St. Augustine is for Honeymooners
The Area’s Resorts, Restaurants, Attractions and Activities Keep You in the Honeymoon Period
The old matrimonial custom of having "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" to ensure the luck of your wedding ceremony can also be applied to your honeymoon. And whether it’s your first or your second chance at romance, the St. Augustine area is the perfect place to build on old traditions, and create new ones, in your life together.
Stroll hand-in-hand through the historic district and step back in time at Colonial Quarter, the Oldest House and the Oldest Wooden School House in the U.S.A. If you get hungry, grab a homemade pastry at the tiny Spanish Bakery. Admire Henry Flagler’s legacy at the elegant Lightner Museum, where Tiffany windows and other works of art inspire awe, and take a Legacy Tour of grand Flagler College, keeping an eye out for Henry’s ghost. Speaking of ghosts, cuddle up to one another during a spooky, guided ghost tour with GhoSt Augustine Haunted Pub & Hearse Tours.
Shop for souvenirs along St. George Street and the historic district (splurge on sweets from Claude’s Chocolates, handmade at the shop on Granada Street); then amble over to the galleries lining King Street, west of the Plaza. Afterwards, stop into San Sebastian Winery to sample wines and listen to live jazz music in The Cellar Upstairs (live music on weekends only). Golf lovers can hit the fairways at World Golf Village and play the new(ish) King & Bear or Slammer & Squire courses.
Rent a private coach and take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride though the historic district and along the bayfront, past the fabled Bridge of Lions. Snuggle closer as the setting sun dips below beautiful St. Augustine Bay.
Spend a day celebrating the sparkling blue waters surrounding St. Augustine. Splash in the Atlantic waves off St. Augustine Beach; take in the view of Matanzas Bay from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum; join a narrated dolphin-watch cruise in area waterways with St. Augustine Scenic Cruise or Florida Water Tours.
Small Indulgences European Day Spa and Salon (St. Augustine): Book an intimate couple’s massage and choose from a side-by-side Swedish, aromatherapy, hot stone, deep tissue or reflexology treatment.
Salt Spa St. Augustine (St. Augustine): Book at Himalayan Hot Stone Massage or enjoy a deep tissue couples massage in the salt cave.
The Spa at Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach): He can indulge in a gentlemen’s manicure and "The Rough" signature aroma salt glow body scrub; she in a re-mineralizing body wrap and "Zen Facial."
Spa at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (Ponte Vedra Beach): Offering pampering services such as tropical coconut scrubs, couple’s massages and Lomi Lomi massages.
Raintree Restaurant: Awarded too many accolades to count, this restaurant is a St. Augustine tradition, serving outstanding contemporary cuisine (at surprisingly affordable prices) in a historic 1879 Victorian home. Don’t miss the made-to-order crepes for dessert.
Columbia Restaurant: Sure, it’s in the middle of tourist-laden St. George Street, but you’ll still feel like you’re honeymooning in Spain amidst the colorful, gurgling fountains and the aroma of steaming-hot Spanish delicacies.
For more information on getting away to the St. Augustine area, visit the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau’s web site at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com.