Surfside Dance Hall and Bathhouse

Surfside Dance Hall and Bathhouse (HMW17)

Location: St Augustine, FL 32084 St Johns County
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N 29° 55.43', W 81° 17.673'

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Here from the early 1900s stood Surfside "Casino." Casinos did not offer gambling - they were entertainment centers. Surfside was built as part of the Capo family resort destination of 165 acres. The yacht Pauline II ferried visitors from St. Augustine up the North River to Capo's Landing at the west end of Surfside Avenue where they could stay at Capo's Hotel and have a five course meal at a 120-seat restaurant for 25 cents. A horse drawn trolley brought visitors to Capo's Beach where the casino offered an upstairs dance hall, a downstairs bathhouse, and a venue for horse races, organized sports and picnic events. A bathing beauty might have her photo taken in front of a biplane on the beach. The North Shores Improvement Association began meeting here in 1939 to improve the quality of life on this barrier island. During and after World War II, Surfside was popular with military personnel where local bands and jukebox music were enjoyed. The building remained a favorite place for young people to have parties through the 1960s. In the 1970s the aging building was torn down and the site converted to a county oceanfront park.
HM NumberHMW17
Marker NumberF-556
Year Placed2005
Placed BySt. Johns County - Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 9:30pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 471569 N 3310381
Decimal Degrees29.92383333, -81.29455000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 55.43', W 81° 17.673'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 55' 25.80" N, 81° 17' 40.38" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3070-3080 A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, St Augustine FL 32084, US
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