Stay away from this place out on 16. Think it's a tourist trap of some kind. Bartenders think they are cops or working under cover or something. Ticket town. This appears to be a bad area after dark. Alot of flashing lights and sirens; wrecks ect.
DO NOT SHOP HERE! RIPOFF! BEWARE!
They overcharge on items up to FIVE TIMES more than average price. Most items are not new, they are refurbished but they don't tell you that, they sell them as new.
They do not give refunds, only exchanges less a 30% re-stocking fee and they will not deviate from that policy NO MATTER WHAT!
Refused to refund money on defective product returned within 24 items of purchase.
I had read a warning about pickpockets in St. Augustine on this site but can`t find it again. Here is my experience which mimics exactly the suspicions of the other unknown poster. . We went to see the re enactment of Drakes`s Raid, the Alamo if you will, of St. Augustine. The show consisted of actors and/or city merchants dressed up as Spainards or Englishmen.
First of all there seemed to be two groups. The official looking ones and others dressed in part who looked to be part of a commune.
The show consisted of men firing muskets at each other in a narrow alley. Before the show one of the seedier looking wenches, told everyone to crowd to the back, against the wall. It was here I noticed two older teenage girls trying to manuever next to me. They seemed to be waiting for me to pick a spot and then want to get close to me. FIRST ALARM! No teenage girl ever tries to get CLOSER to a 50 yr. old man in a crowded space. SECOND ALARM! Then the repeated cajoling of the woman to back up made me realize that we were actually being manuevered. THIRD ALARM! When she instructed us to put our hands over our ears and hold them there. I thought ... This is how a request for a cigerette turns into a robbery.
Finally I saw one of the "participants" who was holding a picnic basket next to her chest quickly adjust her costume which had a roomy false front. Her hidden hand came up out of the basket and flipped the top of the basket like some kind of test or warmup. We left right then.
My questions are the same as the other guy. Who were these people? Part of the "official" group? I doubt it. Why are they either tolerated or not discovered? Was I right? I`d bet my life on it. My buddy chimed in with the guess that the "wenches" cleavage might have been the distraction part of the plan.
You can feel safe walking around St. Augustine at any reasonable hour (6am to 2am).
The crime stats show that crime rates have reduced by over 30% in the last 10 years.
There was 1 registered sexual offender in the area.
There has only been 1 murder case per year in the last 8 years.
All other crimes are in the range of 1 in 500 chances range.
We have been to the old town section after midnight just walking around and around the seaside for early morning strolls and have only seen other friendly people who smile and nod as you pass.
If you are allergic to these apparitions of the evening, then stay away from the following locations.
The Abbot Mansion where two spirits (a lady and a sea captain) frequent the early morning.
Augustine Inn (29 Cuna St.) where a man in white walks the downstairs guest room.
Casablanca Inn (24 Avenida Menendez) by the ghost of a widow who ran a rum-runners haven there.
Castillo De Marco where a phantom guard has stood his post at unusual hours.
Olde City Gates where a dancing woman has often been seen between 2am and 3am
Feed a gator makes them associate humans with food and removes the natural fear they have of humans. So as much as you may want to throw baloney at them, it's not a good idea, as they may decide to eat you or another human instead,
during our kayak trip we stopped at a small cove to rest for a few minutes. Katmo slipped while climbing the steep steps and bashed her shin into one. Immediately a gigantic knot appeared on her shin and grew before our eyes. YOUCH!
The Bridge of Lions connects St. Augustine with Anastasia Island. If you're on the island side of the bridge, you're on the wrong side of town....lol. Actually, it's not dangerous but it's a bit seedy. It is where you will find the least expensive motels but the hostel right in the city center is cheaper and nicer too. The bridge is worth a look as it was built in 1927 and you get nice views of the town from it as well.
Accross the Lions Bridge on Anastasia Island Rt A1A is the ill-named 'Alligator Farm', which oddly specialises in Australian crocodiles. Dont ask me why..because there are plenty of alligators in Florida. They boast that they have 'all 23 cocodile species.'
With the vehicles coming all directions, and the trams, and a lot of people looking out the window trying to see the sites, it is best to be aware of danger.
McKnight's pub hosts a pony race nightly. While fun, this can lead to the removal of ones own clothing and uncontrollable hopping. This can be contaigous even to people who didn't drink the pony.
Guys, we've all pretended to be drunken mutes in order to pick up women. Don't try this with these girls. They are very streetwise and they have muscles. They know how to use them too.
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