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Saint Augustine
Saint Augustine is a luxurious, romantic vacation spot—you’ll find classic hotels and intimate restaurants. Those can be a dime a dozen, though. What sets Saint Augustine apart is its history—it’s the oldest European settlement in the U.S. And nowhere else in the world can you taste the waters of the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park (where Ponce de Leon may have landed). Who knows, if you vacation here, maybe you won’t need that Botox!

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St. Augustine Wild Reserve
St. Augustine Wild Reserve
Owner description: The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis. We are not open on a daily basis like a large zoo, although we do offer two-hour tours, reserved in... more Owner description: The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis. We are not open on a daily basis like a large zoo, although we do offer two-hour tours, reserved in advance. Tours are held in the afternoon, usually on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm. Email as far in advance as possible to make reservations. Children under 5 are free. We may be able to schedule a tour on a different day, if we know far enough in advance. Guests will be given a guided tour of the 7-acre animal compound by an experienced wildlife professional. An introduction to each species, basic biology, and how the species arrived at our sanctuary will be discussed in detail. Visitors will be allowed a close-up view of the exotic animals. Guests will be able to venture closer to adult African lions than they ever imagined. Also on the tour will be our amazing white tigers, several orange tigers, a very rare golden tabby tiger, cougars, servals, lynxes, leopards, hyenas, coati mundis, and a host of wolves ranging in color from black to white. We also have a large bird collection, which includes conures, macaws, Amazon parrots, lovebirds, and even parakeets, cockatoos, cockatiels, doves, quail and finches. We feed all of the big cats on the tour on most days, and set up a tiger bubblebath for one pair of tigers. We do not allow photography at this compound, however, we do offer a fabulous photo CD at the end of the tour for a small donation. You may photograph our beautiful peacocks, lovebirds and conures, which are outside of the compound near the guest waiting area. Thank you! less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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The Ximenez-Fatio House
The Ximenez-Fatio House
Owner description: Dating to the Spanish town plan of 1573, the property is a centerpiece of St. Augustine’s oldest settlement and is a feature along the city’s first platted thoroughfare, Aviles... more Owner description: Dating to the Spanish town plan of 1573, the property is a centerpiece of St. Augustine’s oldest settlement and is a feature along the city’s first platted thoroughfare, Aviles Street.“The Ximenez~Fatio House museum is one of the first to interpret 19th century women’s history”William Seale, Ph.D.; author, historian, and consultant for interpretation since the 1970’s. less
Attraction type: Museums; Specialty Museums
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Flagler College
Flagler College
Owner description: Flagler College's historic campus is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of St. Augustine, Fla., the “nation’s oldest city.”The college is named for Henry... more Owner description: Flagler College's historic campus is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of St. Augustine, Fla., the “nation’s oldest city.”The college is named for Henry Morrison Flagler, a Gilded Age industrialist, railroad pioneer and partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil. In 1888, Flagler built the Hotel Ponce de Leon, his first in a series of luxury resorts along Florida’s east coast. A masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture and the first major poured-in-place concrete building in the United States is now known as Ponce de Leon Hall. This National Historic Landmark serves as the centerpiece for the Flagler College.The grand hotel launched the careers of young architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings who are noted most for the New York Public Library and the House and Senate Office Buildings adjacent to the Capitol in Washington, D.C.The Edison Electric Company powered the building with steam heat and 4,000 electric lights, making the Ponce one of the nation’s first electrified buildings. Louis Comfort Tiffany is credited with the building’s interior design including the stained glass and mosaics. Murals were completed by George Willoughby Maynard and Virgilio Tojetti.The hotel was gifted to Flagler College when the institution was founded in 1968. Since then, the college has spent more than $43 million dollars restoring the historic campus and adding new buildings. less
Attraction type: Educational Sites
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Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Monuments/ Statues
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High Tide Art Gallery
High Tide Art Gallery
Owner description: High Tide Gallery LLC at 51 Cordova Street is the 2009 "Best Gallery" winner in the Best of St. Augustine Contest! In business for 10 years and open daily, this all-local art... more Owner description: High Tide Gallery LLC at 51 Cordova Street is the 2009 "Best Gallery" winner in the Best of St. Augustine Contest! In business for 10 years and open daily, this all-local art gallery features a refreshing array of colorful art from the whimsical to the serious in 36 artists' original creations. Great atmosphere, awesome shopping, fun and friendly place! Don't miss it! less
Attraction type: Art Galleries
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Collage Restaurant
Collage Restaurant
Price: $25 - $45
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Eclectic
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
The Chocolate Turtle
The Chocolate Turtle
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Dessert
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
Casa Benedetto's Italian Caffe
Casa Benedetto's Italian Caffe
Price: $10 - $24
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
The Present Moment Cafe
The Present Moment Cafe
Cuisines: Vegan
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
The Hyppo
The Hyppo
Price: $1 - $4
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

The Cozy Inn
The Cozy Inn
$85 - $162
Ranked #2 of 75 hotels in Saint Augustine
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The Silver Sands Saint Augustine
The Silver Sands Saint Augustine
$90 - $250
Ranked #20 of 35 Saint Augustine B&B and Inns
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Saint Augustine North
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Saint Augustine North
$94 - $159
Ranked #4 of 75 hotels in Saint Augustine
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

The Saint Augustine Beach House
2.5 of 5
The Saint Augustine Beach House
$182 - $251
Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Vilano Beach
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St. George Inn
3.0 of 5
St. George Inn
$172 - $265
Ranked #3 of 75 hotels in Saint Augustine
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The Beach Club at St Augustine
The Beach Club at St Augustine
$155 - $250

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Cedar House Inn
4.0 of 5
The Cedar House Inn
$149 - $299
Casa Monica, Autograph Collection
4.0 of 5
Casa Monica, Autograph Collection
$176 - $390
Ranked #14 of 75 hotels in Saint Augustine
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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort
4.0 of 5
The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort
$116 - $193
Ranked #28 of 75 hotels in Saint Augustine
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.