Grande Villas at World Golf Village is Bluegreen Resorts’ vacation destination designed specifically with golf lovers in mind. The resort offers easy, on-site access to two of the finest championship golf courses, both created with the guidance of some of the top names in the sport. World Golf Village also encompasses the World Golf Hall of Fame, which exhibits photographs and other memorabilia detailing golf’s fascinating history. This Bluegreen Resorts property also includes a swimming pool with a beach-side entry, tennis courts, and other amenities.
The greater St. Augustine area offers numerous other ways to enjoy an outdoor vacation experience. Anastasia State Park, a little over a mile away from the city center, contains a five-mile stretch of sandy beach, as well as a marsh-encircled lagoon brimming with herons, egrets, and ibises that will delight bird-watchers. The region is additionally home to the Intracoastal Waterway that serves St. Johns County and to the Florida Sea Islands, both of which offer opportunities to paddle through habitats of diverse species of birds, animals, and plants. Bluegreen Resorts members who bring their cameras may capture stunning images of red-cockaded woodpeckers, wood storks, hawks, manatees, dolphins, otters, and other wildlife.
Fishing enthusiasts will find plenty to delight them in the area. Bluegreen Resorts members can take a small craft along the Intracoastal Waterway, charter a bigger boat and head for the Atlantic Ocean, or simply partake in some fly-fishing as you walk along the shoreline. The shore’s 26 miles of white sands touched by sharp waves also provide ample opportunities to indulge in some surfing, assisted by any of the numerous supply shops in the area. You can rent a canoe or kayak to explore more isolated territories, or pilot a jet ski on the ocean.
Bluegreen Resorts’ history buffs can find endless opportunities to learn something new in St. Augustine. The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest stone fortress in the United States, built by the Spanish to protect the entry into St. Augustine more than three hundred years ago. Quarried from the hard coquina rock on Anastasia Island, the fort is a superlative example of Spanish colonial architecture and now enjoys national monument status. Fort Matanzas, built in the 18th century, was designed to guard the southern approach to the city and now also serves as a national monument open to the public. Bluegreen Resorts members who elect to get to the fort via the local ferry will be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Matanzas River, and maybe even catch sight of a dolphin or two.
Distinctive museums include the Lightner, with its collections of furnishings, costumes, musical instruments, and art giving a vivid picture of daily life in America’s Gilded Age. The Lightner additionally houses a large collection of exquisite cut-glass works, including stained glass pieces from the studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Villa Zorayda Museum, recently restored and reopened, was constructed to resemble a section of the famous Alhambra palace in Spain, one of the world’s glories of Moorish architecture. Inside the museum, you will discover rare antiquities and enjoy the echoes of medieval Spain in the building’s construction. Each of the windows has a different shape so that, according to local lore, spirits could depart but not return.
And speaking of strange happenings, Bluegreen Resorts families should make sure to drop by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! The St. Augustine location of this museum of oddities was the first in the United States, and contains shrunken human heads, rosaries fashioned from human bone, the Lizard Man, and a new pirate exhibit.