Historic St. Augustine, America’s oldest town, is one of Florida’s top tourist attractions and can feel as crowded as a theme park much of the year. Travelers in the know opt to visit as a day trip then bed down just north in the quieter coastal community of Vilano Beach. Magic Beach Motel is a cool retro hotel with funky murals in the rooms and complimentary breakfast to start you off right for a day of sun and surf on Vilano’s pristine beach. A dinner favorite, with outdoor tables overlooking the Tolomoto River, is Beaches at Vilano. Live music accompanies the sunsets here, and the seafood is second to none.
Insider Tip: The beach at Vilano is one of the best in Florida for finding shark’s teeth. Just sift through the sand at low tide and look for telltale razor-sharp edges glinting among the shell shrapnel.