Accolades for Florida’s Historic Coast

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St. Augustine, Fla. (June 2016) - In recent years Florida’s Historic Coast’s visitor experiences have been receiving great recognition. Here is a list of the destination’s impressive accolades:

Travel & Leisure (May 2016) – St Augustine was listed as the #4 on Travel + Leisure’s reader- selected Annual America’s Favorite Towns list. (May 2016) – St. Augustine Beach was listed as #6 in the Best 30 Beaches in the World for Families.

GoGoBot (March 2016) St. Augustine selected by GoGoBot members as a 2016 Top 10 Family Travelers’ Rising Stars Destinations Award.

TripAdvisor (February 2016) – Based on feedback from the TripAdvisor community, St. Augustine Beach was once again selected as a Top 10 Beach in the U.S.

GOGOBot (October 2015) – St. Augustine is the #2 city on 10 Most Eco-Friendly Cities in America list. St. Augustine made the list because of its dedication to recycling and conservationist ethic rooted in its history.

TripAdvisor (August 2015) - St. Augustine was included in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Traveler's Choice Awards among the Top 25 U.S. Destinations to Visit.

Coastal Living (July 2015) - Selected by editors as one of the Top 10 Best American Beach Towns for the Fourth of July.

Orbitz (June 2015) - Orbitz Senior Editor selects St. Augustine, with its classic hotels and intimate restaurants in a luxurious romantic setting, among the Top Five Great American Getaways.

USA Today (June 2015) - Readers of USA Today selected St. Augustine as one of the Top 10 Best Historic Southern Attractions. (June 2015) - St. Augustine was ranked 4th in the Top 100 Best Small Towns in the U.S.

Conde Nast Traveler (May 2015) - St. Augustine named one of Top 5 US Cities that make the Best First Impression.

Bustle (April 2015) - St. Augustine was editor’s # 1 Choice on 11 Most Romantic Cities in the World list.

Parent Magazine (March 2015) - St. Augustine among the Top 12 Destinations in the U.S. for Family Fun.

USA Today (March 2015) - St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos & Fort Matanzas National Monument on the Top 10 National Monuments in the U.S. list.

TripAdvisor (February 18, 2015) - Based on feedback from the TripAdvisor community, St. Augustine Beach was selected as a Top 10 Beach in the U.S. (February 2015) - The editors at Dating Advice picked St. Augustine #1 on the  top 14 list of Best Small Cities for a First Date. (January 2015) - After comparing unique architecture, historical sites and beautiful scenery, St. Augustine was listed among the Top 10 Most Inspiring Cities for Photographers.

Travel + Leisure/ Today Show (December 2014) – Included in showcase of the Best Places to Celebrate Christmas due to its beach, Nights of Lights and Hammock Beach Resort deals.  

USA TODAY 10 Best (December 2014) - Nights of Lights is #2 among America’s Best Holiday Lights as selected by USA Today and 10 Best readers in a poll for the best holiday lights display.

Newsweek/Trivago (December 2014) -  Trivago editors reported to Newsweek their top 5 picks for towns with a European feel. St. Augustine made the list of Best Hidden European towns in the U.S.

Budget Travel (July 2014) - St. Augustine was featured as one of the 25 Most Beautiful Cities in America.

ConventionSouth Magazine (June 2014) - ConventionSouth, a national multimedia resource for planning events, selected St. Augustine as Florida’s Best Southern Hospitality City.

Peter Greenberg, CBS This Morning (July 2014) - St. Augustine, Florida named one of the Best American Small Towns to view Fireworks on Independence Day!

Coastal Living Magazine (June 2014) - St. Augustine ranked No. 4 on Coastal Living’s List of Top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns in America. The ranking was based on votes by readers.

Budget Travel - The editors at Budget Travel selected St. Augustine as one of the 25 Most Beautiful Cities in America, recognized for its variety of architectural style and pristine beaches. (June 2014) - St. Augustine was included in a list of 11 Stunning Small Florida Towns You Need to Visit.

Travel + Leisure Magazine (May 2014) - St. Augustine named #9 on the list of 25 of America’s Favorite Beach Towns.

USA Today (April 2014) - St. Augustine is listed as one of the 10 Best Historic Cities in the U.S.

Trip Advisor (March 2014) - St. Augustine Beach was included in TripAdvisor’s list of the top 25 best beaches in the U.S. The Traveler’s Choice award recognized St. Augustine for its “endless beach.”

USA TODAY 10 Best Florida Attractions (December 2013) - St. Augustine garnered two recognitions in the Reader’s Choice Award for 10 Best Florida Attractions - the Historic District and the Castillo de San Marcos.

Travel + Leisure (October 2013) - St. Augustine is named among America’s Best Small Towns for Halloween.

Tampa Bay Times Florida’s 10 Gay Friendly Beaches September 2013 - Tampa Bay Times listed the north beach access of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve among its best Florida beaches for gay-friendly travel.

CNN Travel (August 2013) - Beauty, history and unspoiled nature combined to put Ponte Vedra Beach on CNN’s list of 22 Can’t Miss U.S. Beaches.

Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly (May 2013) - Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, one of the most successful weekly Catholic newspapers in the country, included St. Augustine on its list of Top 10 U.S. Catholic cities.

Fodor’s Travel Guide - 10 Best Small Towns in America - March 2013 - Editors of the travel guide ranked St. Augustine among the winners of the 10 Best Small Towns in America based on draws like great local eats, interesting museums and cultural points, and noteworthy natural attractions or outdoor adventures.

Smithsonian (March 2013) – Smithsonian singled out St. Augustine as one of the 20 Small Towns to Visit in 2013 for its Quincentennial commemoration of Ponce de León’s 1513 landing and upcoming 450th anniversary.

Budget Travel (January 2013) - Budget Travel editors select St. Augustine as one of the Top 12 Destinations When Traveling with Toddlers, Tweens and Teens. 

Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine, Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.