Located along the warm Atlantic coast, St. Augustine is a beautiful city with rich historical and cultural traditions with plenty of attractions for tourists and holidaying. Being one of the oldest European settlements in the United States, St. Augustine is peppered with historical churches, archaeological parks, forts and museums. The coast also boasts a string of vacation rentals and facilitates interested tourists to dabble in the fabulous beach-front real estate market. Although there are several places of interest that cater to a wide variety of tourists, here is a list of the absolutely must-visit places in and around St. Augustine.
Castillo de San Marcos
The key attraction at St Augustine for history buffs and tourists alike is the Castillo de San Marcos, which is the oldest fort in the mainland of the U.S. The fort lets you soak in over 300 years of history with commendable guides that make your tour more interesting. At the end of the tour, there is also a grand display of the firing of the cannons from the fort, which is a great delight for kids and adults as well.
The Ripley’s Red Train Tour
The Ripley’s Red Train Tour is a hop-on, hop-off style tour of the city with over twenty convenient stops. The tour is a nice way to cover the city’s top spots of interest in a comprehensive manner and it covers museums, famous eateries & restaurants and also has a themed historic route. The tour has special offers for tour groups like students and wedding parties. One of the stops is the famous ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum located in a magnificent 19th century mansion.
Beach Resorts and Vacation Rentals
Along the coast of the city are a number of beach resorts and vacation rentals with plenty of recreational activities at hand. It is a good idea to book rentals and resort rooms in advance, especially during spring and summer, which attract a lot of tourists. Several of the vacation rentals are owned by realty companies. If you fancy buying some beach front property, the city has several realtors that will guide you through the process. There are several options of ownership with many realtors ranging from renting over short and long spells, sole ownership and even time-share.
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Built in the 19th century, the St. Augustine Lighthouse is a great place to get an eagle eye’s view of the otherwise flat city. Apart from the breathtaking view from the top of the lighthouse, the nearby maritime museum is a wonderful place to learn about marine sciences in a fun and interactive manner. The lighthouse is also a hot spot for haunted stories and supernatural enthusiasts. There are ghost tours available for those brave enough to take them!
With a sprawl of historicity combined with Florida’s pleasant weather, St. Augustine makes for an ideal beach holiday. The beach front properties, unlike in California are still relatively untapped and full of potential realty options. Apart from the usual historical tours, there is also some solace for wildlife enthusiasts since the St. Augustine Alligator Park and Anastasia State Park are located close by.