Surf & Turf: Itinerary

A little bit of seaside, a little bit of city. That’s surf and turf served à la Florida’s Historic Coast. It’s the best of both worlds.

June 22, 2020
dolphin doing tricks at marineland


Love the beach? Of course you do. Enjoy an ocean-side stay at Beacher’s Lodge with stunning sunrise views over Crescent Beach. Crescent Beach, named for its shoreline shape, has a laid-back feel and an “old Florida” vibe that families love. If you’ve never experienced a dolphin encounter, this would be the perfect time to meet a friendly dolphin at nearby Marineland Dolphin Adventure Florida. Or, try a bit of kayaking with Ripple Effect Ecotours and possibly encounter dolphins in the wild.


After all that sun and surf, time for a little turf. As in authentic, slow-smoked barbecue. From generous sandwiches and platters to BBQ picnics and beach buckets for on-the-go, you’ll find the service as warm and inviting as the famous brisket at Smokin’ D’s BBQ.

Around here, a day at the beach often leads to an evening downtown. Start with a stroll along St. George Street, stopping at Pelindaba Lavender, the premier grower and distiller of all things lavender. Further up the street, you'll run into Silver Feather Jewelry & Gifts for turquoise treasures or the Panama Hat Company for a much needed signature fedora. Shopping on brick-lined Aviles Street, the oldest street in the United States, is always a treat. Especially when you top it off with an artisan ice cream sandwich from Peace Pie.


At Milltop Tavern, formerly a grist mill from the 1880's, the now renovated Tavern serves fresh, pub style American eats, drinks with a full bar, & daily live music. And now, you’re in the perfect mood for a scenic cruise along the Matanzas Bay. Hop aboard the Victory III with St. Augustine Scenic Cruise for a breathtaking view of the sun as it sets on the historic skyline of St. Augustine. And that’s how you do surf and turf in the nation’s oldest city.