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St. Augustine

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The former Alcazar Hotel, today St. Augustine City Hall and the Lightner Museum

St. Augustine is a city in Northeast Florida, just 30 minutes south of Jacksonville. A small jewel on the state's east coast, it is full of romantic ambiance and old world charm. It is best known for its remarkable historic streets, Spanish-style architecture, and panoramic bay. Its claim to fame is the fact that it is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. Do take time to wander down St. George Street, a promenade of sorts, and enjoy the art galleries, quaint shops, and restaurants.

Understand[edit]

History[edit]

St. Augustine is best known as the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. Juan Ponce de Leon claimed the land now known as Florida in the name of Spain on March 27, 1513. Originally the land was named La Florida, which means "Land of Flowers." The city was founded by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565.

Geography[edit]

The historic downtown of St. Augustine sits on a small peninsula, with the San Sebastian River to the west and the Matanzas River to the east. The larger of the two, the Matanzas is actually a tidal estuary that forms part of the Intracoastal Waterway, a inland water route that stretches from New Jersey to the Gulf Coast. The Matanzas Inlet lies almost directly across from the Castillo de San Marcos fort at the north end of downtown, and connects the river to the Atlantic Ocean.

Two barrier islands, separated by the inlet, shelter the river and the downtown from the ocean. To the north lies an unnamed island that stretches from Jacksonville Beach down to Vilano Beach, a oceanfront community connected to the city by the Vilano Causeway. To the south of the inlet lies Anastasia Island, home to part of the city of St. Augustine, as well as the beach communities of St. Augustine Beach, Butler Beach, and Crescent Beach. The historic Bridge of Lions connects downtown to Anastasia Island, and a more modern bridge south of the city connects the island directly to U.S. 1 on the mainland.

Climate[edit]

St. Augustine has a humid subtropical climate, with mild weather during winters and hot weather during summers. Average high temperatures vary from 64°F (18°C) in winter to 91°F (33°C) in summer. High heat indices ("feels like" temperatures that take humidity into account) are not uncommon during the summer months in the St. Augustine area, and can reach up to 105-115°F. It is common for daily thunderstorms to erupt during a standard summer afternoon. These are caused by the heating of the land and water, combined with extremely high humidity.

During winter, the area can experience hard freezes during the night. Such cold weather is usually short lived, however, as the city averages only fifteen nights below freezing. Even rarer in St. Augustine is snow. When snow does fall, it usually melts before touching the ground, or upon making contact with the ground. Most residents of St. Augustine can remember accumulated snow on only one occasion — a thin ground cover that occurred a few days before Christmas 1989.

St. Augustine has suffered less damage from hurricanes than most other Floridian cities. The city has only received one direct hit from a hurricane since 1871, although it has experienced hurricane or near-hurricane conditions more than a dozen times due to storms traveling across the state, or passing to the north or south in the Atlantic and brushing the area. The strongest effect on St. Augustine was from Hurricane Dora in 1964, the only recorded storm to hit the First Coast area with sustained hurricane force winds. That storm, along with Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017 all caused extensive flooding in the city.

Rainfall averages around 50 inches a year, with the wettest months being June through September.

Talk[edit]

Despite being a Spanish-founded city that still retains influences of the former colonial power in its cooking and architecture, English is the predominant language in St. Augustine today.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX IATA) is the closest major commercial airport, 40 minutes to the north. It is served by nine airlines, including the three main American carriers: United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines.

Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB IATA) is located adjacent to the Daytona International Speedway, about an hour south, and is served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and JetBlue.

Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB IATA) is about 1 1/2 hours south of the city in Sanford. Several seasonal charter flights from the United Kingdom land here, as well as Allegiant Air and ViaAir flights from within the U.S., and Surinam Airways flights from select Caribbean islands.

Orlando International Airport (MCO IATA) is a major airport serving Central Florida, and is located about two hours south of St Augustine. International flights are limited (except for Canada, Mexico, and South America) but connections are available from almost every major American city.

Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST IATA) is a small airport within the city limits, mainly utilized by private aircraft. Limited commercial service operates to and from Rochester, Minnesota on Elite Airways (beginning July 20, 2018) and seasonally to and from Charlotte on ViaAir.

By car[edit]

St. Augustine can most easily be reached by car, as Interstate 95 passes just west of the city. From southbound I-95 (from Jacksonville), take exit 318 for S.R. 16, then travel east to U.S. 1 or Business U.S. 1, then turn right (south). From northbound I-95, take exit 298 for S.R. 207, then travel north/northeast to U.S. 1 and turn left (north) to reach the downtown/attractions area.

Main highways within the city include U.S. 1, U.S. 90, S.R. 16, S.R. 207 and S.R. A1A.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound has a limited bus stop here, located at 1 South Castillo Drive in downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are not available for purchase at this stop. You need to either purchase them online in advance or go to the full-service terminal in Jacksonville.

By train[edit]

Jacksonville is the nearest large city with a full-service Amtrak station; it is served by the Silver Star and Silver Meteor routes from Miami to New York City.

Palatka is closer and is served by the same two Amtrak lines, however onward transport to St. Augustine is difficult and limited to ridesharing apps (approx. $35) or local taxi service (approx. $50). Palatka does not have luggage service, so if you're carrying anything more than a backpack, you would need to disembark in Jacksonville.

By boat[edit]

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

St. Augustine is an extremely walkable and pedestrian friendly city. Walking will allow you to see most of the historical buildings and shops in the downtown core with relative ease.

By tram[edit]

There are two main tourist trains (trams) that give narrated tours of the historic parts of the city.

  • Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine, 167 San Marco Ave. and 1700 Ponce de Leon Blvd., +1 (844) 388-6452. Daily 9AM to 4:30PM. Fully narrated hop on & off trolley tram has 23 stops, visiting all major attractions. Offers one and two-day tickets, both include entrance to the St. Augustine History Museum and a free shuttle to the beach attractions. Adults: $25, Children age 6-12: $9, Children age 6 and under: Free.
  • Ripley's Red Train Tours, 170 San Marco Ave, +1 (904) 824-1606, toll-free: 800 226-6545, e-mail: . Daily 8:30AM to 5PM. The older of the two sightseeing tours, offering 24 stops including both Ripley's and City Hall. One and three day tickets are available, and can be combined with tickets for the Ripley's Museum and Bayfront Mini Golf. Adults: $22, Children age 5-11: $9, Children age 5 and under: Free.

Horse drawn carriage rides also operate throughout the downtown, and can be accessed by going to the "station" on Avenida Menendez, along the bay front.

By car[edit]

Downtown St. Augustine is rather inhospitable to cars, as the streets are often narrow and clogged with trams, horse drawn carriages, and tourists on foot and bike. However, to access many of the hotels, larger stores and restaurants, and outlet malls around St. Augustine, as well as the beachfront areas across the bay on Anastasia Island, a car is basically necessary.

When visiting downtown, it is recommended to park at the St. Augustine Historic Downtown Parking Facility, an enormous, multi-level, state-of-the-art garage that was opened in 2006. It is located across from the Visitor Center and at the far end of St. George Street. Parking charge is $15/day and the garage is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Limited metered parking can also be found on the street, as well as at the Castillo De San Marcos parking lot ($2.50/hr, limited to 3 hours). A few private lots exist in the downtown, and charge around $10-$12/day.

By bus[edit]

The Sunshine Bus Company operates within St. Johns County Monday through Saturday from 5:30AM until 7:30PM, except on certain major holidays. While there are some designated bus stops in downtown St. Augustine and on Anastasia Island, the bus is usually boarded by hailing the driver as you would a taxi, and can stop anywhere along the route for passengers to exit. One-way fares are $1 and are paid upon boarding the bus, and all day passes are available for $2. Seniors, students, children under 6, and persons with disabilities pay half of the full fare.

