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As reported in Coastal Living 20 best places to live on the coast Ponte Vedra Beach is an Old Florida resort town with New Florida amenities. This growing seaside community on the Atlantic coast is like a rare jewel on a necklace that offers both luxury and leisure. Ponte Vedra Beach, which is well known for its place on the PGA Tour and The Players Championship, and tennis players have traditionally flocked here, as well. Paddleboarders love the streams, rivers, marshes, and lagoons, and surfers take advantage of the consistent reef break. And with historic St. Augustine just 26 miles to the south and Jacksonville 18 miles to the west, there’s plenty of access to city pleasures.
Perhaps less known, but just as important for couples and families relocating to the area, is Ponte Vedra Beach’s unique mix of nature, culture, athletics and high ranking public and private schools. Located 18 miles southeast of Jacksonville’s downtown, and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Intracoastal Waterway to the west, Ponte Vedra Beach offers a gracious lifestyle. Home to numerous athletes, artists and other notable residents, the area’s tree-lined avenues lead to boutique shops, while gated communities provide privacy and serenity.
The Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Research Reserve hosts public walks, talks, and more that will connect you to this wild and crucial part of the coastal environment.