There’s nothing quite like waking up before everyone else and seeing the sun rise just over the horizon. St. Augustine boasts some of the finest beaches on the east coast that are a perfect spot for catching the golden sun as it peaks through the early morning clouds and puts on a dazzling show. Just bring your coffee or yoga mat, and you’re ready for whatever the day has in store.
Is there such a thing as St. Augustine blue? We think so. And we have the photos to prove it. It’s simply a pure, clean and deep blue that makes our terra cotta roof tiles and coquina walls pop--and everything else look picture-postcard perfect. Best places to capture our blue skies as a backdrop is from the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos, Flagler College and the Bridge of Lions from the balcony at Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House.
Visitors love to take long walks along Anastasia State Park because the quartz sand is so soft and gentle to feet. The contrast of the pure white with the ocean blue is simply relaxing and restorative. Be sure to look for shark’s teeth and shells as you stroll along the edge of the water.
The waves of the Atlantic Ocean are soothing to the ear, especially when you combine them with a panoramic view from just about any table at The Reef Restaurant. The azure blue ocean meets the unobstructed sky as the occasional shrimp boat and sailboat passes by in the distance. At the North Beach access in Ponte Vedra Beach, you can enjoy the pristine blue ocean from the same spot where Ponce de Leon viewed it some 500 years ago.
There may be no better way to enjoy the sunset over the ancient city skyline than from a scenic Red Boat Tours or Schooner Freedom sunset tour on the Matanzas Bay. Unless, of course, you happen to be dining out on the deck at Cap’s on the Water or Palm Valley Fish Camp and Valley Smoke BBQ in Ponte Vedra Beach. There, stunning sunsets over the Intracoastal Waterway are served with equally colorful cuisine and cocktails.