The Charming side of St Augustine FL

By Cacinda Maloney

Map - Savannah GA to St Augustine FL

Map – Savannah GA to St Augustine FL

This was the third stop on a road trip from Savannah GA down thru St. Simon Island and then on to St. Augustine, FL. I loved this road trip and it is easy to do. As you know, I fell in love with Savannah, enjoyed the beaches of St Simon Island and told you about the “kitschy” side of St. Augustine. But believe me, that is not ALL there is to St. Augustine. There is a charm here that will capture your heart and make you long for more, especially if you only stay for a little while like I did. I had a chance to speak with quite a few locals and they tell me they love living here! There is more here than initially meets the eye.

St Augustine FL

St Augustine FL

I was lucky enough to stay at the well-located, colonial B&B called the BayFront Marin House right in front of Matanzas Bay. My room was exquisite with fancy decor and had so many extras, including my very own electric fireplace and a body/rain shower that was out of this world!

BayFront Marin House, St Augustine FL

BayFront Marin House, St Augustine FL

I cannot say enough about how comfortable I was here and how well treated I was by the staff. I had heard so many wonderful things about the owners, but in the end the gentleman owner ended up not being on site and sadly I did not get a chance to meet him. I think it says a lot about the owners by how wonderfully trained their staff was and how smooth things went when they are not around. The staff took care of everything I needed and they were very pleasant, reminding me of that southern charm that I love and came to the South to experience.

Here are a few photos from the neighborhood:

Charming St Augustine FL

Charming St Augustine FL

St Augustine FL

Charming St Augustine FL

St Augustine FL

Charming St Augustine FL

Within walking distance from the BayFront Marin House, I was able to make my way to the historic district, where my first stop was Flagler College. How on earth can a college be a tourist stop you might ask? Well, this place is particularly beautiful and you will notice it right away.

Flagler College St Augustine FL

Flagler College St Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FLFlagler College, St. Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

At one time, it was once the most luxurious hotel in all the land! Founded by Henry Flagler, you will hear a lot about one of the founders of Standard Oil here and at the Lightner Museum across the street as well.

Lightner Museum St Augustine FL

Lightner Museum St Augustine FL

The funny thing about Flagler College is that it is a fully-fledged liberal arts school today and opened since 1968. An actual student of the college gave the tour I went on and she was terrific, by the way! Flagler College architecture is spectacular and a must stop on your first trip to St. Augustine. The college’s dining hall itself still has originally installed Tiffany glass-stained windows and a few of the rooms still contain era furniture. It is quite a unique experience.

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL

Flagler College, St. Augustine FL

I suggest after Flagler College and the Lighter Museum that you purchase tickets for one of the trolley car companies, so you can do a quick sweep of the neighboring attractions without having to walk too much. I enjoyed the ease of a trolley to get me around town and to show me all of the sites.

St Augustine FL

St Augustine FL

There are two trolleys that do the loop around the city’s historic and “kitschy” sites the green Old Town Trolley Tours and the red Ripley’s St Augustine Sightseeing one. I took the first trolley that picked me up close to the museum. The trolley tour guides narrate the city’s history as they drive you from stop to stop. One of the first stops I wanted to get off on was at the old fort, better known as Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. It is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States and was constructed by the Spanish in 1672. It is worth a look around.

Cannon St Augustine FL

Cannon at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument St Augustine FL

When you add in the above itinerary with the one mentioned in my “kitschy” article about St. Augustine, you have a complete guide to a day’s activities in St. Augustine.

Pirate Museum in St Augustine, FL, a Florida roadside attraction

Pirate Museum in St Augustine, FL, a Florida roadside attraction

Since I was only there to tour a few days, I only scratched the surface of what there is to see and do in St. Augustine, so be sure to stay around a bit longer to truly experience America’s oldest city.

St Augustine FL

St Augustine FL

So there you have it, a few spots along the way in this charming, yet quirky town of St. Augustine, FL. Many more photos of St. Augustine’s Hotel Ponce de Leon (aka Flagler College) on PointsandTravel’s photo album page.

Disclosure:  This road trip to St. Augustine was sponsored by Florida Historic Coast, the official tourism board to St. Augustine.

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8 Comments

  1. Karisa @ Flirting with the Globe January 23, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I TOTALLY agree – St Augustine’s has it’s (very) kitchy side, but it also has a lot of reasons to visit!

    • Cacinda Maloney January 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Absolutely! I loved the charming side of St. Augustine and it is a photographers dream to walk the historic district! I had so much fun!

  2. kay dougherty January 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I officially appoint you Queen of the Best Door Pictures! Your photos are great. I haven’t been to St. Augustine in more years than I care to admit but I do remember it being gorgeous.

    • Cacinda Maloney January 23, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      I am a door girl! ha ha Well you must go to St. Augustine soon!

  3. Adrie Sonke January 25, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I visited St. Augustine in 1999. We camped with a RV at Anastasia state park. In front of an old church we took the red trolley and made a tour. We stopped at the old prisson. From there we ride back to the old city and visited Castillo de San Marcos NM.
    The beach is not far from the state park.

    • Cacinda Maloney February 3, 2015 at 6:24 am

      Sounds like a wonderful trip! I didn’t make it to the Anastasia State Park, so I must return!

  4. Michelle July 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I can’t believe that I’ve lived in Florida for seven years, but never visited St. Augustine. It looks so different than where I live in Tampa. I’m adding St. Augustine to my bucket list thanks to your amazing photos!

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