It's also great for exploring nearby Brevard Country, Cape Canaveral and Daytona Beach. But before you do, there's plenty on your doorstep to fascinate you. Founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez, St Augustine is a fascinating mix of the ancient and modern, combining some of the oldest and grandest buildings in America with beautiful beaches, water sports galore and an eclectic range of attractions for all the family. In a nation that celebrates the new, it provides a complete contrast to the rest of Florida, becoming something of a national shrine, despite the march of progress.
- St. Augustine Alligator Far, Zoological Park
- Marineland Dolphin Adventure
- Potter’s Wax Museum
- Ripley’s St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains
- San Sebastian Winery
- St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum
Jan – Sunset Celebration at Vilano Beach Town Centre
Feb – St Augustine Chocolate Tour / Arts and Crafts Festival
Mar – 32nd Annual Lions Club Seafood and Music Festival / Celtic Music and Heritage Festival
Apr – 18th Annual Rhythm and Ribs Festival / Masters Weekend at World Golf Hall of Fame / 11th Annual Florida’s Birding and Photo Festival
May – Players Golf Championship / National Beach Paddle Tennis Tournament
Jun – Music By the Sea Concert / Concerts In the Plaza
Jul – 4th Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibit Music By the Sea Concert / Concerts In the Plaza
Sep – Labor Day Concert In the Plaza / Music By the Sea Concert / Web.com Tour Golf Championship
Oct – St. Augustine Spanish Wine and Food Festival
Please note: all events listed are for helpful information only and many are subject to entrance fees and/or prior reservation, and may be cancelled at any time. Please check with the relevant tourist office if you need further information on these or any of the other events in this region.
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Location, location, location is what this hotel is all about. It's right on the beach; in fact the only thing separating you from it, is the pool. Why don't you relax on a lounger, order a cocktail from Crabbie's tiki bar and listen to the waves lapping on the shore?...
It's quite a new hotel, but you wouldn't know it! Built in early 2005, it has a period design mixed with contemporary comforts. The lobby, with its stone fountain, recalls the days of Spanish Florida that you will be glimpsing elsewhere in this historic town. You are right in the historic area, just over the road from the bay.
Fun and Games
Visit St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, it’s the states oldest and fun for all the family. Also climb 219 steps to the top of St. Augustine Lighthouse and visit its museum.
Choose from waterside seafood shacks to fine dining inside to-notch resorts. St. Augustine features flavorful dishes in casual cafes to gourmet eateries serving quick bites to five-course meals.
For a rockin’ Reggae Sunday in the summer, hit the Conch House where you can dance on the floating dock or inside the octagon-shaped bar that stretches out into the water.
Not to be Missed
World Golf Village is the ultimate for enthusiasts and home to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Don’t forget to take a tour in a horse and cart to view some of the US’s oldest buildings.
Different destinations have different magic touches so make sure to check them out to see what makes your holiday with us so special.
Flight Details - You fly direct non-stop to Orlando International Airport from Gatwick, Manchester or Glasgow with award-winning Virgin Atlantic. Easily the best way to get here!
Flight Time - Approx 9 hours
Time Difference - GMT -5 hours
Distance - Approx 115 miles from Orlando International Airport.
Driving Times - Approx 2-hour drive from airport.
Did you Know?
- More than 2 million tiny white lights are used to light up St Augustine during the annual Nights of Light festival, which takes place in Nov.
- After his famous 'Believe It Or Not' cartoon took off, Robert Ripley became an avid world traveller, seeking stories of bizarre and unusual proportions, and his first ever museum can be found in St Augustine.
- St Augustine is the oldest city in the United States, founded on 27 Mar 1513.
- Aerial view tours of St Augustine and the beaches are available to book locally.