St. Augustine

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St. Augustine

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

Southern Oaks Inn
Southern Oaks Inn
3 out of 5
2800 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
The price is £92 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly motel in St. Augustine. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,321 reviews)
"Liked everything about the location,very close to down town St.Augustine. Shuttle drive was very helpful. Staff was great also."

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Southern Oaks Inn
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, 32080
The price is £158 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in St. Augustine. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,657 reviews)
"I liked that there was a restaurant on the property and also the tiki bar. I didn’t like that everything closed so early! Also we had a dog next to us that barked, a lot! We informed front desk and was told they checked out but still was bothered by loud barking"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Guy Harvey Resort on St Augustine Beach
Villa 1565
Villa 1565
3 out of 5
137 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £98 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 3-star hotel in St. Augustine. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (851 reviews)
"Pictures look way nicer than what the facility is. It is very clean but it’s basically an old motel with new floors and bed. When you shower the water soaks the entire floor so we needed extra towels but location was perfect a mile walk to all tourist attractions and the trolly pick up was there"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Villa 1565
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.
Downtown Hideaway, studio accommodations, in the heart of the Historic District
Downtown Hideaway, studio accommodations, in the heart of the Historic District
St. Augustine, FL
The price is £128 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this apartment in St. Augustine. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Our guests praise the overall value in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (169 reviews)
Amazing location in the heart of historic area
"This was an awesome location to stay in St. Augustine. Close to everything—coffe shops, restaurants, St. George street…we didn’t have to use our car all weekend; everything was walkable. Definitely will stay here on our next visit to St. Augustine!"

Reviewed on 23 May 2022

Downtown Hideaway, studio accommodations, in the heart of the Historic District
Bluegreen Vacations Grande Villas at World Golf Village
Bluegreen Vacations Grande Villas at World Golf Village
3.5 out of 5
100 Front Nine Dr, St. Augustine, FL, 32092
Stay at this 3.5-star golf holiday home in St. Augustine. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (269 reviews)
"Nice, clean, and fun. Loved it."

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Bluegreen Vacations Grande Villas at World Golf Village
Ocean Gate at Hibiscus Resort
Ocean Gate at Hibiscus Resort
4 out of 5
125 Ocean Hibiscus Drive, St. Augustine, FL, 32080
Stay at this 4-star beach condo in St. Augustine. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (76 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay and the unit was clean and all parking has a reserved space. The appliances worked but really need to be updated (the microwave and dryer were very noisy) There are several pools and hot tubs located throughout the property and while we didn't use them there seemed to be plenty ..."

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2022

Ocean Gate at Hibiscus Resort
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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