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

St. Augustine Historic District
St. Augustine featuring street scenes

St. Augustine Historic District

Known for Historical Buildings, Museums, Tours

5/5(650 reviews)

St. Augustine Historic District is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine or St. George Street.

Downtown Historic District
St. Augustine featuring street scenes

Downtown Historic District

4.5/5(15 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Downtown Historic District, Lightner Museum and Castillo de San Marcos are top sights worth seeing.

Vilano Beach
Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, Florida, United States of America

Vilano Beach

Known for Beaches, Sea, Tours

4.5/5(196 reviews)

Vilano Beach is known for its stunning beaches, and you can see some sights in the area like Vilano Beach and Usina Beach.

Crescent Beach
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Crescent Beach

Known for Beaches, Sea, Relaxing

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Travelers come to Crescent Beach for its beaches, and you can see top attractions like St. Augustine Beach and Fort Matanzas National Monument while you're in town.

Old Town
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Old Town

Known for Historical Buildings, Museums, Walking

Travelers come to Old Town for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like St. George Street and Aviles Street while you're in town.

Butler Beach
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Butler Beach

Known for Sea, Beaches, Friendly People

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Butler Beach is popular for its beaches, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to St. Augustine Beach or Butler Beach State Park.

Top Hotels in St. Augustine

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Smart Stay Inn
The Smart Stay Inn
2.5 out of 5
2365 FL-16, St. Augustine, FL
$66
per night
Nov 21 - Nov 22

Situated near the airport, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from St. Augustine Premium Outlets and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,124 reviews)

"Lovely little hotel. Renovations are great. Will definitely stay again and recommend. Price was a very good value. Full breakfast was wonderful."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

The Smart Stay Inn
Villa 1565
Villa 1565
2 out of 5
137 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL
$79
per night
Nov 28 - Nov 29

Located in the heart of St. Augustine, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mission of Nombre de Dios and Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological ...

3.1/5 (2,135 reviews)

"The 600 year old tree was very cool. The trolley stop was also a very nice feature. Room was recently updated. very nice."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Villa 1565
Guy Harvey Resort on St Augustine Beach
Guy Harvey Resort on St Augustine Beach
2.5 out of 5
860 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL
$999
per night
Nov 21 - Nov 22

Nestled on the beach, this St. Augustine hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from St. Augustine Beach and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Anastasia State Park. Anastasia State Recreation ...

3.4/5 (1,960 reviews)

"The front desk clerk, Eric, was delightful and friendly He gave me great tips about the area and described your property for our convenience and comfort. The property is beautiful, good bar, nice staff ,yummy breakfast and the ocean view is superb!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

Guy Harvey Resort on St Augustine Beach

Popular things to do in St. Augustine

Castillo de San Marcos
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Castillo de San Marcos

4.5/5(1,525 reviews)

Explore one of the the oldest standing masonry forts in North America and watch cannons being fired from the ramparts.

World Golf Village
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World Golf Village

4.5/5(269 reviews)

Hit the links in St. Augustine at World Golf Village, a popular golf course. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event in this quaint area.

Flagler College
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Flagler College

4.5/5(833 reviews)

Walk around the campus of Flagler College, a top university in St. Augustine. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or seek out the local tours.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
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St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

4.5/5(322 reviews)

Feed and pet an alligator, hold a snake and meet a range of colorful and unusual reptiles and birds at one of Florida’s longest-running attractions. 

Anastasia State Park
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Anastasia State Park

4.5/5(391 reviews)

Camp in the forest and relax on spectacular beaches when you visit one of Florida’s most beautiful state parks.

Lightner Museum
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Lightner Museum

4.5/5(524 reviews)

Lightner Museum is a popular museum in St. Augustine with a rich history. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or seek out the local tours.

Top activities in St. Augustine

St Augustine Old Town Trolley Hop-on Hop-off City Tour
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St Augustine Old Town Trolley Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

$28

Your expert trolley conductor navigates the streets as you admire the Ancient City, St. Augustine, in all its glory. See everything from historical attractions such as the site where Ponce de Leon first landed, to unique attractions as the Alligator Farm.

St. Augustine Haunted Tour : Ghosts & Gravestones
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St. Augustine Haunted Tour : Ghosts & Gravestones

$30

Explore the darker side of the nation’s oldest city, St Augustine. Hop on the Trolley of the Doomed to explore landmarks of the supernatural and hear tales of murder, ghostly apparitions, and hauntings. Keep watch as you enter the Old City Gates for ghost-child Elizabeth, a yellow fever victim.

Old Town Trolley, Old Jail & the Oldest Store & History Museums
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Old Town Trolley, Old Jail & the Oldest Store & History Museums

$48

Experience the best of St. Augustine as you ride on the iconic Old Town Trolley to sights such as the Old Jail, Oldest Store Museum, and the History Museum. Use your 1-day pass to hop on and off as you please along the trolley route at 23 stops to explore over 100 points of interest.

St. Augustine Inshore Fishing Trip
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St. Augustine Inshore Fishing Trip

$138

Let your worries sink away as you cruise in a modern inshore flats boat across the shimmering waters of St. Augustine. While away the day with a knowledgeable captain, as well as all the necessary equipment and bait, as you explore the flats in search of the perfect catch.

World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Admission
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World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Admission

$19

Visit the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum to relive the greatest moments of the sport. Detailed exhibits tell the history of golf and the 160 members of the Hall of Fame. Try your hand at the 132-yard green of the Challenge Hole, a repleca of hole 17 at TPC Sawgrass.

Admission to St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
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Admission to St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

$15

Visit: St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, 12 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084-3650 The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum offers an exciting and educational museum experience that transports you and your family back in time over 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy.

Reviews of St. Augustine

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Herbert

Nov 18, 2019

Needed more time

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Good place for visiting

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 16, 2019

This is our “go to” place to get away

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

My favorite get away city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

Friendly people it seems whether local or traveling through. Beautiful architecture and close to other Florida attractions

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 14, 2019

We love St Augustine and often camp at Anastasia SP and visit many other areas in St Augustine. We also enjoy cycling in the area.

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