EXPLORE FLAGLER BEACH
A finalist in Budget Travel Magazine’s contest for “Coolest Small Town”, here’s how the magazine described Flagler Beach:
“Twenty miles north of Daytona Beach on A1A, Flagler Beach couldn’t be more different from its party-hardy neighbor to the south. In fact, the area seems to attract more sea turtles and right whales than spring breakers. And it’s not hard to see why: This thin strip of beach town, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, has remained significantly less developed than its neighbors. The six miles of pristine sand – which boast an orange hue thanks to crushed coquina shells-are only interrupted by one fishing pier. In town, the vibe is laid back and retro, thanks to spots like Grampa’s Uke Joint, that sold ukuleles, and High Tides at Snack Jack, a 1950s fish shack that attracts surfers with funky dishes like tuna reubens, ahi club sandwiches, and sake (rice wine) Blood Marys.”
And although Grampa’s Uke Joint has since closed (Grampa passed away), the eclectic shops, fantastic beaches, classic fishing pier and waterfront dining continue to flourish making Flagler Beach a one-of-a-kind, laid-back favorite of ours.
Whether you choose to spend your day at the beach, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, exploring nature or scuba diving; at a museum or doing nothing at all, you’ll feel right at home in Flagler Beach.
Working up an appetite yet? Choose to dine in the open-air or inside any one of Flagler Beach’s wonderful seaside restaurants. And should your dinner date have four legs instead of two; Flagler Beach has got you covered there too.
When your day comes to an end, whether you decide on a hotel, motel, resort, or RV park, you’ll have some truly wonderful choices for places to call home during your stay. Discover why visitors from around the corner and around the globe return again and again to Flagler Beach. If you’re interested in reading more about the recent happenings, here’s a link to our Flagler Beach Journal (blog) page.
FLAGLER BEACH FUN FACTS…
From multiple sources we learned that until 1925, the fantastic seaside community we now know as Flagler Beach was called Ocean City Beach. In 1909, Isaac I. Moody, Jr. and Major James Frank Lambert purchased 30,000 acres of land from Georgia Senator George Deen. Moody, who envisioned a beach resort, began subdividing 169 acres of their “Ocean City Beach” property located east of the Intracoastal Waterway. He built the first beach house here in 1914 followed by the Ocean City Beach Casino but when it came time to apply for a postal permit for the area, they were told that since there was already an Ocean City, NJ and an Ocean City, MD another Ocean City would not be accepted. So in 1925 the city was instead incorporated as Flagler Beach, in honor of Henry Flagler. This pic was taken at the Funky Pelican, a relaxed ocean-side dining and beach bar with spectacular views and while there are several terrific options along A1A here (The Golden Lion Cafe, Flagler Beachfront Winery), this is one of only a couple of options where the only thing between you and the ocean, is sand. Here’s the address if you decide to make your way here to explore, 215 Hwy A1A, 32136.
One of our favorite scenic stretches of A1A can be found running through the funky-cool coastal community of Flagler Beach where explorers are treated to spectacular and unobstructed views of the Atlantic. The central gathering area here is the Municipal Boardwalk and Pier and from this location, you’ll find restaurants and shops to the north, south, and west, miles of stunning beaches, and for families with special needs, there’s also a beach wheelchair available at the Pier’s Bait House that can be used free of charge. Flagler County is also home to more than 20 county parks and preserves. Five of the parks have been designated as part of the Great Florida Birding Trail where bird watchers come from all over to see roughly 500 verified species one of which is captured here in this pic shot from the rooftop deck at Flagler Beach’s Golden Lion Café and if you decide to come here and enjoy the view, make your way to 501 N. Oceanshore Blvd./A1A, 32136.
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