When you compare the two, it’s not really that hard to see why so many northerners migrate from their frozen homes to Florida during the winter. Which would you rather wake up to for months: snow-covered lawns or sun-kissed beaches?
While Texas and Arizona have gained popularity with snowbirds over the past few years, Florida still offers up a bevy of idyllic areas ready to welcome retirees, second homeowners, and seasonal settlers alike. Few Florida destinations shine brighter than the picture-perfect paradise known as Ponte Vedra Beach. Indeed, there’s a lot for snowbirds to love in this seaside community, and we’ve got the guide for how to spend your time here during the winter months.
Where to Eat
Ponte Vedra Beach is home to many fantastic eateries spanning everything from fine dining to casual brunch. Local favorites like Aqua Grill and Nona Blue Modern Tavern offer glimpses into the unique culinary world of Ponte Vedra Beach, though they represent only the tip of the iceberg.
Cap off the perfect date night with a meal at Restaurant Medure, an upscale restaurant with a unique menu. Vernon’s is another option, boasting a spectacular view to match its exquisite culinary creations.
In Ponte Vedra Beach, even typical cafés are reimagined with an upscale flair. Trasca & Co Eatery offers up a posher version of the traditional local pizza shop you’d find in most towns, with a menu full of inspired dishes like a Buffalo chicken pizza or its specialty, handcrafted paninis.
What to Do
If there’s one thing non-Floridians may know Ponte Vedra Beach for, it’s golf. Home to one of the sport’s most legendary tournaments – The Players Championship – Ponte Vedra Beach is a golfer’s sanctuary.
Any golfer worth their salt owes it to themselves to play a round at the champion-caliber Players Stadium at TPC Sawgrass, a truly balanced course with multiple tee options to suite your game. If you can’t make it to this iconic course, a game at other excellent locations like the Ocean or Lagoon Courses at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is still a hole-in-one.
If golf isn’t your idea of a good time, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in Ponte Vedra Beach. Take advantage of the temperate winter and explore the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve – birdwatchers, take note: this is your spot!
Though it might be too chilly to go for a dip in the ocean, Mickler’s Landing is still a lovely destination for a relaxing beachside walk. Enjoy some self-care at one of the area’s many spas, schedule a guided fishing charter, or take in a show at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall; with such endless possibilities, your winter will be anything but boring.
Where to Stay
You’ve dealt with enough frigid winters in your life, now it’s time to try something new. Go from shoveling snow every morning to digging your toes into the silky sands of Ponte Vedra Beach as a guest at one of our luxurious furnished resort rentals.
Many of our fully furnished rental properties sit directly on the beach or just a few steps away, granting you unfettered access to warm blue skies, golden sands, and a crisp sea breeze any time you want. And with everything from cozy, one-bedroom condos to sprawling, multi-bedroom houses, it’s easy to find a monthly rental to suit your needs.
It’s not too late to escape the North’s icy grasp. Check out our Ponte Vedra Beach rentals and prepare to trade in your snow boots for flip flops this winter.