In the early 1900s, not long after Henry M. Flagler purchased the Jacksonville and Atlantic Railroad, he built the Continental Hotel, a resort destination featuring 250 guest rooms, large parlors and a dining room with amenities including a 9-hole golf course, dance pavilion, tennis courts, fishing pier and riding stable. With a train depot adjacent to the resort, vacationers flocked to Atlantic Beach for close to 20 years until the resort burned to the ground in 1919.
Today, Atlantic Beach visitors can enjoy a bit of luxury with accommodations at the One Ocean Resort with an on-site spa and fine dining with an oceanfront view at Azurea Restaurant. For a trendy stay, Hotel Palms is a boutique property, originally built in 1947 as a motor court inn that shines today as an inspiring stay focusing on design and architecture, just three blocks from the ocean. Another boutique property, the Salt Air Inn & Suites, was established in 1946 and was recently remodeled with authentic Florida beach vibes. The property offers guests modern amenities a few short blocks from the beach.