Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Beach is an unincorporated seaside community in St. Johns County, Florida, 18 miles southeast of downtown Jacksonville and 26 miles north of St. Augustine. It is an upmarket tourist resort best known for its association with golf. It is the home of the ATP Tour, the PGA Tour, and The Players Championship is played at The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass. Sawgrass is also the new home of The MPS Group Championships, a women’s tennis tournament.
The area is known for its resorts including the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club (a AAA five diamond resort), the Lodge and Club (four diamonds), and the Marriott at Sawgrass (three diamonds). It also lies in the fourth wealthiest county in Florida, ranking just behind the Palm Beach and Naples areas. Most of the beaches have limited public access, with the exception of Mickler’s Landing and Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Golf, tennis and boating are other popular activities.
Ponte Vedra is a highly exclusive and wealthy community with an exotic name (pronounced “Ponti-vee-dra) that represents and defines a privileged class.
Nick-named the “Palm Beach of Northern Florida,” this is the landing destination for elite and high-class executives of Jacksonville Beach Florida.
Very large and very expensive homes line this beautiful beach. Some of these are ‘pricy rentals’ where you can be a prince or princess for a little while but alas, the pumpkin doth return.
Great activities to try and nearby attractions:
•For a very inexpensive (which is a rarity here) and educational experience, visit the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Museum.
•Enjoy shopping in some very fancy and world-class shops or hang out in one of the relaxing resorts here.
•Try wave boarding or snorkeling in the crystal blue water or bring a good book and relax on the beach while the kids build a sand “mansion.” You might need a permit to build anything less.
•Enjoy golfing on one of the pristine courses or playing tennis on one of the beautiful tennis courts.