Once known as Mineral City, the community of Ponte Vedra Beach lies just south of Jacksonville Beach. The Intracoastal Waterway and Route A1A traverse the community north and south, opening access by water or highway. Careful planning has preserved the area's marshes, lakes, and lagoons, making Ponte Vedra Beach one of the most desirable and naturally beautiful locations in Metropolitan Jacksonville. Upscale resorts, wonderful spas, fine dining, excellent shopping, and first-rate entertainment combine with world sports headquarters to place Ponte Vedra Beach in a class of its own. The beach city is home to the international headquarters for the PGA and the Association of Tennis Professionals. Attracting revenue and prestige to the region, these organizations sponsor tournaments and exhibition matches throughout the year. Just a 20-minute drive from St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach is also convenient to Jacksonville's cosmopolitan amenities.