The Residences at World Golf Village

425 S Legacy Trail, Saint Augustine, Florida, 32092, United States

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A Couple of Qs

by Babzz

Hello travelling friends,
We're heading to Orlando in December and are thinking of visiting St. Augustine while we're down. We're undecided as to how long to stay. It would be 4 adults and 2 young (under 4) children. Normally I wouldn't hesitate to stay for a weekend, but with the kids, I'm not sure if we should just make it a day trip. So my question is: can it be done without rushing in one day? Or is it best to stay the night? Also, from what I've read here and elsewhere, I get the impression that all the tourist attractions are within walking distance, is this correct? Im sure I'll have more questions...thanks for any advice!

RE: A Couple of Qs

by spartan

Hi there,

We were in Orlando last month and made the drive from there to St. Augustine. It's a day trip and you can cover a lot of ground in the historic area...as yoou mentioned, many things are in walking distance. We left around 11:30 and still arrived in enough time to see the fort, Flagler College, the historic area, etc.

Spartan

RE: A Couple of Qs

by Florida999

We have gone there for a day many times, you can do it in a day. My kids both have gone on school field trips there for a day also. I would suggest park in the large parking lot just north of the Old Town and walk to the Fort , the Old Town, and Flagler College ( very cool looking building). Unless you really spend a lot of time in the shops you should have enough time to see everything.

Do a December weekend in St. Augustine

by Confucius

From Orlando to St. Augustine is about 2.5 hours by car.
The best attractions are the Castillo (old Spanish fort) and the Alligator Farm.

From the Castillo you can walk west along St. George Street for a sightseeing stroll that includes "Oldest Schoolhouse" and "Oldest House" if you continue west on Aviles Street past Flagler College.

It's too far to walk from the old city across the Bridge of Lions to the Alligator Farm, which is close to the old lighthouse (not "oldest", just old).
After the Alligator Farm and/or lighthouse you can take the kids to the nearby beach at Anastasia Park.

This is a full day of sightseeing, so you should probably plan on spending the night in St. Augustine. At night the old city will likely be lit up with Christmas lights anyway. You can catch the sunrise on the beach the next morning before driving back to Orlando.

RE: RE: A Couple of Qs

by Babzz

Thanks everyone for your feedback :) We're leaning towards staying the night afterall-I'd like to go on one of the ghost pub crawls! The alligator farm also sounds like a lot of fun. It's really up to the parents to decide and it sounds like they want to stay overnight. Either way, we'll have a great time I'm sure. I'm excited already! Thanks again!

RE: RE: A Couple of Qs

by Mehmet1234

i also recommend visiting another beach town in st augustine which is st aug beach there are some restaurants and few bars, pier and anastasia recreation park as well on the beach.

Mehmet

Travel Tips for Saint Augustine

Walk on the bayfront! The...

by Fezz

Walk on the bayfront! The ocean air and the sailboats its really a beautiful place to be! Walk over the historic Bridge of Lions and you have to go to St. George Street.Go to the Lighthouse and climb to the top! Growning up here and going to highschool here there was never a shortage of things to do! I Can't forget my fondest memory I met my wife there!

Tolamato Cemetery

by Ewingjr98

Tolamato Cemetery dates back to St. Augustine's Spanish era. Outside of the city's main walls, the cemetery grounds once comprised a small town called Tolamato, which consisted of a Christian mission with Indian converts. The first cemetery on the site housed deceased converts from the mission. When the British took over St. Augustine the mission and its inhabitants departed and the the cemetery was abandoned. When the Catholic Minorcans migrated to St. Augustine, the British gave them the land that once belonged to the Catholic mission, and the cemetery was again in use until 1892.

We stopped here one warm, rainy night n the way back to our B&B after a night on the town. The cemetery is fenced in with chain link and appeared to be locked. We took a few photos, then a ghost tour strolled up and began telling stories of the haunted cemetery. We laughed and wandered back to our B&B for the evening.


The sign at Tolamato Cemetery reads:

TOLAMATO CEMETERY

During the First Spanish Period, prior to 1763, this site was occupied by the Christian Indian village of Tolomato, with its chapel and burying ground served by Franciscan missionaries. The village was abandoned when Great Britain acquired Florida. In 1777, Father Pedro Camps, pastor of the Minorcan colonists, who had come to St. Augustine after the failure of Andrew Turnbull’s settlement at New Smyrna, obtained permission from Governor Patrick Tonyn to establish this cemetery for his parishioners. Father Camps was buried here in 1790; ten years later his remains were re-interred in the "new church", the present Cathedral. The first bishop of St. Augustine, Augustin Verot (d. 1876), is buried in the mortuary chapel at the rear of the cemetery. The last burial took place in 1892.

Christmas Lights

by grandmaR about Parade of Boats

Saint Augustine decorates the whole city for Christmas. One of the festivities that they (and other Florida jurisdictions that are on the water have) is a Parade of Boats decorated for Christmas. The decorations of the boats can be quite elaborate. This one is impersonating a Viking ship.

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Good Food With a Cuban Flair!

by TexasDave about Columbia Restaurant

This spacious restaurant in the Old City is exceptional. The motif of the restaurant is Spanish Colonial and the menu items tend to be Spanish/Cuban inspired. The original Columbia restaurant was founded in 1905 in Ybor City, Tampa and now there are a total of six throughout Florida.

The '1905 Salad' is a nice touch as all the ingredients are brought to your table and then tossed there.

Stay away from the pathetic food and service!

by ChristofferBramsen about Santa Maria Restaurant

The good things about the restaurant is that you have a beautiful view of the harbor and you can feed the catfish while you dine, but the problem is the dining itself! The service was abysmal, the prices high and the food quality pathetic. The fried food was grossly overcooked with some of the chewiest shrimp ever tasted, while the fish was clearly from the freezer with the outside hot and inside still partially frozen. When we asked for a customer comment card, we were informed they had none. We were not asked about how our experience was, probably for obvious reasons! The crowning insult was when we received our bill (over $100 for six) and saw that they had charged a gratuity of 20%! This is the worst restaurant experience I have ever had and I will not return here! Nothing was very good. In fact, the bread they gave to feed the fish was actually better than the rolls provided for the people. That should have told us what was in store for the rest of our dining experience!

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