Planning a reunion, whether it’s for five or 50, is no small feat. Location, activities, amenities – it can be a challenge to find something that’s just right for everyone. But for those who have had their family reunions in St. Augustine and along Florida’s Historic Coast, it’s no secret that this destination is a year-round favorite and sees families returning year after year. The miles and miles of beachfront, the warm weather, and the laid-back feel of a charming beach town all make St. Augustine a must when considering where to plan your upcoming reunion.
What awaits us along Florida’s Historic Coast?
When you bring your reunion to St. Augustine and Ponte Verde, everyone wins. Whether you dream of days spent lounging on the pristine beach, exploring the charming old town of St. Augustine, or checking out the natural beauty and attractions, the region is ideal for reunions because of the incredible variety it offers.
Are there golfers in your family? If so, don’t miss Ponte Vedra Beach. THE PLAYERS Stadium Course with its world-renowned 17th island hole at TPC Sawgrass is a bucket list for golfers no matter what level your play.
Your trip won’t be complete without a visit to the World Golf Hall of Fame, which gives visitors an opportunity to learn more about the history of the sport and the region’s place in it.
Learn together as you and your family visit Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the U.S. Dating back to 1695, the fort features daily demonstrations of Spanish military life for visitors. You can also go back in time at the Colonial Quarter, a living history attraction right in the heart of St. Augustine. At the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, climb 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse for breathtaking views, and learn about the town’s maritime and WWII history. And don’t miss a visit to the site where Spanish settlers founded St. Augustine nearly 450 years ago – Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.
There are so many ways for your group to enjoy the beach and waterways along this historic coastline. Forty-two miles of oceanfront offer perfect sand and surf, sailing and fishing. If you’re lucky, you might even catch sight of dolphins. Ponte Vedra is known as the gem of the northeast coast with serene beaches beautiful at sunrise. Anastasia State Park is a favorite among visitors for its endless options – from camping and picnicking to fishing, boating and hiking on nature trails. But with miles and miles of coastline and Intracoastal waterways to choose from, you’re sure to make memories.
Taste the Flavors of Florida
What would a reunion be without a little family bonding over great meals? With the ocean just steps away, the seafood is always fresh, and the flavors are uniquely Florida. From local to international, seaside shacks to fine dining – it’s all here. Don’t miss the tapas and Spanish dishes at Michael’s Tasting Room or the family-owned Columbia Restaurant with its award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine. Have a large family? The Raintree Restaurant offers group menus for parties of 25 or more. For northern Italian cuisine, visit Terra & Aqua. Or head over to Meehan’s Irish Pub, where you can dine on corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and and fish-n-chips.
Enjoy your seafood with a waterside view as you dine on the deck of Aunt Kate’s. Enjoy fine dining, a whiskey bar and an extensive wine selection at Vernon’s at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.
Sleep well in St. Augustine
In St. Augustine along Florida’s Historic Coast, the accommodations are as beautiful as the scenery that surrounds them. With over 200 options to choose from, finding just the right place to book your reunion stay is easy. Search through the various charming resorts, bed and breakfasts and inns to find just the place for your family and all the amenities you’ll need. If you’d like to be in the heart of St. Augustine with access to the charming town and nearby beach, be sure to check out the historic, Spanish-influenced Casa Monica Resort & Spa, the centrally located Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront, the quaint bed and breakfast Bayfront Marin House, the new, upscale Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, or the homey St. George Inn. About 30 miles up the historic coast check out the beachside resort and amazing views at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club or the luxurious and family friendly Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.
Conveniently located along the eastern coast of northern Florida, St. Augustine is about an hour south of Jacksonville on I-95, and about an hour and 45 minutes north east of Orlando along I-4E and I-95N. Both of these cities offer large international airports. St. Augustine is also home to Northeast Florida Regional Airport, which hosts seasonal flights from Charlotte, Philadelphia and Chicago.
By now, it should be clear why St. Augustine and the entire length of Florida’s Historic Coast are favorites among many families and groups as they gather for reunions. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the local Visitor’s Bureau are ready to make planning simple and convenient, so you can spend your time enjoying family, knowing the details are taken care of. Start planning today for your next reunion – at the beach.