Head out to St. Augustine Beach on Anastasia Island for your next vacation. The warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the cool ocean breezes are sure to keep you relaxed during your stay.
St. Augustine Beach Attractions
Water activities are the No. 1 thing to do while staying in St. Augustine Beach. Whether you prefer to lay out in the sun or venture out into the Atlantic Ocean, the beach is the best place to spend your day. There are white sand beaches and the St. Johns County Pier is along the water for those who want to enjoy a little fishing. When spending time on the beach, be sure to go for a swim, learn to boogie board or build a sand castle with the family.
Anastasia State Park and Recreation Area is comprised of 1,700 acres filled with sunny Florida fun. The park is a popular spot for wildlife enthusiasts and a protected bird sanctuary. When you visit the park and recreation area, you can swim, hike nature trails and fish. There are 2,000 acres where endangered species at Guana River State Beach roam. There are two public access areas to the 4.2 miles of undeveloped beach. Visitors can participate in a number of activities at the state park including fishing, shell-hunting, swimming, sunbathing and surfing.
Golf is plentiful in St. Augustine Beach and the surrounding area. Head to St. Johns Golf Club for an 18-hole championship course that's well-maintained and perfect for players of all skill levels. The Golf Club at South Hampton features 18 holes, a medium-length layout and six sets of tee boxes, so even the little ones can work on their swing or hit a ball. Other courses in the area include King and Bear Golf Course, Marsh Creek Country Club, The Palencia Club, Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club, St. Augustine Shores Golf Course and Slammer and Squire Golf Course. Since the weather is almost perfect year-round in St. Augustine Beach, you can hit the green every time you visit.
There are several types of tours offered in the St. Augustine area including Eco Tours, Flagler's Legacy Tours and Old City Water Excursions. The Flagler's Legacy Tour is one you don't want to miss as you make your way through the former Hotel Ponce de Leon. It was developed by millionaire Henry M. Flagler in 1887 and its Spanish Renaissance architecture has been captivating visitors for decades. Along the tour you'll get to stop in the dining hall where there are 79 Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows. The hotel's original grand parlor is now the Flagler Room and visitors will find Tiffany Austrian crystal chandeliers, an onyx Thomas Edison clock and a photo gallery of the Flagler family.
Things to Do
Shopping: In the heart of downtown St. Augustine there are specialty shops, boutiques and art galleries. The brick streets are populated with Spanish Colonial homes and the storefronts sell apparel, unique gifts, art, blown glass, pottery and custom crafted jewelry. Head over to A1A Highway where shoppers will find specialty stores as well as boutiques, art galleries and stores with the equipment and accessories you'll need for a day at the beach. The St. Augustine Premium Outlet Mall and the Prime Outlets are home to many designer stores that offer massive discounts.
Dining: Whatever you're craving during your stay in St. Augustine Beach, you're likely going to find it. From seafood to Italian, eateries in this getaway location are serving up delectable dishes that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. You can try restaurants including A1A Ale Works, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, Amici Italian Restaurant, Buck's Pizza, Cafe Eleven, Flavors Eatery, Papagallos Bistro and Woody's Barbecue.
Dow Museum of Historic Houses: This museum is a combination of interactive experiences, objects and exhibitions depicting Florida's historical and cultural development. There are nine homes that make up the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, which range in date from 1790 to 1910. You'll get to learn about more than 400 years of St. Augustine history. This block-long district is also the site where the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1863 to free all of Florida's slaves. The Prince Murat House is one of the oldest surviving Colonial structures in the city. Prince Murat was the Crown Prince of Naples and after living in the home he moved to Tennessee where he married George Washington's great-grandniece Catherine Gray, who became the first American-born princess. Other homes in the Dow Museum of Historic Houses include the Spear House, the Howells House, the Rose House, the Carpenter's House, the Canova House, the Dow House and the Worcester House.
Churches: There are several historic places of worship in St. Augustine including The Cathedral Basilica, Mission of Nombre De Dios, Grace United Methodist Church, Memorial Presbyterian Church, Ancient City Baptist Church and Saint Augustine Seventh-day Adventist. The Cathedral was constructed in 1793 but later destroyed by fire in 1887. It was rebuilt and has become an important part of the city's history. Mission of Nombre De Dios is located on the site where St. Augustine was founded in 1565. Memorial Presbyterian Church was built in the late 1800s and is the only structure to incorporate Venetian Renaissance architecture in the U.S. Henry Flagler commissioned the church to be built in memory of his daughter, Jennie Louise.