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Explore Florida’s Atlantic Coast

From St. Augustine to Palm Beach, don't miss these stops along the east coast

February 8, 2017
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Take a scenic road trip down Florida’s Highway A1A and explore the Atlantic coast where you’ll travel from the historic brick streets of St. Augustine to the oceanfront palaces of Palm Beach. And don’t miss out on these New Smyrna Beach condo rentals along the way.

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Lightner Museum

The well-manicured grounds of the Lightner Museum built by Henry Flagler in 1888. Lightnermuseum.org

Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., witness Otto Lightner’s collection of 19th century art and his eclectic personal assortment of items like shrunken heads, salt and pepper shakers, and cigar labels.

75 King Street
Saint Augustine, Florida

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Fort Matanzas

A free ferry shuttles visitors over to Fort Matanzas. Fort Matanzas National Monument via Facebook

This Spanish fort built in 1742 to protect the rear entrance to the city of St. Augustine is perched right on the Matanzas River. Now a U.S. National Monument, explore the fort and wander the 1/2 mile nature trail before taking a walk along the beach.

8635 A1A South
Saint Augustine, FL 32080

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JB’s Fish Camp

Steamed scallops, spicy boiled shrimp, fried oysters, and a grouper sandwich make for the perfect seafood feast on the water. Michellina Jones

This quintessential seafood shack has welcomed nearby residents for many years. Fill your stomach with freshly caught seafood classics and then rent one of their kayaks or paddle boards and cruise down the Canaveral National Seashore.

859 Pompano Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL

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Playalinda Brewing Company (Hardware Store)

Don’t let the facade of the historic hardware store fool you—stop in for excellent beer brewed with only the highest quality ingredients. Playalinda Brewing Company

Fans of craft beer will need to make a stop at this micro-brewery located in downtown Titusville. Sample several beers on tap, all brewed in-house by certified Cicerone, Ron Raike.

305 South Washington Avenue
Titusville, Florida 32796

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Black Point Wildlife Drive

Take your time and see if you can identify the wild animals and native plants you’re guaranteed to see at this Merritt Island National Refuge. Rusty Clark via Flickr

Explore this 7 mile, one-way stretch of dirt road and experience Florida’s wildlife in a truly natural setting. See alligators, wading birds, river otters, and other creatures as you slowly drive the windy path of this peaceful trail.

GPS coordinates to the Visitor Center are:
Titusville, Florida 28.641467 and -80.735842 or Latitude 28 38′ 29.28″ N, Longitude 80 44′ 9.03″ W

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Coasters Pub

The Utah Pastrami Burger at Coasters Pub, complete with melted swiss and thousand island on a potato roll. Coasters Pub via Facebook

This spot might be tucked away in the center of a busy shopping plaza but inside you’ll find top notch pub grub and a phenomenal beer selection.

971 E Eau Gallie Blvd A
Melbourne, FL 32937

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House of Refuge

Explore one of the many exhibits at this historic museum on Hutchinson Island. House of Refuge via Facebook

The House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is the oldest structure in Martin County and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Stop in to visit the museum and explore the exhibit as it reimagines this safe haven for shipwrecked sailors as it was in 1904.

301 Southeast MacArthur Boulevard
Stuart, Florida 34996

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McKee Botanical Gardens

Get away from it all and connect with nature at McKee Botanical Gardens. Alan Levine via Flickr

This tropical oasis has a lot more to offer than exotic plant life. Don’t miss the ever-changing schedule of events and exhibits where you can experience the likes of art installations from nationally known artists to vintage hot rod exhibitions.

350 US Highway 1
Vero Beach, FL 32962

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Blowing Rocks Preserve

Watch as the waves blast over this dramatic breadth of limestone. Jared

Nature lovers will want to spend some time exploring the rocky coast of this barrier island sanctuary. Shorebirds, various marine life, sea turtles, and mangroves are just some of the natural wonders you can expect to see.

574 S Beach Road
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

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Seafood Bar

At Seafood Bar, the fresh snapper is paired with a stunning ocean view. The Breakers

Stroll legendary Worth Avenue for a few hours of high-end shopping and make sure you have a table booked for an unforgettable meal and a perfectly chilled martini at Seafood Bar located inside of The Breakers Palm Beach.

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