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St. Augustine Beach, Florida

St. Augustine Beach is one of those well-kept secrets of Florida.  The better-known beaches, Jacksonville and Daytona, are north and south.  The college kids tend to go to Crescent Beach.  And St. Augustine itself is best known for its attractions - the beach tends to get overlooked.

And it shouldn't be, because it's really, really nice.

St. Augustine Beach is actually on Anastasia Island, and not in the city proper. 

A good thing -- it's more relaxed and less crowded at the beach than it is in town.  Anastasia Island is just across the Bridge of Lions, a hop, skip and jump from downtown.

St. Augustine Beach, FloridaSt. Augustine Beach, Florida Hotels

You have plenty of choices, when staying at St. Augustine Beach.  There are hotels on the ocean and just across the road from the ocean.  The styles range from large resort types all the way down to the Motel-8 style.

I've stayed a few times at St. Augustine Beach and I can assure you that all hotels are not created the same!  Now obviously, many people can't afford the $120 a night rooms and have to pick another hotel.  But based on my experiences -- book as an expensive a hotel as you can.  The cheap ones are a bit rough around the edges (to put it mildly).

HINT:  You can get great deals using one of the coupons from the free visitor guides that every rest stop and restaurant seems to have.  I've used them and gotten a gorgeous room at the Hilton for $59 a night!

Here are a few hotels you might want to consider when staying at St. Augustine Beach.

  • The Hilton Garden Inn:  My personal favorite; try to book it with a discount if you can, otherwise it can get pretty pricy. Across from the beach.

  • Days Inn:  Make sure it's the one in St. Augustine Beach, not the one in town.  I'm not normally a fan of Days Inn, but this one is pretty decent and the price is right.  Across from the beach.

  • Hampton Inn:  Can get pricy but it's on the beach -- look around for a discount rate.  Has a nice pool and hot tub, too.

  • Super 8:  I wasn't overly fond of this hotel, but others like it.  About the best price you can get for staying directly on the beach, so that is a big plus.

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St. Augustine, Potter's Wax MuseumIf You Get Rained Out...

Go on over to St. Augustine and check out some of the attractions.  Two indoor ones I can recommend are:

  • Ripley's Believe it or Not
  • Potter's Wax Museum

If you'd just like a break from the beach, you can check out:

There are also plenty of shops (antique or otherwise) to browse.   And if you wander into the historic distict near the city gates, you can shop til you drop!

A Quick Word About Dinner

This page is really about the beaches, as opposed to the restaurants, but there is one restaurant that you have to go to at least once -- Salt Water Cowboy's on Dondanville Road. 

Despite the name, it's not a country/western place, but rather it gets its name from the way it was wrangled out of the salt mashes around the restaurant.  The sunsets are amazing, as is the food.  You will want to call for a reservation -- (904) 471-2332 -- but be prepared for a wait anyway (it was very much worth it).

Need More Info on St. Augustine Beach?

If you'd like even more information, I've got a neat site for you to visit. Check out the St. Augustine Beach, Florida page at St. Augustine Travel Guide. Lynn has a whole lot of good information for your trip planning.

Enjoy your stay at St. Augustine Beach!

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