How we spent 3 days in Florida in Ponte Vedra & St. Augustine on our summer American road trip
On our way to Florida: From Charleston and back again to Savannah
Road trip to Florida soundtrack
- Etienne de Crecy: Live fast track vs We are your friends
- Cage the Elephant: Ain’t no rest for the wicked
- Deftones: My own summer (shove it)
- Phoenix: Love like a sunset part 2
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Day 1: St Augustine & the ocean in Ponte Vedra
Day 1: Visiting the oldest city in Florida St Augustine
Stuff to do in St Augustine
We had breakfast at home before leaving to St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the borders of the continental United States (September 8th, 1565). On the way, we stopped at a hardware store where Regina bought us a new camera as a wedding gift.
St. Augustine, where I’ve already been a couple of times, is a nice little town full of nice restaurants and things to do. We had lunch and walked around, as they are a few landmarks to see.
To me, the best way to try and see everything, especially if you have a bit more time than we had, is to get the Discover St Augustine Attractions Pass with Hop-on Hop-off. It’s the most complete and practical pass to discover more than 100 points of interest and see all of the city’s top attractions. | Check the great reviews and price on Viator
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is the first thing that greeted us when we arrived in town.
Then we zigzagged through the historical town of St Augustine…
Best places to stay in St Augustine FL
Here are some of the best places to stay in St Augustine FL for every budgets:
Best place to stay in St Augustine for backpackers: Discovery Yoga Center Hostel in downtown St Augustine. There are private rooms with private or shared bathroom, and male-only & female-only dormitories. On top of that, you get 1 free yoga lesson with your booking! | Check reviews and availability on Booking.com
Best place to stay in St Augustine for budget road trippers: The Budget Inn motel is perfect for a stop in the historic town of St Augustine on a road trip. It’s only a 2min drive away from the center, and has free wifi. | Check reviews and prices on Booking.com.
Best Bed & Breakfast for couples to stay in St Augustine: At Journey’s End B&B is the best B&B you can get in St Augustine. It’s absolutely perfect for couples, with an excellent location in the heart of the historical town, and raving reviews. Each room is themed after famous explorers and you can lounge on the shared deck and enjoy some complimentary drinks. Enjoy! | Check reviews and availability on Booking.com
Best luxury 4* hotel to stay in St Augustine FL; The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens is the best luxury hotel you can find in the heart of the historic town of St Augustine. With a heated outdoor pool and gorgeous rooms (including a microwave, which we always enjoy!), The Collector also offers the use of bicycles and organizes tours of the city. | Check reviews and prices on Booking.com
Evening of day 1: The ocean at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra
Total American Beach Club experience !!
Where to stay in Ponte Vedra & Jacksonville
Hotels & resorts in Ponte Vedra Beach
The Lodge and Club is a gorgeous 4* resort with fabulous beach location in Ponte Vedra. With a sauna, a sauna, an outdoor pool, a private beach and a kids club, it’s hard to find a more dreamy place to stay at. Hold your breath, because there’s also a golf court! | Check reviews and availability on HotelsCombined
Affordable hotel in Jacksonville
Day 2: Rest, work, and diner in Ponte Vedra
Day 3: The last day of ocean in Florida until we get to California!
Hours of hair-pulling later, we agreed to forget about Las Vegas and take the fastest cheapest way to get to California. So we booked a Greyhound from New Orleans to Houston, and a flight from Houston to San Diego.
Good bye Florida!