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Ponte Vedra Beach Fun Facts

Fun Facts About Ponte Vedra Beach

  • Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine, Atlantic beaches.

  • Ponce de Leon first set foot on Florida just south of Ponte Vedra Beach on his search for the Fountain of Youth. According to navigational records, the famous explorer came ashore at 30 degrees, 8 minutes north latitude and claimed “La Florida” for Spain on April 3, 1513. 

  • Ponte Vedra Beach was referred to as Mineral City in the early 1900s, due to titanium, zircon and rutile being recovered and extracted from the sand in its beaches in significant amounts. Mineral City therefore acted almost exclusively as mining grounds for quite some time.

  • TPC Sawgrass is where Tiger Woods’ “Better Than Most” putt was heard ‘round the world in 2001. Opened in 1980, the mega-golf resort is the headquarters for the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour moved its headquarters to Ponte Vedra in 1979. Interestingly, the 415 acres that became TPC was sold to the Tour for just $1.

  • In May, watch the biggest names in golf compete in THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, which boasts the largest purse on the tour. 

  • The average temperature in Ponte Vedra Beach is 70.35 degrees. In October, the average high is 80 degrees and the average low is 64 degrees.  Ponte Vedra Beach experiences an average of 50 inches of rain per year. 
  • The population of Ponte Vedra Beach is just under 40,000. As of 2007, the median age in Northeast Florida is 36 years old - younger than all major cities in Florida.

  • CNN Travel (August 2013) - Beauty, history and unspoiled nature combined to put Ponte Vedra Beach on CNN’s list of 22 Can’t Miss U.S. Beaches.

  • The National Football league awarded its 30th franchise team to Jacksonville in 1993. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who play at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, have qualified for the playoffs six times, most recently in 2007.  In 2000, Jacksonville was selected as the site for Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005.

  • Jacksonville, 22 miles NW of Ponte Vedra Beach, is the largest city in the continental United States with over 840 square miles.
  • St. Augustine, 26 miles S of Ponte Vedra Beach, is the oldest continually occupied settlement of European origin in the continental United States, and pre-dated Jamestown and Plymouth by decades. The narrowest street in the United States is also in St Augustine. It is called Treasury Street and it is just 7 feet wide.