I was more than happy to spend day 173 of the Nowhere To be Project in the luxury oceanfront alcove of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Ponte Vedra is just 20 minutes southeast of Jacksonville, but feels as if it is on an entirely different planet. This sleepy upscale town pleasantly lacks most everything you’d expect to find in a popular beach destination…tourists, t-shirt shops, and smelly beach bars. Instead, you’ll find stately seaside mansions and a whole bunch of beachfront solitude. Since there are so few public lodging options in Ponte Vedra, the beaches seem almost private which adds to the luxurious vibe of this northern Florida destination (I stayed at the Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club, full review to come tomorrow). What could make a visit to Ponte Vedra even more appealing? The fact that the beaches are dog-friendly and jam-packed with shells! I mean, what could be better than spending a day (or a lifetime) shelling as your pup frolics in the sea?