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Vilano Beach in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Surfside Dance Hall and Bathhouse

 
 
Surfside Dance Hall and Bathhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
1. Surfside Dance Hall and Bathhouse Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 2005 by St. Johns County - Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-556.)
 
Location.
Surfside Dance Hall and Bathhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
2. Surfside Dance Hall and Bathhouse Marker
29° 55.43′ N, 81° 17.673′ W. Marker is in Vilano Beach, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of North Ocean Boulevard (State Highway A1A) and Surfside Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Ocean Boulevard. Click for map. Located at Surfside Park. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Francis and Mary Usina Bridge (approx. 1.2 miles away); Nelmar Terrace Historic District (approx. 1.6 miles away); 10 Hildreth Drive (approx. 1.7 miles away); Gault Street (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Spanish Muster Site in Florida (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Great Cross (approx. 1.8 miles away); Saint Augustine (approx. 1.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
Surfside Park image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
3. Surfside Park
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By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
4. Vilano Beach Today
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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