Like a rare jewel on a necklace, Ponte Vedra Beach FL offers luxury and leisure, surely to be expected as the area is best known for its world class golf, seaside resorts and distinguished residents. 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.
Nature is a pleasant companion in Ponte Vedra Beach. Gentle breezes will stir delight along the beaches and mangroves of Ponte Vedra Beach’s premier natural destination, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Take a class or go for a surf – choices abound for recreation and relaxation in Ponte Vedra. Ponte Vedra Beach is in the national spotlight each May for The PLAYERS Championship, an official PGA Tour event at TPC Sawgrass. Ponte Vedra’s luxurious oceanfront resorts fill with visitors during the annual event as well as for family vacations and special occasions. A new Publix Super Market has just opened in the Sawgrass Village shopping center. With an updated layout and close to 50,000 square feet of space, it replaces an earlier Publix in that location. From some of the area’s most exclusive waterfront restaurants to Florida-style fish camps, Ponte Vedra offers a delicious variety of dining experiences for its residents and visitors.
Ponte Vedra residents are proud of their public school system, consistently well ranked by most any measure. The St. Johns County School District boasts the No. 1 ranking out of 67 Florida counties on the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) for more than three years in a row. The Ponte Vedra Palm Valley-Rawlings Elementary School and Ocean Palms Elementary School are the area’s two primary, public elementary schools (K-5) and Alice B. Landrum Middle School is one of the main public middle schools. The Ponte Vedra area also offers two public high schools – Allen D. Nease High School and Ponte Vedra High School.
Just as Ponte Vedra Beach is widely known and respected for its natural beauty, its highly competitive athletic events and its highly ranked schools, the area also is blossoming as a cultural destination. The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is known for its community offerings of lectures, classes, exhibits and events to showcase art for both residents and visitors. The newly opened Ponte Vedra Concert Hall hosts national and international performing artists in the heart of Ponte Vedra with a full slate of entertainment, from chamber music to the latest musical trends. The development and quality of Ponte Vedra residents’ lives is enhanced through a wide variety of community opportunities. The St. Johns County Public Library, offering the latest in several forms of media, boasts a wealth of family activities and educational offerings. Bustling with classes and the latest fitness activities, the Ponte Vedra YMCA encourages members and guests to stay fit and healthy. THE PLAYERS Community Senior Center also offers classes, dining and just plain fun activities. Truly, Ponte Vedra Beach is a rare, multifaceted, sparkling jewel showcasing all the very best the Beaches communities offer their residents and their guests.