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Palm Coast Travel Tips

There are three airports in vicinity of Palm Coast/St Augustine.

1. Daytona - 25 miles away. Closest airport, but the most expensive.
2. Jacksonville Airport (JAX) - 70 miles. Easy drive down US 95. Serviced by low cost carriers like Air Tran, Southwest and Jet Blue. Cheaper car rentals.
3. Orlando Airport - 80 miles. The biggest airport in the area.
Lots of direct flights!!! Lot's of cheap rentals.


THINGS TO DO

Two great web sites with info on things to do in the area:
www.visitflagler.org
www.oldcity.com
1. Marine Land. Swim with the dolphins - 7 miles away. www.marineland.net (904) 471-1111
2. Alligator Farm. A fun experience - 17 miles away. www.alligatorfarm.com (904) 824-3337
3. St. Augustine. Forts, Museums, shopping, - 20 miles away. www.oldcity.com (904) 824-8142
4. Daytona Beach Boardwalk, Adventure Landing Park, Daytona USA, Speed Park, Museums, shopping, - 20 miles away. www.daytonabeachattractions.com (386) 255-0981
5. Kennedy Space Center. A must see. Call for tickets. 65 miles. www.ksc.nasa.gov 321.867.5000
6. Disney World, Universal, Sea World. only 80 to 85 miles.


DIRECTIONS

Follow US 95 to Exit 289 (for Palm Coast)
Take Palm Coast Parkway Eastbound for 3.5 to 4 miles until you get to a toll bridge over the inter-coastal.
You will go through the toll bridge (current toll is $2.00). Once over the bridge, you will come to a 4 way stop (called Camino del Mar).
Drive straight through the 4 stop across to the 2nd stop sign at Jungle Hut Road.
Drive straight across through this stop sign. From this point the Ocean Hammock front gate is about 1/2 mile and is the second entrance on the right.
The first entrance you will pass is the Golf Course Maintenance entrance.
The second entrance will be the Ocean Hammock front gate. There is a Guard Shack there.
The road is called Hotel Trace Blvd Once you've made it past the gate, go to the stop sign, make a left and you will run into the condos at the end.


GROCERIES AND SHOPPING

1. For quick groceries, at the corner of A1A and 16th Road is a brand new Publix. This is less than 2 miles away!!!
2. For by far cheapest groceries in town go to the Super Walmart. The Super Wal-mart is 2 miles west of the I-95 junction.
If you are heading West on Palm Coast Parkway, the Super Walmart is on the Left.
3. There is a brand new Super Target, and Pet Smart and many new stores at
Palm Landings Shopping center in the heart fo the new Town Center of Palm Coast
Palm Coast Landing - 5260 Hwy, 100E Bunnell (Palm Coast), FL 32164
4. I personally do not enjoy shopping, but my wife does. Here is where she goes.
There are 2 HUGE outlet centers 30 miles away at Exit 319 of US95
To get to St. Augustine Outlet Malls. Get to US 95 and go North
Take exit 319. There is a mall on each side of US95.
Premium Outlets - 85 stores
Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Converse, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Movado, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Tommy Bahama,
Tommy Hilfiger and more. Located near Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.
http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=55

Prime Outlets – offers more than 75 authentic fashion brands and serves as the premier outlet destination for Northeast Florida shoppers. After the recent $35 million expansion and renovation, Prime Outlets - St. Augustine welcomed a host of top designer name brands including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Gucci's only outlet location in the southeast U.S.
http://www.primeoutlets.com/locations/st--augustine.aspx


RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS

The closest local place to go is JT's Seafood Shack - 5224 N. Oceanshore Blvd (on A1A - near the Publix). 386-446-4337. This is 2 miles away. I have had many good lunches here. It is casual with very good food and great value. The happy hour drink prices for beer are very cheap. Try the blackened fish tacos. http://www.jtseafoodshack.com

Atlantic Grill - Direct Ocean Front restaurant at Ginn Hammock Beach Club Resort. 4 star dining. Amazing food and incredible view of ocean and golf course. You will have to buy a dining pass in advance to go here. See below.

I would definitely recommend looking at the European Village (across the intra-coastal - 5 minute drive) as there are 6 other restaurants.