See[edit]

  • Castillo de San Marcos
    1 Alligator Farm Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd, +1 (904) 824-3337. Su-Sa 9AM to 5PM (Summer, to 6PM). One of Florida's oldest continuously running attractions, this zoo features all 24 species of crocodile (including the American alligator) in addition to a range of other reptiles, mammals and birds. Educational demonstrations and activities like zip-lining are also offered. Adults $26, Children (3-11) $15, Guests in Wheelchairs $13/$7.50, 10% off for AAA, military, and seniors. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park on Wikipedia
  • 2 Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, 1 South Castillo Dr, +1 (904) 829-6506. Su-Sa 8:45AM to 5PM. A large coquina limestone fort constructed by the Spanish in the late 1600s to defend their interests in the area. Inside the fort, certain rooms are open to the public, including the chapel, guard quarters, and the powder magazine. The top of the Castillo is also open to visitors and allows great views of the city and the bay, as well as up-close encounters with the authentic cannons. There are living history demonstrations on weekends, including the firing of those cannons...an incredibly powerful (and loud!) experience. Lower level is handicapped accessible. Adults $15, Children (under 16) free. Castillo de San Marcos on Wikipedia Castillo de San Marcos (Q387656) on Wikidata
  • 3 Colonial Quarter (Spanish Quarter), 33 St. George St, +1 (888) 991-0933. Su-Sa 10AM to 5PM. This recreated garrison town allows guests to visit with a blacksmith, learn to fire a musket, and stand watch on a lookout tower. You'll see costumed historical interpreters tell the story of everyday life when the city was a remote outpost of the Spanish Empire. The property also includes a British pub, a Spanish taverna, and a seafood restaurant, all of which do not require admission. A rustic outdoor stage set under an old oak tree hosts free weekend concerts also open to the public. Adults $13, Children (5-12) $7.
  • 4 Fort Matanzas National Monument, 8635 A1A South, +1 (904) 471-0116. Su-Sa 9AM to 5:30PM. This small watchtower was built in the 1740s on a small island south of the city to control access via the Matanzas River. Eight ferries a day take visitors from Anastasia Island to the marsh where the fort sits. Free passes for the boat can be picked up at the visitors center there, where a half-mile boardwalk nature trail loops through the woods and dunes (a good way to spend the time waiting for the next ferry). Free admission. Fort Matanzas National Monument on Wikipedia Fort Matanzas National Monument (Q1438624) on Wikidata
  • 5 Flagler College, 74 King St, +1 (904) 823-3378. Rotunda open Su-Sa 9AM to 4PM, Tours depart at 10AM and either 2PM or 3PM depending on season. Located on 19 acres downtown, the campus' Spanish Renaissance architecture is highlighted by the grand former Ponce De Leon Hotel, built in the late 1800s as a winter resort by Henry Flagler with the interior designed by Louis C. Tiffany. The liberal arts college was created in 1968. Tours: Adults $12, Children (under 10) free, Seniors $10. Flagler College on Wikipedia Flagler College (Q3073226) on Wikidata
  • 6 Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail (Set back behind a neighborhood off of U.S. 1), +1 (904) 823-2232. Grounds: Su-Sa 9AM to 5PM; Visitor Center: Th-Mo 9AM to 5PM. This park preserves the site of the first legal free black settlement in America. It was established in 1738 by the Spanish for escaped black slaves seeking asylum from the British colonies. The former site of the community, long forgotten but rediscovered in 1968, is located about two miles north of St. Augustine. Grounds free; Visitor Center: Adults $2, Children (under 6) free. Fort Mose Historic State Park on Wikipedia Fort Mose Historic State Park (Q549331) on Wikidata
St. Augustine Lighthouse
