by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 01, 2017

Local Update

The 514-room Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa has revealed an extensive facelift that included upgrades to guest rooms, public areas and the Cabana Beach Club, as well as the addition of a wing of premium-service rooms and suites. The property has 61,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including 36 meeting rooms, an exhibit area and a ballroom. Also new on-site is the Surfstream Wave Machine in one of the resort's pools, in which seven different types of waves are created for surfing and other aquatic fun.

 The 95-room TRYP by Wyndham Sebastian St. Augustine has debuted. The property features a gastrobar and offers free high-speed WiFi, an electric car-charging station, an outdoor pool and fire pit, meeting space for up to 30 guests and a 24-hour fitness center.

 The 249-room Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (part of the Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts, along with the 66-room Lodge & Club) has unveiled its upgraded conference center, which has eight rooms that can host up to 350 attendees.

 The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens has opened, constructed within several historic buildings, and includes approximately 1,400 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels: The St. Augustine area offers more than 5,800 hotel rooms in properties such as the 301-room Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village and 138-room Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection.

Ponte Vedra has the 514-room Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, 249-room Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and 66-room Lodge & Club.

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Convention center: St. Johns County Convention Center at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village; exhibit space, 33,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, five; (904) 940-8632

Airport transit: Jacksonville International Airport, about 52 miles from downtown St. Augustine, 33 miles from Ponte Vedra. Transfer cost by taxi to downtown, about $125; to Ponte Vedra, about $85

Northeast Florida Regional Airport, about five miles from downtown St. Augustine and 20 miles to Ponte Vedra. Transit cost by taxi to downtown, $10-$12; to Ponte Vedra, $40-$60

Taxes: Room tax, 4%; sales tax, 6.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10.5%

Group venue: The historic former Hotel Ponce de Leon at Flagler College can accommodate private events for up to 400 guests for receptions and up to 300 for a seated meal. (904) 829-6481

Contact: St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, (800) 418-7529