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Howey-in-the-hills, St. Augustine, Jacksonville

Experience a wide slice of Florida in cultural and historical terms with this carefully crafted itinerary that includes tempting offbeat destinations, wonderful natural history and magnificent shopping, not to mention some great restaurants.

For golf lovers, there is the chance to sample some of the best sport in the state at both the Mission Inn Resort near Orlando and the magnificent TPC Sawgrass course, which hosts one of the biggest international events each year. In between, you will discover much of Florida’s 16th century Spanish heritage, notably in America’s oldest city, St Augustine, and enjoy the 19th century style of Henry Flagler, the railroad baron who opened the state up to tourism from 1880 to 1920.

On top of the history, the shopping highlights included here run the gamut from designer outlets to local artisans, and art galleries to high-end boutiques. There are also several notable eco-tourism experiences along the way, and no-one will be able to resists the lure of swimming with dolphins in St Augustine!

Example Itinerary for St. Augustine, Jacksonville

Day 1
  • Arrive in Orlando International Airport
  • Drive 49 miles north-west and check in at the upscale Mission Inn Resort & Club, which dates back to 1916
  • Dinner at El Conquistador, the resort’s fine dining restaurant, with great steaks and seafood
Day 2
  • Play a round of golf at the Las Colinas CourseTake the short drive to nearby Yalaha Bakery, a local institution for fine organic German breads and pastries
  • Participate in trap & skeet shooting at the Mission Inn with an experienced instructor
  • Take lunch in the hotel grounds at the casual La Hacienda restaurant, overlooking the golf course
  • Visit the Inn’s beautiful Marina del Rey venue for the chance to go sailing or bass fishing in Lake Harris
  • Sample one of the hotel’s four restaurants for dinner
Day 3
  • Play a round of golf at one of the resort’s two championship-quality courses
  • Discover Florida history along the two ‘Trails of the Conquistadors’ eco-adventure walks within the resort
  • Enjoy dinner with a lakefront view at nearby JB Boondocks Bar & Grill
Day 4
  • Check out of the Mission Inn Resort & Club
  • Take the 100-mile drive north-east to St. Augustine
  • Stop at the St. Augustine Premium Outlets right on junction 318 of motorway I-95 for some designer shopping
  • Check in at Beacher’s Lodge Oceanfront Suites
  • Have dinner at the casual South Beach Grill nearby, with fabulous ocean views from their second-floor dining area
Day 5
  • Morning eco tour by kayak or boat with Ripple Effect, seven miles to the south at Marineland Marina
  • Visit historic downtown St. Augustine – founded in 1565 – and take a guided walking tour or Old Town Trolley Tour
  • Have lunch at The Floridian restaurant on Spanish Street
  • Tour Flagler College, formerly the historic Hotel Ponce de Leon built in 1888 by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler
  • njoy a sunset sail on the Schooner Freedom from St Augustine Municipal Marina
Day 6
  • Swim with the dolphins at the renowned Marineland Dolphin Adventure
  • Continue your tour of historic St Augustine with a walk along St. George Street, then climb the 219 steps of the St. Augustine Lighthouse
  • Visit the iconic fortress of Castillo De San Marcos, a US National Park Service national monument
  • Take a Tasting Tour of the city with St Augustine Historic Tours
Day 7
  • Check-out of Beacher’s Lodge Oceanfront Suites
  • Drive north along A1A to Ponte Vedra
  • Stop off at the Guana Tolomata Matanzas Research Reserve to enjoy their Education Center and miles of walking trails
  • Check in at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Dinner at nearby Restaurant Medure, a Four-Diamond rated restaurant with innovative cuisine
Day 8
  • Breakfast at Vernon’s, with great views of the resort grounds
  • Head north to Jacksonville Beach and enjoy the beach promenade, where you can fish off the Pier
  • Enjoy lunch at Metro Diner, serving classic American fare
  • Check out the live performances on offer at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Day 9
  • Have breakfast at the resort and indulge in some relaxation at the Sawgrass Spa
  • Visit the world famous TPC Sawgrass golf course, home of the annual Players Championship
  • Have lunch at TPC’s superb Nineteen restaurant, with its outdoor terrace affording great views of the presentation lawn and course
  • Head back to Jacksonville Beach for the chance to sample the excellent local micro-brews at Green Room Brewery
Day 10
  • Take the 15-mile drive west to the open air shopping mall of St John’s Town Center, with a great array of department stores, boutiques and restaurants
  • Continue on to Jacksonville and the historic San Marco district of art galleries, boutiques and restaurants
  • Have lunch at Bistro AIX, with classic Mediterranean cuisine in a rustic setting
  • Cross the St John’s River to discover an amazing art collection and 2.5 acres of early 20th century garden designs at Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens
  • Continue on to The Jacksonville Landing, with a choice of more than a dozen restaurants and bars for dinner
Day 11
  • Check out of Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, and take the 150-mile drive back to Orlando. Consider a side trip to DeLand, just off I-4 near Orlando, which boasts an authentic downtown of original shops and restaurants
  • Depart from Orlando International Airport

 

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