Interestingly, we tend to learn more about English history in school instead of Spanish history—so that’s why not as many Americans have a full appreciation for Florida’s Historic Coast, which includes both St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach. Besides the gorgeous beaches and historic sites, there are great restaurants, plenty of opportunities to listen to live music, and lots of friendly folks in this charming seaside destination.

Ponte Vedra

An Old Florida resort town with New Florida amenities, this growing seaside community on the Atlantic coast has embraced its nostalgic setting, anchored by the beloved . Golfers love Ponte Vedra, which is well known for its place on the PGA Tour and The Players Championship, and tennis players have traditionally flocked here, as well. Paddleboarders love the streams, rivers, marshes, and lagoons, and surfers take advantage of the consistent reef break. And with historic St. Augustine just 26 miles to the south and Jacksonville 18 miles to the west, there’s plenty of access to city pleasures.

In an article recently published by Coastal Living magazine, Ponte Vedra Beach was recognized as one of the “20 Best Places to Live on the Coast in 2018.”

The list, which features 20 “amazing locations” throughout North and Central America, places Ponte Vedra Beach among such coastal retreats as Las Terrenas, in the Dominican Republic, and Las Catalinas, Costa Rica. According to author Tracy Minkin, Ponte Vedra Beach is unique for its charming combination of the old and new.

“An Old Florida resort town with New Florida amenities, this growing seaside community on the Atlantic coast has embraced its nostalgic setting, anchored by the beloved Ponte Vedra Inn & Club,” Minkin wrote. “Golfers love Ponte Vedra, which is well known for its place on the PGA Tour and THE PLAYERS Championship, and tennis players have traditionally flocked here, as well.”

Minkin adds that the area’s many natural amenities – including its beaches, rivers and marshes – make Ponte Vedra an ideal vacation spot for nature-lovers of all kinds, while its proximity to St. Augustine and Jacksonville provides ample access to the diversions of city.

St. Augustine

Known as the Ancient City, St. Augustine features centuries-old architecture, iconic cultural sites, and unspoiled beaches.

The Fountain of Youth is calling your name—just like it called to the Spanish explorers more than 500 years ago. Maybe it’s those gorgeous beaches or maybe it really is something in the water. Either way, there is lots to explore in this charming city on Florida's Atlantic coast.

While Florida’s Historic Coast is most famous for its storied past, make sure you leave plenty of time to kick back on the area’s unspoiled beaches. Home to the popular St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier, St. Augustine Beach offers a large oceanfront pavilion, splash and play park, sand volleyball courts, and plenty of seaside restaurants.

Just north of St. Augustine Beach, Anastasia State Park is a pristine stretch of sand with abundant wildlife and natural tidal marshes. There’s a coquina quarry where laborers mined stones to build the majestic Castillo de San Marcos and other historic structures in downtown.

Whether you stroll through the brick streets of Old Town or kick back on the beach, Florida’s Historic Coast is a great place to live and play.