Did you know that the oldest city in the United States in is Florida? It’s true! Saint Augustine was founded in 1565 and has been incredible ever since. Called Florida’s Historic Coast, the St Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches region is ideal for nearly any sort of vacation.
Saint Augustine is a history lover’s dream. Art and architecture fans will be in heaven. Kayakers, green travelers and beach goers will never want to leave. Take a look at our MANY articles all about North Florida and find your next trip!
Historic Saint Augustine
The downtown area of Saint Augustine is built all around the Ancient City. Enter through the city gates, the only ones in the USA, and then you step back in time. You’ll also find an historic lighthouse and even a zoo that was opened in 1893!
We have recommendations for food, ghost walks, guided tours and more. And did you know that there are two really interesting and beautiful National Park sites in Saint Augustine? Both are pretty cool and fun to explore with kids.
Where to Stay and Eat in Saint Augustine
Half of the fun of visiting Saint Augustine is eating our way around town. And then of course we need to have a great place to stay at night. We’ve dug deep through our many trips, but really into our two most recent visits to pick out our favorite spots around the city. From affordable and luxury hotels to vacation rentals and even camping, we’ve got recommendations for where to stay in St Augustine.
When it comes to dining, you have to see where we love for quick eats and treats, favorite seafood, and nice meals with a view. The best restaurants in Saint Augustine aren’t just downtown, so take our advice and go explore!
Ecotourism on Florida’s Historic Coast
There is more to the Saint Augustine area than its beautiful historic sights and great food. The North Florida coast is also home to incredible natural and wildlife preserves. Our family loves kayaking, interpretive centers, guided tours… Basically anything that gets us outdoors and learning. And we love when we can also participate in conservation activities. We have some very unique, fun suggestions for both Florida Ecotours and just getting outdoors to the beach and beyond!
Podcast Episodes re: Florida’s Historic Coast
Of course we’ve recorded some podcast episodes about Saint Augustine! We’ve broken down the area by things to do around the downtown core in the Ancient City and then what you’ll find out the beaches. From the Mantanzas Inlet up to Mickler’s Landing north of Ponte Vedra, the dish about everything we love around Saint Augustine.