Hammock Beach Resort is a short drive north of the Daytona International Airport. Along the drive, you will enter a private well planned multi family community noticing the care given to the preservation of nature. The buildings are tucked into the landscape accommodating biking and walking trails.
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Hammock Beach Resort is designed for gatherings of friends and families, with 330 villas and suites ranging from 700 to 2,350 square feet spread out over six locations on the resort. Rooms range from boutique hotel style studios to four bedroom suites with designer carpet, a soothing coastal color palate, premium bedding, sophisticated marble entry and bathrooms with dual vanities, walk-in showers and large garden tubs. The open balcony views of the ocean make immediate unpacking impossible as you will want to spend most of your first few hours staring at the beach.
Later in the evening, I joined a Coastal Cuisine themed, family-style dinner in a three bedroom suite boasting indoor and outdoor dining. The onsite chefs created unique bites such as roasted vegetables with fresh dip, to exquisite sushi topped with pineapple and caviar making the first evening’s experience one to repeat. This is an excellent idea for a first event if you are visiting with family and friends.
Palm Coast Picnic
Take in the sun and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you by having a picnic near the golf course. Ocean and pool views, sandwiches, pasta, green salads, vegetables, and desserts are a great way to take a breath, relax and unwind.
Day Trip to St. Augustine
Just a 30-minute drive will take you to St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the United States. The city is known for its Spanish colonial architecture, delightful historic district, eateries, cobblestone streets, and historical landmarks including the Lightner Museum and Castillo de San Marcos.
Castillo de San Marcos
The oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, the Castillo de San Marcos is a large Spanish stone fortress built to protect and defend Spain’s claims in the New World. It’s a 315-year-old National Monument, the oldest structure in St. Augustine. The fort, turned monument, is one of the foundations of St. Augustine. There’s plenty to explore at the Castillo, from the numerous rooms that once housed soldiers and prisoners, to the large interior courtyard and gun deck which offers a great view of the city.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure
The following morning I enjoyed my tradition of sipping coffee and watching the sunrise. With the full ensuite kitchen, you can cook breakfast yourself or order up a few tasty items from the in room dining menu. My first excursion for the day was Marineland, an interactive marine conservation center with a deep history in Hollywood film production. Considered a classic Floridian attraction, it’s the world’s first oceanarium with the facility’s main focus being marine research and conservation. You can choose to spend five minutes with dolphins on land touching and feeding them or five hours fully immersing yourself in the water as a trainer for a day.
Play Like A Pro Conservatory Golf Lessons
On the agenda was a private golf lesson with the Director of Golf at the award winning Conservatory Course, one of the two signature golf courses at Hammock Beach Resort. A golf cart tour of the meandering paths tucked into a rich preserved landscape is a must. The 140 acres of dramatic elevation includes nearly 76 acres of manmade lakes and three waterfall features.
Links and Lunch at The Terrace
Tucked into the Conservatory’s two story clubhouse is The Terrace, offering healthy non-complicated food selections for lunch. Seating is available indoors in the dining room or overlooking the pool and Preserve. Menu items include shrimp & grits, local seafood, prime cuts of beef, farm fresh offerings and an extensive by the glass wine list.
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200 Ocean Crest Drive
Palm Coast, Florida 32137