OUR AREA

Our area of Florida is a unique part of the Sunshine State that boasts a stunning natural landscape, a wealth of culture and history, and an easy-going lifestyle that makes visitors from around the world feel right at home.

Palm Coast, FL and The Hammock are home to miles of pristine beaches, dozens of parks, nature trails, and “Old Florida” beauty. America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, offers countless historic attractions, terrific shopping, and eclectic dining options. Flagler Beach is a sleepy little beach town that is a throwback to a simpler time.

Old oaks, palmetto palms and hammock-shaped dunes form a plush environment in this region. Coquina sands give our distinctive shores a unique “cinnamon” color. Golfers can find world-class courses around practically every corner, and boaters revel in the fact that the famous Intracoastal Waterway runs right through the center of our cities.

Many families come here to enjoy a peaceful, relaxing vacation and escape all the “hustle and bustle” for a while. However, there is still plenty to see and do for those looking for a little excitement.

Swim with the dolphins at Marineland or tour the Castillo de San Marcos, a spectacular fort built in the 1600s. Rent a kayak and explore endless canals or enjoy a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience at the Alligator Farm. Indulge yourself in a sea of brand names at the outlet malls, or satisfy your need for speed at the famous Daytona International Speedway. For families, Disney World and Orlando with its world-famous attractions are a just a little more than an hour away. Kennedy Space Center is also close enough for a day trip. There’s so much to see and do, or you might choose to just sit on one of our beautiful beaches and do nothing at all!

GETTING HERE:

Our area is hard to leave, but easy to get to. We’re within 75 miles of four international airports, and all of our vacation rentals are easy accessible off of I-95 and/or A1A.

Airports:

Jacksonville (JAX): A good number of available flights and easy to get in and out of. Carriers include AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and US Airways. (60-90 minutes away).

Orlando International (MCO): One of the nation’s major airports. 35 airlines fly in and out, including all major U.S. airlines. By far the most flight selections in the area but also a little further away than the other options and typically a bit more congested. (90 minutes-2 hours away).

Daytona Beach (DAB): Closest airport to our area and very easy to get in and out of, but not many flights available. Direct flights to and from Atlanta (Delta) and Charlotte (US Airways). (30-45 minutes away).

Orlando-Sanford (SFB): Closer, smaller alternative to MCO. The main carrier is Allegiant Air, which offers flights from many small U.S. airports, including Allentown (Pennsylvania), Chicago-Rockford, Roanoke (Virginia), and Bangor (Maine). Also several international flights, mostly to/from the United Kingdom on Thomson Air. (60-90 minutes away)

Driving distances from Palm Coast, FL:

  • St. Augustine, FL: 25 miles Tamba, FL:165 miles
  • Daytona Beach, FL: 30 miles Savannah, GA: 205 miles
  • Jacksonville, FL: 60 miles Hilton Head, SC: 245 miles
  • Orlando, FL: 75 miles Miami, FL: 285 miles
  • Gainesville, FL: 85 miles Charleston, SC: 305 miles
  • Cape Canaveral, FL: 100 miles Atlanta, GA: 400 miles

THINGS TO DO:

  • AMUSEMENT PARKS & FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

    Marineland:
    Come swim with the dolphins and learn about marine life social behavior and communication at the world’s first oceanarium! www.marineland.net | 904-471-111

    St. Augustine Alligator Farm:
    Enjoy a close encounter with rare and exotic alligators, crocodiles, birds, reptiles and more at one of the world’s most unique zoological parks. www.alligatorfarm.com | (904) 824-3337

    Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum:
    800 unique exhibits, artifacts, and artwork from the collection of Robert Ripley, the famous explorer/adventurer. staugustine.ripleys.com | (904) 824-1606

    Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth:
    Learn about the discovery and settlement of America’s oldest city by Ponce de Leon in his search for the Fountain of Youth. www.fountainofyouthflorida.com | (904) 829-3168

    IMAX Theatre:
    A 3D movie experience like none other! Check the website or call for features and showtimes.
    www.worldgolfimax.com | (904) 940-4123

