One Day in St. Augustine
Ahhh Florida keeps surprising me with all these vacation/staycation spots. Sharing my weekend trip with you guys, I would absolutely suggest taking a weekend break and driving up to St. Augustine & Daytona Beach for a fun staycation. My friend and I drove to Daytona Beach first to check into the cutest little boho Airbnb in Daytona Beach (pics below). The next day was planned just for St. Augustine. There are tons things to do in this beautiful city, and we were able to visit all the places we wanted to in 1 day! Here’s how we spent the day in St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S.
But first, coffee. Yes, we started the day by getting coffee from Crucial Coffee Cafe located in the heart of St. Augustine. We visited during the Christmas weekend, the weather was cool but the sun was bright. Walking around the city with a cold coffee drink was just perfect. They have so many options, there is something for everyone in this cafe.
We then visited the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the U.S. It’s a large Spanish stone fortress built to protect Spain’s claims in the New World. At 315 years old, the fort is the oldest structure in St. Augustine. It’s definitely a sight to see and reminded me a lot of the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas in Cartagena. We stumbled upon a cannon firing and weaponry demonstrations by volunteers in military uniform, which was unexpected and fun. There are hidden rooms on the first floor of the Fort which was pretty interesting to discover.
After the fort visit, we went for lunch to a restaurant that was right next to Crucial Coffee Cafe. Unfortunately, I did not like the food at all and it was definitely a tourist trap. I loved the beautiful outdoor setup but wow the food was extremely salty and I couldn’t even eat a bite of the bread or the soup I ordered. I would suggest walking more towards the St. George Street. It’s also a very touristy spot but there are way more restaurant options.
The streets of St. Augustine were pretty busy during the weekend. But the weather was in our favor and the cool breeze kept us exploring more. It was amazing to walk around this beautiful colorful city. You could feel the history surrounding the area covered with old restored buildings and monuments.
The last place we visited was the Foutain of Youth. I honestly thought we would just see the fountain and that would be it. But it’s actually a large park with plenty of things to do. They have living history reenactments, a planetarium, discovery globe, Timucuan village and much more. There were peacocks everywhere! The park was just breathtaking. Ended up spending most of our time at this park, watched a show at the planetarium, checked out some of the living history reenactments, walked around and admired the beauty of this place.
Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth was, of course, the main attraction. I was surprised when the park ranger told us to try the water from the fountain. There are plastic cups on display right next to it. At first, I didn’t think it was safe to drink the water but the ranger assured me that it’s natural spring water and we will mostly just taste tons of minerals. I ended up drinking 3 glasses of water and unfortunately, I still look the same! But you never know, check back in 10 years.
The whole town was covered in Christmas lights. It was bright and beaufitul in every corner.
One Day in Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach was really quite for Christmas weekend but oh so relaxing. We explored Daytona Beach on Christmas Day so almost half the shops and restaurants were closed. But, we really enjoyed relaxing at the beach and grabbing some food at the diner.
Did you know that you can drive on the beach at Daytona? It was so cool to drive this gorgeous Mazda right by the ocean. It’s definitely an unique and calming experience.
I have this thing for vintage bookstores! Found the Abraxas bookstore open while walking around Daytona Beach. Bought way too many books and can’t wait to read them this year!
Our cute little boho Airbnb.
Had the most beautiful view of the sunset while driving back to Miami. We did so much in 2 days, but surprisingly the whole trip was just so relaxing.