Top 10 Reasons to Visit St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra in Late Summer
Crowds get smaller and hotel rates get lower – yet St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra remain livelier than ever.
Want to know a secret? Late summer is one of the best times to visit St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches. We like to call August and September the Easy Season. With lighter crowds, it’s easier to move around at your own pace. And it’s the perfect time of year for taking life easy and embracing everything that St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra has to offer.
1. Take Advantage of the Year’s Best Rates
From luxurious five-star hotels to quaint and charming B&Bs in historic downtown, it’s a good time to save on accommodations. You’re sure to grab a great deal during this time period. Find deals exclusive to the Easy Season here.
2. Kick Back with More Elbow Room
Crowds tend to thin as the summer winds down, making it easy for you to get into St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra’s award-winning restaurants and notable historical and cultural attractions. If you hate waiting in lines, then this is the perfect time for you to visit.
3. Back-to-School Time Means Back-to-You Time
In late summer and early fall, kids head back to school to hit the books and tend to take their families with them, allowing you to saunter down the brick-paved streets at an unhurried, easygoing pace. You might even take this time to enjoy a little relief from your own kids!
4. Get Into the Rhythm with Live Music
This is one of the best times of the year for live music lovers. September brings the Sing Out Loud Festival, which features hundreds of local, regional and national acts in and around St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra for three consecutive weekends. The best part? All concerts are totally free.
5. Breathe Easier with Cooler Weather
Due to its coastal position, St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra enjoys pleasant breezes in late summer and early fall, making it slightly cooler than the surrounding area. Brief afternoon rain showers also help to cool everything down, but the sun comes out soon after, providing that warm summer weather Florida is famous for – only better.
6. Delight in Al fresco Dining
The weather tends to be lovely this time of year (hey, it’s St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra – of course it’s going to be lovely), which means favorable conditions for outdoor dining on picturesque patios.
7. Find Inspiration on an Art Walk
Taking regular walks has been shown to boost creativity. So why not get a double boost on an Art Walk? The first Friday evening of the month, more than 20 art galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music – sure to make a masterpiece of an evening.
8. Take It Outside
As the weather begins to cool down, outdoor activity picks up. Try an outdoor yoga class on the beach – a great way to start the day – or head out on a fishing or bird-watching excursion. Don’t forget your camera, as there are bound to be lots of good photo ops.
9. Celebrate Founder’s Day on September 9
Celebrate the 452nd anniversary of Pedro Menéndez’s landing at St. Augustine with historical re-enactments, living history demonstrations and more. Festivities will take place at the Nombre de Diós Mission and Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.
10. Pick from Plentiful Events
St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra is home to some of Florida’s best events, and there is truly something for everyone. Find everything from food festivals and military demonstrations to historical and cultural exhibitions in our extensive Calendar of Events.