Located on the northeast coast of Florida, Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches is 31 miles south of St. Augustine and 24 miles north of Daytona Beach, bordered on the east by 19 miles of Atlantic Ocean. Interstate 95, Exit 284 at State Road 100 (Bunnell and Flagler Beach) is the closest exit to the beach from Maine to Miami. Only three miles!
With a population of 95,696 (2010 U.S. Census), the county is comprised of five communities -- Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Beverly Beach, Bunnell and Marineland. According to Flagler County records, the total land area is 485 square miles.
Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches is only 24 miles from Interstate 4 and is approximately equal distance between the Orlando and Jacksonville metropolitan areas. The Intracoastal Waterway, bisecting the eastern portion of Palm Coast, is navigable from Miami to the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Atlantic Ocean is accessed at Ponce Inlet to the south or at St. Augustine to the north.
Major airlines serve the nearby Daytona Beach International Airport, Orlando International Airport, and Jacksonville Airport.
Flagler County honors its place in Florida history, offering various museums, parks and self-guided walking tours, which have been designed for the communities of Bunnell and Flagler Beach.
Guided historic tours are offered through the Flagler Beach Historical Museum. Visitors traveling down historic A1A can take a custom cellphone tour and those on the western end of Flagler can enjoy a walking tour of historic downtown Bunnell.
Visitors are fortunate in that they can experience Flagler County’s rich heritage in many ways. Flagler is bustling with history -- from storybook beginnings at the Princess Place Preserve, aquatic adventures in filming at Marineland Dolphin Adventure and Lindbergh’s unexpected vacation in Flagler Beach. See Florida history in motion at the Florida Agricultural Museum, where dedicated re-enactors in period clothing and tell the story of Florida’s past and how it pertains to the present.
Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches bask in sunshine nearly every day of the year. Their proximity to the Atlantic Ocean moderates the temperatures of winter and summer. Most of the year’s average rainfall of 48 inches accumulates between June and October, generally in the form of afternoon thunderstorms. When these storms are approaching, it is very important to seek shelter until they pass. Also, before enjoying a day at the beach, take time to learn about the dangers of rip currents. For information on rip currents and safety tips go to www.flagleremergency.com.