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St. AugustineUnited States of America

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

Top Hotels in St. Augustine

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
The price is $98 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Nestled on the beach, this St. Augustine hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from St. Augustine Beach and 1.6 mi (2.7 km) from Anastasia State Park. St. Johns County Ocean ...

3.8/5Good! (1,254 reviews)

"Great scenery and view of the beach. Was not to crowded and it allowed us to really enjoy our stay"…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Guy Harvey Resort on St Augustine Beach
Villa 1565
Villa 1565
3 out of 5
137 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL
The price is $95 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in the heart of St. Augustine, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mission of Nombre de Dios and Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Castillo de San Marcos ...

4.1/5Very Good! (133 reviews)

"All the staff was super friendly, the property was clean and they had great spots outside to hang out with your groups after a long day of sightseeing!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Villa 1565
Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
4 out of 5
95 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL
The price is $224 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

This family-friendly St. Augustine hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Government House, Flagler College, and St. George Street. Lightner ...

4.4/5Excellent! (982 reviews)

"Missed the wooden head boards on the beds. Everyone was very nice and helpful. Wish the Spa opened Earlier so could of enjoyed before check out. Loved using the Beach Club."…"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2020

Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
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.

Vacation Rentals in St. Augustine

Historic Downtown St. Augustine Lake Front Condo
Historic Downtown St. Augustine Lake Front Condo
St. Augustine, FL

Located in Downtown Historic District, this historic condo building is within a 5-minute walk of St. George Street and Lightner Museum. Flagler College and Cathedral ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Great location walk to everything!

"We really enjoyed our stay at the condo. We really liked being able to walk to the historic district and restaurants (we limited ourselves to those with outdoor seating). It's a cozy property in a pretty, quiet location. It's nice to be able to park directly outside in a dedicated parking spot. In ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Historic Downtown St. Augustine Lake Front Condo
Pelican's Beach Retreat With Private Pool!
Pelican's Beach Retreat With Private Pool!
St. Augustine, FL

Located in Butler Beach, this historic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Butler Beach State Park and St. Augustine Beach. Anastasia State Park and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Couldn’t have been better!

"We had the best trip at David’s place on Pelican Way! The room and location couldn’t have been better! Excellent communication with the owner when needed. We enjoyed everything about this trip! We WILL be back in the future. Don’t look any further...book NOW!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Pelican's Beach Retreat With Private Pool!
Wonderful Direct Ocean Front 1 Bedroom
Wonderful Direct Ocean Front 1 Bedroom
St. Augustine, FL

Located in Crescent Beach, this historic condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from St. Augustine Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Butler Beach State Park. Fort Matanzas ...

4.3/5Excellent! (20 reviews)
Great weekend getaway!

"Nice, clean, roomy condo, has all the necessities, great restaurants nearby. Would definitely book again!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

Wonderful Direct Ocean Front 1 Bedroom
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.

Popular places to visit in St. Augustine

Top things to do in St. Augustine

Reviews of St. Augustine

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

One of our favorite places to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

I love this small town. There’s not much to do but it’s great to go and disconnect for a couple of days.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

There is a great variety of things to do

4/5 - Good

MM

Jun 5, 2020

Super nice people

5/5 - Excellent

Sandi

Jun 4, 2020

One of my favorite places close to home for a getaway when needed

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Loved it!! NIce romantic getaway. Reminded me a little of Boston.

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