You have made a great choice to move to Palm Coast, Florida in Flagler County. Conveniently situated on the Atlantic's northeast coast of the state along I-95. Palm Coast is in close proximity to Florida's big cities and attractions, giving you the opportunity for a variety of activities without all the worry about the hustle and bustle. In addition, check out some of our top gated and private communities and neighborhoods if you are looking for options about where you can buy homes and real estate properties in Palm Coast and Flagler Beach.
Flagler County was founded in 1917 and named after Henry Flagler, the famous industrialist who built the Florida East Coast Railway that stretched all the way to Key West. Palm Coast officially became a city in 1991 and is the largest and most populated city in Flagler County, with 74,000 citizens now calling Palm Coast home.
Located on the northeast coast of Florida, I-95 conveniently slices through Palm Coast so no matter where you are, it’s just a short drive to the interstate or US-1. If you want to see all the views and landscapes Palm Coast has to offer, consider taking A1A as a scenic trip along the ocean!
Palm Coast is the community of choice for folks who want to conveniently commute to larger neighboring cities for work and entertainment, including St. Augustine (25 minutes north), Daytona Beach (25 minutes south), Jacksonville (60 minutes north) and Orlando (75 minutes southwest). Being so conveniently located to metropolitan areas, along with great schools, safe neighborhoods, high-end luxury gated communities, parks and recreation has made Palm Coast and Flagler County the fastest growing county in the nation several consecutive years in a row.
Yes! Flagler County school systems enjoy relatively high test scores and receive good ratings by both education professionals (but don’t just take this Flagler Palm Coast High School graduate's word for it). Click here to see official ratings for each of Flagler County's schools. Palm Coast's average 7/10 rating is much higher than most of our neighboring counties. In fact, Matanzas High School and Flagler Palm Coast High School (FPC) both received a Silver rating by U.S. News for being some of the best high schools in the country.
What’s there to do in Palm Coast? Palm Coast and its neighborhoods offer a variety of recreational programs for all ages. There’s an abundance of parks, pools, tennis courts, golf corses, sports complexes and eco friendly adventures such as miles and miles of trails where you can bike, jog, bird watch, walk and explore our natural Florida wildlife.
Go to the Beach! Everyone loves going to the beach, and when you live in Palm Coast, FL you can go as often as you like! Rated as the third best beach for surfing in Florida, Flagler Beach is a great place for experts (and for those of us who want to learn). Miles of unspoiled sand and ocean makes this area perfect for sun bathing, surf fishing or just having a nice family fun day of swimming with the kids or playing beach football. If you don't like the active and lively beach atmosphere at Flagler Beach, check out some of the more secluded beaches a coupleof miles to the north around the Hammock Dunes and Hammock Beach area.
Golf, Golf and Golf. Palm Coast, Florida is a golfer’s paradise! In fact, Palm Coast is known by golf enthusiasts as “The Pebble Beach” of the east coast, featuring world-class golf courses designed by legends like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson. Palm Coast features no less than 9 golf courses to choose from, including the oceanfront “Ocean” course at Hammock Beach and the private “Links” course at Hammock Dunes. It’s no surprise that countless golfers go out of their way to play a few rounds in Palm Coast!
Boating and Fishing Palm Coast is unique in that it offers both saltwater and freshwater fishing via the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal and many lakes and canals. For this reason, boating and fishing is hugely popular in Palm Coast. Whether it’s fresh or saltwater, Palm Coast offers endless miles of ocean shorelines, lakes and canals where you can catch your next meal of fish indigenous to the area. If you want to catch some mackerel, cobia or blues, cast your fishing pole from the Flagler Beach Pier. The Intracoastal Waterway creates barrier islands and marshlands that kayakers and fishermen enjoy meandering through to catch Snapper, Snook and Redfish. A variety of marinas, boat launches and ramps makes it easy to get on the water any time of the day to explore Palm Coast's many canals on a boat, jet ski, or kayak! You might even see a dolphin or manatee while you're out there!.
Swim with Dolphins!The nation’s oldest oceanarium is located in the small town of Marineland just north of Palm Coast and south of St. Augustine. Built back in 1938, Marineland was actually created to provide Hollywood filmmakers the ability to create underwater footage for their movies. Today Marineland is Florida’s best place to swim with dolphins, offering an affordable up close and personal experience with these amazing sea creatures. After a short training and education setting, Marineland offers 30-minute experiences where you are able to swim and interact with dolphins in shallow water.
Parks & Nature Preserves Palm Coast and Flagler Beach feature three beautiful state parks, including Washington Oaks Gardens, Gamble Rogers and Bulow Plantation. Walk and explore the 20+ acres of formal gardens at Washington Oaks along the Matanzas River, or venture out for the full moon hike led by one rangers at Gamble Rogers. At Bulow, you can explore the ruins of a sugar cane plantation, a sugar mill as well as a unique spring house and several wells which provides insight to the Florida frontier in the early 19th century.
Princess Place Reserve is a beautifully preserved 1888 hunting lodge featuring the first in ground pool in Florida. (Yes, a princess did indeed live here for many years.) Malacompra Park and Bings Landing with its boat launch also offers trails for hiking and mountain biking, which are canopied by an oak hammock. The 36 acre park overlooks the longest exposed outcropping of coquina rock dating back 5,000 years ago.