Where We Are Located:
Located on the Northeast coast of Florida, Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches is 31 miles South of Saint Augustine and 24 miles North of Daytona Beach, boarded on the east by 19 miles of Atlantic Ocean. Exit 284 off I-95 is the closest exit to the beach from Maine to Miami. Just 3 miles!
Why You Should Come:
Unblemished by high-rises, Palm Coast and the Flagler beaches welcomes visitors from the start with miles of unobstructed views along A1A, so taking the scenic route is not a choice, but a must. You won’t find any chain hotels or restaurants, so expect to be greeted and treated like a friend by the locals. And the reception continues each step you take along the cinnamon sand, pet-friendly beaches. We have been able to maintain a tranquil spirit by keeping things simple and undisturbed.
You are more likely to see dolphins and loggerhead turtles then rowdy spring breakers. Don’t be surprised to see traffic come to a standstill when sea turtles stroll too near the road, as locals regularly get out of their vehicles to move them to safer ground.
Not all beaches are created equal. Here are some of the reasons why Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches are some of the best in Florida.
1. Free Beaches and Parking!
Hard truth: Many Florida beaches can be difficult to access and will usually have a hefty fee to park. But here, parking is free along the public areas of Flagler Beach, so don’t worry about your parking meter racking up. You’re on island time!
2. Oceanview Dining
One of the best things about a Florida vacation is being able to dine outdoors almost any time of year. Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches have several cool restaurants with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the freshest seafood around. Check out all the options!
3. Natural Beauty
Experience the beach the way it’s supposed to be—without large condos or high rises blocking the sun. Many areas are strictly preserved and don’t allow for development, which means Flagler beaches are pure and beautiful, with gorgeous cinnamon-colored sand and natural vegetative dunes.
4. The Sea Life is Amazing!
Frolicking dolphins, swooping pelicans…the sea life is a constant here in Florida. Between December and March, you might see gorgeous right whales off the coast as they migrate to warmer waters. These whales are rare, with reportedly only 490 in existence. And between May and October, it’s possible to witness the hatching of hundreds to thousands of baby sea turtles (from a safe distance)—a natural miracle that occurs in only a few places in the country.
5. You Can Surf Here!
Home to the third best waves for surfing in the entire state, the area is known for its hip vibe and near-perfect waves. Local surf shops offer lessons and rentals for all ages and no experience required!
Things To Do:
Mother Nature is the main attraction for the Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches. With over 45 parks and preserves and over 125 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and bird watching, this Old Florida community goes beyond the beach.
10 Best Ways to Explore Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches!
1. See the Dolphins Paint or Take Part in Feeding Them Marineland Dolphin Adventure
2. Make Furry Friends Down on the Farm & See the History of Florida Farm Life Florida Agricultural Museum
3. Catch the Big One! Flagler Beach Pier Rentals Available
4. Explore a Sugar Mill Ruin Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park Rentals Available
5. Take a Guided Eco Tour Ripple Effect Eco Tours
6.First In-ground Pool & Home to a Princess Princess Place Preserve National Register of Historic Places Free!
7. Stop and Smell the Roses Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
8. Take A Scenic Ride to View the Ocean A1A Scenic BywayFree!
9. Discover Canopied Trails or Winding Waterways of Florida’s Wildlife Tropical Kayaks Bike, Paddleboard & Kayak Rentals Available
10. Brush Up on History Flagler Beach Historical Museum Free!