St. Augustine was founded in 1565, but this historic city, ironically, never gets old. I’ve visited countless times over the last decade. One of things I like most about St. Augustine is that the city is a four-season destination. Ghost tours and the Nights of Lights fill the colder months with chilly fun. Bar-hopping, shopping further brighten days spent under the sun. And, uncovering city secrets—both old and new—enriches a visit no matter what time of year.
If this is your first time visiting the “first city” in the United States, all you’ll need to fall in love with St. Augustine is this 3-day itinerary.
The sun is hot, but the coastal breeze may warrant a jacket, especially in the colder months.
If you only have time for one thing, make it Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.
Cross the Bridge of Lions and take a tour of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. This striped structure is an excellent selfie backdrop, and the top of this 150-year-old lighthouse boasts views of the Florida coast. Consider taking a scenic boat ride tour to get a different view of the lighthouse, as well as the city’s other popular landmarks.
Of course, no visit to St. Augustine is complete without learning about its haunted history. A Ghostly Encounter is a family-friendly tour that is as educational as it is spooky. Stroll through soul-filled sites then end your visit with a bite or brew at White Lion (genuinely one of my favorite pubs on the planet).