St. Augustine

St. Augustine is in Northeast Florida, just 30 minutes south of Jacksonville.

Understand

St. Augustine Lighthouse

St Augustine is a small jewel of a city on the east coast, full of romantic ambiance and old world charm. It is best known for its remarkable historic streets, Spanish style architecture, and panoramic bay. Do take time to wander down St. George street, a promenade of sorts, and enjoy the art galleries, quaint shops, and restaurants.

History

St. Augustine is best known as the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon, claimed the land now known as Florida in the name of Spain on March 27, 1513. Originally the land was named La Florida, which means "Land of Flowers." The city was founded by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565.

Climate

St. Augustine has a humid subtropical climate, with mild weather during winters and hot weather during summers. High temperatures average 64 to 91 °F (18-33 °C) throughout the year. High heat indices are not uncommon for the summer months in the St. Augustine area. High temperatures can reach mid to high 90s with heat index ranges of 105-115 °F. It is common for daily thunderstorms to erupt during a standard summer afternoon. These are caused by the heating of the land and water, combined with extremely high humidity.

During winter, the area can experience hard freezes during the night. Such cold weather is usually short lived, as the city averages only 15 nights below freezing. Even rarer in St. Augustine than freezing temperatures is snow. When snow does fall, it usually melts before touching the ground, or upon making contact with the ground. Most residents of St. Augustine can remember accumulated snow on only one occasion—a thin ground cover that occurred a few days before Christmas of 1989.

St. Augustine has suffered less damage from hurricanes than most other east coast cities. The city has only received one direct hit from a hurricane since 1871, although St. Augustine has experienced hurricane or near-hurricane conditions more than a dozen times due to storms passing through the state from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, or passing to the north or south in the Atlantic and brushing the area. The strongest effect on St. Augustine was from Hurricane Dora in 1964, the only recorded storm to hit the First Coast with sustained hurricane force winds.

Rainfall averages around 50 inches a year, with the wettest months being June through September.

Get in

By bus

Greyhound has a limited bus stop here located at: 1711 Dobbs Road St Augustine, FL 32084-6202 (904) 829-6401, Tickets are not available for purchase from this terminal. You need to either purchase them online in advance or go to the Jacksonville terminal.

By car

St Augustine can easily be reached by car. Interstate 95 is just west of the city. From southbound I-95 (from Jacksonville), take exit 318, travel east to U.S. 1 or Business U.S. 1, then turn right (south). From northbound I-95, take exit 298 and travel northeast/north to King St. and turn right (east) to reach the downtown/attractions area. Major highways entering the city include U.S. 1, U.S. 90, S.R. 16, S.R. 207 and S.R. A1A.

The St. Augustine Parking Garage, an enormous, multi-level, state-of-the-art facility was opened in 2006. It is located across from Ripley's and at the far end of St. George Street. Parking charge is $10/day. Limited parking can also be found on the street as well as at the Castillo De San Marcos parking lot ($1.50/hr, limited to 4 hours).

By air

St Augustine/St. Johns County Airport (IATA: SGJ), Phone: +1 904 209-0090, . 8,000 ft. runways accommodating most private and corporate jets. No commercial service is available at this time.

Jacksonville International Airport (IATA: JAX) is the nearest commercial airport and is served by nine airlines.

By train

Jacksonville is the nearest large city with an Amtrak station; it is served by the Silver Star and Silver Meteor Miami - New York City routes.

Palatka is closer and is served by the two same Amtrak lines, however onward transport to St. Augustine is limited to the Ride Solution ($2) +1 386 325-9999, or taxi service (approximately $50). Palatka does not have luggage service, so if you're carrying anything more than a backpack, you would need to debark in Jacksonville.

Get around

Walking will allow you to see most of the historical buildings and shops with relative ease. There are also horse drawn coaches and tourist trains (trams) that give narrated tours of parts of the city.

Sunshine Bus Company The Sunshine Bus Operates M-Sa from 7AM until 6PM.* Fares are $1 per one way trip and are paid upon boarding the bus. Buy an all day pass for $3 or $1.50 for seniors, students and persons with disabilities.

See

Castle Warden, home of the first Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

Do

Events

Buy

Eat

Drink

Old Mill in St. Augustine

Sleep

Connect

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Routes through St. Augustine

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