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3 Have a “sundowner” at the Penthouse Lounge atop the Casa Monica Hotel overlooking the ocean. You can stay on for dinner if you’re too tired or buzzed to drive; if you aren’t drive into downtown and have dinner at Matthew’s.
1 If you’re staying in Ponte Vedra, just walk out of your room to the beach. If you’re not staying in Ponte Vedra, you should experience it, at least. Pack the beach stuff in your car and drive down to the end of Ponte Vedra Boulevard and turn into the parking lot for Mikler’s Landing. Walk through the cut in the dunes and set up shop well above the high-tide line—the waves can get big down here if there’s any wind.
2 When you’re through with the beach for the day, when you pull out of the parking lot, head west (straight) instead of turning onto Ponte Vedra Blvd. Go west on Palm Valley Road to Whitey’s Fish Camp for an early dinner of fried catfish (or seafood if you’re not ready to go full-on Cracker).