Hotel at a Glance: World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort
They take golf pretty seriously at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine: the King & Bear course consists of 18 challenging holes designed by golf greats Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. When you’re not on the links, you can recharge with massage treatments at the onsite spa. This getaway entitles you to 10% off spa services and rounds of golf, as well as a $20 credit each day at Villagio Italian Grille or The Bar at Villagio, both right on the property.
- Gourmet dining: Savor fresh seafood and Tuscan-inspired pasta dishes at Villagio Italian Grille, or snack on deli-style sandwiches at Starbucks Resort Shop.
- Stylish digs: Guest rooms feature WiFi and large flat-screen LCD TVs.
- Soak up the sunshine in the resort’s outdoor pool.
- Take a free shuttle to stroll the streets of downtown St. Augustine. Shuttle for registered guests and is on a set schedule, based on availability.
St. Augustine: Spanish Colonial Town Steeped in the Legend of the Fountain of Youth
Legend has it that explorer Ponce de Leon—and many of his peers—searched the world over for the Fountain of Youth. Eventually, though, de Leon stumbled upon a clear, bubbling spring in what is today Florida, and he christened it as the coveted fountain. Spanish settlers populated the surrounding area shortly thereafter in 1565, making St. Augustine America’s oldest European settlement.
Visitors can still see the “fountain of youth” on a tour of Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, which also features re-created 16th-century missions and villages. In St. Augustine’s Old Town district, you can board a sightseeing trolley that makes its way down cobblestone streets past centuries-old jails, the oldest wooden schoolhouse, and the colonial mansions of the Spanish Quarter.
It’s worth it to hop off the trolley to explore some of St. Augustine’s family-friendly stops, including Potter’s Wax Museum. Lightner Museum spotlights a quirky collection of Tiffany lamps, Victorian costumes, and Neoclassical iPods. Historic buildings are set amid St. Augustine’s moss-draped oaks and at Fort Mose State Park, where costumed performers depict life in colonial times.