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The Ultimate Florida Beach Road Trip

The beach at the Boca Grande Resort.

Photo: Paul Costello

Day Two: St. Augustine to Palm Beach (257 miles)

Next up on the road trip, two of Florida’s greatest hits: a retro spring-break capital and the site where U.S. space history was made.

Breakfast: Casa Maya
This tiny spot serves Yucatecan dishes made with organic ingredients. Fuel up on the “huevos de Popeye” before hitting the road. 17 Hypolita St., St. Augustine; 904/217-3039; breakfast for two $20.

See: Daytona Beach
Swanky it’s not, but the town is still worth a stop, if only to buy a $5 beach day pass and cruise along the hard-packed sand in your car at 10 mph.

See: Kennedy Space Center
NASA’s former launch headquarters is guaranteed to fascinate.

Lunch: Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster & Seafood Co.
No, you can never have too much fish in Florida, as evidenced by the crowd here. 210 N. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach; 321/613-3993; lunch for two $25.

Stay: Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach
Seven-acre beachfront spread that’s a welcome sight at the end of a long drive. Eau Spa is a design stunner; the reopened Angle restaurant has a Regency-meets-supper-club ambience. Doubles from $479.

T+L Tip: Right next to the Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge has one of the east coast’s most beautiful beaches: shell-strewn Playalinda.


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