While the area is growing exponentially, Palencia was still recognized with the prestigious Smart Growth Community Award. Noted for several initiatives, including a mix of land uses, protecting the natural environment, respecting local design traditions, providing housing choices and being pedestrian-friendly, Palencia is continuing to preserve the past while developing the area to meet and exceed the needs of its residents. Additionally, The Palencia Club, a private golf club within the community, won for Best Community Amenity.
Nearby St. Augustine—the nation's oldest city—holds the distinction of being one of the nation's most charming. Known as the "Ancient City," Saint Augustine is located between Northeast and Central East Florida. Giant alligators and birds can be visited in The Garden of Eden; dolphins, gentle manatees, and a world of outdoor adventures wait in every corner of the original Florida. Take the family to enjoy the many ongoing events in St. Augustine such as the Colonial Folk Arts Festival in October, the Lighthouse Festival in March or the Birding and Nature Festival in May. The 18-hole Arthur Hill golf course within Palencia boasts a 20-acre learning and practice facility and a 33,000 square foot private clubhouse.
Whether it's the diverse cultural and recreational opportunities, the growing economy or the beautiful weather, Palencia and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none.