of Vermont Heights; just west of I-95; the unincorporated area of Elkton at County Road 305; the community of Spuds on County Road 13; and the Town of Hastings 18 miles southwest of St. Augustine. Hastings dates back to the late 1800s when Henry Flagler needed a source of fresh vegetables for his St. Augustine hotels. He persuaded Thomas Horace Hastings (a relative of his architect) to develop the farmlands, and to this day the Town of Hastings is known as the “Potato Capital of Florida.” Other crops include cabbage, onions, eggplant, sod and ornamental horticulture. In this part of our county you can still experience the Old Florida main street, bustling farmsteads, and historic St. Ambrose Parish.

Grand Ravine One Level Condominiums

200 Grand Ravine Drive – 904.797.4126

Laterra Links World Golf Village Condos

198 Laterra Links Circle, #101 – 904.540.5388

San Savino

Southern Exposure Real Estate Services, LLC...................904-808-1345 2807 North 10th Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084 Charles Shanks, Managing Broker cshanks@seresfl.com www.southernexposurerealestate.com

Custom Built Single Family Homes

400 Venecia Way – 904.797.6565 Monday – Saturday: 10 – 6 • Sunday: Noon – 6

www.HomesbyDeltona.com

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St. Johns County is a great place to explore a variety of foods, the artistry of local chefs, and unique settings in which to dine. Whether you appreciate the simplicity of authentic cuisines, the drama of deconstructed favorites, or even the brilliance of an old fashioned American Buffet where every item is top-notch, you will find a restaurant to your taste. Some of the very best restaurants in Florida are here. Local restaurants have innovative chefs creating seasonal menus to take advantage of products grown, raised, and caught locally. From the corner coffee shop to our most prestigious restaurant you can expect to eat well here – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t forget to pack your appetite!

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the nearly 800 reputable member businesses, including our favorite restaurants. Symbols found in this section’s charts: $ Price $10 or less $$ Price $11–$21 $$$ Price $22–$35 $$$$ Price $36 and up AM American BBQ Barbecue CT Continental CU Cuban FR French

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ANASTASIA (ACROSS BRIDGE OF LIONS) Gypsy Cab SF,AM 828 Anastasia Blvd $-$$ • • IT 904-824-8244 Mello Mushroom 410 Anastasia Blvd $-$$ IT • • • • 904-826-4040 O'Steens Restaurant 205 Anastasia Blvd $-$$ SF • • 904-829-6974 Candlelight South Restaurant 605 Treehouse Circle $-$$ AM, SF • • • • • • • 904-819-0588 CRESCENT BEACH South Beach Grille SF,AM 45 Cubbedge Road $-$$ CG,SA • • • • • • • • 904-471-8700 VG,BBQ PONTE VEDRA BEACH 619 Ocean View Restaurant 619 Ponte Verdra Blvd $$-$$$ AM, SF • • • • • 904-285-6198 Aqua Grill AM,SF, 395 Front St $-$$$ • • • • • • • • 120 VG, IT 904-285-3017 Bogey Grille AM, SF 150 Valley Circle $-$$ • • • • • • VG, BBQ 904-285-5524 Flavor Palette GR,IT 880 A1A No Ste 9 $-$$ FR • • • • • 904-834-3339 AM,IC Gusto - A Taste of Rome 1266 Beach Blvd, Jax Beach $-$$ AM, IT • • • • 904-372-9925 Le Macaron French Pastries FR 331 A1A North Ste 300 $ Dessert 904-373-0521 Metro Diner 340 Front St #700 $ AM • • • • 904-513-8422 Mulligans Pub ( Hilton Garden Inn) 45 PGA Tour Blvd $-$$ AM • • • • • • 904-285-1506 Nona Blue Modern Tavern 325 Front St $-$$ AM • • • • • • 904-834-7549 Palm Valley Fish Camp 299 Roscoe Blvd $-$$ SF, VG • • • • • • • • 904-285-3200 Players Café 262 Solana Road $ AM • • 904-273-5595 42

