If you’re looking to beach it, there’s no better place than the PVI, a perennial winner of the coveted AAA Five Diamond award. This historic inn was built in 1928 and has been expanded and renovated over the years; it’s now a complex that stretches along a half-mile of pristine beachfront just south of Jacksonville Beach. PVI has one of the top resort tennis centers in the country, two 18-hole golf courses and a recently completed 30,000-sq.-ft. spa. There are “lodges” along the beachfront—multi-unit buildings with balconies overlooking the beach and the Atlantic, but we prefer staying in the original historic inn building across Ponte Vedra Blvd. from the beach. The historic inn is all traditional Florida luxe—there’s a big lounge area with wood floors, a fireplace, cozy seating areas and a library with books and games. The rooms are big and beautiful with heavy carved wood furnishings, marble baths and a wet bar. Some of the staff here are third generation, as are some of the guests. The dining rooms—especially the Seafoam Dining Room and Seahorse Grill—are elegant and excellent, serving traditional steak-and-seafood fare. If you want to relax at the beachside pool, swim in the ocean a bit, maybe get in some golf and tennis, you’ll love PVI. It’s a great place for kids, too: there are children activities, children pools, raft/surfboard rentals plus snack bars and a restaurant beachside. It’s a pretty easy drive into downtown from Ponte Vedra and historic St. Augustine is only 25 miles to the south.