St. Augustine is the oldest city in America, founded by the Spanish in 1565. The city is filled with amazing Spanish style architectures which will fool you into thinking you are in Europe for a second.
See & Do
- Castillo de San Marcos: The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest stone fort in the United States, built back in the 1600s when Florida was still a territory of Spain. Right now it’s part of the National Park system. We walked around the edge of the fort while admiring the stonework while dolphins were jumping around and playing in the water next to us.
- St. George Street: A pedestrian only street that runs through St. Augustine. It’s supposed to be a historical walk through the old city, but in reality it’s mostly just a bunch of tourist shops along a pedestrian street. Unfortunately, the restored historic buildings didn’t really evoke any feelings of history for us. There are a few plaques along the way to explain the history of St. Augustine.
- Flagler College: Closed for the holidays, but we were able to check out the outdoor architecture of this historical college.
- St. Augustine Beach Blast-Off to 2016 NYE This unexpectedly ended up being a huge highlight of our trip. We’re a bit jaded towards fireworks shows as we’ve had to sit through a ton of them, but this one was really pretty cool. The temperature was in the mid-70s as we sat on the beach while the fireworks went off literally right in front of us. It was pretty intense. After the fireworks show, there was a cover band that played some rocking 80s hits. This was the best New Years Eve we’ve had in a long while.
Eat & Drink
- Pizza Time Crowned the second best pizza in the US by Trip Advisor. As New Yorkers, we had to try it out for ourselves. The verdict….meh. Honestly I’d say this would be average at best in NYC — but that alone makes it one of the best New York style pizza places outside of the tri-state area.
- BEST WESTERN St. Augustine I-95: It’s a pretty standard Best Western, not the nicest looking when you come in but the room is clean and quiet, and it’s relatively cheap — ticks all the right checkboxes for a place you’re just spending one night on a road trip. It’s super convenient to I-95, but it’s about a 15 minute drive to go to the actual historical part of St. Augustine (plus you’ll most likely need to pay for parking when you get there). This place is fine for a night or two if you’re in the area. If you’re spending more time, it might be worth it to get a place closer to St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach.