Post # 1
I was looking for a honeymoon that wouldn’t put us into dept and was far enough away from home that we felt like we are really on a honeymoon and not just another vacation. Problem is I’m terrified of planes and we want to get married in September so cruises are a chance due to hurricane season. We live in Pennsylvania and were getting married in Ocean City, Maryland so I checked out Honeymoon destinations from Marthas Vineyard to Hilton Head and finally settled on St. Augustine FL. If your anything like us and arent trying to spend over 2 grand on your honeymoon but want to go somewhere beautiful with clear waters clean beaches and rich history, check out St. Augustine. It’s the oldest town in America and you can find cheap beach front hotels or upscale fancy hotels even affordable bed and breakfasts. It’s a 14 hour drive for us but we plan to stay 3 nights in Ocean City where we want to get married before hand so we’ll be well prepared for the drive and have lots to talk about!
Post # 3
Oh you’re just going to love it here!
St. Augustine has really grown up and has started to show a more chic sophisticated side. Make sure you check out The Tasting Room To go- and get all the lovely fixings for a romantic picnic (My hubby’s been away for a little while so next weekend thats my big date plan for him)
Also Cellar 6 (a wine bar) is on the quaintest sweetest little street called Aviles (its off the beaten path- not touristy and just amazing).
Tini Martini Bar for cocktails and live jazz overlooking the water.
Even the Alligator farm is goofy sweet fun for the honeymoon.
ENJOY!!!your honeymoon <3
Post # 4
I love St. Augustine! My aunt owns a condo on the beach so I’ve been often..it’s amazing. The alligator farm is so fun..Fiance and I loved it. I didn’t think I’d have too much fun there, but it was so cool! The shopping downtown is great, some really cool, quaint stores. Mix up some expensive restaurants to treat yourselves with some really fun casual places. The Beachcomber is a great restaurant in the dunes, so much fun. Check out the pier..I think it cost 1.50 for each of us to get out there, but its so fun watching the fishermen and the pelicans waiting for dropped fish. If you want any tips or other information feel free to PM me!!
Post # 5
Thanks guys I’m so excited!!
Post # 6
I went on vacation with the future in laws this summer at st. augustine. it was beautiful and you’ll love it. I didn’t think it was too touristy and the alligator farm was fun:)
Post # 7
I think were definitely gonna have to check out this gator farm everyones talking about. lol
Post # 8
This is a good idea! Where are you planning on staying? Any reccomendations? Is it warm in November?
Post # 9
Were staying at La Fiesta I’m sure it’s still warm in November. 70’s maybe?
Post # 10
November….likely in the 70’s/80’s during the day. 50/60’s at night. UNLESS there’s a cold snap. And it gets downright chilly during the snaps, especially since St. Aug is on the water- the chill bites a little extra harder. Just keep your eye on the forecast before you leave.
I would definitely check out some of the B&B’s right in old town. The Hilton Bayfront is really lovely- super small for a hilton, so you have the intimate feel, and they seriously have the best bedding ever! If you really want to splurge then the CASAMONICA.
If you have a car and want a more laid back atmosphere a lot of people rent out their beach houses (about 5 minutes to old town by car). I recommend the houses near A street- since they tend to be quirky fun- close to the beach, and still close to restaurants/bars you can walk to.
Plan on hitting up the San Sebastian Winery for rooftop Sangria, live music and the antipasta plate. One of my favorite spots.
Put some budget aside for a romantic horse carriage ride around town.
And make sure you hit the side streets off St. George Street, way better shops- more local.
Post # 11
I’m from St Augustine, its a great little town, you can get some history, do touristy silly things, go hiking in some amazing marshland, or just laze around on the beach, not bad for a budget honeymoon!
Beach Hotels…. Unless your’e a real beach bum, don’t get a hotel on the beach. The majority are pretty skuzzy, there are 1 or 2 that are nicer, but that’s it. If you are really into the beach, there are a TON of vacation rentals that are pretty reasonable.
B & Bs = stupidly cute, I’ve known the owners of some of these, they really take pride in their establishments, plus you’ll be right down town!
The Casa Monica – I’ve only eaten here, but if I were wanting some serious Honeymoon pampering I’d go here: http://www.casamonica.com/
Also, there’s a Ritz that’s about a 40 minute drive from St Augustine… its purty.
@ginpin November is usually pretty beautiful, just starting to cool down to reasonable temps later in the month. If you want somthing magical though, wait till December when they start the “Nights of Lights” the entire town decks itself out in coordinated Christmas lights, its a lot of fun to wander around down town and have a look
… Also there’s the Alligator Farm.. hilarious.
Post # 12
I agree with what bonsai said – I’m not from the area, but have been a few times. Many of the touristy hotels are “skuzzy” (lol). My aunt owns here – http://www.colonyreef.com/ and its beautiful. Each separate unit is privately owned so each is totally different as far as quality, furnishings, etc. You can look at photos on the website of most of them. To be totally honest, I am not sure how much it costs (I know, awful).