St. Augustine Vacation Packages
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.
Accommodation in St. Augustine
St. Augustine has tourism and business accommodations for all types of vacationers. Via Expedia's lodging page, you can choose from 95 St. Augustine accommodation options.
Travelers looking for a bed at the upper-end of the scale won't be disappointed, St. Augustine features a selection of upscale options, such as the Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection, at 95 Cordova St, and the Bayfront Westcott House St Augustine B&B, at 146 Avenida Menendez. Alternatively, the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront, at 32 Avenida Menendez, and the Beachfront Bed & Breakfast, at 1 F St, are two more economical options worth booking.