On the East Coast of northern Florida and less than 30 minutes between St Augustine and Daytona Beach, you will find one of the best retirement cities in Florida. One of Florida's best kept secrets, this coastal area has 19 miles of unspoiled beaches, 125 miles of biking and hiking trails, dozens of Palm Coast parks, oceanfront beach resorts and golf communities built by new home builders in Palm Coast hugging the Intracoastal Waterway. Nicknamed “the quieter side of Florida,” Palm Coast’s uncrowded, pet-friendly beaches are wide and have hard packed sand. No homes are built on a good portion of the ocean side of A1A, designated as a Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway.
ARTS AND CULTURE:
The Flagler Auditorium provides year-round performances which include national tours of Broadway shows, symphony performances and celebrity entertainment in the 1,000 seat, state of the art, acoustically enhanced theater. The Flagler Playhouse provides performances in a smaller, more intimate setting. Additionally, the Flagler County Art League hosts traveling art exhibits, art festivals, art classes, and social activities.
Palm Coast’s average winter temperatures range in the low to mid 60’s. From May to September, the average temperatures range in the 80’s. The closer you live to Flagler Beach, the more likely you will enjoy the cooler ocean breezes and avoid the summer afternoon thunderstorms.
MEDICAL AND HEALTHCARE:
Florida Hospital-Flagler opened in 2002. It is a well-equipped, progressive hospital with a healthy range of services. There at least 19 different specialties represented, inpatient and outpatient surgical services (including DaVinci robotic surgery), emergency care, support services, hospice care, a walk-in clinic, and some home health care near communities built by new home builders in Palm Coast.
Palm Coast is nicknamed the Pebble Beach of the East for its spectacular oceanfront golf courses. There are seven golf courses in Palm Coast; private, semi-private and public. The Palm Coast Tennis Center is a new state-of-the-art tennis facility with 10 HydroGrid clay courts and tennis amenities. Tennis tournaments, competitions, and clinics take place year-round. Freshwater and saltwater fishing are very popular because of the large variety of fish found in the area. Naturalist’s have 44 parks and nature preserves to explore in Palm Coast. Most have walking and biking trails. The Princess Place preserve offers horseback riding. Kayaking is a popular water sport and the quietness of the sport encourages dolphin, manatee and bird sightings. Kayaks, canoes, and bikes are available for rent in Palm Coast, Florida.
SHOPPING AND DINING
With more than 65 restaurants in the area, there are plenty of choices for dining. Everything from luxury restaurants at area resorts to seafood shacks on the barrier island can be found and enjoyed. The number of restaurants in Palm Coast is continually expanding.
The Town Center of Palm Coast is a 1,558 acre planned urban mixed-use development combining retail and commercial space. Big box stores such as Target and Lowe’s Home Improvement are located in Palm Coast along with unique boutiques and specialty stores. Department stores such as Macy’s, JC Penney, Dillard’s, and Sears can be found at the Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach.