St. Augustine, also known as The Ancient City, is located on the Northeast coast of Florida and provides easy access to larger metropolitan hubs including Jacksonville and Orlando. St. Augustine and the surrounding neighborhoods possess creativity, a natural coastal setting, and deeply rooted Florida history. While St. Augustine is certainly a popular and thriving destination for Florida tourism, it is also the ideal place to live, work, and play with fantastic apartment options and neighborhoods where you can relax, discover, and live. With its dense suburban environment, residents have access to countless amenities including entertainment, dining, A rated schools, parks, and more.
Things to Do in St. Augustine
Beaches and Outdoor Adventures
Fun in the sun and on the water abounds in the St. Augustine area. If you prefer sand and surf you can find countless points of access to miles of pristine Atlantic beaches or you can cruise the Matanzas River, part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Fabulous local state parks, such as Anastasia State Park, are perfect for camping or even renting a kayak and exploring local waterways on your own. If you enjoy wildlife, you're likely to spot some amazing creatures such as pelicans, alligators, and manatees! St. Augustine is the perfect location for the aspiring naturalist.
History and Culture
Dubbed the Ancient City, St. Augustine is the nation's oldest city and has no shortage of historic points of interest for a great itinerary when entertaining out of town guests or a leisurely afternoon on your own. Stroll historic downtown St. Augustine to discover local artisans or visit fabulous local landmarks including the Lightner Museum, Flagler College, Castillo de San Marcos, and St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.
Dining, Entertainment, and Nightlife
For the foodie, St. Augustine area communities do not disappoint. With its proximity to the coast, fresh seafood and a variety of dining options are available - from casual, family-friendly restaurants to fine dining experiences. Our best recommendation is Cap's On The Water tucked just off A1A between St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra. It's been voted as one of the best outdoor dining locations with breathtaking views of the Tolomato River. If you're looking for a nightcap, the St. Augustine area has great "after hours" locations from fun karaoke bars to options for those looking for a more refined beverage in a quieter atmosphere. Want to catch a show? Check out the lineup at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre or audition to be in a production at Limelight Theater.
Shopping in St. Augustine
It's not all pirate t-shirts! Residents of St. Augustine have some great retail options to fulfill any need be it a gift, home décor, apparel, or fresh, local foods. St. Augustine Premium Outlet Mall offers the largest variety of retail stores at great prices. Stock up on fresh, locally grown and organic produce for the week at the Old City Farmers Market at St. Augustine Amphitheater every Saturday. Looking for standard retail shopping and a single stop to outfit your apartment and stock up on provisions? Cobblestone Village is a great choice with anchor locations including Publix, Bed Bath & Beyond, and others. Finally, reward yourself with a sweet treat after a day of shopping with locally famous Whetstone Chocolates. They offer tasting tours and it's a great stop for gifts! We recommend their famous signature seashells or chocolate alligators.
Schools Serving St. Augustine
St. Johns County School District is home to A rated public schools as well as options for charter schools, technical schools, and even virtual school. We recommend visiting the School Directory on the St. Johns County School District website. Here you can learn about local schools and find information on zoning, policies, the school board, and more. Please note that public school zoning is subject to change from time to time. Please visit the St. Johns County School District Website to confirm school zones before making a housing decision.
Business Community in St. Augustine
Major employers in St. Johns County include St. Johns County School District and Flagler Health+. The county has been seeing significant economic growth attracting residents, businesses, and development. From master planned communities to businesses cropping up around the county, the St. Augustine area is seeing robust growth to support jobs, business, and continued community building.
Getting Around St. Augustine
Major routes in St. Augustine include scenic A1A, Interstate 95, US 1, Charles Usina Memorial Highway, W King Street, Bridge of Lions, and Vilano Causeway, and Francis and Mary Usina Bridge. The commute to downtown Jacksonville is under one hour and takes approximately 45 minutes via I-95 and only a few minutes longer via US 1. Of note, there are current plans to modify traffic patterns in downtown historic St. Augustine and near the Bridge of Lions. This area can become congested and Bridge of Lions frequently closes during peak times as it accommodates maritime traffic on the river. Parking in this area also takes some know how. Your best bet is likely The St. Augustine Historic Downtown Parking Facility but there is a complete rundown of parking options here. We recommend the ParkStAug App for paid parking.
Fun transportation fact: you can drive on the beach in St. Johns County! Find beach access maps and info on beach driving and passes here.
Can't Miss Events
St. Augustine is home to several annual world-famous festivals. These are major attractions for locals and visitors alike and will assuredly become a tradition as you make St. Augustine home. Discover Night of Lights, Founder's Day, Mendez Day, the Minorcan Festival, Greek Landing Day, and the Gamble Rogers Music Festival.These are the opinions of writers and not the opinions of RentJax.com or any of our advertising partners.