Visiting St. Augustine …Our top picks!

by Trish Utter

Beachers-Lodge_WEB#1 Beacher’s Lodge

Located just south of St. Augustine at Crescent Beach. Each unit consists of a bedroom, living room with kitchen, bathroom, and complete with balcony and ocean views. The heated pool overlooks the ocean and several restaurants are within walking distance. I love the fact that I can leave all our beach gear in the car and just park right on the beach in front of the hotel without having to haul everything by foot to the beach. We have all got to know the staff here over the years and it always feels like home…only on the beach! Pets are welcome too. This makes Beacher’s Lodge my #1 choice for hotels in the St. Augustine area.
(800) 527-8849

Simple-Gestures_WEB#2 Simple Gestures Art & Gifts

I always find something unique at this art gallery, and within my budget. Filled with local artists’ work, from Coca Cola can bracelets and bullet shell necklaces to large paintings. One of my favorite items from this store is my computer keyboard purse.
(904) 827-9997

Nalus-Taco-Stand_WEB#3 Nalu’s Taco Stand

Located in the parking lot of the Surf Station. Eat where local surfers dine! We had driven past it for years and then heard locals raving over it. They were right, everything is fresh and delicious.
(904) 501-9592

Alligator-Farm-Zip-Line_WEB#4 Zip Lining at The Alligator Farm

A fun and exhilarating experience that gives you a bird’s eye view of all the reptiles below. Glide through the air suspended from a wire! Over 50 obstacle courses and 7 zip lines that will keep you on your toes.
(904) 824-3337

#5 St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum

Located across from the Spanish Fort. This huge collection of maritime items was recently moved from Key West. Many local craftspeople and artisans worked to bring this nautical museum to life including
Steve Marrazzo of Simple Gestures. Pirate enthusiast and entrepreneur Pat Croce owns this one of a kind collection. This Pirate-and-Treasure-Museum_WEBmuseum has authentic artifacts dating back to 1563. Light a canon while on deck of a Spanish Galleon! Disney-Imagineer designed the below deck sound experience which will have you squirming in your seat. See the world’s only 17th century treasure chest, an original Jolly Roger flag that is only one of two surviving in the world. There are many interactive activities for the family to enjoy, ask your school to book a field trip here …if you dare!
(877) 467-5863