  • 7 Oldest House Museum Complex, 271 Charlotte St, +1 (904) 824-2872. Su-Sa 10AM to 5PM, tours every half hour. A historic house just south of downtown that is believed to be the oldest house in the city, constructed under Spanish rule in 1723. The property, run by the St. Augustine Historical Society, also includes two museums, an exhibition gallery, an ornamental garden, and a store. Adults $8, Seniors $7, Student (6-18 & College) $4, Family (2 adults and their children under 18) $18. Gonzalez-Alvarez House on Wikipedia
  • 8 Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, 14 St. George St (near the City Gates), +1 (904) 824-0192. Su-Th 9AM to 6PM, Fr-Sa 9AM to 9PM. Over 300 years old, this one room schoolhouse has stood through the rise and fall of two empires and the birth of the United States. Self-guided tours are offered daily, and an animatronic teacher and student provide a history of the building. Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse on Wikipedia
  • 9 Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave, +1 (904) 829-3168. Su-Sa 9AM to 6PM. A 15 acre waterfront attraction touted as the 1513 landing site of Ponce de Leon, the discoverer of Florida. Although no evidence has been found to support this, the park is the location of the first Spanish settlement in St. Augustine. Guests can explore a recreation of a Timucuan Native American village, witness a cannon firing, view archeological digs, and even drink from the supposed "Fountain of Youth", a natural spring. Adults $15, Children (6-12) $9, Seniors $14. Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park on Wikipedia Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park (Q5474815) on Wikidata
  • 10 Potter's Wax Museum, 31 Orange St, +1 (904) 829-9056. Su-Sa 9AM to 6PM. A fun and educational family attraction with over 160 wax figures, including a wide range of fictional characters, famous politicians, Hollywood celebrities, sports stars, and more, both past and present. Established in 1948, Potter's is the oldest wax museum in the United States. Adults $10.60, Children (6-12) $7.40. Potter's Wax Museum on Wikipedia Potter's Wax Museum (Q7235234) on Wikidata
  • 11 Ripley's Believe It or Not!, 19 San Marco Ave, +1 (904) 824-1606. Su-Sa 9AM-8PM. The original Odditorium of the famed American purveyor of the strange and unusual was opened in the historic Castle Warden hotel in 1950. Three stories worth of exhibits include a mummified cat, a two-story scale model Ferris wheel made out of Erector sets, life and death masks of famous celebrities (including Abe Lincoln), shrunken heads, and an iron maiden. Rumored to be haunted, the opening credits and various segments of the most recent Ripley's TV series were filmed here. Adults $16, Children (5-11) $9.
Castle Warden, home of the first Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
  • 12 St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave, +1 (904) 829-0745. Su-Sa 9AM to 6PM (summer to 7PM). Built in the 1870s on the northern end of Anastasia Island, this working lighthouse sat abandoned for many years before restoration efforts in the 1990s. Today, visitors can climb the 219 steps to the top for a stunning view of the city and the surrounding waters, including the Atlantic Ocean. The associated museum is located in the former Keeper's House at the base of the tower and contains exhibits about living and working at the light station. Adults $13, Children (under 12 and over 44" tall) $11, Seniors $11. St. Augustine Light on Wikipedia St. Augustine Light (Q7587188) on Wikidata
  • 13 World Golf Hall of Fame, 1 World Golf Place. Mo-Sa 10AM to 6PM, Su 12PM to 6PM. The centerpiece of the master-planned World Golf Village, this hall of fame and museum center celebrates the greats of golf history. The expansive property also includes a hotel, convention center, an IMAX movie theater, two award-winning golf courses, and a restaurant owned by actor Bill Murray and his brothers. Adults $21; Children (5-12) $5; Seniors, Military, and Florida Residents $20; Students (13+ with ID) $10.

