Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches, Florida
Located three miles off I-95, just north of Daytona, Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches capture the hearts of those looking to get away from it all. Coquina-colored beaches paint a peach-hued coastline dotted with surfer-quality waves while 45 parks throughout Flagler County serve up Mother Nature at her finest. Unblemished by high rises, the area oozes serenity beckoning visitors to relax while still offering a plethora of options when it comes to dining, lodging and just plain ol’ fun.
Hotels here have history and charm, making it easy to set the scene for memory-making. Breathe in fresh ocean air and bask in the sea breeze at the charming, 1950s A1A Motel or set up camp with the whole family, including Fido, at Si Como No, a Flagler Beach Retreat. Just across the street from the beach and fishing pier, The Tropical Bird and Bee welcomes guests to an ocean oasis.
Quality waves make Flagler Beach a surfing mecca for experts and novices, alike. Bring your own board, or rent one to hang ten like a pro. Local surf shops offer lessons and surf camps are held each summer to teach the basics. Flagler Beach is home to the Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Competition each fall.
All that seaside fun makes way for lick-your-lips eats, which coupled with hometown service and scenic views, culminates in a winning combination when it comes to satisfying hunger pangs in this beach side town. Brightly-colored restaurants dot the coastline, ready to serve up friendly service alongside good eats. Grab a cup of Joe at the BeachHouse Beanery, the neighborhood coffee joint, or linger over conversation and a scrumptious breakfast at the Funky Pelican before strolling along the beach. Kick off your flip flops and dig your toes into the sand at the Golden Lion, where choice menu options, like the fish tacos, and spectacular mixed drinks keep locals and tourists alike coming back for more.
Affordable and free options for entertainment have been luring visitors to Flagler for decades yet the peaceful, eco-friendly, Old Florida charm of the area is vastly undisturbed. www.visitflagler.
Fast Facts and Trivia
- Find Florida’s very first in-ground swimming pool at Princess Place Reserve, where the original lodge built by Henry Cutting also still stands as Flagler County’s oldest intact structure.
- Flagler County is home to 45 parks, including the Linear Park which spans the length of a median between the Palm Coast highways.
- At Bing’s Landing, General Hernandez purchased the 724-acre Mala Compra Plantation in 1816 for $1,500. The plantation was destroyed in 1836 by the Seminoles during the Second Seminole War.
- Marineland Dolphin Adventure opened in 1938 as Marine Studios, with exhibits replicating an undersea environment designed for filming motion pictures.
- Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach is named for Florida folk singer Gamble Rogers.
- Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches feature over 125 miles of connected trails, many miles of which are canopied with trees and Spanish moss.
- The beaches here are pet-friendly and many restaurants and accommodations welcome man’s best friend.
- Visitors will likely see more sea life than Spring Breakers during Sea Turtle nesting season (May 1st- October 31st) and North Atlantic Right Whales season (December-March); spot bottlenose dolphins year-round.
- Flagler Beach was recently nominated by Budget Travel as one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns.”
- Captain’s BBQ was named by TripAdvisor in 2014 as one of the Top 10 BBQ spots in the nation and number one in Florida.
- Hammock Beach Resort has been named the top Florida resort in the Continental U.S. on Travel + Leisure’s 2014 “World’s Best Awards” list.
- The Golden Lion Café was voted Best Beach Bar in Florida for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by thousands of visitors at Florida Beach Bar. The restaurant was also named one of Florida’s Top 24 Beach Bars by Florida Travel+Life magazine. For a taste of the Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches anytime, find The Golden Lion Café’s famous key lime tartar sauce at area Publix’s.