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St Augustine

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About St Augustine

It may surprise people to learn that St Augustine, on Florida’s north-east coast, is America’s oldest city. More accurately, the country’s oldest, continuously occupied, European settlement. Founded by the Spanish in 1565, since then it has been variously looted, sacked and occupied by the British, Spanish, and South Carolinian forces - as well as pirates. Its colourful past, together with its cobbled streets and pretty architecture lend it an enchanting flavour. And choosing one of our best places to stay in St Augustine ensures you are well-placed to get the most out of the town.

St Augustine can feel like one big museum. There are horse-drawn carriages and townsfolk dressed in period costume. The numerous museums and historic buildings include the Spanish Quarter Museum - a recreation of 18th century St Augustine - the Pirate and Treasure Museum - with treasure hunt and animatronic pirates - the Castillo de San Marcos, a 17th century Spanish citadel, and (not for the squeamish) the Spanish Military Hospital Museum.

When you tire of the charming architecture and mind-boggling museums, there’s an alligator farm, World Golf Village, winery, charming streets and boutiques, and, of course, the beach: seven miles of sand.

Come evening there are charming restaurants, homely pubs - and haunted inns! Our choice of the best places to stay in St Augustine ensures you won’t miss a thing.

  • With its towers, turrets and Moorish styling, the massive,19th-century Casa Monica is a landmark of the town. Opulent rooms are furnished in southern Spanish style while the restaurant serves a mix of Asian and Mediterranean food. A sophisticated and indulgent choice with gym, spa and palm-tree ringed pool.

For more choices, browse our list of the best places to stay in St Augustine, expand your search to include Jacksonville, or all our Florida recommendations, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in St Augustine

  • Casa Monica 138 rooms from £168

    St Augustine

    A Moorish revival-style building housing a luxurious and opulent hotel. Interiors match the Moorish exterior, with rich hues and detailed floral and oriental motifs. On-site restaurant serves Asian and Middle-Eastern cuisine. Pool, hot tub, gym, spa. Luxury penthouse available, pets welcome.

    Sights nearby  -  9 minutes' walk from Castillo de San Marcos
    Swimming Pool  -  Year-round outdoor pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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