Do[edit]

  • 1 Adventure Landing, 2780 S.R. 16, +1 (904) 495-7130. Su-Th 10AM to 11PM, Fr-Sa 10AM to 12AM. Great for kids, this family fun park located outside of the city near I-95 offers miniature golf, an arcade, batting cages, go-karts, and a roller coaster simulator. Pay per activity.,
  • 2 Anastasia Watersports, 850 Anastasia Park Road (Located within Anastasia State Park), +1 (904) 460-9111. Su-Sa 9AM to 6PM. An shack in the state park offering affordable kayak, paddleboard, and sailboat rentals, as well as rentals of bikes and beach equipment like umbrellas and surfboards. An nearby park store sells snacks and fishing bait. Priced by the hour: $20-$60.
  • 3 San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St, +1 904 826-1594, toll-free: +1 888-352-9463. Mo-Sa 10AM to 6PM, Su 11AM to 6PM. Just a few blocks from downtown, this winery was opened in 1996 in a restored railroad building and offers award-winning American wines dating back to 1562. Tours are offered seven days a week, leaving every 20-25 minutes and lasting for about 45 minutes. Wines are for sale at the on-site retail store, and a rooftop wine bar offers live jazz and blues on weekend nights overlooking the San Sebastian River. Tours are free.
  • 4 St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St, +1 (904) 824-2310. Tu-Sa 12PM to 4PM, Su 2PM to 5PM. Home to one of the oldest arts organizations in the Sunshine State, this is the premier gallery in the historic district. The 5,000 square foot landmark features a permanent collection of "Lost Colony" art from the 1930s as well as monthly juried exhibits of local art. Free Admission.
  • 5 St. Augustine Distillery, 112 Riberia St, +1 (904) 825-4962. Mo-Sa 10AM to 6PM, Su 11AM to 6PM. Opened in 2014 in a hundred year old ice plant, this distillery crafts small batch whiskey, rum, gin, and vodka, as well as Florida's first bourbon. Tours are offered every half hour and include a free tasting. The distillery shares the former ice plant with the fittingly named Ice Plant Bar, serving a full menu, with drinks and cocktails that use the sprits from next door. Tours are free.

Ghost Tours[edit]

Both Ripley's Red Trains and Old Town Trolley offer nighttime tram ghost tours, Ghost Trains and Ghost & Gravestones, respectively. In addition, numerous walking ghost tours operate out of the area around St. George Street. Different tours go to different sites, for example, Ripley's Ghost Tours go through the supposedly haunted Ripley's Odditorium building, while Ghost & Gravestones tours enter the Old Jail, a historic site owned by Old Town Trolley. It is worth doing some research into the various tram and walking tours and deciding on the one that piques your interest.

Concerts[edit]

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre sits within Anastasia State Park across the Bridge of Lions on the island. An intimate venue with just under 5,000 covered seats, this is a great place to see a show if one of your favorites is in town during your visit. Drawing big-name concert acts from all genres, past acts have included The Beach Boys, Toby Keith, Slayer, and Selena Gomez.

The city also host Concerts in the Plaza in the downtown's central Plaza de la Constitución on Thursday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Local and regional musicians perform in the park's gazebo and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax and enjoy the music. Picnics are allowed, but alcohol is not.

Events[edit]

St. Augustine offers various large-scale events and festivals held in the downtown area to draw in tourists during the slower seasons of early spring, fall, and winter.

Spring[edit]

  • Celtic Music & Heritage Festival. Including the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
  • Easter Parade A parade downtown of marching bands, floats, drill teams, clowns, Royal Family and the city's carriage horses wearing hats.
  • Rhythm & Ribs Festival. The last weekend of March at Francis Field on Castillo Drive. Features championship BBQ and musical entertainment.
  • Blessing of the Fleet First Sunday in April. Commercial and pleasure craft alike receive a blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. Ceremony begins at noon with a procession from the Cathedral Basilica.
  • Gamble Rogers Folk Festival. April. Held in various locations downtown, the three-day musical event features a variety of local and national bands, storytelling and songwriting workshops. A celebration of the music, stories and dance by local and national artists celebrating the Gamble Rogers legacy.
  • Kingbuster Tournament A Southern Kingfish competition held at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina in June.

