Jacksonville & the Beaches provide a perfect escape for the traveler seeking a vacation destination that captures the lifestyle and landscape of an authentic Florida experience. An unmatched adventure in contrast, the sprawling northeast region of the state delivers a flawless display of breathtaking natural beauty balanced by a polished metropolitan flair. History, culture, sports and nature intersect at a regional crossroads of southern charm and coastal cool.
Along the stunning St. Johns riverfront, a burgeoning arts district rises from a diverse downtown landscape, illuminating the heart of the city with sophisticated style, while endless stretches of pristine white sand beaches foster relaxation and revelry in the salty seaside air. At the northern and southern borders, lavish resorts offer luxurious amenities infused with an historic old world flavor. And in the secret niches far from the worn avenues of the beaten path, quaint neighborhoods are thriving in their unique individuality, adding to the character of the community and the joy of discovery for any visitor. For decades, Jacksonville has quietly cultivated a loyal fan base captivated by the warm hospitality and vast array of entertaining activities found within the vibrant oceanfront community. Though once considered Florida’s best-kept secret, the word is out and there is no greater time than now to experience the dynamic possibilities of Jacksonville & the Beaches.
St. John’s County
Saint Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches
Just a short drive from the football frenzy of the Gator Bowl, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra & the Beaches offer fans an inspiring world of golf, history, nature, beautiful beaches…and shopping! Combined with world-class accommodations and dining, the Gator Bowl’s next door neighbor provides all the ingredients for a memorable and fun visit.
St. Augustine, the Nation’s oldest city, still echoes to the days when it was an important outpost of the Spanish Empire while the splendor of the Victorian Age is preserved in the soaring architecture of Henry Flagler’s hotels. Brick-paved streets and horse-drawn carriages provide a memorable setting for exquisite dining, exploring art galleries and antique shopping.
Ponte Vedra’s elegant seaside resorts offer golf fans a perfect place to indulge their passion – including the TPC at Sawgrass, home of THE PLAYERS Championship. Nearby, the World Golf Hall of Fame enshrines the game’s greatest players in a setting that features two championship courses.
Attractions abound in this special place – 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches, the Castillo de San Marcos, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, two Outlet Malls, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and more than 60 others are here for Gator Bowl fans to enjoy. For information, call (800)653-2489 or visit www.Getaway4Florida.com.
Located just 30 minutes from Everbank Field, Amelia Island offers an unspoiled setting for relaxing and rewarding getaways. Thirteen miles long and two miles wide, the northern and southern tips of the island are park preserves, which make up nearly 10 percent of the entire island. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal waterway, strong-currented Nassau Sound and one of the East’s largest and deepest inlets – Cumberland Sound – Amelia Island is edged with natural Appalachian quartz beaches and framed by sand dunes as high as 40 feet.
Named among the Top 10 North American islands by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards for six consecutive years, Amelia Island is treasured for its long stretches of quiet beaches, natural beauty, unique history, and charming seaport character. The island is home to an irresistible mix of spa, golf, and dining, shopping and leisure activities, but for those who want pure rest, relaxation and quality time with loved ones, there is no better place than Amelia Island
Orange Park, Fleming Island & Green Cove Springs
Clay County, known for its quality of life and family-friendly atmosphere, can easily be reached within thirty minutes of the Jacksonville International Airport.
For those looking to leave the bustle of the city behind, Clay County offers visitors an area rich in natural beauty, history and southern hospitality. From the brick-paved streets, Victorian homes and natural “healing” springs of Historic Green Cove Springs to watching sailboats glide across the majestic St. Johns River or catching an evening performance at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts in Orange Park, Clay County is a great spot to relax, unwind and feel refreshed after a good night’s sleep.
Most of the county’s hotels are located in the northern section of Clay making them easily accessible from Exit 10/I-295 or US17 (Park Ave) and close to a wide variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues.
For further information please visit www.exploreclay.com or call (904) 278-3737 and request a free Clay County Information & Visitor’s Guide.