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Bliss Out in the Sunshine State

There's good reason that thousands of retirees, so-called "snowbirds," flock to Florida every winter. The state's white-sand beaches, ocean access and waterfront towns tempt winter-weary travelers. Still, Florida offers much to do beyond lounging along beaches.

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Fishing by Kayak

Fishing by Kayak

Dawn comes with a quiet tranquility as the fiery Florida sunrise provides a stunning backdrop for fishing. Reds, tarpon, trout, cobia and kings. They’re all here. All the time. In creeks, lakes, rivers and breakers along 42 miles of Atlantic shore. 960 1280

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Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach

The “Golf Capital of the World” is a well-known – and well-deserved – name for Ponte Vedra Beach, which is home to dozens of world-class courses. Here, amateur players and accomplished professionals alike will find a golf course for every skill level. 960 1280

Chris Condon  

Anastasia State Park Beach

Anastasia State Park Beach

With sea foam and room to roam, Anastasia State Park Beach isn’t like Florida’s other beaches. It’s wider -- with sand packed perfectly for bike cruising. The waves are always up for a good ride -- while 4 miles of pristine beachfront beckon you to hike, swim, bird-watch and beachcomb. 960 1280

  

Historic St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra

Historic St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra

Castillo de San Marcos represents the very fabric of historic St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra. Fashioned entirely of coquina rock, construction of the fort started in 1672 – more than a century after Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded the city in 1565. 960 1280

  

Hotel Ponce De León

Hotel Ponce De León

What’s now Flagler College was originally the Hotel Ponce De León, a lavish and sprawling resort built under the direction of Henry Flagler in 1888. An industrialist, oil magnate and railroad pioneer, Flagler played a vastly important role in the development of Florida’s east coast. 960 1280

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High Dunes

High Dunes

Here, enchanting tales of triumph surround each and every landmark. But surrounding the beaches is nothing but more beaches. You won’t find any towering buildings, hotels or condominiums blocking the sun while you're biking along the shore -- but you will find 42 miles of wide coastline. 960 1280

  

Seaside Escape

Seaside Escape

Romantic resorts and spas stretch along the seaside. Quaint B&Bs nestle in old-world charm. And historic landmarks give you a glimpse into Florida’s past. 960 1280

George Kamper  

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos

The area’s legendary armada of attractions is a favorite among families -- from discovering Juan Ponce de León’s famous Fountain of Youth to exploring the battle-tested Castillo de San Marcos and witnessing a cannon-firing from its gun decks. 960 1280

  

Historic Ships

Historic Ships

In 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles -- founder of St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra -- leaned along the worn, wooden rails of a Spanish galleon and peered through a brass eyepiece. As if by magic, he spotted rolling dunes and coastline. Even now, 450 years later, the town he established has never stopped progressing, preserving and mystifying. 960 1280

  

Classic Romance

Classic Romance

Does your love story start aboard a schooner sailing the Matanzas? Or does the passion begin with a couple’s massage in Ponte Vedra Beach? With old-world style at every turn, live out your own romantic tale on Florida’s Historic Coast. 960 1280

George Kamper  

Historic District

Historic District

The historic district -- where everything comes together. Here, the bars and restaurants that line St. George and its sister streets combine 5 centuries of culinary tradition with hand-crafted cocktails to create an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in Florida.  960 1280

George Kamper  

Flagler College

Flagler College

The twin spires of Flagler College were once water storage tanks which contained 8,000 gallons each and provided running water for guests of the former Hotel Ponce De León. Later, during World War II, one of the towers served as a temporary jail when the hotel was occupied by the U.S. Coast Guard. 960 1280

  

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