Alpine Groves Park on the St. Johns River near St. Augustine, FL.

Fruit Cove

Bordering on Duval County, this area has idyllic parks and new communities.

While technically in St. Johns County, this northwestern corner is often associated more with Jacksonville than St. Augustine. Still, restaurants and attractions are worth mentioning for those driving from St. Augustine to Jacksonville while in “vacation mode” or "house hunting mode."

To the west, visitors will find a portion of the William Bartram Scenic Highway, SR 13, that runs along the St. Johns River. In addition to a beautiful drive, the WBSH takes visitors through the charming historic area of Switzerland and past several parks, including Riverfront Park and Alpine Groves Park. Riverfront Park has a short trail and a long fishing pier that ends at a gazebo overlooking the St. Johns River. Alpine Grove features a historic 19th-century citrus-growers homestead and butterfly gardens, 45 minutes and 29 miles from the Plaza de la Constitución.

Visitors will see more development to the east, with the new Durbin Park featuring housing, shopping, and the Cinemark Theatre, 25 miles -- or 33 minutes -- from Historic Downtown.

(904) 299-5010

112 Bartram Oaks Walk

This unique company accommodates every yoga skill level while striving to nurture the mind and body.

(904) 217-7829

164 Everest Lane

More than two dozen New York style gourmet pizzas are available at this St. Johns pizzeria.

(904) 514-2769

1524 Scott Road

Visitors can discover breathtaking views of St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra while traveling on horseback.

(904) 770-2729

465 State Road 13

Specializing in tacos and authentic Mexican street food, Cantina Louie is a crowd-pleasing, affordable restaurant.

(904) 230-8866

445-7 State Rd 13

A modern interpretation of Chinese classics available to guests seven days a week.

(904) 209-0384

1721 Racetrack Rd.

27 acres containing tennis courts and baseball/softball fields.

415 Durbin Pavilion Dr.

This eatery offers American and Japanese-influenced donuts and other snacks.