I have held off writing about St. Augustine and I think it is time to reveal why I think it is one of the most charming towns!
This past weekend would mark my third time back to this little town. I have been here three times already and I still have not experienced everything St. Augustine has to offer! St. Augustine is considered the nation’s oldest city. Their history goes back to the Spanish settlement in the 1500s before Jamestown was even established. The area around St. George street is an area full of stores, restaurants, and local vendors. It is also right by the water so you will always see people hustling and bustling around.
The first time I went was with my mom and we did a trolley tour around the town. The tour lets you get on and off the trolley at various stops to explore the main highlights of the town. There are a lot of tours available so you just have to choose one to your liking! When I went around August, it was hot so utilizing the trolley was a plus and prevented us from getting a heat stroke (laughs). Fun fact, the first Ripley’s Believe It or Not is located in St. Augustine and there is a replica of Michael Angelo in the front that is covered by a bush because his yoohoo was creating car crashes on the street!
The second time I went to St. Augustine, I was there for a bachelorette party and experiencing the night life was a blast! There are a lot of fun bars around and Flagler College is located in St. Augustine, so you will see a good mix of young and old here. The third time was this past weekend! I went back with my boyfriend since it was his first time here. The town had their Nights of Lights event where the whole town is decorated with Christmas lights! With the cool December breeze, it definitly started to feel like the holiday season in Florida.
We did a Holly Jolly tour where they took us around town to view all of the lights while we sang Christmas music! Again, tours are a big thing here so we did three more! We did a tour of the chocolate factory, winery, and distillery. The Whetstone Chocolate Factory here manufactures their chocolate to famous brands like Hershey’s and creates artisan chocolate. During the tour you get to try various chocolates that they make and learn the process of chocolate making. I LOVE the wine from St. Augustine. If you are ever there and like sweet and semi-sweet wines, you must buy the Vintners Red, Vintners White, and the Blanc Du Bois. Their distillery makes very delicious gin and vodka as well!
St. Augustine also has St. Augustine Beach and Vilano Beach. The sand at St. Augustine Beach is soft like powedered sugar. This time around I went to Vilano Beach in search of shark teeth and instead I caught a baby Bonnethead shark (just kidding, a kind local let me hold his catch)!
Also, the Castillo de San Marcos is located in St. Augustine. It is apart of the US National Park Services and is considered a National Monument. It is a fort where the Spanish troops tried to fend off the British army. A ticket gives you access for the whole week and they do live canon ball demonstration!
I still have not finished exploring this city and I look forward to coming back. I have to say, Winter in St. Augustine is probably the best time to go. The weather is beautiful and everything is just more jolly during this time.
I hoped you like my quick snapshot of this town. St. Augustine is my favorite city in Florida thus far so if you are ever in that area, CHECK IT OUT!
Thanks for reading! Until next time!