For many wanderers, dreams of Florida bring to mind sunny skies and endless, sparkling beaches. Some may remember childhood vacations to the “Sunshine State,” frolicking in the waves and eating salt water taffy for breakfast. But there is a hidden side of Florida, tucked away far from the tourist crowds, that calls to travelers from seemingly bygone times. On the northeast coast, between the state capital of Jacksonville and the roaring racetracks of Daytona Beach, a little piece of history resides: the oldest town in America. Enjoy a slice of Florida life you’ve never seen before, without giving up that fresh ocean air, with St. Augustine hotels on the beach.
What should I see in St. Augustine?
The short answer is: everything! St. Augustine has all the historic landmarks, architectural wonders, and fascinating stories you would expect from America’s oldest city. For history buffs there are fortresses, mansions, and stately Gilded Age hotels to explore. Nature lovers can get lost in miles of scenic trails and waterways filled with great blue herons and slender storks searching for their next snack. And culture connoisseurs will fall in love with the cozy pubs, live music, and dancing in downtown.
There is another can’t-miss item, though: the sunrise. A sunrise over the Atlantic is the type of scene that will remind you why life is beautiful. You’ll hardly need to leave your room to watch the sun come up from the ocean view suites at Beachfront Bed & Breakfast or La Fiesta Ocean Inn and Suites. However, there is nothing like having only sand and ocean between yourself and the sun—simply walk out your door and find that perfect secluded spot.
Where are the best restaurants by the water in St. Augustine, FL?
Whether you spend your day hearing tales of battle at Castillo de San Marcos or trying to catch a glimpse of bald eagles at Fort Mose Historic State Park, you are sure to work up an appetite in exciting St. Augustine. Nearest to historic downtown, lay claim to a seat on the balcony at Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille and watch as the setting sun turns the anchored ships shades of gold and orange.
If you’re staying at one of the St. Augustine beach hotels in the charming northern beach communities, head to Beaches at Vilano, where you can dine with your feet in the sand and a pina colada in your hand. To the south, all you have to do is take a stroll down A1A Beach Boulevard and see which menu catches your eye—or which delectable smells “catch” your nose. Try the roof deck at Salt Life Food Shack for a trendy take on dining en plein air; or live like a local and dive into fish tacos and local beer at the Beachcomber.
You may have thought a getaway that combines unsurpassed history, family-friendly fun, and pristine beaches existed only in your dreams, but Travelocity’s St. Augustine beachfront hotels are here to make those dreams come true. Trust your hotel booking to us, so you can worry about the important things—your itinerary is sure to be packed, in the best way.