Fall[edit]

  • Great Chowder Debate. Annually in November, local restaurants compete, in various categories, for the best chowder, with samples tasted by the public. Proceeds benefit The Shriner's Children's hospital
  • St. Augustine Arts and Craft Festival. The St. Augustine Art Association has been hosting art festivals for over 70 years. Now located at Francis Field next to the Visitor's Center in the Uptown Arts District, this premier Art & Craft Festival is held twice a year: Thanksgiving weekend, and the weekend after Easter. See the works of over 150 top artists from across the country displaying painting, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, photography, fiber arts, glass and a variety of 2D & 3D works. Great food; KidZone; Festival Paint Out; Entertainment; Art Demos; Prizes and more.

Winter[edit]

  • Night of Lights More than a million little white lights outline the Bayfront and buildings of the historic downtown from the weekend before Thanksgiving to the end of January.
  • Holiday Regatta of Lights. A spectacular and colorful parade of boats held on the St. Augustine bay front between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos. This event reflects the maritime roots of the "Oldest City" and is in keeping with St. Augustine's historical seaborne image and rich nautical heritage. The Regatta is hosted by The St. Augustine Yacht Club and is usually held in early to mid December. Sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats and many other vessels parade, decorated with the festive lights of the season in celebration of the holidays.
  • St. Augustine Christmas Parade The annual Christmas Parade has grown to be one of the largest parades in north Florida. It includes floats, bands, cars, horses, tigers, and the arrival of Santa. The parade generally starts at 10AM by the Mission of Nombre de Dios, then continues through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine, and ends behind the Visitor's Center on Castillo Drive. Pictures with Santa follow in the Downtown Plaza. The event is sponsored by the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce. For more information call 904-829-5681.
  • St. Augustine Film Festival. During the third weekend of January, the city welcomes filmmakers from around the world to show their films in theaters around the city. Nightly parties occur in different locations around the city all four nights of the festival.

Year-round[edit]

  • At the First Friday Art Walk, held the first Friday of every month, over 30 of the city's downtown galleries stay open late, with most using the night to open new exhibits, offering food, wine, and entertainment.

Buy[edit]

St George Street

St. George Street is the spine of the historic downtown. A five-block long pedestrian street, it offers various clothing and gift shops, and countless restaurants, bars, and snack stands offering everything from authentic Cuban cuisine and New York-style pizza to upscale jazz bars and old-school bakeries. The side streets just around St. George, specifically Cuna Street, Hypolita Street, and Spanish Street, also contain numerous shops and restaurants and are worth venturing down.

Outside of the downtown there are other shopping centers that may be of interest, including various large strip mall centers south of the city center on U.S. 1. These contain mostly typical chain stores and restaurants, with a few local places mixed in. Other notable shopping centers besides those are listed below.

  • 1 St. Augustine Flea Market, 2495 S.R. 207, +1 (904) 824-4210, e-mail: . Sa-Su 9AM to 4PM. A weekend flea market with hundreds of vendors inside and numerous stands outside. Everything from fresh produce and baked goods to used TVs and old guitars can be found at great bargains.
  • 2 St. Augustine Outlets, 500 Outlet Mall Blvd (On the northbound side of I-95), + (904) 826-1052. Mo-Sa 10AM to 9PM, Su 10AM to 6PM. Mostly indoors, this center feature 75 brand-name shops, including traditional mall stores like Old Navy, H&M, and a large Saks 5th Avenue OFF 5TH store.
  • 3 St. Augustine Premium Outlets, 2700 S.R. 16 (On the southbound side of I-95), +1 (904) 825-1555. Mo-Sa 10AM to 9PM, Su 10AM to 6PM. The more upscale of the area's two outlet centers, this one is an outdoor center with 85 stores including Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Gap, Coach, and Under Armour.

