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About Saint Augustine Beach

With its Spanish-influenced architecture and rich history, the city of Saint Augustine Beach attracts visitors from across the globe.

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About Saint Augustine Beach

Saint Augustine Beach is the oldest European settlement in the USA, with a rich history dating back over 450 years. In fact, the city was founded in 1565 by the Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles, and much of the original Spanish-style architecture remains today.

With its subtropical climate, summers in Saint Augustine can be pretty hot, but thunderstorms are not uncommon, so pack your waterproofs! The wettest months are June to September, but summer is the best time to visit (even though winters here are generally mild).

With galleries, museums and historical exhibits side-by-side with family-friendly attractions, restaurants and shops, it’s easy to see why Saint Augustine Beach is such a popular destination with families. It’s also a favourite with couples and groups of friends looking for a relaxing trip to Florida.

What to do in Saint Augustine Beach

The city has plenty of museums and historical attractions to explore including the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum (with its costumed guides), Florida’s Oldest House, and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

But there are plenty of activities for the kids too – a day trip to Alligator Farm Zoological Park is an opportunity to spot alligators, crocodiles, pythons, lemurs and more whilst enjoying a variety of exciting wildlife shows. Or take them to Potter’s Wax Museum where you’ll find over 160 wax figurines on display.

Saint Augustine Beach’s long sunny days are the perfect excuse to head for Anastasia State Park, where you can rent a pedal boat, canoe or kayak, or go sailing or fishing.

Don’t miss the opportunity to stroll down pedestrianized St George Street with its historic shops, restaurants and bars.

Top travel tips for Saint Augustine Beach

The nearest airport to Saint Augustine Beach is Jacksonville International, just over an hour’s drive away.

Car rental is popular and a great way to explore the area, but parking here can be challenging due to the narrow, cobbled streets. The Historic Downtown Parking Facility has over 1,200 spaces, with a flat fee for all day parking.

Walking is the best way to see the city, but the hop-on, hop-off guided tram tours allow you to see all the major attractions, and ticket prices include entrance to the Florida Heritage Museum.

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