We hadn’t had St. Augustine on our radar as a destination but had heard many a story about the beautiful Anastasia State Park, (click here for review). Although I only managed to reserve two nights at the park, we enjoyed our time on the beach as well as in town.
St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by the Spanish so the historic downtown has heavy Spanish influences, naturally. It is a charming little town although quite touristy. We spent some time touring Castillo de San Marcos National Monument which began construction in 1672 as protection for the northernmost Spanish-held city in Florida.
We also spent a bit of time walking in the historic district. Quaint streets including pedestrian-only areas (my favorite!) and a good selection of restaurants and bars with live music. We were lucky enough to have met up with RV friends we originally met in Key West who were from St. Augustine and showed us around (hi Amy and Rich you non-Instagramers!) Because we only were able to manage two nights in town, I didn’t do too much research on the area but that just leaves us things to do next time!
To ensure we had enough time for exploring, we did book one night at Faver Dykes State Park. It’s a bit out of town but a good base if it’s all you can manage in the area. The ticks were thick and the cell service non-existant but the area was quiet and pretty with a creek for kayaking ($5/hr) and beautiful pines and palmettos.
Finally, if it’s your thing (and it should be, once) on the way back to the interstate is the most…er well, I’m not really sure what to say about these roadside shops….so here you go!
Hangin’ at the Nuthouse in my Active Wear