Where To Stay
Hampton Inn & Suites
Located on Vilano Beach, just a short drive from downtown Saint Augustine. This hotel offers a perfect location in a quiet neighborhood. There is a Publix Supermarket directly across the street and a few cafes on Vilano Road that offer a quaint beach town vibe. The hotel itself offers a full-continental breakfast in the lobby from 6am-10am daily along with complimentary internet access for all guests.
Holiday Inn Suites
Situated in the Historic District, the hotel is location minutes from everything. Full breakfast bar, wi-fi, and a business center make your stay relaxing and accessible. Fitness center, pool, and whirlpool make your stay active as well.
This hotel has a great location right next to the downtown area and within walking distance to many of the attractions. Your stay includes a hot breakfast every morning. Wireless internet is available free of charge throughout the grounds of the hotel.
This bayfront hotel offers a unique "boutique" feel to a full fledged resort. The charming grounds consist of an open square, surrounded by 19 different buildings connected by an interior corridor. The buildings are inspired by the Second Spanish Colonial historic period, with wooden balconies, cedar-shake & tile roofs, with different elevations and colors that allow it to blend in with its surroundings. Located across the street from the Castillo de San Marco National Monument, it is within walking distance to all the historic attractions. Each guestroom includes a coffee maker, mini-fridge, and some have whirlpool tubs.
Steps from Flagler College on Cordova Street- the Casa Monica Hotel is a 1888 landmark. Restored in 1999, the Casa Monica Hotel blends a legendary past with contemporary luxuries. Step inside this historic St. Augustine hotel and enter the grand lobby, rich in décor of tapestries and chandeliers. Among other St. Augustine hotels, the Casa Monica Hotel exudes elegance with it's luxurious accommodations. Dine in the exclusive 95 Cordova restaurant and the Lounge at the Casa Monica Hotel, stroll to historic downtown attractions, or relax by the pool.
Where to Eat
All meals freshly prepared. Microbrewery on site. Live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy lunch and dinner inside or outside on a balcony seating overlooking the bay and the famous Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos. They also have really good steaks!
Dine or entertain where kings and presidents partied in the secret opulence of the circa 1888 casino with the largest indoor swimming pool in the world. The cafe, hidden in the deep end of the pool, surrounded by shops filled with antiquities, 30 foot balconies topped by its 50 foot glass roof frames a unique old world experience of affordable gourmet dining and entertainment.
The original opened in 1905 in Ybor City (near Tampa, Florida) over the year's their success has spread through the state. The Saint Augustine location opened it's doors in 1983. The authentic Spanish food fits perfectly in this 450 year old Spanish settled city. Their menu is long, so take some time to look through it before getting to your table or enjoy a cool glass of sangria as you peruse the menu options.
Overlooking the city Yacht Marina and the Historic Bridge of Lions, O.C. White's has a history dating back to 1790, originally constructed by Don Miguel YsNardy, a prominent St. Augustinian. The menu features Homemade crab cakes, fresh grouper, fresh shrimp, lobster and crab, choice steaks, homemade chowder, chicken, pasta dishes, daily Chef's creations, children's menu, saute specialties and more delights!
What To Do
The mighty Pirate Ship Black Raven was built for its purpose, to be a floating performance theater for live pirate shows. It was launched in 2009 and is approved by the Coast Guard for up to 127 passengers. Fully licensed bar (no food service), face painting, and entertainment all onboard. Family and adult sailings available.
Dow Museum of Historic Houses
On one city block, discover over 200 years of history. Hidden among beautiful courtyards are 9 historic houses original to the site that date back from 1790 to 1910.
Castillo de San Marcos
A bastion of the largest empire ever created, the Castillo was built to protect and defend Spain’s claims in the New World. Though caught in the whirlwinds of colonial warfare and intrigue, it was never defeated in battle. Its scarred walls still stand witness to over 330 years of history and culture.
Fountain of Youth
The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a 15 acre waterfront, Historical Site where St. Augustine, Florida began. This is the location where Spanish Explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles, in 1565, established the first and oldest continuous European Settlement in the United States of America. Over the last 100 years, many thousands of guests have visited The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in order to sip the world famous waters and hear the history behind its legendary benefits.
Located inside the old Alcazar Hotel relics of America's Gilded Age are elegantly exhibited on the museum's three floors. Costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments and other artifacts give you a glimpse into 19th century daily life. The Lightner collection includes beautiful examples of cut glass, Victorian art glass and the stained glass work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Oldest Wooden School House
Located near the City Gates, The Old School House is a surviving expression of another time. Built over 200 years ago, while Florida was under the rule of Imperial Spain, it was constructed of red cedar and cypress. It's historic location makes it great for weddings and other outdoor receptions.
While it may seem hokey, this new museum is a treasure trove of excitement & adventure. Willed with interactive exhibits and the history of real pirates AKA privateers, visitors of any age can enjoy themselves with a few hours here. See real pirate gold, an authentic treasure chest, an interactive book, and an audio visual experience of being "below deck" on a pirate ship!
Ripley's Believe it or Not
Wild and Zany exhibits are the classic Ripley's museum. Join the fun and see what the Saint Augustine location has in store for you.
Saint George Street
Unique Saint George Street has two major architectural themes. From Orange Street to Hypolita Street it is styled in the Spanish Colonial ways, from Hypolita Street to Plaza de la Constitucion a 1920s style. Only the way you will find bakeries, museums, restaurants, retail shops, and more!
Spanish Military Hospital
The museum showcases what the hospital would have looked like in the late 1700s. See the mourning room, the surgeon's office, the ward, and the apothecary. Learn about medical theories and treatments from the second Spanish Colonial period.
Spanish Quarter Museum
A living history museum found in downtown Saint Augustine allows visitors to experience life as it occurred in in the Spanish Colonial period. Currently closed to the public, it is slated to reopen in the coming months. School groups are still invited to visit and tour the authentic relics and buildings.
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