Once a Spanish colonial town, St. Augustine is now home to preserved quaint cobblestone streets leading to one quirky historic site and museum after another. Even if you aren't a history buff, St. Augustine will inspire your imagination at every turn and transport you into the past as costumed interpreters take you on a walking tour of the area. St. Augustine's haunted sites are among the most popular in the country. While you are here, be sure to explore the forts and lighthouses scattered through the area and spend an evening in the Old Jail, the town prison for violent criminals built in 1891.
Here are some additional suggestions of things to do in St. Augustine:
-Visit Castillo de San Marcos: Take a guided tour of this historic Spanish fort.
-Visit Anastasia State Park: Go hiking, biking, picnicking, or bird watching along the miles of trails in this beautiful state park.
-Tour the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum: Climb to the top of this preserved lighthouse and learn more about the maritime and coastal history of the area.
-Take a culinary tour: Sample the best of the world-class restaurants in St. Augustine by taking a guided culinary walk around the historic downtown area.
-Play on the beach: The beaches of St. Augustine offer the best of an old-fashioned Florida summer vacation. Surf, go parasailing, go snorkeling for a close encounter with local Florida marine life, or just relax in the sun.
-Experience St. Augustine spas and golf courses: Play a round of golf on St. Augustine's emerald courses, or enjoy an afternoon of pampering in a luxury spa.
Make the most of your time in St. Augustine by staying in a vacation rental. Vacation rentals are plentiful here so it's easy to find a vacation rental no matter what time of year you plan to visit. For your stay, rent a condo in the heart of the old town, a luxury villa close to the beach, or a spacious home big enough for the whole family.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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