As love fills the air, try some old world charm in St. Augustine, ideal for a romantic destination or just a fun weekend away. Settled by Spanish explorers in 1565, the “Historic Coast” is known for its history and the charming touristy vibe. This centuries-old town is a great getaway for lovers seeking a change of pace combining historical landmarks, beautiful beaches, and exceptional dining.
To make the visit extra special, here are some top picks for charm and romance:
Take a romantic carriage ride under the stars
Carriage tours depart from the bayfront every evening. Or take a carriage tour with The Tasting Tours and enjoy a delicious bottle of wine while touring with a professional guide.
Take romance to a new height
Gaze at the St. Augustine skyline from atop the Lighthouse while popping the big question. Make arrangements to climb to the top for a spectacular view that is the ideal setting for a brilliant proposal.
Stay in a romantic Bed & Breakfast or historic Inn
From St. Augustine’s oldest Inns to the newly opened renovated historic homes, there are dozens of historic inns providing luxury services and special packages filled with love. Mornings at these inns start with a delicious homemade breakfast that will prepare guests for a day filled with St. Augustine discoveries.
Explore Old Town
Enjoy leisurely walks along brick-paved streets and meander down hidden alleyways in the oldest part of the oldest city. Aviles, Charlotte and Bridge Streets all have an old world charm filled with architectural delights.
Enjoy a beautiful sunset along St. Augustine’s Bayfront
Join lovers and families as they walk the waterfront promenade from the Bridge of Lions to the Castillo de San Marcos, the centerpiece of St. Augustine’s historic district.
Bike through St. Augustine History
Many of the St. Augustine inns and hotels have bikes available. And there are several places around town to rent bikes. Pack a picnic and go. The city is bike friendly and beaches and parks are just a short peddle away.
Take a Walk though history at the Castillo de San Marcos
Take in a magnificent morning view at the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. From the walls of this magnificent fortress breathe in the fresh sea air and take in the 360-degree panorama of the old city, the bay and inlet.
Enjoy a fantastic waterfront dining
All along the Intracoastal Waterway and beaches of Florida’s Historic Coast there are fantastic eateries offering fresh seafood and delectable desserts. For something completely different try AsadoLife, where everyone gathers around the pit for an evening of friendship, great food and lively conversation over a fabulous fire-grilled meal.