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH (CONTINUED) Pussers Bar & Grille 816 A1A No #100 $$-$$$ SF • • • • • • • • 904-280-7766 Ruth's Chris Steakhouse SF, AM 814 A1A #103 $$$$ • • • • • • • IC, VG 904-285-0014 Trasca & Co Eatery AM,SW 155 Tourside Dr (Sawgrass Village) $-$$ • • • • • IT 904-395-3989 Tropical Smoothie AM, VG 830 A1A No #1 $ • • • • BBQ, IC 904-280-4044 Woody's BBQ 226-1 Solana Road $-$$ AM, BBQ • • • • • 904-280-1110 Vernon's Restaurant, Sawgrass Marriott 1000 PGA Tour Blvd $$-$$$ AM, SF • • 904-280-3405

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ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH Amici's Italian Restaurant SF,IT,CT 1915-B A1A South $$ • • • • • • • • SAMVG 904-461-0102 Mango Mangos SA,BBA 701 A1A Beach Blvd $-$$ , • • • • • • CH,SF,CU 904-461-1077 Salt Life Food Shack 321 A1A Beach Blvd $-$$ SF,AM • • • • • • • 904-217-3256 The World Famous Oasis Rest & Deck ST,SF 4000 A1A South $-$$ • • • • • • CH,R,B 904-471-3424 ST. AUGUSTINE – DOWNTOWN/HISTORIC DISTRICT A1A Ale Works (AAA) 1 King Street $-$$$ SF • • • • • • • • • 904-829-2977 Carmelo's Marketplace 146 King Street $-$$ SA,IT • • • • • 904-829-2337 Costa Brava (Casa Monica Hotel) $$$95 Cordova Street SF • • • • • • 300 $$$$ 904-810-6810 Catch 27 40 Charlotte St $$ SF • • • • 904-217-3542 Cruisers Grill 3 Saint George St $ AM • • • • 904-824-6993 DINA - The Real Italian Piadina 100 St George St Ste K $ IT • • 904-826-3535 Columbia Restaurant 98 St. George Street $-$$$ CU, SP • • • • • • • 904-824-3341 Florida Cracker Café 81 St. George Street $-$$ SF • • • • • • • 904-829-0397 Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille SF,SA,IC 46 Avenida Menendez $-$$$$ • • • • • • • • • • AM,NO 904-824-7765 Hot Shot Bakery & Café 47 Cordova St. $ • 904-824-7898 Meehan's Irish Pub SF,SA 20 Avenida Menendez $-$$ • • • • • • • • • 50 AM 904-810-1923

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ST. AUGUSTINE – DOWNTOWN/HISTORIC DISTRICT (CONTINUED) Michael's Tasting Room 25 Cuna Street $-$$ SP • • • 904-810-2400 Mojo Old City BBQ SF,SA, 5 Cordova Street $-$$ BBQ • • • • • • • 904-342-5264 IC, AM O.C. White's Seafood & Spirits SF,SA, 18 Avenida Menendez $$-$$$ • • • • • • • • VG 904-824-0808 Pizzalley's & Chianti Room SF,IT, 117 St. George Street $-$$ • • • • • • • • SA,VG 904-825-2627 Scarlet O'Hara's 70 Hypolita Street $-$$ AM,BBQ • • • • 904-824-6535 Tradewinds Lounge 124 Charlotte Street $ • • • 904-829-9336

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LET’S EAT! ST. AUGUSTINE – SOUTH Buffalo Wild Wings 318 State Road 312 904-679-3495 Carrabba’s Italian Grill 155 State Road 312 West 904-829-9093 Diane’s Natural Market (open in July) 841 S Ponce deLeon Blvd 904-808-9978 HoneyBaked Ham Co & Café 272 State Road 312 904-810-0995 Ichiban Buffet 2185 US 1 South 904-797-9918 Metro Diner 1000 S Ponce de Leon Blvd 904-758-3323 Ned’s Southside Kitchen 2450 US 1 South 904-794-2088 Red Lobster 100 SR 312 W 904-823-3375

