When you think about it, St. Augustine was one of the first places in what is today the U.S. to welcome visitors from afar. As the nation’s oldest city, founded in 1565, St. Augustine was home to European settlers long before Plymouth and Jamestown. And since that time it has seen millions of travelers and tourists roam its ancient streets.
There are still some historic reminders of what visiting St. Augustine was like in the early years when boarding houses like the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum became a regular stop during winters in the 1800’s. But it was undoubtedly the grand hotels built by Henry Morrison Flagler that left an indelible impression on visitors and the Ancient City’s skyline. The Hotel Ponce de Leon, now Flagler College, was the epitome of luxury resorts during the Gilded Age with its Spanish Renaissance architecture, Tiffany stained glass windows and breathtaking rotunda.
Today, visitors can still enjoy these treasures from another time. But more importantly, they’ll enjoy a legacy of hospitality and service that is second to none. A wide selection of hotels and motels can put you steps from downtown historic sites or steps from the sand and surf. From hotels with stunning views of the ocean and bayfront to a digital motel voted “Best Roadside Motel in America” in 2022 by USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice, you’ll find it here.
Whether you’re traveling with a group for a family reunion, vacationing with the entire family and pets, or simply looking to spend some alone time with your significant other, Florida’s Historic Coast offers a wide variety of hotels and motels to accommodate your needs, desires and budget.