Just saying its name conjures images of exploring its narrow, brick-lined streets and historic churches. It brings memories of ascending the curving, seemingly endless steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and of recovering with ice cream in the Plaza. It makes me recollect time spent on the beach, kicking through the surf and relaxing on the sand.
I’m smiling thinking about it.
America’s oldest city offers a fascinating, fun getaway – and it might be just right for you. Check out these deals that make discovering it more affordable.
Let art free you
Enjoy an evening exploring the Art Galleries of Saint Augustine (137 King Street) in the First Friday Artwalk. This event is truly unfettered: it features free exhibits, free light appetizers, free trolley and train rides, free music, and free parking. PROMO CODE: FREE Artwalk
Make your whole gang smile
The Quality Inn Historic (1111 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.) is offering Family Fun, 2 nights/3 days $319.00, through Aug. 31, 2014. This package includes two nights of accommodations and discount admission to a full range of attractions. In addition to 3-day tickets for the Old Town Trolley sightseeing tour with on-and-off privileges for over 20 points of interest, you’ll get tickets for Florida Heritage Museum, the Pirate & Treasure Museum, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, a Ghostly Encounter walking tour, the Oldest Store Museum, & the Old Jail. Two tickets are offered for each attraction and a picnic lunch is provided from the Love Tree Cafe for one of your days. Additional guests can be added upon request. PROMO CODE: PFAM
Enjoy an amorous outing
Sail Away To Romance during your getaway at the Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast (146 Avenida Menendez), through Dec. 18, 2014. You can snag this snuggly special for just $60 in addition to your room nights, instead of the regular $120. It features a bottle of champagne chilling in your room on arrival, a 10-piece chocolate sampler from local Chocolatier Claude's, and a sunset sail for two on the Schooner Freedom. PROMO CODE: VCBSAIL
Stay an extra day at the beach
St. Augustine Ocean & Racquet Resort (880 A1A Beach Blvd.) is tempting travelers with their Stay 2 nights, get a 3rd FREE offer, through Aug. 14, 2014. You’ll want an extra day; the Resort boasts two pools, five Jacuzzis, tennis (and free tennis lessons), racquetball, fishing ponds, horseshoes, shuffleboard, picnic/grill area -- and best of all, direct access to the beach. PROMO CODE: NYTimes
Light up your vacation
Get 10 percent off regular priced admission at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum (81 Lighthouse Ave.) – a must-see attraction. PROMO CODE: 10%
These offerings are just the tip of the sandbar. Find more St. Augustine deals here.