Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Palm Coast, St. Augustine and Daytona Beach--Florida Vacation Paradises

Ocean view and beach access
in this St. Augustinevacation rental.
When you think about vacationing in Florida, Miami, Disney and Key West might come to mind first. While those areas are great, consider Florida's Northeast coast and the exciting and fun beaches near St. Augustine, Palm Coast and Daytona. You'll also find plenty of Atlantic coast vacation rentals.

St. Augustine. You'll find plenty to see and do. Historic St. Augustine, the oldest permanently settled city in the United States, dates its founding back to 1565. It's filled with Spanish Renaissance architecture and memorable landmarks such as the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Castillo de San Marcos and the Fountain of Youth. You can also visit nearby Marineland, the world's first oceanarium. It offers interactive programs such as swimming with dolphins’ adventures and touch and feed experiences.

Daytona Beach. At Daytona Beach consistently tops the "America's Best Beaches" lists that come out every few years. You'll enjoy 23 miles of beautiful beach that are always free and open to sunbathers and swimmers. Cars are allowed in designated areas (depending on tides) from sunrise to sunset. There's also the world famous Daytona International Speedway, the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, shopping, dining and plenty of other attractions. For example, just south of Daytona is the Kennedy Space Center, where you can learn all about America's space program.

Palm Coast. If golf is your bag, then pay a visit to Palm Coast. You'll find many top-level courses, including Hammock Dunes, a Reese Jones designed championship golf course set in 900 acres of oak and pine forest. There's also the Flagler Beach & Pier, a quiet and quaint beach town with six miles of beach and a lovely beachfront business district. You'll also be right between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, making Palm Coast a great home base for exploring the area.