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Where to stay in St Augustine: Best Hotels, Unusual Inns and Fantastic Vacation Rentals

Where to stay in St Augustine: Best Hotels, Unusual Inns and Fantastic Vacation Rentals

We visited St Augustine quite a few times before officially moving here, and each time, we stayed somewhere different. There are many hotels in Saint Augustine, as well as other options, such as camping, and we’re covering them all! After you read this expert article, you should be able to make a solid choice in choosing a hotel and where the best area to stay in St. Augustine is for your family.

We’ve work with Best Western Hotels & Resorts in the past and have lots of experience with the brand, so we do recommend them for sure, and they sponsored our trip to Saint Augustine before we moved here. We encourage you to check them out for booking a hotel in the St Augustine area, particularly because they have so many options! We’ve got additional recommendations for St Augustine and all the way up to Jax Beach for hotels and other accommodations, so let us know if you have any questions.

Reviews and recommendations of hotels in St Augustine, from Best Westerns to historic hotels. Also camping and vacation rental recommendations near the beach. #Florida #StAugustine #hotels

What part of St Augustine is best to stay in?

A city like St Augustine is great for any type of traveler because there is such a diversity of accommodations. Whether you want to find a budget hotel or want to book a beautiful, historic suite, there are lots of options! We love wandering through the historic downtown (check out our St Augustine scavenger hunt) so it’s nice to be close by, but also there are benefits to staying outside of the popular historic district.

Reviews and recommendations for BWs in St Augustine

We partnered with Best Western Hotels & Resorts on our most recent visit and really enjoyed their offerings. As a thank you to our sponsor, we’d love for you to check out their options!

Best Western Plus St Augustine I 95 

Located outside of the downtown core near the freeway, the BW Plus St Augustine I 95 was a wonderful, quiet option for visiting during the holiday season, which is one of the busiest times of year in the city. We enjoyed the large rooms, the outdoor pool and hot tub area (complete with lounge chairs), and the daily breakfast.

Palm Trees and Swimming Pool at BW Plus St Augustine I 95 1

We’ve come to learn that BW Plus is our favorite of the Best Western family of hotels. Strong Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, and nice in-room amenities make BW Plus our brand of choice. And this property is a great example of the more upscale BW Plus variety.

A bonus to this St Augustine hotel is that it’s very close to the interstate, which make day trips like visiting the many Florida springs or Daytona Beach super easy.

Book the BW Plus St Augustine I 95 here!

King Jr Suite at Best Western Plus St Augustine Florida 2

BW Historical Inn

This BW property is on the edge of downtown, so it’s still walking distance to everything in historic St. Augustine, but it’s also a bit removed for a more mellow stay. The bonus of choosing the BW Historical Inn is that it’s location NOT being directly downtown allows for some lower room rates. If you’re visiting during Nights of Lights, we would recommend this BW hotel in St Augustine because it IS removed from the primary activity area yet is close enough that you could have a nice walk into town (St. Augustine is a walkable city) or catch a cheap taxi.  Book the BW Historical Inn here!

BW on Saint Augustine Beach

If you are wondering “how far is downtown St. Augustine from the beach?” It’s only about a mile. Right across from all beach access points in the Saint Augustine Beach neighborhood is the BW Saint Augustine Beach Inn. If having a beach vacation is your main goal, this is the spot for you! Cross the street and you’re at the beach. Very close to some of our favorite St Augustine Beach restaurants, you can’t go wrong.  Book the BW St Augustine Beach Inn here! 

Best Western directly across from the Castillo

The BW Bayfront is located DIRECTLY ACROSS from the historic Castillo de San Marcos. It’s as set into the action as you can get. Recently renovated, it’s a great option for being able to explore Saint Augustine on foot and wander the streets at night without being too far from home.  Book the BW Bayfront St Augustine here!

Best Western Bayfront Hotel St Augustine Florida 1

Historic Hotels around Saint Augustine

If there’s one thing cool about old cities, it’s that they have some unique accommodations, particularly around the historic district. Saint Augustine has some nifty hotels and inns directly in the historic downtown and around Lions Bridge. And if you want a bonus historic hotel recommendation, we’ve got one below that’s just north in Jacksonville Beach. Check ’em out!

St George Inn at the St Augustine City Gates

Even though it’s not historically a hotel, the St George Inn is a pretty cool hotel property. It’s located across several old buildings just inside the city gates and right nest door to the BW Bayfront. With many of the rooms having private porches and nearly direct access to St George Street, it’s a fun St Augustine hotel for feeling historic and right in the action.

