Amelia Island to St. Augustine
...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 seven consecutive years and a Top 25 Island in the World in 2013, Amelia Island is treasured for its long stretches of quiet beaches, natural beauty, unique history, and charming seaport character.
It has been 500 years since Ponce de Leon first saw the magnificent beaches of St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra, but even after nearly five centuries they remain a major attraction on Florida's Historic Coast. Beauty, history and unspoiled nature combined have put Ponte Vedra Beach on CNN's list of 22 Can't Miss U.S. Beaches.
Whether it's family fun in the sun, a romantic walk by the sea, or a day of reflection and relaxation to the accompaniment of the gentle surf, this is the place for the best of the beach. Plus, a mandatory height restriction of 35 feet for buildings on Florida's Historic Coast ensures the beaches are never darkened by shadows cast by massive, high-rise buildings.