St Augustine Beach

St Augustine

This white-sand beach almost gets lost in the historical mix, but hey, it's Florida, so a visit wouldn't be complete without a little bit of sun and surf. There's a visitor information booth at the foot of St Johns Pier, where you can rent a rod and reel (two hours for $15). About three blocks south of the pier, the end of A St has – as Florida goes – some fine waves.

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Nearby St Augustine attractions

1. Anastasia State Recreation Area

2.13 MILES

Locals come to escape the tourist hordes at this terrific park, which is a beautiful quilt of estuarine marsh, maritime forest, boardwalk paths and sandy…

2. Alligator Farm Zoological Park

2.57 MILES

Herpetophobes should run in the other direction of this facility – the only one on the planet with every species of crocodilian in residence. Nature…

3. St Augustine Lighthouse

2.77 MILES

The light produced by this 1870s striped lighthouse beams all the way downtown. A great place to bring kids over six and more than 44in tall (since all…

4. Oldest House

3.48 MILES

Also known as the González-Alvarez House, this is the oldest surviving Spanish-era home in Florida, dating to the early 1700s and sitting on a site…

5. Ximenez-Fatio House

3.96 MILES

Dating to 1798, this fascinating museum complex includes the main house building, the area's only detached kitchen building and a reconstructed washhouse…

6. Spanish Military Hospital Museum

3.99 MILES

Not for the faint of heart, guided tours of this museum discuss Colonial-era medical techniques in all their gory glory: amputations, leeching, the whole…

7. Plaza de la Constitution

4.04 MILES

In the heart of downtown, this grassy square, the oldest public park in the US and a former marketplace for food (and slaves), has an attractive gazebo,…

8. Lightner Museum

4.05 MILES

Henry Flagler's former Hotel Alcazar is home to this wonderful museum with a little bit of everything, from ornate Gilded Age furnishings to collections…