Barbara Jeans is a seafood restaurant with fantastic crab cakes and Mezza Luna is a very nice pizza cafe with lots of outdoor seating.

Here is a list of all the restaurants http://www.evresort.com/dining.cfm

I've had several good meals (esecially breakfast and lunch) at La Piazza Cafe in European Village. The pizza restaurant - Mezza Luna - at European Village is getting rave reviews from guests. After all of these reviews, I tried the pizza and it was outstanding. The European Village should be one of your first stops in the Palm Coast.

Outback Steakhouse - 45 Plaza Drive (Palm Coast) - A dependable and affordable steak house. 386-446-6280

Java Joint - 2201 Oceanshore Blvd. (a1a - in Flagler Beach on the highway). Views of the ocean. Outdoor seating. Eclectic, laid back and very affordable cafe. I thought the food was okay, but other guests rave about this place. Judge for yourself.

Blue at the Topaz - 1224 S. Oceanshore Blvd (A1A) - Flagler Beach. Good seafood. http://www.blueatthetopaz.com

Flagler Fish Company and Market - Fresh fish sold at the market. Gourmet fish cooked in the restaurant. www.flaglerfishcompany.com
180 S. Daytona Ave. Flagler Beach, FL 32136 386-439-0000.

Armando's Bella Cucina in the Flagler Beach area. Family owned and operated.
True authentic Italian food. - 2513 Moody Boulevard, Flagler Beach, FL; 32136 ; Phone: 439-6878

Thai by Thai - 124 Palm Coast Parkway. 386-449-0009. Tucked away in a strip center and a little hard to find but worth it.
Great food, great prices.

A1 Japanese Restaurant - 208 St. Joes Plaza Drive. 386-446-0508.
Tucked away in a strip center and a little hard to find but worth it.

Kokoro Japanese Restaurant - 246 Palm Coast Pkwy NE
Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 445-9259
Run by a young Asian couple who work hard to please. Some of the sushi is flown in from Japan, the menu is large and varied and if you order ahead you can even get Kobi beef.
The place is spotless and a relaxing place to dine. One of my favorite Japanese restaurants anywhere.

Bonefish Grill - Worth a drive to Ormond Beach. 25 miles up the beach road. Take A1A south. This is a scenic drive. This is one of my favorite restaurants. It is owned by Outback and stands next to Roy's as one of their best. It is a seafood restaurant with interesting preparations and very reasonable prices. If you go, you must order their "Bang Bang" shrimp appetizer. They do not take reservations. Arrive early to avoid a long wait.
Bonefish Grill, 814 S. Atlantic Avenue, Ormond Beach, FL 32176 386-615-7889
www.bonefishgrill.com

Daytona Beach. There are a lot of chain restaurants in Daytona Beach that are too many to mention. I recommend you go to Google and type in "Trip Advisor Daytona Beach restaurants"
The chain restaurants I personally like in Daytona Beach include Carrabba's and Chipotle.

Carrabba's - 2200 W Internatl Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 (386) 255-3344

Chipotle - 2400 W Internatl Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 (386) 252-6011

I would also highly recommend an evening in Old St Augustine where you can park the car and walk around some beautiful streets. There are many restaurants in St A but my absolute top choice is 95 Cordova in the Casa Monica hotel (phone 904-827-1888, 95 Cordova St). Make sure you book in advance and arrive early to enjoy a cocktail at the piano bar. They have valet parking (rare in St Augustine). They also do a great Sunday brunch but I prefer evenings there for the unique atmosphere.

Another 2 very good restaurants in Old St. Augustine are Cortesse's (904 825 6775) and Rain Tree (904 824 7211) both on San Marco Avenue. Also, I highly recommend the Columbia Restaurant. This features high quality cuban/latin american food in a beautiful restaurant on the pedestrian walkway. I have eaten here many times. The house chopped salad is one of the best I have ever had.

For more casual dining, try the A1A Ale Works, 1 King Street (904 829 2977) for beautiful views of the Bridge of Lions and the intra-coastal from their upstairs terrace. This features a casual and diverse menu - plus they brew there own beer (and they have 4 different types on tap).

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