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St Augustine.. tell me about it?

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    I notice every now and again someone mentions St Augustine? I've no idea where it is, what it is, whats there, how easy it is to get there etc....

    anyone like to fill me in?
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    We went for the first time this year and loved it! It's very easy to get to, it's up the coast from Daytona. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get to that was stopping for breakfast on the way!
    It's a great place, I think it has something for everyone. It has history, touristy stuff, some of it is a bit trendy/quirky/bohemiany (if that's even a word! Lol).
    We spent the day there but got there very early, I would recommend at least an overnight stay. We went to the visitor centre and they were very helpful with suggestions of what we could get done in the day. There is a trolley ride you can book that is narrated and is hop on, hop off and goes around all the main sites.
    We visited The Fountain of Youth which was a little odd but interesting and had great wildlife! The old school house, the old jail, the smallest house amongst other things.
    We drove to the Lighthouse on our way home and then along the beach which you can drive on and was stunning!

    Not sure if I can post a link but this was what we did http://www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/

    I know Robert is a big fan of St Augustine :)
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    Oldest city in the United States. Don't forget to see the Castillo de San Marcos while you're there.

    Back in 2003 we stopped there on the way down to Port Canaveral for our first Disney Cruise. Stayed at the Casa Monica hotel for a day or two prior to the cruise. Quite enjoyed the place. Reminded me of going there when I was a kid.

    Tom ( :macwave:... also, take a peek at Flagler College.)
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    I love ST AUGUSTINE spending 5 days there in May.
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    I've only been through there briefly but it is gorgeous and I so want to go spend more time! Plus it's fun to say Ponce de Leon :)
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    We have stopped there to shop at the outlet mall and last March we stopped there for the night on our way down from NYC to Sarasota. We have not gone further than the mall and hotel both of which border I-95. I really wish I had the time to see more of Florida...I would love to see Miami, The Keys, The Everglades and some more of the beaches.
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    what do you like to do there Robert?
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    What I like about ST AUGUSTINE I park the car when I arrive and walk everywhere.There is a hop on hop off trolley bus a ticket lasts for three days and connects with the beach bus.places of interest,Flagler college,lightner museum,lighthouse,pirates museum,san marco fort,and many more.Excellent resturants.George street pedestrian shopping street.Walking tours such as Pub crawl,savoury faire a tasting tour,Ghost and gravestones tour.Also the limelight theatre,Amphitheatre.entertainment in the pubs and resturants in the evening.From the marina several cruises.As ST AUGUSTINE Is 450 years old there is a lot of history Spanish,British,French,greek,minorcans and native american
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    ooo I like the sound of the ghost and gravestones tour!
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    Yes it is very good and you end up in the old jail
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    It's a fun place to visit, and as Robert says, if you care to there is quite a bit to do. We've never found any great place to eat, but then to be fair, we didn't try too hard. There is a wonderful French bakery there, and a tiny little hidden bakery in the "Spanish" side, but other than that...

    Whatever you do don't eat in the restaurant on the water that advertises you can feed the fish from your window seat. Ugh. Food was terrible and the fish were icky nasty things. :(
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    Ghost and Gravestones tour?!

    Sounds great! Does it only run in the evenings?

    I did the Ghost Tours at the Titanic exhibition and enjoyed that, even if it was a little hokey.
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    Yes there is a bus that takes you to various points like the lighthouse and they lock you in the old jail and an actor plays the part of a convict and then you go out the back to see the gallows
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    I have had some nice meals the best were O C whites and RAINTREE RESTURANTS
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    :lol: Now why doesn't that surprise me :D
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    We saw the hearse they use for the ghost tour in the carpark, I was too scared to take a close look!
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    It's in a HEARSE?!?!

    I'm am SO going on my next visit!
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    not sure if it's the ghost and gravestones tour or a different one but there were definitely two tour hearses in the car park!
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    The one I was on was a bus but there are trips in a hearse
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    Rick and I were there last year. We decided to do a day trip (we were living in Georgia at the time) and I picked St. Augustine. It was phenomenal! We did the trolley tour, but ended up walking the old port town and the fort. We didn't do any ghost tours but I sure wanted to. We ate at a REALLY cool cuban restaurant, found it by accident, and shopped till I dropped. We want to visit again, but it wouldn't be a day trip this time (we're back in Colorado).

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