    Adventure Landing:
    Miniature Golf, Go-Karts, Arcade, Batting Cages and more family fun. www.adventurelanding.com | 904-827-9400

    Daytona Lagoon:
    Waterpark, Rock Wall, Laser Tag, and more. www.daytonalagoon.com | 386-254-5020

    Disney World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Orlando attractions:
    No explanation necessary. The world’s #1 tourist destination is just over an hour away. The nice thing is you don’t have to stay right in the middle of the madness to be able to enjoy the parks. Stay with us at the beach instead! disneyworld.disney.go.com | www.universalorlando.com

    Kennedy Space Center:
    NASA's launch headquarters is the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch!
    www.kennedyspacecenter.com

  • HISTORICAL TOURS & MUSEUMS

    St. Augustine Trolley Tours:
    These are a great way to get an “overview” of the different attractions and historical places in St. Augustine and determine where you’d like to spend more time.
    www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine | redtrains.com

    Castillo de San Marcos:
    The only existing 17th century stone fort in North America. Explore this significant piece of American history with tour-guided or self-guided tours and enjoy re-enactments of weapons firings and battle routines by actors in “period attire”.
    www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm | (904) 829-6506

    St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum:
    Tour the highest point of the nation’s oldest port- enjoy stunning views of the city and explore nautical history at the lighthouse museum.
    www.staugustinelighthouse.com | (904) 829-0745

    Lightner Museum:
    Costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments and other relics of America's Gilded Age give you a glimpse into 19th century daily life at this downtown St. Augustine museum.

    Flagler College:
    The college was once known as The Ponce de Leon Hotel, one of the most fantastic resorts of its time. This monument of Spanish Renaissance architecture is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Tiffany stained glass.

    World Golf Hall of Fame:
    A must for lovers of the game of golf. The greatest golfers of all-time are enshrined at the world’s most prestigious museum dedicated to the gentleman’s game.
    www.worldgolfhalloffame.org | (904) 940-4123

  • PLACES OF INTEREST/SHOPPING

    St. George Street:
    This pedestrian-only shopping district is one of St. Augustine’s signature locations. People who love shopping, colonial architecture, and a good “stroll” will love this wonderful tourist haven.

    Daytona International Speedway:
    Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the most famous race track in the world.
    www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Fan-Info/Tours.aspx | 386-947-6866

    Flagler Beach Pier:
    A beautiful place to walk, fish, or just watch the waves crash in.
    www.flaglerbeachpier.net

    Daytona Museum of Arts & Sciences:
    World-class exhibits, features, art, planetarium, children’s museum and more.
    www.moas.org | 386-255-0285

    Ocean Walk Shoppes: Shopping, dining, movies, and live entertainment on the beach in Daytona.
    oceanwalkshoppes.com | 386-258-9544

    Brue Rossmeyer’s Harley Davidson is home to the world’s largest inventory of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
    www.brucerossmeyer.com | 386-671-7100

    Prime Outlets:
    The famous St. Augustine Prime Outlets offer more than 75 authentic fashion brands and serves as the premier outlet destination for Northeast Florida shoppers. After the recent $35 million expansion and renovation, Prime Outlets welcomed a host of top designer name brands including Saks Fifth Avenue, OFF 5TH and Gucci's only outlet location in the southeast U.S.
    www.primeoutlets.com/locations/st--augustine.aspx

    Premium Outlets:
    Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Converse, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Movado, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Tommy Bahama, Tommy Hilfiger and more.
    www.premiumoutlets.com

    St. George Street:
    This pedestrian-only shopping district is one of St. Augustine’s signature locations. People who love shopping, colonial architecture, and a good “stroll” will love this wonderful tourist haven.

    Ocean Walk Shoppes: Shopping, dining, movies, and live entertainment on the beach in Daytona. oceanwalkshoppes.com

    ANTIQUE SHOPPING:
    www.adasta.org/members.html

    FLAGLER BEACH FARMER’S MARKET:
    www.flaglerbeachfarmersmarket.com

  • STATE PARKS & TRAILS

    Our Area is home to more state parks and trails than anywhere in Florida! Below are just a few places to experience this region’s “Old Florida” beauty.

