Named for the the Catholic saint and theologian who penned some of the very first memoirs, St. Augustine is the oldest European-founded city in the United States. Its landscape is correspondingly decorated with Spanish colonial architecture, lending the city an eminently historical feel. It’s also consistently warm and bright, with approximately 2,900 hours worth of sunny days annually. Sounds like an ideal vacation spot, no?
If you’re looking for a resort experience in the so-called “Ancient City,” we’re here to help. We’ve selected three resorts near St. Augustine for you to check out. All three are at different price points, offering options for several budgets.
La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites
From $84/ night
Here, the beach isn’t far: a one-minute walk will bring you to the sandy shores. There, you can find surf shops, bike rentals and windsurfing. A ten-minute drive, meanwhile, will land you in the pedestrian-only Historic District of St. Augustine. Fret not about getting there: La Fiesta provides daily bus service to the Old City area. They’ll also lend you passes to the local YMCA. After exploring the city, you can enjoy this resort’s tropical gardens and spacious, heated outdoor pool. If your muscles are tired from trekking around, you can order an in-room massage. What else is provided in-room? A hot breakfast, delivered daily to your door —a favorite treat among past guests.
World Golf Village
From $135/ night
If you fancy yourself a golfer, you’ll probably enjoy this resort. It features two golf courses, one of which (King & Bear) was co-designed by legend Arnold Palmer. Need to improve your swing? The PGA Tour Academy is located on-site. Other activities include a gym, pool, table tennis, billiards and a games area. Room service is available any hour of the day, and you can order an in-room massage. Hungry? Dinner and drinks can be had at Villagio. Once you’ve explored the on-site offerings, take advantage of the free transportation service to downtown St. Augustine.
Casa Monica Resort & Spa
From $285/ night
The warm opulence of this resort —full of golden light, chandeliers and stately furniture— derives from its Moorish architecture. Past guests who’ve stayed in this pet-friendly hotel have given it high marks. Casa Monica is located in St. Augustine’s Historic District, giving easy access to places like Old St. Augustine Village, the Spanish Quarter and the Fountain of Youth. Speaking of youthfulness: the on-site, full-service Poseidon Spa offers body scrubs, facials, lip treatments, makeup services and much more to keep you looking young. Also nourishing: try breakfast, lunch or dinner at the resort’s restaurant, Costa Brava Cordova. Just need some coffee or a pastry? Café Cordova serves up Starbucks favorites all day.