Ever wish you could time travel? Hop on A1A, a two-lane stretch of highway that runs along the Atlantic Ocean—straight through Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches—and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to Old Florida. Cruise past the stretches of uninterrupted shoreline and protected dune grasses, and eventually you’ll stumble upon a colorful wooden building, jutting out over the cinnamon-colored sand. Between the retro-style signage and the vibrant façade, you’ll feel like you’ve driven straight into the 1950s.

Brake for Nostalgia at This A1A Restaurant

High Tides at Snack Jack is legendary. This seaside shack has been a staple since 1947, filling the bellies of locals and A1A travelers with some of the best fried seafood in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. Two curved palm trees flank the eatery—tropical beacons for this roadside paradise. The wooden building, swathed in turquoise and red paint, is simple, yet inviting. Squint, and it’s easy to imagine the classic cars that once parked at the sandy entrance.

A Favorite Ocean-View Restaurant in Flagler Beach

Today, you can take advantage of the complimentary valet parking. Pull off A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway and toss the keys to a friendly attendant. Then, step inside High Tides—where you’ll be greeted by smiling staff and the intoxicating blend of freshly fried seafood and salty ocean air. You can sit inside, in the recently updated dining area or at the bar. Tables abut large windows…broadcasting incomparable views of the Atlantic. Colorful license plates line the rafters, with “Snack Jack” spelled out in large letters across the wall. Open windows and thoughtful design allow sea breezes to drift through the eatery. Want more fresh air? Sit on the outside deck, where you’ll find picnic table-style seating. Shades provide respite from the sun. The views alone make High Tides at Snack Jack one of the best waterfront places to eat in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches.

A Top Seafood Spot in Flagler Beach

Like its shorts and tank top-clad patrons, the eatery’s menu is equally laid-back. Nothing too fussy—just simple and delicious. A quick glance reminds you this is seafood territory: blackened mahi sandwiches, platters of steamed crab legs, and bowls of clam chowder. Order a basket of perfectly fried shrimp, which comes with hot hush puppies, fresh coleslaw, and a side, for a lip-smacking bite to eat. Don’t forget a cold beer or strawberry daiquiri! If you’ve got a tablemate who’s not keen on fish—never fear. There are plenty of other options, from cheeseburgers to chicken tacos. 

For a taste of nostalgia and some of the best seafood in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches, visit High Tides at Snack Jack on your next vacation to Florida.

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