More than 100 parks are the area’s treasures, retreats for nature lovers...
After you’ve soaked up the Old City’s ambiance, you won’t have to venture far for surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, sailing or windsurfing on Anastasia Island or Ponte Vedra. Hiking up 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the oldest navigational site in North America, is worth the view.
When you've seen the expanse of azure water that surrounds the area, you will understand why fishing is a year ‘round sport here. Saltwater and freshwater fishing are minutes from the historic district. Hang out at a local bait shop to soak up the local lore about “the big one that got away.”
Along the Matanzas River, family operated fishing resorts offer complete setups, renting pontoon boats and skiffs as well as tackle, if you didn’t bring your rod. Locals are eager to give tips on inshore saltwater fishing near feeder creeks and oyster bars off the main channel where they catch black drum, tarpon and mangrove snapper. Deep-sea charters will take you trolling for wahoo, tuna and marlin, or hop on a party boat to fish for redfish, speckled trout and flounder. More than 100 parks are the area’s treasures, retreats for nature lovers and reminders of how ancient Indian civilizations lived off the land for thousands of years. Spend a morning biking, hiking, canoeing or kayaking, and you’ll feel far removed from the rush of the city. Just for fun, end the day with a ghost tour—with 450 years of history, didn’t you expect some mysteries?
For those who prefer to keep their feet dry, there’s plenty of fun to be had fishing on local piers and specially designed walkways under bridges. Or visit the section of beach where you can park your car, eat a picnic lunch and fish in the surf. Whether you’re in top form or just a weekend golfer, there’s a local golf course with gently rolling fairways for you to try. Courses have been designed by such world champions as Sam Sneed, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. And for a golfer’s paradise, visit the World Golf Hall of Fame.