by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 01, 2015
St. Augustine

• The 84-room Quality Inn St. Augustine, now managed by Magnuson Hotels, has been renamed the Magnuson Hotel Historic St. Augustine. The downtown hotel overlooks the San Sebastian River.

• The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Augustine Historic District opened last fall. The 97-room property has 3,100 square feet of meeting space and offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout.

Meeting Hotels: In St. Augustine proper are the 301-room Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and 138-room Casa Monica.

Ponte Vedra has the 511-room Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, 250-room Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and 66-room The Lodge & Club.

For a full listing of area properties, and to compare hotels and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center: St. John's County Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 33,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, five; (904) 940-8632; worldgolfrenaissance.com

Airport Transit: Jacksonville International Airport, 52 miles (50 minutes driving time) north of St. Augustine. Transfer cost by taxi, $102-$112

Daytona International Airport, 56 miles south of St. Augustine. Transfer cost by taxi, about $148

Taxes: Room tax, 4%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10%

Group Venue: Cap's on the Water, between Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine, features a large outdoor deck and adjoining dock offering breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the majestic oaks draped in Spanish moss that line it shores. The eatery is know for its oyster roasts and catch-of-the day seafood. Groups of up to 300 people are accommodated. (904) 819-8190; capsonthewater.com

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