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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is the oceanfront resort community that is headquarters of the PGA tour and home of The Players Championship at TPC-Sawgrass, golfís richest tournament. Ponte Vedra Beach is also home of the ATP, Tennis headquarters for the Americas. The Intracoastal Waterway and the St. Johnís River provide exceptional boating and fishing. Five-star hotels, fine dining, championship golf and beautiful beaches make Ponte Vedra Beach a wonderful vacation destination or an extraordinary place to call home.

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PONTE VEDRA ATTRACTIONS

Ponte Vedra beach may be accessed from Ponte Vedra Blvd at Micklerís Landing, off A1A just south of Sawgrass Country Club. Parking for 250 cars is available dawn to dusk in a paved lot. A lifeguard is on duty during the season. Now until October 31st is sea turtle nesting season. These giant turtles and their tiny babies are guided to the sea by the night sky so no flashlights or other lighting may be used on the beach during this time.

Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve is 55,000 acres of salt march and tidelands on A1A 10 miles south of Micklerís Landing. Three areas along A1A are designed for parking and allow access to miles of unpopulated beach. A research center with exhibits relating to the estuary is at the small dam between Lake Ponte Vedra and The Guana River. There are ramps into the water for small boats for fishing and canoeing. Nine miles of trails take you through the marsh and a hammock of trees for hiking, biking or birding.

Davis Park is just across the ICW bridge leading into the town of Nocatee. This new park has 17 sports fields for organized football, soccer and baseball and two dog parks. Children under 12 will enjoy fishing, catch and release only, at the four stocked ponds. There is also a playground.

THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, golfís richest tournament will be held May 4-10, 2009 at TPC at Sawgrass.

The Spa at the Inn and Club and the Spa at the Marriott at Sawgrass are large, first-class facilities offering the latest in spa services. The Spas are open to the public; reservations are recommended. The recent opening of the oceanfront Spa at One Ocean, five miles away in Atlantic Beach attests to the popularity of pampering.

Golf information is under a separate heading. (scroll down)

 

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Jacksonville Beach; 5 miles north on A1A;Jacksonville Beach has a great new pier, good beach, casual bars and restaurants and shops, concerts and movies at the amphitheatre.

St. Augustine; 19 miles south on A1A, running parallel to the ocean. History, tours, The Fort, Fountain of Youth, Oldest everything, Ripley Believe it or Not, carriage rides, St. George St., good restaurants, St. Augustine is not to be missed.

Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach; 39 miles north. The BEST ride is A1A through Mayport on the ferry. It offers a good view of Mayport NAS and Little Talbot Island. Fernandina has nice, walkable Center Street with shops, restaurants and old homes. At the end is a marina that has a day cruise to Cumberland Island. Amelia Island is home to a wonderful, low-key Ritz Carlton.

The World Golf Village; 15 miles south just off I-95towards St. Augustine. Youíll enjoy the IMAX and the Golf Hall of Fame now featuring the Jack Nicklaus exhibit. The Slammer and The Squire Golf Courses are challenging and accepting reservations for tee times. The Tour Stop is 20,000 square feet of golf equipment.

The Jacksonville Zoo
The Jacksonville Jaguars
Dog racing at St. Johnís Greyhound Park
Casino Cruise from Mayport
Jacksonville Suns baseball

 
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