Vilano and the North Beaches are perhaps most known as small, eclectic beach communities within sight of St. Augustine, the nationâs oldest city. For centuries, people have flocked to this coastal playground by horse-drawn trolley, ferry, and more recently Floridaâs Coastal Highway, State Road A1A. They came for recreation, jobs, and sunny weather in the late 1800s, when Henry Flagler attracted Northerners to his ânew and novelâ hotels. Visitors were excited to learn the ocean was just across the bay. Tourism provided jobs for settlers, like the Minorcan, Usina, and Capo families, offering fun excursions. Nowhere else were horse-drawn trolleys delivering beachgoers across sand dunes to the sea. Like Ponce de LeÃ³n, who was smitten with the pristine beaches, the areaâs story is one of developing the land along an isolated coastline. Road and bridge construction after World War II encouraged migration as well as visitors to the beaches, fish camps, and Art Deco motor courts. This nostalgic 1950s look remains today, attracting those curious about the regionâs multicultural history.
This newly updated guide to the best cycling in Florida is jam-packed with information. Ride up to the highest point in Florida (345 feet), along the Suwannee River, through central Florida's horse farms, and out to Key Biscayne along the Rickenbacker Causeway.
This book includes complete directions, maps, and important information for over 70 such rides, so you can be well-informed and safe on your journeys. In addition to detailed information on each ride, this book also gives important information on cycling laws and safety issues, and tells you where to stop to see the best scenery. Also given are the names and addresses of area bike associations.