Today I am sharing a travel guide to St. Augustine as part of my Florida vacation guide. St. Augustine is the OLDEST city in the U.S. and is full of gorgeous Spanish architecture and glorious sandy beaches. We love spending time here, especially when friends or family are in town for a visit! Check out these fun things to do in St. Augustine.
Where to Stay in St. Augustine
You probably figured out by my Jacksonville guide that I love hotels / motels that have CHARM! The Local, in historic St. Augustine, is exactly that – charming! This all-digital hotel offers the modern conveniences of today with a unique, retro vibe. The Local is conveniently located, has 20 comfy rooms, lounging areas to enjoy a snack or drink and a refreshing pool.
Imagine the Insta-worthy pix you can grab here! The Local lies steps from the Bridge of Lions and Salt Run, and walking distance to the St. Augustine Amphitheater. Rent a bike from Drifters and explore!
What to Do
Since St. Augustine lays claim to being the oldest city in the United States, visitors should definitely plan to explore the historic district. The entrance lies across from the oldest fort in America, Castillo de San Marcos. Other notable sites include Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, The Lightner Museum and Anastasia State Park nature preserve.
Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse
The St. Augustine Lighthouse was originally built in 1800 but… fell into the ocean. The lighthouse you see here was rebuilt between 1871-1874 and is now part of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Visitors can learn about the area and lighthouse through interactive exhibits and activities. Visitors may also climb all 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse for some pretty spectacular views.
Get Something Sweet from Crème de la Cocoa
What travel guide would be complete without a yummy treats? Creme de la Cocoa offers stunning cakes and confectionaries, from cookies to incredible wedding cakes, macarons and more! If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss this awesome St. Augustine bakery.
Unique Gifts from St. Augustine
Always on the look out for unique shops, I was delighted to discover Jenna Alexander Studio which lies behind Sunday Gathering Table. Jenna’s studio shop is filled with beautiful art goods printed with her works of art. Her space is a light and bright space where she offers classes, shopping and special events.
Thank you so much for visiting. I hope you have found my Florida vacation guides helpful!