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How Historic St. Augustine Does Halloween

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Oct 20, 2016 3:45:19 PM

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, St. Augustine has a long and rich history of celebrating the paranormal year-round. As the oldest city in the country, it’s seen more than a fair share of violent battles throughout it’s rich history, which only adds to the excitement when it comes to spirits running amuck.

Here are a few fun ways to celebrate Halloween 2016, ranging from spooktacular to kid-friendly:

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Topics: Family Fun, Shopping, Things to Do around Nocatee, St. Augustine, Holidays at Nocatee, Location, Growing Families

Staycations Popular with Master-Planned Community Residents

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

May 26, 2016 5:12:28 PM


Summer months are a popular time for many families to plan trips and vacations, especially those with students on summer breaks. For some families and working parents, however, getting time off for a little rest and relaxation isn’t always easy.

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Topics: Splash Water Park, Things to Do around Nocatee, St. Augustine, Master Planned Community, Location, Benefits of a Master Planned Community, Staycations, Things to Do/See Summer 2016

Make More Memories: Kid-Friendly Day Trip Ideas

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Jan 22, 2016 12:00:00 PM


A New Year is a great time to reflect on how fast the previous year flew by. This realization can provide a much-needed adjustment in priorities, where making quality time for family moves to the top of the to-do list.

Although the world-famous mouse and a costly trip to his castle is at the top of every kid’s wish list, there are several other day-trip destinations for Jacksonville area residents where memories can be made for much less coin.

Here are 4 fun day trip or long weekend ideas that don’t come with as hefty a price tag:

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Topics: Family Fun, Jacksonville, Things to Do around Nocatee, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach, Location, Growing Families, Established Families, New Year's Resolutions, Fun Day Trip Ideas

St. Augustine Turns 450: Your Guide to the Festivities

Posted by Nocatee Community

Aug 17, 2015 1:50:00 PM

It’s not every year that the oldest city in the nation celebrates such a huge milestone—a birthday that’s so epic it’s been 450 years in the making.

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Topics: Nocatee Adults, Things to Do around Nocatee, St. Augustine, Outdoor Music, Location, Nocatee History, Growing Families, Dining at Nocatee, Empty Nesters, Established Families, Reasons to Move South, Festivals

4 Ways to Savor Life in the First Coast and Beyond

Posted by Nocatee Community

Jan 27, 2015 5:14:20 PM

Savoring life is about more than just eating. It’s about slowing down, stressing less and spending more quality time with those you care about. Fortunately, a lot of those activities also involve food and drink.


If savoring life is on your to-do list for 2015, here are a few ideas to help you stay the course on your resolution:

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Topics: Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Restaurants, St. Augustine, Location, Dining at Nocatee, Empty Nesters, Retirees, Single Professionals, New Year's Resolutions, Reasons to Move South

Jacksonville has Sporting Events Covered Year-Round

Posted by Nocatee Community

Sep 16, 2014 9:05:00 AM

Going on a family outing to a sporting event is a great way to make memories your children will always cherish. Whether your sport is baseball, football, basketball, golf or soccer, Northeast Florida offers plenty of opportunities for fans of all ages.

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Topics: Family Fun, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Suns Baseball, Jacksonville Jaguars, Things to Do around Nocatee, Location, Golf Opportunities, Growing Families, First-time Home Buyers

Tasty St. Augustine Attractions: Fine Wine, Hand-Crafted Spirits and More

Posted by Nocatee Community

Sep 4, 2014 10:02:00 AM

St. Augustine is known for its rich history, from Castillo de San Marcos to Flagler College. But key landmarks from our nation’s past aren’t the only attractions the 449-year-old city has to offer. Leave the kids with the babysitter and explore America’s first permanent European settlement while sampling fine wine, spirits and cuisine.


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Topics: Nocatee Adults, Restaurants, St. Augustine, Wine & Cheese Social, Location, First-time Home Buyers, Empty Nesters, Weekend Retreats

HGTV Brings New TV Series, ‘Half Price Paradise,’ to Jacksonville

Posted by Nocatee Community

Aug 28, 2014 11:54:00 AM

It’s no secret that Northeast Florida boasts a cost of living that’s below the national average and a better-than-average lifestyle. Apparently, the producers at HGTV agree. The network recently gave the green light for production of a new show—“Half Price Paradise”—in which residents of high-priced cities search elsewhere for their dream homes at a fraction of the price. One of the show’s first stops? Jacksonville.

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Topics: Jacksonville, Nocatee Recreation, Location, Benefits of a Master Planned Community, Relocation, First-time Home Buyers, New Home Search, Water Recreation, HGTV

St. Augustine offers Free Activities for the Whole Family

Posted by Nocatee Community

Jul 31, 2014 3:12:00 PM

There are only a few weeks left before school starts. And in Northeast Florida, that means it’s time to squeeze the most fun out of what’s left of the season. For children of all ages, historic St. Augustine offers several activities that won’t break the bank, including: 

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Topics: Nocatee Schools, Nocatee Kids, Family Fun, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Location, Growing Families

Jacksonville Area’s Cost of Living Below the National Average

Posted by Nocatee Community

Jul 24, 2014 12:02:00 PM

One of the biggest hurdles facing young professionals and families is the high cost of housing in many parts of the country. Fortunately for Northeast Florida residents, the Jacksonville area has once again been found to have a far more affordable cost of living than many of the nation’s other large cities.

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Topics: Jacksonville, Location, Growing Families, Relocation, Tech-friendly New Homes, Empty Nesters, Real Estate Trends, New Home Search