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ST. AUGUSTINE – SOUTH (CONTINUED) Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ 1720 US 1 South $-$$ BBQ • • • 904-824-3206 Tijuana Flats 833 S Ponce de Leon Blvd #3 $$ TexMex 904-201-8655 ST. AUGUSTINE – UPTOWN/ANTIQUES DISTRICT Borrillo’s Pizza & Italian Eatery 88 San Marco Avenue $-$$ IT • • 904-829-1133 City Bistro Tea House & Coffee Co. 1280 N Ponce de Leon $ AM • • • 904-209-6810 Jaybird’s Restaurant & Pizzeria SF,SA 2600 N Ponce de Leon $$-$$$ VG • • • • • • • • • • 904-429-7153 IC,AM Raintree Restaurant (AAA) SF,AM 102 San Marco Avenue $$-$$$ CT • • • • • • 904-824-7211 IC,VG Schooner's Seafood House SF,ST 3560 N Ponce de Leon $-$$ • • • • • CH 904-826-0233 Village Inn 900 N Ponce DeLeon $ AM • • • • 904-824-4377 The Oak Room Restaurant & Lounge at the DoubleTree by Hilton $$-$$$ AM, SF • • • • • 116 San Marco Ave 904-825-1923 VILANO BEACH Aunt Kate's 612 Euclid Avenue $$-$$$ AM,SF • • • • • • • • • 125 904-829-1105 Beaches at Vilano 254 Vilano Road $$-$$$ AM,SF • • • • • • • 904-829-0589 The Reef SF,CT 4100 Coastal Hwy $$-$$$ • • • • • • • • • • AM 904-824-8008 Kingfish Grill on the Water 252 Yacht Club Dr $-$$ AM, SF • • • • • • • 904-824-2111 WORLD GOLF VILLAGE – 210 & STATE ROAD 16 Bite a Bagel 105 Nature Walk Pkwy #108 $ AM • • 904-460-2495 The Draft Room 2730 SR 16 Ste 116 $ AM • • • • • 904-615-6401

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Looking for the perfect way to enjoy your stay on Florida’s historic coast? When planning your visit for yourself, your family, friends or business associates, you have your pick of a variety of lodging facilities to please every budget and preference…from charming B&Bs to upscale hotels and convenient condo rentals, with amenities to match.

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Enjoy romantic rooms and suites, private walled garden, balconies, whirlpool tubs, gourmet breakfasts, fireplaces, temperature-controlled swimming pool and antiques. Quiet location in St Augustine’s historic district, built in 1791.

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BED & BREAKFAST INNS – ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH Beachfront B&B on the Ocean $149 $169 1 F Street 8 • o • • • • • • to to 904-461-8727 $269 $269 Pearl of the Sea 7601 A1A South 10 • o • • • • • • 904-814-8002 BED & BREAKFAST INNS – ST. AUGUSTINE – HISTORIC DOWNTOWN Bayfront Marin House $159 $249 142 Avenida Menendez 15 • o • • • • • • to to 904-824-4301 $199 $329 Bayfront Westcott House $119 $199 146 Avenida Menendez 15 • o • • • • • • • • 12 to to 904-825-4602 $299 $399 Casa de Suenos B&B $159 $249 20 Cordova Street 5 • • • • to to 904-824-0887 $239 $299 Casablanca Inn on the Bay $99 $159 24 Avenida Menendez 23 • • • • • • • to to 904-829-0928 $319 $319

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BED & BREAKFAST INNS – ST. AUGUSTINE – HISTORIC DOWNTOWN (CONTINUED) St. Francis Inn 279 St. George Street 17 • • • • • • • • $149 $189 904-824-6068 Victorian House $109 $159 11 Cadiz Street 10 • • • • • to to 904-824-5214 $199 $289 HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS – ANASTASIA ISLAND La Quinta (Coming Soon!) 215 Anastasia Blvd 321-863-7756 Sleep Inn $74 $84 601 Anastasia Blvd 51 • • • • • • • to to 904-825-4535 $124 $134 HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS – CRESCENT BEACH Beacher’s Lodge Oceanfront Suites $79 $99 6970 A1A South 95 • o • • • • • • 60 to to 904-471-8849 $205 $225

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HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS – PONTE VEDRA BEACH Hampton Inn $109 $109 1220 Marsh Landing Pkwy, Jax Bch 117 • • • • • • to to 904-373-3111 $229 $229 Hilton Garden Inn 45 PGA Tour Blvd 127 • • • • • • • • 904-280-1661 Ponte Vedra Inn & Club 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd 250 • • • • • 904-273-7714 Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa $109 $109 1000 PGA Blvd 508 • • • • • • • • • 1500 to to 904-285-7777 $229 $229 HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS – ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH Americas Best Value $59 $79 3955 A1A South 34 • • • • 50 to to 904-471-8010 $89 $169 Castillo Real 530 A1A Beach Blvd 60 o • • • • • • • Varies Varies 904-471-3505 Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach 430 A1A Beach Blvd 100 • • • • • • • • • Varies Varies 904-471-4000 Hilton Garden Inn 401 A1A Beach Blvd 59 • • • • • • 904-471-5559 Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort 860 A1A Blvd 152 • o • • • • • • 160 Varies Varies 800-626-7263 La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites $89 $109 810 A1A Beach Blvd 45 • o • • • • • • to to 904-471-2220 $279 $299 The Lotus Hotel (Coming Soon) 5 Prawn Street 904-347-8331

