St. Augustine, FL

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St. Augustine Beach showing a sandy beach and general coastal views as well as a family
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

Southern Oaks Inn
Southern Oaks Inn
3 out of 5
2800 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
The price is $85 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
$85
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly motel in St. Augustine. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,405 reviews)
"Very comfortable. Quiet. Pet friendly. Shuttle was convenient. Great breakfast"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Southern Oaks Inn
Villa 1565
Villa 1565
3 out of 5
137 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $120 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
$120
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31
Stay at this 3-star hotel in St. Augustine. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,269 reviews)
"I liked the area it sat in. It was a cozy motel. It needs a shelf or step in the shower. Wish they offered a shuttle to downtown."

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Villa 1565
Guy Harvey Resort on St Augustine Beach
Guy Harvey Resort on St Augustine Beach
3 out of 5
860 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL, 32080
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $129 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
$129
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in St. Augustine. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,867 reviews)
"Nice and clean"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Guy Harvey Resort on St Augustine Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sunrise Cottage - Unit B
Sunrise Cottage - Unit B
St. Augustine, FL
Stay at this vacation home in St. Augustine. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an attached winery. Popular attractions Colonial Quarter Museum and Grace United ...
Sunrise Cottage - Unit B
Ocean Gate at Hibiscus Resort
Ocean Gate at Hibiscus Resort
4 out of 5
125 Ocean Hibiscus Drive, St. Augustine, FL, 32080
Stay at this 4-star beach condo in St. Augustine. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (88 reviews)
"I liked that it was right on the ocean and it’s very clean. I didn’t like that I reserved an ocean view and it wasn’t available."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Ocean Gate at Hibiscus Resort
Ocean Village Club
Ocean Village Club
4250 A1a South, St. Augustine, FL, 32080
Stay at this golf condo in St. Augustine. Enjoy a fitness center, an onsite convenience store, and a balcony or patio. Popular attractions Butler Beach and St. ...
4/5 Very Good! (7 reviews)
"It's in a great location. Short walk to the beach. Not to far from St Augustine."

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2023

Ocean Village Club
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around St. Augustine

St. Augustine is often described as the oldest city in the United States, and you can travel around the center in vintage style with a ride on one of the city’s retro trolleys. Pedicabs – a type of cycle rickshaw – offer a relaxing, but slower, way to travel, or you can even take a horse and carriage from the harbor. The old streets of the historic center make for a lovely stroll. Visit the Florida Department of Transport website.Browse St. Augustine rental cars.

Best time to visit

Like much of Florida, St. Augustine is subject to a tropical climate with hot, wet summers, and mild, dry winters. Thunderstorms carry on into the fall, making spring the best time to visit. If you do come at this time of year, however, you won’t be the only one with the idea, and you’ll have to contend with bigger crowds and higher prices. Winter is still pleasant, but quieter and cheaper.

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