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • The Bunnery Bakery & Cafe.
  • Hyppo Popsicles, 48 Charlotte St. Next to Hypolita St. Sells gourmet popsicles in a variety of flavors. Limited indoor seating.
  • The Kookaburra.
  • The Manatee Cafe. This delightful vegetarian restaurant caters to vegans and health enthusiasts looking for a healthy dining experience. Located less than 2 miles from the St Augustine Outlet, visitors will find its location convenient and the food delicious. $5 to $15
  • The Oasis. A1A South. This two story restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is a tourist-oriented. There is a full bar or raw bar on the upper deck.
  • Pizza Time.
  • Spanish Bakery, 1/2 St. George St. 42; entrance is under the sign for Whetstone Chocolates. Sells lunch and breakfast including freshly-baked authentic Spanish pastries, bread, and soups. Open daily 9:30 AM - 3 PM or until sold out. Outdoor seating only, accepts cash only.

Midrange[edit]

  • 1 Beachcomber Restaurant, 2 A Street, +1 (904) 471-3744. Mo-Su 11AM to 8PM (Summer to 9PM and 10PM Fr-Sa). This casual spot serves lunch and dinner in a unique casual atmosphere with open deck just steps from the beach. Main dishes $12-$25.
  • 2 Casa Benedetto's Italian Caffe, 6357 A1A S, +1 904-471-5999. An Italian cafe that sells sandwiches and pastas
  • 3 Casa Maya, 22 Hypolita Street, +1 (904) 823-0787. Mo-Fr 11AM-10PM, Sa-Su 8:30AM to 10PM. Higher end authentic Latin dishes served in a converted house located in the center of downtown. Main dishes $15-$23.
  • Coquina Beach Surf Club, 451 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine Beach. The best in seasonal seafood, select beef entrees, seasonal produce, killer burgers, unique sandwiches and creative specials. Casual and comfortable outdoor dining, cool and cozy bar, clean and crisp drinks, interesting wine list and classic local décor creates the perfect setting for dining with friends. I love that happy hour is 11am to 7pm on Sat & Sun.
  • Gas Full Service Restaurant.
  • Georgie's Diner, 100 Malaga St. Located off of King Street on Malaga, look for the distinctive silver exterior of this authentic diner. Serving breakfast all day and lunch and dinner daily, Georgie's features popular Greek specialties along with the comfort food you would expect. It's a well-kept 50s style diner with clean chrome accents, lustrous red, glittery seats, black and white checked floors. The fun decor features counter seating, cozy retro booths, and lots of shiny chrome. And it's one of the most affordable places to eat in St. Augustine.
  • Harry's Seafood, Bar & Grille.
  • O'Steens, Anastasia Blvd. The "local" favorite and regular winner of Best Seafood Restaurant. Family dining featuring is famous fried shrimp dinner. No alcohol, cash only, closed Sundays. Long lines outside.
  • Panama Hatties A1A Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach. Features a huge upstairs oceanview deck, two full bars, and casual dining for lunch and dinner with some of the best prices at the beach.
  • Prohibition Kitchen.
  • Salt Life Food Shack.
  • South Beach Grill. A casual dining seafood restaurant located next to the Crescent Beach access ramp.
  • 4 Sunset Grille, 421 A1A Beach Blvd, +1 904-471-5555. 11AM - 12AM. A place that sells American and Seafood Cuisines.

Splurge[edit]

