East coast - HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE
OFFERS ADVENTURE AND EXCITING ATTRACTIONS
St. Augustine is a virtual wonderland of adventure and is home to countless miles of pristine beaches, historical sites, unique restaurants, museums, monuments, shopping, and parks. Golf enthusiasts appreciate that we are near several championship golf courses that hold the distinction of being a Golf Digest 4-star public course, World Golf Village, created by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, and Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club, and Saint Augustine Shores Golf Club which is a 70 par course that is perfect for novice as well as seasoned players. St. Augustine is full of family-friendly attractions that are a short drive from the hotel like Anastasia State Park, and Marineland. Additional nearby attractions include the Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, The Oldest House, The Ximenez Fatio House, the Spanish Quarter Museum, and the Freedom Trail. Other nearby attractions are the Old St Augustine Village which some say is haunted, and the St. Augustine Outletsfor a fun afternoon of shopping.
Additionally, St. Augustine offers several wheelchair accessible attractions like Castillo de San Marcos, Lightner Museum, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park, the Pirate & Treasure Museum, Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, the St. Augustine Distillery, and St. George Street. There are also several beaches located inside St. John’s County for guests to enjoy like Crescent Beach, which offers a wooden boardwalk with sand access, and North Beach, St. Augustine Beach, Surfside, and Vilano Beach which all offer accessible bathrooms and beach wheelchair loans or rentals. Accessible parks include Anastasia State Park, Franklin B. Butler County Park, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Park. During sea turtle nesting season, guests who want to visit accessible beaches should contact city or county offices to see if the access mats are in place. For a tour of the famous points of interest in the area, the Old Town Trolley will pick guests up at our hotel if they have tickets. The closest airports are the Northeast Florida Regional Airport, Daytona Beach International Airport, and the Jacksonville International Airport.
GULF COAST - Sanibel Island AND CAPTIVA ISLAND
For generations, people have escaped over the three-mile causeway to a refreshing pace of life. Find protected white-sand beaches brimming with shells, unmatched wildlife viewing and a family-focused village atmosphere.
Palm trees and nature flourish here on heavily vegetated flower-lined islands famous for beaches and the incredible variety of shells on the shore. Beaches range from Lighthouse Park at one end of Sanibel to Captiva’s romantic beaches where sunsets draw a nightly crowd. In between are even more family-friendly beaches and long stretches of unpopulated sands fronting beautiful houses. Seashells cover most, but Bowman’s Beach is known for its selections.
On Sanibel, 25 miles of multi-use paths function as sidewalks, bike paths and recreational trails beside buildings no taller than the tallest palm tree. Residents and visitors alike maintain a healthy commitment to the environment. Half of Sanibel’s acreage has been preserved against development.
Throughout history, Sanibel and Captiva have been stopovers for the rich and famous, including one special cartoonist. Jay Norwood “Ding” Darlinghelped create the 6,400-acre national wildlife refuge that still bears his name on Sanibel. Other notable visitors include Teddy Roosevelt, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and more. From artist Robert Rauschenberg to weatherman Willard Scott, the famous still seek refuge at this preserve for wildlife and the human soul.
Visitors to both islands enjoy the languid pace of island life, great restaurants, theater and museums. Education centers introduce visitors to the island’s marine, freshwater and hammock habitats where river otters, loggerhead sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, bald eagles and hundreds of native and migratory birds find refuge.
Art galleries hold an inspiring presence on Sanibel Island, with monthly Art Nights during the winter. Seashell shops, resort clothing boutiques and jewelry stores selling custom, sea-inspired adornments line small shopping centers festooned with bougainvillea, shady ficus trees and swaying palms. Restaurants on both islands excel at seafood succulence, but menus range from Mediterranean to New American.
Between Sanibel and Captiva, find a resort to precisely match your style of vacationing. Small inns provide an intimate experience, Gulf-front resorts cater to beach buffs, cottages have that freeing barefoot feel, and grand destination resorts leave no vacation whim unfulfilled. Local marinas offer plenty of cruises and guided experiences on the water, while resorts and outfitters often stock kayaks, sailboats, paddleboats and an assortment of water toys.
GULF COAST - ST. PETERSBURG
DISCOVER GORGEOUS, LAID-BACK ST. PETE BEACH
Visit this magical expanse of sand and you’ll understand why Trip Advisor’s community of travelers love St. Pete Beach, naming it the No. 4 beach in the U.S. in 2019.
St. Pete Beach’s shores include the longest undeveloped stretch of public beach in the St. Pete/Clearwater area at Pass-a-Grille Beach. Live it up with a variety of watersports, from parasailing and stand-up paddleboarding to windsurfing and kiteboarding.
There are plenty of places to set up camp in St. Pete Beach—the town is sprinkled with nostalgic Old Florida motels and inns. If you’d rather opt for the five-star experience, The Don CeSar, known as the Pink Palace, or the TradeWinds Island Resorts, offer beachfront property along with full-service amenities.
For lively diversions away from the shore, head to the Corey Avenue district. For over six decades, Corey Avenue has thrived at the heart of St. Pete Beach. There’s a variety of funky specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and more. Plan to spend an hour or an entire afternoon just on this stretch of town.
Stay through the evening so you can head to The Drunken Clam. Well known by the locals, this small beach bar is open until the early morning and serves up fresh wings and cocktails. For an upscale evening out, head to RumFish Grill for martinis under the glow of a huge aquarium, or to Harry's Beach Bar for an al fresco after-dark retreat.