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HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS – ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH (CONTINUED) Quality Inn & Suites $50 $89 901 A1A Beach Blvd 70 • • • • • • • • to to 904-471-1474 $100 $129 HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS – ST. AUGUSTINE – ANTIQUE DISTRICT Cozy Inn $77 $87 202 San Marco Ave 18 • • • • • to to 904-824-2449 $167 $177 Days Inn 1300 N Ponce de Leon 119 • • • • • • • • $65 $120 904-824-3383 DoubleTree by Hilton 116 San Marco Ave 49 • • • • • • 24 Varies Varies 904-825-1923 Howard Johnson Inn 137 San Marco Ave 77 • • • • • • • • $59 $79 904-824-6181

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HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS – ST. AUGUSTINE – ANTIQUE DISTRICT (CONTINUED) Jaybird’s Inn 2700 N Ponce de Leon Blvd • • • • • • 904-342-7938 Southern Oaks 2800 N Ponce de Leon Blvd 40 • • • 904-342-2354 HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS – ST. AUGUSTINE – HISTORIC DOWNTOWN Bayfront Inn 138 Avenida Menendez 36 • o • • • • $129+ $179+ 904-824-1681 Casa Monica Hotel 95 Cordova Street 138 • • • • • • • • • 300 $169 $269 904-827-1888 Hilton Bayfront Historic 32 Avenida Menendez 72 • • • • • • • 904-829-2277 St. George Inn 4 St. George St Ste 101 25 • • • • • • • Varies Varies 904-827-5740 TRYP by Wyndham 333 South Ponce de Leon Blvd 95 R R • • • • • 904-209-5580 HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS – STATE ROAD 16 & I95 Comfort Inn & Suites $79 $79 2367 SR 16 54 • • • • • • • 25 to to 904-824-0355 $129 $129 Courtyard by Marriott 2075 SR 16 98 • • • • • • • • • 60 $99 $99 904-824-4068 Fairfield Inn & Suites $89 $109 305 Outlet Mall Blvd 82 • • • • • • to to 904-810-9892 $109 $129 Smart Stay Inn - St Augustine (Under Construction) 2364 SR 16 904-217-4423 HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS – VILANO BEACH Hampton Inn & Suites $109 $149 95 Vilano Road 94 • o • • • • • • • 50 to to 904-827-9797 $269 $429 Inn at Camachee Harbor $99 $120 201 Yacht Club Drive 12 w • • • • • to to 904-825-0003 $149 $159 OceanView Lodge $59 $69 2701 Anahma Drive 28 o • • • • • • to to 904-829-8520 $120 $159

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HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS – WORLD GOLF VILLAGE Marywood Retreat Center 40 235 Marywood Drive 64 R • • • • • • to $125 $150 904-287-2525 ext 25 200 Renaissance Resort at WGV 60 $129 $129 500 S Legacy Trail 301 • • • • • • • • to to to 904-940-8000 1500 $189 $189 St. Augustine Hotel & Suites at WGV 50 $89 $99 475 Commerce Lake Drive 162 G L • • • • • • • • to to to 904-940-9500 120 $169 $169

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CONDOMINIUMS (CONTINUED) Colony Reef Club Rentals Cortez Condominiums (Under Construction) Ocean Gallery Properties Ocean House Condominium Seawinds Condo Assoc Rentals Summerhouse Rentals, Inc. VACATION RENTALS A1A Realty Associates All South Realty, Inc. The Beach Club Bluegreen Vacations First Choice FL Vacation Rentals HomeAway Lancelot's Castles Little San Felipe Ocean Gallery Properties, Inc. Ocean House Condominium SeawindsCondo Association Rentals Summerhouse Rentals, Inc. Sunstate Vacation Rentals Vacasa Vacation Rental Pros

904-471-1689 904-669-3081 800-398-5980 877-725-9501 904-461-9314 800-334-2160

www.colonyreef.com www.cortezonthewater.com www.theoceangallery.com www.oceanhouserentals.com www.seawinds-condo.com www.summerhousecondo.com

