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Saint Augustine, Florida


Saint Augustine is the oldest city in America. It had fascinating Spanish architecture. You have the Spanish colonial vibes mixed with the pristine Atlantic Ocean.


You must visit Saint Augustine Beach while you are here. The high and low tide in the area makes for a magical day of sunlight reflections on the water and sand.


Accommodations

We stayed at the Guy Harvey Resort on Saint Augustine Beach. This resort was perfect for our beach getaway. The resort was right on the beach and you could rent an umbrella and chairs for $40 a day. There was a pool, beach access, tiki bar, and Santiago’s restaurant at the Guy Harvey resort. It was also 15 minutes to the historic downtown area. You can lay on the beach all day and sip cocktails while taking in the tranquil Atlantic Ocean. The water was very warm when we went in June.




Food

Prohibition Kitchen

This chic restaurant takes you back in time to the prohibition era. The menus are newspapers from the time of the prohibition. The cocktails are amazing and the food is elite.



Ice Plant

This restaurant is located in a 1927 industrial building. The cocktails and atmosphere is worth the visit to this unique eatery.


The Raintree Restaurant

This restaurant is located in a Victorian home. You must try the deserts when you eat here. We made reservations here ahead of time.



A1A Ale Works

This restaurant has amazing views of Matanzas Bay and the Bridge of Lions. We chose to eat outside on the balcony so we could have a panoramic view of Saint Augustine.



The Sweet Spot

This is a dessert place with decadent milkshakes in the historic downtown area.



Historic Saint Augustine


Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

This is a must when visiting Saint Augustine. We walked around the whole area and it was stunning. It was built by the Spanish to defend Florida and the Atlantic trade route. It is the oldest masonry fort in the continental USA. This is the oldest structure in Saint Augustine


Lightner Museum

This used to be the iconic Alcazar Hotel. They have turned it into a museum. We just toured the outside and admired the beauty and architecture of the building. Across the street is the Flagler College. It is such a stunning building to view.



Plaza de la Constitución

This park is in the center of the city. We stood and watched singing at the gazebo and meandered down the streets.

Walk the Streets

The streets in Saint Augustine are stunning and most are cobblestone. The shops are intricate and detailed. The buildings are very colonial and old.


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