St Augustine Guide

Explore the Historic City & the Beaches of St Augustine

St Augustine is an historic city on the water’s edge. Featuring old-world charm and modern amenities, your time here can be spent in many ways. Our downtown St Augustine hotel puts you in the heart of the city. You’ll be walking distance to Castillo de San Marcos, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, and the enchanting streets of the historic district. You can hop on the Old Town Trolley Tour just steps from Villa Victor.

Spend the day touring the historical sites, then treat yourself with a delicious meal in one of the area’s local restaurants. It’s a quick drive to the beaches if you’d prefer to relax by the sea. And don’t miss the St Augustine Outlets for great shopping deals! With old-world charm, incredible restaurants, art & culture, and multiple entertainment options, St Augustine offers something for everyone.

Are you a history buff? St Augustine is home to numerous historical sitesCastillo de San Marcos is a short walk from the hotel, in the heart of the Colonial Quarter. Originally built as a luxury hotel, Flagler College features stunning Spanish architecture. Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a must for any trip to St. Augustine. St George Street is a quaint and historic avenue walking distance from the hotel, full of unique restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. Speaking of galleries, AGOSA is an association of eclectic art galleries in the nation's oldest city. They sponsor the First Friday Artwalk on the first Friday of each month. 

If shopping is more suite to your tastes, you will stay busy in St Augustine. The Old City Shops can be found throughout historic downtown, featuring an eclectic mix of styles. If you're bargain hunting, it's a short drive to the St Augustine Outlets and St Augustine Premium Outlets. And don't forget the gift shops on St George Street, where you're sure to find the perfect souvenir to take home.

We all have to eat (and drink). Our onsite restaurant is the Chiku Café & Bar. We have both healthy and indulgent options for breakfast, including made-to-order espresso drinks. We offer small plates for dinner, along with beer and wine. Barnacle Bill’s is a local tradition, featuring fresh seafood and homemade desserts. Columbia is the oldest restaurant in Florida. Enjoy Spanish tapas and seafood. Harry’s is a New Orleans-style restaurant overlooking the bay. Just across the street from the hotel, Le Pavillon is cooking European favorites in a historic home. The Spanish Bakery & Café is another local favorite. They serve freshly-made empanadas, picadillo and sandwiches. The Raintree restaurant is open for dinner daily with an intercontinental menu in an intimate atmosphere.

Interested in a tour? The Old Town Trolley Tours has a stop near the hotel. They offer a variety of site-seeing tours around St. Augustine.

St. Augustine is home to many attractions. The hotel is across from Ripley’s Believe It or Not. If you'd like to go to a wine tasting or sample some small batch spirits, plan a trip to the San Sebastian Winery or St Augustine Distillery. Spend a day touring the local museums. The Lightner Museum is housed in an historic hotel and is home to one of the best collections of fine and decorative 19th century art in the US. Potters Wax Museum is a fun, family-friendly attraction, featuring life-like replicas of your favorite public figures. The St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is dedicated to its mission of preserving and sharing the stories of the nation's oldest port. The St Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum offers an exciting and education experience, transporting visitors back to the Golden Age of Piracy.

Finally, you can't come to St Augustine without visiting our beautiful beaches. Crescent Beach is just south of the city, a small community with little commercial development and a beautiful beach. Ponte Vedra is famous for golf, but features white sand beaches, seaside resorts, and elegant shops. It's a 5-mile drive to St Augustine beach, with lively surf and a stunning dunes ecosystem. Vilano Beach is also a short drive (and one of St Augustine's best-kept secrets).