Last month’s edition of Anton Media Group’s Vacation & Travel section featured several last-minute winter break getaway ideas. Here are two spring break getaway ideas in Florida, more than 100 miles away in either direction from the traditional tourist hotspot.
St. Augustine/Ponte Vedra
First founded in 1565, St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra has enchanted travelers since its discovery. And 450 years later, it’s still worth exploring. Here, you’ll discover unique dining, art and attractions at every turn. You’ll stroll along 42 miles of unspoiled beaches. And you’ll wind your way through living landmarks with huge stories to tell—like Castillo de San Marcos, the Colonial Quarter and the Fountain of Youth.
Meanwhile, St. George Street and the downtown historic district bustle with boutique shopping and restaurants with award-winning chefs. A short putt away, Ponte Vedra Beach is America’s golfing mecca, home to TPC Sawgrass and Donald Ross’ Ocean Course. The World Golf Hall of Fame, Slammer & Squire and King & Bear are nearby.
Noted upcoming event: The 13th Annual Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest runs from April 22 to 26. Visit www.floridasbirdingandphotofest.com for more information.
Disconnect to reconnect in Martin County, where miles of sand spanning 13 beaches, 70-plus parks, unlimited golf and a region overflowing with culture welcomes visitors. In Martin County you’ll find every kind of family activity to tickle your fancy, from rodeos to high-end shopping, art galleries and one-of-a-kind museums to eco-friendly sea turtle adventures. Located just off A1A and accessible by a plethora of scenic avenues, Martin County is 45 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport, an hour from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, 90 minutes from Miami International Airport, and two hours from Orlando International Airport.
This is a place for escaping, for making memories that last longer than tan lines. Plan to visit during annual happenings like the annual Indiantown Boats and Bikes on March 28 (www.indiantownchamber
.com) or the Port Salerno Seafood Festival (www.portsalernoseafood festival.org). Attend ArtsFest in March (www.martinarts.org), the Annual Classics at the Beach Car Show in April (www.classicsatthe beach.org), or the Sailfish Regatta in May (stuartsailfishregatta.com).
From flip-flops to cowboy boots, Martin County truly has it all. Surf, boat, sail, kite-surf, dive and snorkel on Hutchinson Island. Cast a line in Port Salerno, a fishing village where award-winning seafood tempts the pickiest of palates.