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The First Coast-St. Augustine

Ride Details

Dates: Jan 26-31, 2020

Distance: 237 miles

Cost: $2495

Rider Level: Recreational - Intermediate

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Come join us as we head to the historic  First Coast of Florida in late January.  There are so many things to enjoy in this area of FL. Like, tons of history in the heart of St Augustine, great flat roads for early season riding, upscale resorts for a little pampering, and some “Me time” to recover from the hectic holiday season.  Enjoy this southern adventure while having the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterways at your side.

This adventure begins in Palm Coast for two nights.  Airport pick up is at the Jacksonville International Airport at 2:00 pm. We will shuttle to our beginning hotel in Palm coast, FL. With the many marshlands and estuaries, there is a great deal of bird watching along Florida’s Great Birding Trail.  Arrive early and play golf on several Jack Nickalus courses or fish along the Intracoastal Waterway.  

Our first day of riding will be along  A1A, scenic ocean view routes, and inland country roads including rails to trails options.

On day two, we move on the St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, with a stop at the St Augustine lighthouse. This community dates back to the 1500’s and has a wealth of options to visit and enjoy, including fun and funky shops, the Castillo de San Marcos- operated by the National Park Service , and Ponce de Leon’s infamous Fountain of Youth. We always like to check that out, taste the water and look in the mirror to see what a difference there is. Could be the cycling that is keeping us young.

Day three takes us inland where we ride alongside the St John’s River, through some open farmlands and on country roads and paved bikeways, the whole time listening to almost nothing but the sounds of nature. Tonight we will all be on our own for dinner so we can chill and enjoy the town on your own schedule.

Day four is beach day. We travel through numerous beach towns, including Ponte Verda, Neptune, and Jacksonville beaches. We will cross the St John’s River via the ferry and then head through nature reserves in and around Big and Little Talbot Islands. We also go through the charming towns American and Fernandina beaches as part of our adventure through Amelia Island.

Our last day is a leisurely ride cycling back toward Jacksonville Airport. We enjoy a casual ride through the waterfront area of Fernandina  Beach and the Amelia Island Plantation before we retrace our route across the Talbot Islands and the ferry to Mayport. Here we stop at Hampton Inn East Regency for lunch and showers before taking a van shuttle to the airport or to Palm Coast.

If you are looking to lengthen your stay, you may easily drive over to the Disney complex or join our Virgin Island Sailing Adventure in just a few days.

Driving: Approximate travel distance to Palm Coast- Easy travel for those on the east coast.

  • Atlanta, GA:  410 miles
  • Charlotte, NC: 446 miles
  • Richmond, VA: 660 miles
  • Jacksonville, FL:  82 miles
  • Miami, FL:  288 miles
  • Orlando, FL:  84 miles
  • Tampa, FL:  168 mile

Lodging options: Palm coast- Hammock Beach Resort • St Augustine- Bayfront Marin Inn, The Bayfront Inn, Agustin Inn or Best Western Historical Inn •

Fernandina Beach- Seaside Amelia Inn

Tour Details : Price $2495 pp double occupancy (5 nights, 5days- Sun-Fri)  Single occupancy $500  Bike Rental: Road Bikes $175   Ebikes: $325

Travel: Flight arrangements should be made in and out of Jacksonville International Airport. Ariport pick up time is Jan 26 at 2PM. Drop off time is Jan 31 at 4PM. A shuttle ride will be offered for those who left their cars at our starting hotel in Palm Coast.  

Travel Insurance : Available through Mckay Insurance-Silent Sport

Included: All Lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, 4 dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hours on the 1st evening of each tour, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides

Special Note: Ebike Friendly