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St. Augustine
Travel Guide

America's “Ancient City” is famous for its historic streets and colonial-era monuments as well as its beaches, wildlife and water sports.

St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement on the U.S. mainland, hence its nickname the “Ancient City.” It was founded by the Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, all the way back in 1565 and has been plundered and conquered several times. Visit the sunny Florida city to discover influences from the Spanish, English, Greeks, Africans and Native Americans.

Find traces of nearly five centuries worth of history in St. George Street alone. Admire the Spanish-style buildings, the Oldest Store museum and horse-drawn carts traveling along cobblestone streets. Visit the 1740s-themed Colonial Spanish Quarter, a living museum. Stop for a break in one of the old taverns; some have dining by candlelight only. St. Augustine’s many 19th-century buildings still display the splendor of the “Gilded Age.”

Don’t miss the chance to visit Castillo de San Marcos: The oldest standing European fort in continental America. Book a scenic cruise from the Municipal Marina to see the fort from the water and get pictures of the old lighthouse. While you’re at Castillo de San Marcos, take the kids to the Pirate and Treasure Museum to see artifacts such as treasure chests, maps and flags.

St. Augustine has barrier islands accessible via two bridges: Francis and Mary Usina Bridge in the north, and the Bridge of Lions in the south.

Head south to Anastasia Island to enjoy the white sand of St. Augustine Beach. Stop by St. John’s County Pier when you visit Anastasia State Park with its bird sanctuary, beaches, nature trails, picnic areas and camping grounds. The quieter northern barrier island has Vilano Beach. Come here for beachfront restaurants and fishing excursions.

In St. Augustine most attractions are within walking distance of the city center. Join a narrated hop-on, hop-off trolley tour for a faster, and affordable, way to see more of the city and learn the history. It’s best to rent a car if you plan to visit the barrier islands.

Where to stay in St. Augustine

Guy Harvey Resort on St Augustine Beach
Guy Harvey Resort on St Augustine Beach
3 out of 5
860 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL
The price is £130 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Nestled on the beach, this St. Augustine hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from St. Augustine Beach and 1.6 mi (2.7 km) from Anastasia State Park. Butler Beach and St. ...

3.8/5Good! (1,443 reviews)

"Great location on the beach. We had a room with a balcony overlooking the pool and beach. Would come back."…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2021

Guy Harvey Resort on St Augustine Beach
Villa 1565
Villa 1565
3 out of 5
137 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £80 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr

Located in the heart of St. Augustine, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mission of Nombre de Dios and Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Castillo de San Marcos ...

3.9/5Very Good! (304 reviews)

"rooms nice and clean"…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2021

Villa 1565
The Smart Stay Inn
The Smart Stay Inn
2.5 out of 5
2365 FL-16, St. Augustine, FL
The price is £73 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Situated near the airport, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from St. Augustine Premium Outlets and within 6 miles (10 km) of Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,022 reviews)

"Great location for us for out short stay. Loved the pool."…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2021

The Smart Stay Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
St Augustine Ocean Village Club Condo.beach Community! Pet Friendly Heated Pool
St Augustine Ocean Village Club Condo.beach Community! Pet Friendly Heated Pool
4250 A1A S, B-25, St. Augustine, FL
The price is £294 per night from 3 May to 4 May

Located in Butler Beach, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Butler Beach and St. Augustine Beach. Anastasia State Park is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

4.8/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Ocean Village Club

"Nice cozy condo, perfect for a couple! Not too far off the ocean, a nice leisurely walk to the ocean. Dawn was very good at answering questions and promptly responding to any questions or concerns."…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2021

St Augustine Ocean Village Club Condo.beach Community! Pet Friendly Heated Pool
Paradise Not Lost Funky Central Location in St Augustine
Paradise Not Lost Funky Central Location in St Augustine
2798 Usina St, St. Augustine, FL
The price is £157 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Located in the heart of St. Augustine, this holiday home is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Castillo ...

4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
Love that is was so close to downtown St.Augustine!Host was knowledgeable & courteous.

"Owner Michael was knowledgeable to the St.Augustine area .Place was decorated adorably & stocked well with towels etc.Just bring in your clothes & toothbrush🙂My daughter loved the animals.... Cute name for their place FunnyFarm!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2021

Paradise Not Lost Funky Central Location in St Augustine
Oceanfront St Augustine Condo W/pool-walk to Beach
Oceanfront St Augustine Condo W/pool-walk to Beach
St. Augustine, FL

Located in Crescent Beach, this apartment building is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Butler Beach State Park and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from St. Augustine Beach. Butler Beach ...

4/5Very Good! (21 reviews)
Fantastic place

"We enjoyed our time here. The beach was a little windy but overall we had a blast"…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2021

Oceanfront St Augustine Condo W/pool-walk to Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of St. Augustine

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5/5 - Excellent

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17 Mar 2020

Great town Plenty of bars & restaurants Great historical interest All within walking distance

5/5 - Excellent

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21 Jan 2020

Interesting historical town worth taking the trolley tours to get more information about the town

5/5 - Excellent

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11 Oct 2019

Lovely place for food, drink, history and culture

4/5 - Good

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5 Oct 2019

We had only one night so exploring time was limited. We needed longer to do it justice.

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Sep 2019

Lovely historic town well worth a visit

3/5 - Okay

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27 Sep 2019

This town has been ruined by cheap greedy tacky commercialism,what a shame,unlike Charleston which have not allowed that to happen,shame on the local politicians.

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