St. Augustine travel guide

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You're Going to Love St. Augustine

St. Augustine is a unique American vacation destination. Over 500 years old (not many American destinations can say that), this magical Florida city is walkable, full of character and places to eat, drink, sunbathe and relax.

Tour colonial buildings like the beautiful Cathedral of St. Augustine or the Spanish fortress and hear stories about the many ghosts that are said to haunt the city. See re-enactments of how life was lived 400 years ago and dine or drink in atmospheric old taverns. You can even relive the period when St. Augustine was a den of Buccaneers, with the Pirate Pub Crawl.

If history doesn't excite you, modern St. Augustine is a tourist's dream. Window shop at boutiques like Surf Culture on St George Street, see the oddities at Ripley's Believe it or Not! or head to coastal beauty spots like Anastasia Beach, where the water is warm, and there are miles of dunes in which to find the ideal spot.

With so much to appeal to both history buffs and families wanting a conventional beach holiday, St. Augustine is a destination that every traveler should visit.

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When to Visit St. Augustine

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If you want to enjoy the historic attractions without contending with massive crowds, visit St. Augustine between March and May. Summer brings hot temperatures and is great for beach lovers, but the city can become extremely crowded. Winter brings magical illuminations at night, but can also bring chilly temperatures, making spring the best time to go.

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Where to Stay in St. Augustine

The historic district is the place to stay if you want to explore all of the city's architecture and museums, and it's full of excellent accommodation options. For a luxury stay, have a look at the Francis Inn, which mixes an 18th-century building with private Jacuzzis. Also in the historic area, the Pirate Haus Inn is great fun for kids, with pirate-themed storytelling entertainment and great food. For a cosy and affordable alternative, try Our House of St. Augustine B&B, which is a little to the north of the city center,

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Shopping Streets

The best place to go if you want to shop at craft stores or boutiques is St George Street. This pedestrian precinct features a wide range of stores, from Surf Culture (which is handy for finding the perfect bikini) to Fresh Produce, a boutique selling casual wear for women. There aren't any conventional malls in the center of town, but just to the south you'll find places to shop like the Ponce de Leon Mall and Anastasia Plaza.

Groceries and Other

The cost of living in St. Augustine is around the American average, so it won't break the bank but saving money won't be easy. If you need to shop for groceries, the best places to go are supermarkets like Aldi and Winn Dixie, both of which have numerous locations in town.

Where to Eat in St. Augustine

If you love dining out, you'll adore St. Augustine, where the local restaurant scene has a strong Spanish and Mexican slant. Casa Maya is the place to go for wholesome, organic vegetarian food while Zhanras is a great tapas joint. Along with Latin-influenced chefs, the city is also a great place to eat gourmet seafood. Try places like Outback Crab Shack (which specializes in fried crawfish) and Saltwater Cowboys. Expect to pay around $15-20 for a good meal and anything above $30 at high-end eateries.