    St. Joe Walkway and Palm Coast Linear Park:
    This beautiful shaded walkway runs down the majestic Intracoastal Waterway and is decorated by a canopy of old oaks. Great for walking or biking.
    www.ci.palm-coast.fl.us/City/Attractions/PCG/

    Washington Oaks Gardens State Park:
    The perfect place for a picnic! Beautiful scenery and trails for hiking, biking and bird watching.
    www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks | (386) 446-6780

    Bing’s Landing:
    The eight-acre park is located on A1A within a maritime oak hammock. The park houses a state-of-the-art boat launch on the Intracoastal Waterway, fishing pier, picnic and playground facilities, and an archaeological dig of the Mala Compra Plantation.
    www.flaglercounty.org/facilities.aspx?page=detail&RID=3 | (386) 313-4020

    Anastasia State Park:
    1,600 acre park features four miles of pristine beach, a tidal salt marsh, and a maritime and upland hammock. camping, beachcombing, swimming, picnicking, fishing, windsurfing, hiking, wildlife viewing, boating and more.
    www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia/default.cfm | (904) 461-2033

    Princess Place Preserve:
    Take in one of the many hiking trails, spend time fishing in the salt marshes along the Matanzas River and Pellicer Creek, or camp out under the stars.
    fl-flaglercounty.civicplus.com/facilities.aspx?page=detail&RID=18 | (386) 313-4020

    Faver-Dykes State Park:
    Home to more than one hundred bird species! Songbirds, eagles and falcons return to nest at the park each year. This peaceful park is also home to deer, turkeys, hawks, bobcats, and river otters.
    www.floridastateparks.org/faverdykes/default.cfm | (904) 794-0997

    Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park:
    Ruins of the former plantation, a sugar mill, a unique spring house, several wells and the crumbling foundations of the plantation house and slave cabins show how volatile the Florida frontier was in the early 19th century.
    www.floridastateparks.org/bulowplantation/default.cfm | (386) 517-2084

    Gamble Rodgers Memorial State Park:
    Boaters and canoeists can launch from a boat ramp on the Intracoastal Waterway. A short walk along a boardwalk takes you to the beach.
    www.floridastateparks.org/gamblerogers/default.cfm | (386) 517-2086

  • ENTERTAINMENT:

    CONCERTS & PERFORMANCES:

    St. Augustine Ampitheatre is a terrific outdoor venue that is host to concerts of many top-line bands and performers.
    staugamp.sjcvenues.com | 904-471-1965

    Peabody Auditorium offers productions of Broadway shows and concerts from A-list performers.
    www.peabodyauditorium.org | 386-671-346

    MOVIE THEATERS:

    Epic Theaters (Palm Coast):
    www.epictheatres.com/palmcoast.php | 386-206-9757

    Epic Theaters (St. Augustine):
    5618.formovietickets.com:2235 | 904-797-5757

    IMAX Theatre:
    www.worldgolfimax.com | (904) 940-4123

  • CHARTER BOATS, FISHING TOURS, BOAT & JETSKI RENTALS:

    Charter Boats & Fishing Tours: Several to choose from. Check a few of these sites to get an idea of the different tours and rates available.
    www.sealovefishing.com
    www.palmcoastfishing.com
    www.florida-guides.com/directory/northeast/palm-coast.html
    www.redlinefishingcharters.com
    www.flaglerfishingcharters.com

    BOAT RENTALS:
    www.bayrayrentals.com
    www.electricboatrentalsofpalmcoast.com
    www.castandcruise.com

    JET SKI RENTALS:
    www.ragingwatersports.com | 904-829-5001
    www.jetskidaytona.com | 386-451-1026

  • OTHER FUN TOURS:

