Ponte Verda Beach
By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com January 9, 2017
Ponte Verda Beach, Florida is a 34-square-mile beach community located southeast of Jacksonville and north of St. Augustine. You might recognize the name of this community for its association with golf, as home to the PGA Tour, The Players Championship, and the ATP Tour.
Ponte Verda Beach is an upper-income tourist resort area with beautiful beaches famous for pink, coquina sand, crystal clear water, and Florida’s highest sand dunes.
Serenata Beach Club features a private beach. Beach amenities include beach chairs and umbrellas, adult and family beach games, and cookouts. Beach equipment rentals include kayaks, surfboards, boogie boards, and stand-up paddleboards.
Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Research Reserve covers 74,000 acres, including Atlantic beachfront that is excellent for shelling and walking along the beach. Other activities and amenities include education, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
South Ponte Verda Recreation Area is located 2.25 miles south of the GTM Research Reserve on Highway A1A. The beach is an excellent location to spend the entire day as a beachgoer, with pavilions that are free to use on a first come basis.
Mickler's Beachfront Park is located at the south end of Ponte Verda Beach on Highway A1A. Popular activities on this beach include sunbathing, shelling, picnicking, fishing, and horseback riding.
Gate Station Beach and Usina Beach are two of the less visited beaches near Ponte Verda Beach, which could be perfect for beachgoers wanting a more secluded location. Gate Station is a couple of miles north of Ponte Verda Beach and Usina Beach is about 21 miles to the south and closer to St. Augustine.
Golf is one of the most favored activities in this resort community, especially since it is home to the PGA Tour, The Players Championship, and the ATP Tour. The PGA Tour and The Players Championship are played at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verda Beach, which is famous for its 17th-hole island green.
Beside The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, golfers also love Sawgrass Country Club, TPC at Sawgrass Valley Course, and Lagoon Course at Ponte Verda Inn & Club.
Things To Do
Besides golf and the beach, residents and visitors enjoy numerous activities in Ponte Verda Beach, including water sports and cultural activities.
Popular water sports in Ponte Verda Beach include fishing, surfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Rentals and supplies can be purchased from local vendors such as Palm Valley Outdoors, which is a one-stop fishing and outdoor destination.
GTM Research Reserve offers a unique opportunity to experience diverse activities at every age level. Favorite activities include visiting the beach, educational programs, exploration, hosting private events, and weddings.
Bird Island Park is adjacent to the Ponte Verda Beach Library and is home to the Bird Island rookery, one of many migratory sites along the Great Florida Birding Trail. The park includes two walking trails with interactive art sculptures, educational signs, gazebos, benches and a boardwalk surrounding a pond. The park is also a great location for small group meetings, theatre events, children’s programming, picnicking, and bird watching.
Ponte Verda Concert Hall is a multipurpose performing arts facility located in the heart of Ponte Verda Beach. Events range from Broadway productions to various types of musical performances. The hall can be rented out and includes a large performance stage, visual arts lobby, catering facilities, as well as convention and meeting space, and wedding facilities.
Since Ponte Verda Beach is a highly residential, upscale community, accommodations are limited to 4 upscale choices: The Lodge and Club at Ponte Verda Beach, Ponte Verda Inn and Club, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, and the Hilton Garden Inn.
There are many more vacation rentals in Ponte Verda Beach, varying in price and location, some of which have a view of the Atlantic Ocean with upscale appointments.
With over 60 restaurants in Ponte Verda Beach, there are a variety of choices for every palate and budget.
Fine dining options include TPC Sawgrass and Ruth's Chris Steak House, which are excellent choices for every occasion.
Seafood lovers will enjoy Palm Valley Fish Camp, Aqua Grill, and LuLu's Waterfront Grille for fresh dishes from the sea. And when you want seafood prepared with an island flare, Pusser's Caribbean Grille won’t disappoint.
Some of the other eateries you may want to try during your visit include Restaurant Medure, Poppy’s Italiano, Barbara Jean’s, Al’s Pizza, and Barb and Wally’s Down South Barbeque.
Beach and resort wedding in Ponte Verda Beach can be as elegant or naturally simplistic as you would like.
The resorts in Ponte Verda Beach are wonderful wedding venues and can make your special day a reality. Ponte Verda Inn & Club is one of the most romantic venues for a beach resort wedding. And, Serenata Beach Club has the perfect beach venue for both intimate and grand weddings that will be remembered forever.
For a beach wedding in a natural setting, GTM Research Reserve is one of the best venues anywhere in the USA. And Fantasy Farms is one of the most unique venues in the world for weddings in a place focused on the rescue, care, and protection of exotic and endangered animals.
For large formal weddings, the Ponte Verda Concert Hall has the facility and expert services you need to host an unparalleled event to tie the knot and celebrate with friends and family.