904-461-9696 www.rentalconnections.com 904-241-4141 www.allsouthrealty.com 800-333-7335 www.floridarent.com 904-484-2422 www.bluegreenvacations.com 904-429-7373 www.vacationbeach.rentals 512-684-1100 homeaway.com/vacation-rentals/florida 888-325-8439 www.lancelotscastles.com 904-824-4153 800-398-5980 www.theoceangallery.com 877-725-9501 www.oceanhouserentals.com 904-461-9314 www.seawinds-condo.com 800-334-2160 www.summerhousecondo.com 904-825-1911 www.sunstatevacation.com 904-460-6539 www.vacasa.com 904-385-3888 www.vacationrentalpros.com

We’re located directly on the ocean at the southernmost point of Anastasia Island, adjacent to the Matanzas Inlet. Summerhouse has been a gathering spot for generations of families as well

as the preferred destination for winter residents. Amenities include 4 heated pools along with tennis, pickleball, and racquetball courts, all situated on 25 acres of lushly landscaped beachfront property.

Experience the Summerhouse Difference!

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ACCOMMODATIONS Americas Best Value Inn 3955 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-471-8010 www.staugustineoceaninn.com Located within walking distance from the beach, local restaurants, nightly entertainment and only five miles from the historic downtown area, we provide comfortable rooms, a pleasant staff and great amenities. See our ad, page 49

Bayfront Marin House 142 Avenida Menendez St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-824-4301 www.bayfrontmarinhouse.com An elegant, comfortable bed and breakfast located across the street from Matanzas Bay, in the heart of the historic district with the most beautiful views! A Trip Advisor top rating. See our ad, page 49

Beachers Lodge 6970 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-471-8849 www.beacherslodge.com Wake up to an oceanfront sunrise at Beachers Lodge. Relax in our fully equipped suites, unwind by the heated pool and enjoy the beach life on Crescent Beach. See our ad, page 51

Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra 45 PGA Tour Blvd. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 904-280-1661 www.pontevedra.hgi.com Located at the entrance of renowned TPC Sawgrass just minutes from the beach, you’ll enjoy a boutique hotel experience with all the amenities and services you expect from a Hilton. See our ad, page 52 56

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Guy Harvey Outpost Resort 860 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-471-2555 www.guyharveyoutpost.com Perfect for business or pleasure, this family-friendly hotel located directly on St. Augustine Beach has an outdoor pool, banquet facilities, free Wi-Fi, and a seasonal pool side Tiki bar. See our ad, page 50

Ocean House Condominiums 7870 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080 877-725-9501 www.oceanhouserentals.com Located on beautiful Crescent Beach with panoramic ocean and intercoastal waterway views. Floor to ceiling windows with sliding patio doors leading from each room to the private, 40-foot balcony. See our ad, page 54

St. Augustine Hotel & Suites 475 Commerce Lake Drive St. Augustine, FL 32095 904-940-9500 Located near World Golf Hall of Fame. Spacious rooms include sitting area with sofa, workstation, microwave, refrigerator and coffee server. Patio, indoor/outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast and free Internet access.

St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast 279 St. George Street St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-824-6068 www.stfrancisinn.com Located in historic downtown. Spacious rooms include sitting area with sofa, workstation, microwave, refrigerator and coffee server. Lovely patio, heated outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast and free Internet. See our ad, page 48


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Summerhouse Rentals Inc. 8550 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-471-1503 www.summerhousecondo.com Summerhouse is all about the beach! Offering oceanfront and oceanview vacation rentals on 25 acres directly on beautiful Crescent Beach. Amenities include four heated pools, tennis, pickleball, and racquetball courts. See our ad, page 55

CAMPING St. Augustine Beach KOA Campground 525 W. Pope Road St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-471-3113 www.staugustinebeachkoa.com Family owned/operated since 1995; 3/4 mile from the beach; 3 miles from Downtown St. Augustine. We accommode RVs and Tents; plus Cabin rentals (some with bathrooms and kitchens). See our ad, page 28

CREDIT UNIONS

EDUCATION Flagler College 74 King Street St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-826-8626 www.flagler.edu Founded to honor the entrepreneurship of Henry Flagler, the college instills in its students the spirit of exploration and innovation. Flagler offers 31 majors, 36 minors and two pre-professional programs. See our ad, page 23

