Palm Coast & Flagler Beach - Introduction

Atlantic and Intracoastal waters. Great for golf and tennis. With the Atlantic and the Intracoastal along its eastern edge, and canals galore, Palm Coast means time in and on the water. Both salt and freshwater afford boating, fishing, and paddling possibilities amongst a huge diversity of wildlife - and it's a relaxing destination for beach-goers, too. On firmer ground, Palm Coast also welcomes golf and tennis devotees in equal measure.

Palm Coast feel & orientation - what to expect Palm Coast suits an easy-going, outdoor vacation style for every age group. Use bike and walking trails to explore the area's length and breadth, stopping at beautiful stretches of beach (some twenty miles including Flagler Beach).

Residents love Palm Coast's proximity to St. Augustine, Jacksonville and Orlando. Indeed, a Palm Coast vacation base puts the best of the entire region in easy reach. As well, dining out provides a great mix of favorite national chains and tempting local flavor (see page 86 for restaurant recommendations). So, sunglasses on. Where will you start?

While the Palm Coast claims neither Nazi landings nor Spanish take-overs, its shorter history isn't without incident.

  • 1970s: The ITT Corporation (International Telephone & Telegraph) takes on community planning throughout what would become Palm Coast.
  • 1999: Palm Coast becomes an incorporated city and elects its first mayor.
  • 2008: Palm Coast Town Center opens near the city's hospital, airport and high school to provide a convenient community, retail and business hub.
  • 2012: Plans are underway for new environmental preservation areas, and key city structures (town hall, etc).

    Palm Coast to…

    Jacksonville 70 miles 70 minutes
    Ponte Vedra Beach 55 miles 70 minutes
    St. Augustine 25 miles 40 minutes
    Orlando 80-100 miles 90-120 minutes

    * Using shortest route available, not necessarily the most scenic


    • "Will I need a car?" Yes, it's recommended that you rent one when you land at the airport. Despite a fantastic array of nearby destinations, you'll need to drive to them. At this time, there is no local public transport.
    • Is it bike-friendly? While Palm Coast has a great network of trails (locals boast they're the best in the state), they serve more of a leisure role than a logistical one. However, if you love to spend time on your bike, you have some beautiful rides in store.