Up north, Florida's East Coast includes historic St. Augustine (above) and the golfing paradise of Ponte Vedra, while over on the West Coast, emerald waters and powder-white beaches beckon. The whole region offers a balmy climate and lots of charm to entice meeting and incentive groups alike.Colonial Roots
Founded in 1565 by Spain's Pedro Menendez de Aviles, St. Augustine has the distinction of being the oldest permanent European settlement on the North American continent. Among the landmarks from the Spanish Colonial period that remain today are the Castillo de San Marcos fortress and the original city gates.Northwest News
• The 30,000-square-foot Bayview Plaza opened last summer at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach. The outdoor space was added to accommodate the center's boat, automobile and RV shows.
• The 152-room Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach Hotel recently debuted with 2,500 square feet of event space, including a pool deck that accommodates up to 170 guests.Up Your Game
Two PGA Tour Academies devoted to improving the skills of players are located in Northeast Florida: One at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach and the other at World Golf Village in St. Augustine. For details: pgatour.comSandcastle Showcase
Head to a local beach for a sandcastle-building challenge. The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa (hiltonsandestin.com
) can organize the contest, complete with shovels, buckets and snacks.