ENTERTAINMENT Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 19 San Marco Avenue St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-824-1606 www.ripleys.com/staugustine A collection of odd, unique and incredible artifacts, art, photographs, and stories of the 200+ countries visited by Robert Ripley are the foundation of today’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! See our ad, page 22

FLORISTS

VyStar Credit Union 4949 Blanding Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32210 904-777-6000 www.vystarcu.org VyStar, with over 540,000 members and 41 branches, serves anyone living or working in 22 Northeast to Central Florida counties. See our ad, inside back cover

DENTISTS

Flowers by Shirley 2200 US 1 South St. Augustine, FL 32086 904-824-8163 www.flowersbyshirley.com Voted best of St. Augustine, 2016! Family-owned since 1973. Northeast Florida’s finest florist. Fresh arrangements, silks, balloon bouquets, and gourmet and fruit baskets. Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, sympathy, parties, business events. See our ad, page 37

Oxford Dental Associates 100 Whetstone Place, Ste. 308 St. Augustine, FL 32086 904-810-2345 www.oxforddental.net We provide preventative, restorative and surgical dental care and treat complex needs (impacted wisdom teeth with IV sedation, full-mouth reconstruction with sinus elevations and implants) – all in one location. See our ad, page 33

HEALTH CARE SERVICES Bailey Chiropractic 224 Southpark Circle East St. Augustine, FL 32086 904-342-4941 www.baileychiropractic.net Bailey Chiropractic is a clean, neat and modern facility that provides the latest in new technology. They pride themselves in fantastic customer service within a positive and friendly environment. See our ad, page 33 904-829-5681 WWW.STJOHNSCOUNTYCHAMBER.COM

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Eye Center of St. Augustine 1400 US 1 South St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-829-2286 www.eyecenterstaug.com See our ad, page 34

Flagler Hospital 400 Health Park Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32086 904-819-5155 Flagler Hospital, a 335 bed acute-care hospital serving our community since 1889, is consistently ranked in the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence. See our ad, pages 30 & 31

NEW HOME BUILDER Homes by Deltona 40 Shores Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32086 904-797-6565 www.homesbydeltona.com Homes by Deltona offering: Laterra Links coach-style condominiums in World Golf Village; Grand Ravine Mediterranean-style, one-level condominiums; San Savino custom single-family homes with summer kitchens and outdoor living rooms. See our ad, page 39

REAL ESTATE RE/MAX 100 Realty 2798 US 1 South St. Augustine, FL 32086 904-825-2700 www.buystaugustine.com A full service real estate company featuring full-time professional agents. We list, sell and rent homes, townhomes, condos and commercial properties. Call us today to start your search. See our ad, page 1

Watson Realty Corp. 615 Highway A1A Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 904-285-6300 www.watsonrealtypontevedra.com The #1 independently owned real estate company in Northeast Florida. See our ad, page 39 58

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RENTAL CENTER Andy’s Taylor Rental & Party Plus 1005 Pope Road St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-471-2991 www.taylorrentalstaug.com THINGS TO RENT FOR EVERY EVENT! Serving brides, caterers, homowners, contractors and businesses since 1980. We’ll help you get the right equipment to make your event or job easier. See our ad, page 37

RESTAURANTS Metro Diner 1000 S. Ponce De Leon Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-758-3323 www.metrodiner.com Metro Diner’s made-from-scratch menu features quality ingredients and signature dishes including Fried Chicken and Waffles, Charleston Shrimp & Grits, and their famous Meatloaf Plate. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. See our ad, page 41

Salt Life Food Shack 321 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-962-8501 www.saltlifefoodshack.com. Voted St. Augustine’s Best Overall and Seafood Restaurant. With ocean views and a rooftop deck, you’ll enjoy great dishes, cool drinks and the opportunity to relax with family and friends. See our ad, back cover

Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House 20 Avenida Menendez St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-810-1923 www.meehansirishpub.com Eat, drink and be Irish! Three unique restaurants in one spectacular location, overlooking the Bayfront, one block south of the Fort. See our ad, page 4


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SHOPPING & DINING

THINGS TO DO

Diane’s Natural Market

Jacksonville Zoo

841 S. Ponce de Leon #6 St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-808-9978 www.dianesnaturalmarket.com Brand new, state-of-the-art store – April 2017. Highest quality, organically grown foods and natural health products for over 36 years. Voted “Best Health Food Store” in St. Augustine for 18 years running! See our ad, page 45

