If you long for balmy breezes and the sound of rustling palm fronds is music to your ears, you may want to consider buying a new home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The sun, sand and surf are a way of life in this charming coastal community, located in sought-after St. Johns County, approximately 18 miles southeast of downtown Jacksonville and 26 miles north of St. Augustine.
But before you contact the movers, it’s a good idea to spend some time in this tropical paradise, soaking up the sights and getting a glimpse of what life is like as a Ponte Vedra Beach homeowner. Here’s what your typical Saturday might look like.
7:00 A.M. BREAKFAST BY THE BEACH
Enjoy a savory shrimp and crab omelet, eggs on the ‘bayou’ or pecan pancakes at the popular Beach Diner. Outdoor seating is highly recommended! Afterward, head over to Mickler’s Landing, Ponte Vedra’s first public beach and a favorite among locals. Collect seashells and shark teeth as you stroll along the sandy shore and watch the tide roll in. It’s Florida living at its finest!
11:00 A.M. RETAIL THERAPY
Ponte Vedra Beach and its surrounding cities are home to many unique boutiques and shops as well as those larger retailers you simply can’t live without. Pop on over to nearby St. Johns Town Center for a little window shopping under the famed Florida sun. This exquisite open air mall offers over 150 retail shops and restaurants, ranging from Ann Taylor and the Apple Store to J. Alexander’s, Williams-Sonoma and West Elm. Before you leave, grab a quick lunch at Zoës Kitchen, which specializes in simple, fresh and fast flavors from the Mediterranean.
2:00 P.M. TEE TIME!
Enjoy an early afternoon round of golf at one of the two impeccably maintained championship courses at TPC Sawgrass. Ranked the top course in Florida and ninth in the nation by Golfweek Magazine, TPC Sawgrass is one of just 34 golf courses in the world to exceed PGA standards. Get to know other members of your foursome while perfecting your putt and admiring your stunning surroundings. Talk about the good life!
7:00 P.M. DINE IN STYLE
End your day in Ponte Vedre Beach in luxury at the Restaurant Medure. This upscale establishment invites guests to “experience a wide range of flavors from around the world.” Begin with lavish appetizers, like ahi tuna tartare on a bed of seaweed salad or a selection of caviars and delight in entrées such as local fish franchaise, dry aged ribeye with prosciutto-wrapped haricots verts or Long Island duck breast. In addition, a four-course chef’s tasting menu is offered nightly. And don’t even get us started on the savory sides and decadent desserts!