    Ghost Tours:
    St. Augustine is known as one of the nation’s most haunted cities. There are a number of ghost tours available. Quite the popular Ancient City tradition.
    www.aghostlyexperience.com
    www.ghostsandgravestones.com
    www.ghosttrainadventure.com

    ST. AUGUSTINE PUB CRAWL
    Enough said.
    www.staugustinepubcrawl.com | (904) 540-3476

    Pirate Ship Cruise:
    A one-of-a-kind live pirate show full of music. Sing along with the crew, and find your inner pirate while you see the beautiful sights of the Matanzas River.
    www.blackravenadventures.com

    Sightseeing Cruises:
    Enjoy the sights of the city from the water.
    www.scenic-cruise.com

    Tall Ship Cruise:
    Sail aboard a 72’ tall replica of a 19th century blockade runner.
    www.schoonerfreedom.com

    HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES:
    magicsunriseballooning.com/index.htm | 866-606-RIDE

  • BEACHES

    Cinnamon Beach/Hammock Beach: Coquina-colored beach with a “private” feel. Very peaceful and tranquil- no driving on the beach or surfing allowed. Not great for swimming because of rocks on the coast. Access on 16th Road, Palm Coast or direct access from select private communities.

    Jungle Hut: A hidden gem and extension of Cinnamon Beach/Hammock Beach. Access on Jungle Hut Road, Pam Coast.

    Flagler Beach: Beautiful beach and pier, lots of little restaurants and bars on the beach. Access directly on A1A.

    Matanzas Beach: Located on the Matanzas Inlet. Soft white sand on the Intracoastal side, beautiful cinnamon sand on the ocean side. Cars can drive on the beach, jet skis and boats can dock.

    Marineland Beach: Located adjacent to the Marineland Oceanarium. Very quiet and relaxing.

    Crescent Beach: Beautiful beach lined by cottages and homes on the water.

    St. Augustine Beach: Soft, deep white sand and close to downtown St. Augustine. Plenty of beach bars and restaurants.

    Villano Beach: Sleepy little beach east of downtown St. Augustine. Watch the marine life at play from Porpoise Point!

  • GOLF

    The Ocean Course: This Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course features six holes on the Atlantic Ocean and is referred to as “The Pebble Beach of the East”. An incredible experience for golf lovers of all abilities. Discount rounds available through Cinnamon Beach Vacations for just $125!
    105 16th Road East | Palm Coast, FL 32137

    The Conservatory: A Tom Watson Design, generally considered one of the most challenging courses in all of Florida. The sensational clubhouse is simply one of the most fantastic on the East Coast. Host of a 2008 PGA Event. Discount rounds available through Cinnamon Beach Vacations for just $125!
    300 Conservatory Drive | Palm Coast, FL 32137

    Palm Harbor: A terrific public course with a great layout and nice clubhouse with restaurant. Great bargain with rounds under $30!
    20 Palm Harbor Drive | Palm Coast, Florida 32137 | 386-986-4653

    World Golf Village: The King & Bear course (Arnold Palmer & Jack Nicklaus) and Slammer & Squire course (Sam Snead & Gene Sarazen) are the only resort golf courses in the world designed as a collaboration between these legendary Golf Hall of Famers.
    2 WORLD GOLF PLACE | ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA 32092 | 904.940.6088

    Grand Reserve: Nice little course that is never crowded.
    235 Oak Branch Blvd | Bunnell, FL 32110 | (386) 313-2966

    St. Augustine Shores: Affordable course with rounds around $25.
    707 Shores Blvd | Saint Augustine, FL 32086 | (904) 794-0303

  • ECO-TOURS & KAYAKS

    Tropical Kayaks offers tours and kayak rentals to explore Palm Coast’s many canals and waterways- see manatees, dolphin, egrets, osprey and more. Rent your own or take a guided tour. Located in Palm Coast
    www.tropicalkayaks.com | (386) 445-0506

    St. Augustine Eco Tours: Boat excursions, kayak tours and catamaran sailing.
    www.staugustineecotours.com | 904-377-7245