The Historic Casa Monica Hotel

Located right next to Flagler College and the Lightner Museum, the Casa Monica Hotel is part of the Historic Hotels of America. This beautiful property was built in 1888 and has survived the many events, both natural and financial, that have hit north Florida. The Casa Monica is for sure at the top range of hotel budgets, but if it’s your travel style and luxury is what you want, it’s worth considering.

BONUS:  Casa Marina Hotel in Jacksonville Beach

I know, this isn’t one of the hotels in St Augustine, but just 40 minutes north is one of our other favorite Florida beach cities, Jacksonville / Jacksonville Beach. Jax Beach was a hot spot in the 1920s and has a wonderful little hotel that still has the old Hollywood vibe: the Casa Marina Hotel. Book the Casa Marina here!

The Casa Marina Hotel is right on the beach and is wonderfully charming and historic. With both rooms and suites, it’s a great option for families that want to stay closer to the big city of Jacksonville while still enjoying the beach vibe just beyond the hotel. We also really enjoyed the vintage Penthouse dining at the Casa Marina. Lot’s of reasons to check it out!

Sunrise at Casa Marina Jax Beach 4

Vacation rentals in Saint Augustine

Historic St Augustine was the first reason we fell in love with Florida, but beach time is also mandatory when you’re visiting.  If you’re more of a vacation rental sort of person, both in town and near the beach there are many options. You’ll find that in Saint Augustine Beach there are several condo communities that have vacation rentals. We’ve stayed in one before and enjoyed the vibe of being in a community vs in a hotel area.

Because vacation rentals have many different requirements, from number of required nights to restrictions on allowing children, it’s not always the best fit, but might be for you.  Search for vacation rentals in St Augustine here via VRBO!   

We really enjoyed staying in a private vacation rental at the Ocean Village Club off Highway A1A in St Augustine Beach. If you’re able to rent a condo in this complex, you’ll love the pool and beach boardwalks. it’s perfect for families.

Taylor Family in Vacation Rental at Saint Augustine Beach FL 1

AirBNB is also a great way to find a vacation rental. We have found lots of great places through AirBNB and we like the openness of the reviews. We actually own a vacation rental here in St Augustine now and list it solely on AirBNB because we like the platform. Search for a vacation rental via AirBNB here!

Camping in Saint Augustine

We love camping in Florida and do it whenever we can. We have two really great ideas for camping in Saint Augustine, either for roughing it or glamping. Both of our suggestions are in the St Augustine Beach area, so they’re very close to the Saint Augustine Lighthouse, Alligator Farm, and Fort Matanzas National Monument, as well at the beaches.

KOA Holiday in St Augustine Beach

We really enjoy KOA Camping because it’s convenient and yet also makes sure that we’re spending time outdoors. St Augustine Beach actually has a KOA Holiday campground just off the A1A, complete with camping spots, RV hookups, or camping cabins. 

Camping in Florida is fun, but there aren’t a ton of options close to many of the main tourist areas, so the St Augustine Beach KOA is a great exception to consider.

Camping at Anastasia State Park

Also in the St Augustine Beach area, Anastasia State Park has some wonderful camping options. Staying at the state park means that you’re very close to the beach as well as some prime kayaking spots such as Salt Run.  There are 115 campsites that can accommodate tents or RVs. They are open year-round.  Check camping reservation availability here.

Taylor Family on boardwalk at Anastasia State Park St Augustine Beach FL 1

By now you should feel pretty well informed about hotels in St Augustine, understanding alternative options, and even where you can camp. If you have any additional questions or are curious about any hotels that we didn’t mention, please let us know by leaving a comment or send us a note. We’re happy to help!  If you prefer to search your own accommodations, feel free to use the search box below

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Reviews and recommendations of hotels in St Augustine, from Best Westerns to historic hotels. Also camping and vacation rental recommendations near the beach. #Florida #StAugustine #hotels
Reviews and recommendations of hotels in St Augustine, from Best Westerns to historic hotels. Also camping and vacation rental recommendations near the beach. #Florida #StAugustine #hotels

Donna T Sullivan

Monday 7th of March 2022

Rob, we are your current guests in your bungalow next to your house. We have totally enjoyed staying here and wanted to thank you for your amazing hospitality. We are interested in coming back in the future and wanted to know if you ever rent privately (not airbnb)? If so, we would love to have that information on rates and how to contact you regarding rental. Thanks so much. Donna and John (Rick) Sullivan