370 Zoo Parkway Jacksonville, FL 32218 904-757-4463 www.jacksonvillezoo.org See our ad, page 20

Sawgrass Village 215 Tourside Drive Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 404-869-7015 www.sawgrassvillagepvb.com Discover exceptional shopping and dining in the Heart of Ponte Vedra Beach! The newly renovated Sawgrass Village offers one-of-a-kind stores and restaurants in a beautiful lakefront setting. Stroll landscaped walkways and relax lakeside at the Village Green. On A1A just 25 scenic miles north of St. Augustine, or 3.5 miles south of Hwy 202/Butler Blvd. See our ad, page 3

Seafood Shoppe 2125 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-471-0410 A superb selection of seafood at great prices makes the Seafood Shoppe the best seafood source in St. Augustine. Call and ask what’s fresh today! See our ad, page 43

St. Augustine Outlets 500 Outlet Mall Blvd., Ste. 500 St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-826-1052 www.staugoutlets.com Conveniently located off I-95 at exit 318, St. Augustine Outlets features 75 brand name stores, including Michael Kors, H&M, Kate Spade New York and Old Navy. See our ad, inside front cover

Marineland Dolphin Adventure 9600 Oceanshore Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-471-1111, x104 www.marineland.net Marineland Dolphin Adventure offers tours, education, events and intimate dolphin interactions for all ages – check website for more info. See our ad, page 21

Rebounderz 14985 Old St. Augustine Road Jacksonville, FL 32258 904-300-0070 www.rebounderzjacksonville.com Rebounderz is a family entertainment venue offering nine exciting attractions, plus an in-house restaurant and bar. We have something for everyone! See our ad, page 25

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum 81 Lighthouse Avenue St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org More than just a breathtaking view, discover St. Augustine’s only Smithsonian affiliate museum. Learn about our nation’s maritime past and the many shipwrecks just offshore at this working lighthouse. See our ad, page 2

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Americas Best Value Inn.......................................49

Metro Diner.........................................................41

www.staugustineoceaninn.com

www.metrodiner.com

Andy’s Taylor Rental & Party Plus.........................37

Ocean House Condominiums...............................54

www.taylorrentalstaug.com

www.oceanhouserentals.com

Bailey Chiropractic...............................................33

Oxford Dental Associates.....................................33

www.baileychiropractic.net

www.oxforddental.net

Bayfront Marin House..........................................49

RE/MAX 100 Realty................................................1

www.bayfrontmarinhouse.com

www.buystaugustine.com

Beachers Lodge...................................................51

Rebounderz.........................................................25

www.beacherslodge.com

www.rebounderzjacksonville.com

Diane’s Natural Market........................................45

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!.....................................22

www.dianesnaturalmarket.com

www.ripleys.com/staugustine

Eye Center of St. Augustine..................................34

Salt Life Food Shack.............................. Back Cover

www.saltlifefoodshack.com

www.eyecenterstaug.com

Flagler College.....................................................23

Sawgrass Village...................................................3

www.flagler.edu

www.sawgrassvillagepvb.com

Flagler Hospital...............................................30,31

Seafood Shoppe..................................................43

www.flaglerhospital.org

St. Augustine Beach KOA Campground.................28

Flowers by Shirley...............................................37

www.staugustinebeachkoa.com

www.flowersbyshirley.com

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum..............................................2

Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra.....................................52 www.pontevedra.hgi.com

www.staugustinelighthouse.org

St. Augustine Outlets....................Inside Front Cover

Guy Harvey Outpost Resort..................................50

www.staugoutlets.com

www.guyharveyoutpost.com

St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast........................48

Homes by Deltona................................................39

www.stfrancisinn.com

www.homesbydeltona.com

Summerhouse Rentals Inc...................................55

Jacksonville Zoo..................................................20

www.summerhousecondo.com

www.jacksonvillezoo.org

VyStar Credit Union...................... Inside Back Cover www.vystarcu.org

Marineland Dolphin Adventure.............................21 www.marineland.net

Watson Realty Corp..............................................39

Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House.....................4

www.watsonrealtypontevedra.com

www.meehansirishpub.com

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St. Johns County Chamber Visitors Guide  
St. Johns County Chamber Visitors Guide  

It’s easy to see why people have been settling here for over 450 years. St. Johns County combines the best of both worlds, with centuries of...