  • Amici Italian Restaurant, 1915 A1A Hwy. S. Authentic Italian specialties.
  • Collage, 60 Hypolita Street. Artful global cuisine.
  • Columbia.
  • The Conch House Located one mile from historic St. Augustine, enjoy waterfront dining inside or outside on the decks overlooking tropical Salt Run. Featuring seafood, Caribbean cuisine, steaks, salads, and award-winning conch chowder, The Conch House Lounge offers the best in tropical specialty drinks served in a Caribbean atmosphere over the water and features live entertainment
  • Creekside Dinery, 160 Nix Boatyard Road. North. Florida low country cookin' in a charming, waterfront setting and specialties include fresh local seafood and Florida favorites such as chicken, fish, or steak cooked on a thick oak plank.
  • Gypsy Cab Company, Anastasia Blvd. Another local favorites which serves "Urban Cuisine," an eclectic mix of seafood, steaks, poultry, pork, vegetarian items, and pasta dishes influenced by international cooking styles.
  • La Pentola.
  • 5 Le Pavillon, 45 San Marco Ave, +1 (904) 824-6202. Tu-Su 11:30AM to 9PM. The restaurant serves Continental and German cuisine served in the European tradition. Main dishes $23-$29.
  • Michael's Tasting Room.
  • 6 Old City House Inn & Restaurant, 115 Cordova St, +1 (904) 826-0113, e-mail: . Su-Sa 8:30AM to 10PM. World cuisine with Mediterranean and Southern influences served in an 1873 house turned bed & breakfast, with both indoor seating and an outdoor landscaped patio. Main dishes $20-$35.
  • Raintree, 102 San Marco Ave. Florida Trend's 10 Best in Florida Golden Spoon award.
  • Saltwater Cowboys, 299 Dondanville Rd. On the intracoastal waterway in a casual, recreated, turn-of-the-century fish camp surrounded by saltwater marshes. specialties including fresh seafood, delicious ribs, and chicken specialties.

Drink[edit]

Old Mill in St. Augustine
  • A1A Ale Works. King Street.
  • Ann O'Malleys, Orange street.
  • Barley Republic, Spanish Street.
  • British Pub, 213 Anastasia Blvd.
  • JP Henleys, 10 Marine Street.
  • King's Head British Pub, US1 (north of the airport).
  • Mardi Gras, San Marco Avenue.
  • Prince of Wales English Pub, Spanish Street.
  • Scarlett O'Hara's. Hypolita Street.
  • St.George Tavern, Saint George Street.
  • Stogies, Cuna Street.
  • Rendezvous, Saint George Street.

Nightlife[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Our House of St. Augustine B&B, 7 Cincinnati Ave., +1 904 347-6260. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Combines historic restored 19th-century homes with updated features. Three rooms and two kitchenette studios include full breakfast, on-site parking and Wi-Fi. Located in the Uptown Antiques District just north of the Old City Gates and St. George Street's shops, sights and restaurants. From $129.
  • Pirate Haus Inn (Pirate Haus Inn), 32 Treasury Street, +1 904 808-1999. Check-in: 11AM, check-out: 10AM. Pirate-themed inn, is in the middle of the Historic District. All you can eat Pirate Pancakes for breakfast, pirate toys and pirate bedtime reading for the kids. Private room rates from $50, and include free parking. Dorm beds from $20. Right in the middle of the historic district, 150 feet to the bay and 150 feet to St. George Street From $50.
  • Ramada St Augustine, 2535 State Route 16, +1 904 829-5643.
  • St Francis Inn, 279 St. George Street, +1 904-824-6068, toll-free: +1-800-824-6062, fax: +1 904 810-5525. A historic bed-and-breakfast located at the corner of St. Francis and St. George Streets, built in 1791. Private courtyard with gardens, balconies, whirlpool tubs, breakfast, fireplaces, quiet location, free parking and swimming pool.
  • St. George Inn, 4 St George Street, toll-free: +1-888-827-5740. Twenty-five hotel rooms and suites, many with balconies and views of the Intercoastal Waterway, the Castillo de San Marcos and the City Gate. Facilities: internet access, private baths, and a complimentary continental breakfast.
  • Victorian House Bed and Breakfast, 11 Cadiz St, +1 904-824-5214. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Located on the oldest street in St. Augustine, this beautiful victorian house was built 1885. Guest rooms have private baths and are furnished with antiques. Guests are welcomed to a full hot breakfast, wifi, and free parking. from $99 per night.
  • Agustin Inn, 29 Cuna Street, +1 904-637-1139, toll-free: +1-800-248-7846, e-mail: . Romantic and historic bed and breakfast in downtown St. Augustine, offering 18 distinctively decorated guest rooms.

Connect[edit]

  • Visitors Center +1 904 829-1000, Toll Free: +1-800-653-2489.

Go next[edit]

Routes through St. Augustine
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