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Historic charm at Saint Augustine vacation home rentals

Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, Saint Augustine is America's oldest European settlement. Now a popular beach destination, a Saint Augustine vacation rental makes a great base for your next Floridian adventure. This vibrant waterfront city is famous as the birthplace of Ripley's Believe It or Not!, which opened in the 1950s. History buffs love exploring Castillo de San Marcos, while thrill seekers choose to zip-line over alligators at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park, there's something for everyone. As the sun sets, head down to the Historic District and sample some great Saint Augustine hospitality in the bars and seafood restaurants.

History

Historic sites near St. Augustine vacation rentals

St. Augustine is filled with rich historic sites to delight the history buff. Vacation homes are available near places like the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, an iconic historic lighthouse with a museum and shipyard playground, and the Lightner Museum, a museum within a historic hotel that holds Victorian artifacts and exhibits. You'll also like the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, a museum with interactive exhibits of pirate artifacts.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Saint Augustine vacation rentals

Built by the Spanish more than 300 years ago, Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest fort in America. Climb up to the gun deck for amazing views over the city, or join a fascinating ranger-led guided tours for a quick history lesson. If you fancy something a little more daring, head to the Alligator Farm Zoological Park, which is home to alligators, komodo dragons, and lemurs. It's also the only place in the world where you can find all 24 species of crocodilians. Feeling brave? Then strap up and zip-wire over a snappy ‘gator pit.

Activities

Things to do near Saint Augustine vacation homes

As America's oldest city, much of the focus in Saint Augustine is around the Historical District. It's also the beating heart of the city's arts scene, with festivals, music concerts, and farmer's markets held almost every week of the summer. Book a Saint Augustine vacation rental near the harbor and you'll have easy access to the whale or dolphin-watching boat excursions departing from Camachee Cove Harbor. After a busy day of sightseeing or messing about in boats, kick back with a cool beer from one of the many bayfront's beach bars.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Saint Augustine vacation homes

The perfect year-round destination, Florida boasts a largely subtropical climate, which means long, hot summers and short, mild winters. Summer in Saint Augustine can get pretty steamy. It's hot and humid and sees daily rain showers, plus the odd hurricane. The region's dry season runs between November and April, and sees little rain and delicious temperatures at around 70 to 80 degrees. This is peak season and Saint Augustine vacation rentals get snapped up fast, so book well in advance for the best selection.

Natural features

Oh the hu-manatee—Saint Augustine's natural attractions

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Saint Augustine is a historic beachfront city sandwiched between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach. To escape the hustle and bustle of Historic Downtown, venture a mile or so out to Anastasia State Park. Spreading across 1,600 acres, this beautiful beachfront park features dozens of nature trails and hiking routes, past wetlands and ancient sand dunes, and is home to a wealth of birds, mammals, and marine life. Even from the shore, you can spot manatees, whales, and dolphins as American bald eagles fly overhead. It also has a visitors' center and picnic facilities.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around St. Augustine

Fly into St. Augustine, FL (UST-Northeast Florida Regional), the closest airport, located 5.2 mi (8.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Jacksonville, FL (CRG-Jacksonville Executive at Craig), which is 32.9 mi (53 km) away.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in St. Augustine

Couples will love the array of romantic attractions in St. Augustine. Vacation rentals can be found near beautiful places like Villa Zorayda Museum, a Gilded Age castle with antiques and furnishings, and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, a historic 18th-century cathedral with a grand interior and high-profile events. You'll also like the Father Miguel O'Reilly House Museum, a historic home and garden with period furnishings, a formal garden, and exhibits on Catholic heritage.

Where to stay around Saint Augustine?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,892 vacation rentals near Saint Augustine. From 1,009 Houses to 1,617 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saint Augustine are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Saint Augustine?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saint Augustine:

  • Crescent Beach: 328 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Historic District: 204 vacation rentals
  • Lincolnville: 254 vacation rentals
  • Lighthouse Park: 46 vacation rentals
  • Boys Works: 188 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Saint Augustine?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Saint Augustine. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Saint Augustine Historic District: 1,128 vacation rentals
  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park: 2,406 vacation rentals
  • St. Augustine Shores Golf Club: 2,761 vacation rentals
  • Flagler College: 2,385 vacation rentals
  • Anastasia State Park: 2,659 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saint Augustine listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Saint Augustine?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,009 Houses in Saint Augustine. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Saint Augustine include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,617 rentals available
  • Cottages: 86 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 86 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Saint Augustine?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,844 vacation rentals with pool available in Saint Augustine. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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