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Escape to Florida

By: The Local Palate

A dream vacation awaits in the Sunshine State

It’s time to plan the ultimate beachside getaway–and Florida is calling. There are so many discoveries to made in the Sunshine State: Unspoiled beauty, engaging culture, and most important, an abundance of culinary discoveries. You’ll find authentic, old Florida charm, as well as rich and savory fare in Ocala-Marion county. Paradise Coast brings you to the states’s wild islands and white sand beaches, and also delivers fresh-from-the-gulf cuisine. At St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra beaches, you’ll find an epicurean paradise along Florida’s Historic Coast, especially within the more than a dozen restaurants that await at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Resort and The Lodge & Club, which boast everything from burgers to super fresh salads as well as views of the water or the greens. And in Panama City, sailing, water sports, and freshly caught grouper beckon. Whatever your dream destination, Florida is ready to welcome you back.

Ocala/Marion County 

Ocala/Marion County is one of the last places you can still experience authentic Florida in all its unspoiled beauty. Nestled in the heart of Central Florida, a short drive from easily accessible destinations like Orlando and Tampa, Ocala/Marion County is a welcome alternative to man-made attractions and crowds. Here, you’ll find endless green forests and crystal clear waterways–a natural outdoor playground. The area’s vast, rolling landscape is also home to countless horse farms and other equine attractions, earning it the title of Horse Capital of the World. It is truly a one-of-a-kind getaway–a place that invites you to enjoy award-winning craft breweries, unique restaurants, and engaging arts and culture. So if you’re looking for epic outdoor experiences, classic Florida charm, or both–consider it found in Ocala/Marion County.

St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra

For over 500 years, St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra has been adding a dash of sophisticated innovation to its renowned culinary experience. This legendary backdrop infuses old-world charm into the decadence of new-world cuisine, introducing a brand new mix of deliciously distinct flavors and techniques to the epicurean world. Florida’s Historic Coast continues to attract world-renowned chefs who bring their bold, pioneering flavor combinations to the plates of its sophisticated and eclectic visitors. So on your next visit, we encourage you to step out of your culinary comfort zone and into a brave new world of foodie discovery.

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and the Lodge & Club have been fixtures on Ponte Vedra Beach since 1928, so we know our guests inside out. That’s why you’ll find extraordinary dining at more than a dozen unique indoor and outdoor venues. From the soaring ceiling of the historic Inn Dining Room to the sweeping vistas of the Sea View Grille, a burger overlooking the green at the Golf Club to a plate of cool, crisp greens overlooking the ocean, there’s a dining experience to satisfy every craving.

Paradise Coast

A natural and culinary mecca tucked away in Southwest Florida, the Paradise Coast has it all: shimmering Gulf of Mexico waters, white sand beaches, wild islands, stunning environments, and luxurious downtowns filled with artful treasures, culinary delights, and countless other discoveries. Here, award-winning chefs create unforgettable dishes with fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood, seasonal stone crab claws, just-picked local produce, and other farm-to-table ingredients. The result is a world-class dining experience in a place where every dish and every moment is one to be savored. When you’re looking for Florida’s most flavorful destination, only Paradise will do: Naples, Marco Island, and the Everglades.

Panama City

Embraced by beautiful St. Andrew Bay on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Panama City offers a myriad of water sprots ranging from world-class sailing to some of the best year-round in-shore and off-shore fishing in the U.S. Off the water, visitors to the Northwest Florida city delight in the sunny destination’s eclectically rich neighborhoods offering a thriving visual and performing arts scene, a range of dining that makes full use of bounteous local seafood, and diverse shopping and antiquing. To contact Destination Panama City directly call 850-215-1700. Please visit DestinationPanamaCity.com, and follow on Facebook and Instagram. Join the conversation at #destinationpanamacity.

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