Saint Augustine Beach Travel Guide

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Saint Augustine Beach Things to Do

  • Exploring Downtown St Augustine

    St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States. San Agustín was founded in September 1565 by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, and subsequently served as the capital of Spanish Florida for two hundred years. It remained the capital of East Florida as the territory...

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  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

    The Monument site consists of 20.5 acres and includes a reconstructed section of the walled defense line surrounding the city of St. Augustine incorporating the original city gate. The Castillo de San Marcos' architecture and detail are distinctive and unique. It is the oldest masonry and only extant 17th century fort in North America. As such it...

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  • On the Beach!

    The beach at St. Augustine Beach is one long, wide uninterrupted sandy beach - clean, family friendly, dog friendly, and as far as I could tell, free of any private areas. In mid-February there were few folks braving the chilly water, other than a couple of surfers-in-training in their wet suits. I would guess the short waves here would be...

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  • anastasia state park

    anastasia state park is a very nice state park located at st. augustine beach. the state park offers swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and camping.

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  • st. augustine alligator farm

    the st. augustine alligator farm was founded in 1893 is one of florida's oldest zoological attractions. george reddington and felix fire started collecting alligators they found on anastasia island and put them on display for tourists. today the alligator farm has a collection of alligators, crocodiles, snakes, and other wildlife. the st. augustine...

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  • fort matanzas

    fort matanzas was built in 1740 to guard st. augustine's southern flank from british attack. during the british-spanish war of jenkin's ear governor manuel de montiano built this fort on the site of a 1500's watch tower in order to repel an attack on st. augustine from the south. general james oglethorpe tried to attack st. augustine from the...

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  • See the Light

    We visited the lighthouse in January 2005, but we did not climb to the top of the 165' tower. I didn't think my knees would take it or my heart either and later when I did climb the Key West lighthouse, I was proved more than right about that. It would have been fun to see the inlet from above though. Admission to the Museum and Tower is $7.50 for...

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  • St. George Street

    This is the shopping street downtown between the plaza and the fort. It's just one of many areas to see. We've been coming here for several years as snowbirds -- and as grandparents since we have two granddaughters who live here.Off the beaten path: check Magnolia Street with its beautiful overhanging Live Oak trees.Well, we've been coming here so...

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  • Visit the old town area. Lots...

    Visit the old town area. Lots of shops and neat things to see. Be sure to take a guided ' Ghost Tour' at night. We had a lot of fun. They go over some area history and you get a walking tour around town. Plus you get to look for ghosts. ( We never saw any, but you do get that creepy feeling)

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Saint Augustine Beach Restaurants

  • Caribbean!

    On an evening when we had planned to drive to an Italian restaurant some distance away, we found our street blocked by emergency response vehicles. Plan 2 - leave the car at our rental unit and find someplace within walking distance. That was Mango Mango's on Hiway A1A in St. Augustine Beach - another of this holiday trip's happy accidents. (Note...

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  • Amazing Nachos!

    I don't see this little place listed online in any of St Augustine Beach's places to eat. If it weren't just around the corner from the room we were renting, we probably would not have stopped in to give it a try. Good things come to those who travel and explore!There are no indoor tables, a few within a screened porch, a couple of picnic tables...

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  • "Stay Away from this restaurant"

    The place is down town at the marina, they have flyers in every publication. We arrived on a thursday evening @ 730 and thought the place would be packed. they had 3 tables! I knew then we were in trouble. The average age of the employees was 75 (No kidding) everything u said u had to say twice. They tried to seat us next to a family of 8 with 2...

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  • Great Seafood!

    Friendly service with good food. I feel as though the price was very fair for being on the beach. I recommend you stop by. I got "The Whaler." If you do not like spicy food then I recommend you sit this one out. The sandwich was loaded with the peppers and onions and most importantly, full of flavor. I included the menu description from the...

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  • On the Beach

    Friends took us out to this beach bar/restaurant. The outside tables were full so we sat inside. Service was uneven, but the food was good and was not expensive.The restaurant is right on the beach. In normal weather, the outside tables are full of beach goers. A sign on the door says "Shirt and shoes required after 5:30 pm" On a second visit, we...

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  • A different menu every night

    We went to this restaurant with a friend who was very impressed with the fact that they didn't have iceburg lettuce in the salads. Another friend felt that it was too expensive and too touristy. I thought the food was good and the service also. The specials are different every night and the waitress has to tell them to you orally. I don't remember...

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Saint Augustine Beach Shopping

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    by grandmaR Written Mar 8, 2008

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    You can shop at this store, and also see the little movie without paying admission to the lighthouse. You can also shop on-line.

    What to buy: They have lighthouse replicas and maritime gifts, books, clothing, and a selection of gifts that are under $35.00

    What to pay: You can get a certificate that says that you climbed the lighthouse or a lighthouse bookmark for 94 cents. And you can go all the way up to ship replica for $75.00

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Saint Augustine Beach Warnings and Dangers

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    by tony248 Written Jun 2, 2007

    Don't assume there will even BE a beach when you go to a beach town. Beaches erode over time. Tourist towns that depend on beaches have to do beach restoration from time to time and there can be a major difference in the before and after. The effort is not just for tourist attraction. Having a good beach can also save the town. Pensacola Beach had just finished a major beach restoration project before a huge hurricane came through and the work done on the beach was said to have saved many buildings from being washed away.

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Saint Augustine Beach Favorites

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    by Skigirl Written Apr 13, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Saint Augustine Beach is a beautiful stretch of coastline along the Northeastern coast of Florida. The beach is wide and long there is ample room to drive and lie out and enjoy the sun.

    Fondest memory: There are a multitude of different birds that enjoy the coastline from sandpipers to seagulls watching them line up and move back and forth with the incoming waves is quite peaceful and soothing.

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