A Trip to St. Augustine
This summer we had the opportunity to take a trip to St. Augustine in Florida! It was an amazing trip, and I am so grateful that we were able to go! My husband has spoken about it for years so as we were trying to come up with an awesome destination, he knew this was the one!
Our First Beach Vacation
We were there for one full week, and it was so amazing. We went Labor Day weekend through the following weekend. Our Air B&B we rented was on the beach and we were able to easily walk down there and back for lunch. Also, it was a private beach! This was my very first time staying at a private beach, and I don’t know if I will ever be able to go back! Most of the week we were the only ones there.
For most of our trip to St. Augustine, we stayed on the beach. That is why we were there! We made sure to take some necessities to ensure we would have everything we needed. You can check out our beach must-haves here.
One of the days we went into town to check out St. Augustine, I was blown away by the city’s beauty! Simply walking the streets was wonderful! Big Tip: There is a central parking garage in the middle of the city. It costs $15 for the entire day. It was worth it so that we did not have to worry about going and filling the meter. However, we did make sure to do some things in the city!
Stop Number One in St. Augustine
Our Number One recommended place to visit would be the fort there in the town. The Castillo de San Marcos was amazing! Filled with so much history! It took us about 2 hours to see everything, maybe a little less. This fort is the oldest masonry fortification in the continental US. I was so impressed with how many times it changed hands throughout the years. If you are into history, you must stop here! We even saw a family of dolphins from the top swimming down the canal (which happened to be the highlight for E.). Big Tip: If you have children with you make sure you stop one of the Rangers and ask for a Junior Ranger Book. This was a highlight for my girls and once you fill in the book you get a badge! It was very neat.
Stop Number Two in St. Augustine
Number Two stop would have to be the Alligator Farm! Big Tip: Make sure to use bug spray before going! It is very swampy- hence alligators! Therefore, spray and spray well! However, even if filled with mosquitoes, this place was so amazing! It took us half the day to see everything. You will not just see alligators there. You will also find, birds, crocodiles, turtles, lizards and snakes. It was so neat to watch the turtles just swim with the large reptiles. My favorite part was the giant alligator they have there. Make sure to go down under to see it well! It was by far, one of the greatest highlights of our trip.
Stop number Three in St. Augustine
Stop number three led us to the Pirate Museum. We were a little hesitant to go because it seemed kinda cheesy. However, we loved it. It was extremely hands-on and very informative! There were so many things I did not know about pirates. My husband and I were both amazed by the different stories they told, and the girls loves the pretend canon they were able to shoot. It was worth the trip inside, and we were glad we did it!
Missed it but wanted to go!!
I wanted to also stop at the Colonial Quarter too. However, we just ran out of time, and we were trying to save money. However, my sister-in-law, informed me that it is very neat! It is a wonderful stop for children and the guy who owns the place is a very good tour guide. They were able to go there and got a tour from the owner himself. They were impressed by his knowledge of history and the trades. If we can go back, I will certainly make this one of my stops!
Most important Part of St. Augustine…
As far as food, we were trying to save money, so we ate most of our meals in the beach house. However, it is not a vacation unless there are at least a couple of meals where I do not have to clean it up. (Actually, Luke did most of the cooking and cleaning on this trip and it was very welcomed!) However, when we were in town, we asked one of the tour guides where to eat and she told us to eat at the pizza place down the block.
Lunch in St. Augustine
Pizza Time of St. Augustine has been named Number TWO pizza in the country. When you say it like that it seems so funny but, it is out of the whole country! I could not disagree. They are by far the best pizza I have ever had. Although, we were a bit thrown off on the ordering process. So, I am going to give you a tip. The pizza is already made. You buy pizza by the slice; they then warm it up for you. They go heavy on the toppings, and it was delicious. Also, DO NOT, and I mean DO NOT miss out on the garlic knots. They were the best part of the day!
Dinner in St. Augustine
The other place we went to eat for dinner in St. Augustine was the Conch House. I do not know even where to begin with the Conch House. The food was so good! We bought alligator bites as our appetizer and the girls are still craving them! The food for dinner was insane and so good. We had to eat inside because it had just rained.
However, if it is nice out, there are these little tiki huts that look over the water. They looked very neat, and I would love to go back and sit in them! So, if you do let me know! There is a small boardwalk for the marina, it was a relaxing walk to the end, where we saw sea turtles and listened to the water. Also, they have some baby alligators on rent from the alligator farm so make sure to check those out as well!
A Wonderful Trip to St. Augustine
As I said, most of our trip was spent on the beach and in the beach house! Nevertheless, the town of St. Augustine was amazing! We loved it so much and enjoyed our time that week. My husband is ready to move! If you end up going to any of these places, please let me know! I would love to hear about your trip and what you would recommend if I ever go again.