St. Augustine, located on Florida’s Northeastern coast, is an ideal destination for travelers who like history, beaches, shopping and dining. Founded in 1565, the city of St. Augustine pre-dates settlements like Plymouth and Jamestown, making it our nation’s oldest city.
Check out our list of best things to do, places to eat and hotels in St. Augustine below!
Things to Do
1. Visit the Fort
The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument has survived both hurricanes and canon balls for hundreds of years. The fort is constructed using coquina, which is a stone comprised of tiny seashells. Tour the fort, take lots of pictures, and then consider a picnic on the fort’s lawn.
2. Go Shopping on St. George Street
Just steps from the Castillo de San Marcos, you’ll find remnants of the city walls and a prominent gate, which marks the entrance to St. George Street. This historic shopping street offers stores for visitors of all ages and interests. From handmade works of art to comfortable flip-flops, you’ll find all the souvenirs you could possibly want!
3. Take a Tour
There are many St. Augustine tours to choose from, so you can pick the one that’s most interesting and convenient for you! The popular Old Town Trolley Tours will give you a comprehensive view of the best sights in St. Augustine. For a unique experience try a Segway tour or an ECO tour. Some of the most fun sightseeing tours in St. Augustine are the ghost tours, which are held after dark!
4. Cross the Bridge of Lions & Go to the Beach
As you cross the inter-coastal Matanzas River to go to the beach, make sure you cross the Bridge of Lions, which dates back to 1926. Then, choose from two wonderful beach options: Anastasia Island State Park or St. Augustine Beach. Each offers miles of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean.
5. Explore the Colonial Quarter
As you enter the Colonial Quarter in St. Augustine, you’ll be transported back in time to the early 16th century. You’ll discover how people lived in this historic city in the 1500s.
Places to Eat
1. The Hyppo
Can you say popsicles? Visitors to St. Augustine can cool off with deliciously flavored frozen treats at The Hyppo. Try flavors like Strawberry Basil, Reisling Pear, Key Lime and more!
2. French Fry Heaven
Yes, this is a restaurant devoted to French fries – and for good reason! Whether you like your fries simple, savory or sweet, you’ll be licking your fingers after a helping at French Fry Heaven.
3. Columbia Restaurant
Enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine at the Columbia restaurant, which began in Tampa, Florida in 1905. The food is delicious and the service is great. If you’re looking for an upscale-yet-comfortable date spot, try the Columbia.
Where to Stay in St. Augustine
If you’re looking for a convenient place to stay that fits your budget, print one of our hotel coupons online, or search for the best same-day rates using our mobile application. With rates in St. Augustine starting from $42 per night, you can’t beat these hotel discounts.
Photos courtesy of Anne Sandoval