The city of St. Augustine has a long history, hence its nicknames Ancient City” and “Old City.” It’s one of the oldest European settlements in the United States, founded a good fifty-plus years before the English pilgrims’ arrival. Established by the then conquest-loving Spaniards, St. Augustine’s namesake is the Catholic saint and philosopher. It maintains much of that Spanish influence in its storied buildings, including cathedrals and shrines.
The history and architecture of the city are obviously major attractions, but this Floridian metro’s location on the sunny Atlantic coast doesn’t hurt tourism either. Looking to join the throngs of beachgoers? We’ve picked two oceanfront hotels and an equally inviting riverfront option for you to check out.
From $109/ night
Looking for short walks to the beach, good food nearby, and glittering ocean views? This hotel has all three. By foot, the beach is only two minutes from the Oceanview Lodge. The surrounding area is also highly rated for its cuisine. The hotel itself has likewise received plenty of good reviews from past guests, who praise its location. You’ll get to enjoy all the adjacent beauty from your private balcony; every room here has one. Tropical motifs and big windows should further ready you for fun in the sun. Once you’re well-rested, downtown St. Augustine is but three miles away, or even closer is the hotel’s outdoor pool.
From $84/ night
This property is a slightly longer walk from the beach at six minutes, but the difference might be negligible given all the amenities here. Perhaps most accommodating is La Fiesta’s room service, which brings breakfast straight to your door each morning. (Guests’ reviews note that the fresh scones are especially yummy.) A heated outdoor pool and tropical gardens make the atmosphere even more relaxing. Once you’ve successfully de-stressed, a 10-minute drive will take you downtown. One possible destination is the local YMCA, to which the hotel provides free passes.
From $124/ night
The Edgewater Inn isn’t beachfront, but it is riverfront. It sits on the Mantanzas River, less than a mile from St. Augustine’s city center. Select rooms come with river views, allowing you to easily achieve some peace and calm. And even if your room is sans vista, you can soak up some sun on the guest patio. It’s a particularly attractive choice for couples who might be looking for waterside tranquility without the hustle and bustle of a crowded beach. But if you are interested in a more active day at the beach, sand is four miles away. Or, take advantage of this property’s central location and wander into the city for more urban delights.